Character Design Challenge #307 – Biomechanical

Your Design Challenge this week is to create a biomechanical character using HM3. You must include at least 2 examples of masking, and no less than four examples of highlighting or shading.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Sunday, February 5th at 9:00am Eastern.


10 Responses to Character Design Challenge #307 – Biomechanical

  1. Suleman says:

    “Example of masking” is a bit weird to me. I use masking when I absolutely have to, if it’s noticeable enough to be an “example”, I have failed.

    That being said, here’s Hoverhands.

    The shading and highlighting used here is pretty obvious.
    The pupils on his cyber-eyes were masked on. In addition, the cybernetic parts on his neck have been masked on, and the left side of his torso uses masking to give the illusion of an angle.

  2. djuby says:

    It is really just a prompt to those who don’t regularly use the feature to give it a try, whether that is masking part of an item, or masking one item onto another. I have been known to mask a bit myself so I get your point. Well done btw

  3. PrimeLionstar says:

    Here is my entry: Mannequin

    Mandy Viper was a supermodel who died in a horrible accident. An evil scientist dug up her corpse and merged her broken body with technology from another dimension and turned her into a weapon to help him out of a Faustian deal that he made with some aliens who were coming soon to collect. Now going by Mannequin, she became his mindless body guard whose only purpose was to defend him until a Celestial saw her and fully revived her mind and soul. Now fully aware of the weapon that she’s become, Mannequin now fights on the side of justice with a team of superheroes called Redwood and seeks vengeance against the scientist for what he turned her into.

  4. kellkin says:

    I really like challenges like this…masking is my favorite, so I did a few…well a lot haha

    This is my entry…

    Undead Biomechanical

  5. Lull-carae says:

    I didn’t created it with Character Design Challenge only in mind, so i will understand if it does not fit theme. Anyway, here is my entry:

  6. Herr D says:

    “What Do You Mean My Warranty Expired”

    Sam had a bit of trouble yesterday . . .

  7. keric says:

    Re: Lull-carae’s entry:
    I so want to nominate this for something! (best come back, contest win, HOF~ something)

  8. melmo44 says:

    In the broken, dusty remnants of the Earth, technology, magic, and mutations were blended and used to create creatures and people that could survive this new world. The cyborg Imperial Sorceresses were the most powerful and most feared of these creations; only a handful were produced, the most powerful witches living augmented to be almost indestructible. They enforced the will of the High God-King that rose after the cataclysm, but after his death and the crumbling of the New Empire, they were alone. The Sorceresses became lone wanderers, with no master and no purpose. Shunned by many for their past deeds, they live apart from the rest of society, now more interested in studying and experimenting with their power.

    They are extremely durable, and can continue functioning despite heavy damage and dirt (although if not cleaned eventually, can cause seizing in their robotic parts). They are animated by a combination of robotics, magic (to help preserve their organic components), and the soul of the witch they began as. They are capable of emotion, but in a distant, clinical way and are able to shut that part out when necessary. Specially-trained Tech-Mages oversee their health and repair, and often one or more will live with a Sorceress to provide maintenance and assistance. They are one of many sects trying to survive in this new, lawless world.

  9. djuby says:

    Contest closed. Results posted shortly.