A few years ago I did a series of HM3 characters based on Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland like the Mock Turtle (pictured above).
So your challenge this week is to re-imagine one of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in an unexpected and unique way.
This week’s winner will receive a HM3 rendering of their winning character, designed by me.
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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. 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 :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.
- Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
- No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
- 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 at 9am Eastern on Sunday, March 10h.
My entry this week: The Queen of Hearts (and her court)
I tried to reimagine the Queen of Hearts, the King of Hearts and the Knave of Hearts as a noir mobster family.
Quinn Coppe, also known as the Queen of Hearts, is the most feared mobster in the lawless neighborhood known as the Underland. She’s infamous for her habit of beheading anyone who interferes with her drug trade, a service she usually delegates to her trusted henchman Julio “The Knave” Patife. Her husband, Charles “The King” Coppe, is less cruel, seeing himself as a friend of the community despite his criminal career, and does everything in his power to calm his wife’s wrath.
Note: I’m not sure if I can enter more than a character in the same picture, but if I can’t, consider only the Queen as my entry.
I plan to make a couple of entries for this contest. Here’s the first one:
Shalmaan-Yuh, the Suicide King
The King of Hearts was the first to catch on to his wife’s madness. Madness had corrupted Wonderland for decades by then, but the aristocracy of the most prosperous kingdom on the land fancied themselves immune. The King had always been an uninterested ruler, leaving most of the governance to the Queen while he dedicated his time to reading. But he took noticed his wife’s increasing violence and cruelty, and when the mass decapitations started, he felt fear.
No one knows whom he sought out for magical aid. All that is known is that when he returned from a long trip, he was… different. With chalky skin he entered the Palace of Cards, sat on the throne, and stabbed himself on the temple with his own dagger in front of his entire court. The shocked silence extended for minutes… and the King began to stir… As the Suicide King, he is bestowed with incredible regenerative abilities, but cursed with an uncontrollable self-destructive compulsion.
By the way, how many entries can we make that will be considered for the challenge?
You can enter up to three times.
The Mad Hatter. No one knows what or who he…it is. The Mad Hatter is of unknown origin and talks in rhyme and tongue twisters to confuse anyone within the Mad Hatter’s presence. His intensions are unknown so it is always in question whether he is good or evil. To further question the Mad Hatter’s existence, when his hat is damaged, it leaks a bizarre energy or entity that smells of sweet honey. No one knows what happens when the hat is removed because when it is, there is no memory left to recall. The Mad Hatter is quite the complex and ever bizarre entity that can’t be explained as human, angel, demon, god, or cosmic creature. Beware the Mad Hatter.
Walter Russel, The Sea Bishop
Russel’s case of succumbing to the Madness is possibly one of the most well-documented cases in all Wonderland. Which isn’t actually saying much. The records say he befriended a carpenter and they eventually got into a heated argument about clams. Russel killed his friend in alleged self-defence, as he claimed the human had chased him while wielding a hammer (if this account is true, it is likely this carpenter succumbed to the Madness first).
I decided to put my take on Absolem, the caterpillar. In this version he is a pot smoking Rastafarian (I’m not promoting or condoning drug use here lol). The imagery is pretty stereotypical, but I had fun making this one.
Maurice Dogdson, the Egalitarian
Dodgson’s attempts to hold a democratic election upon realising that the Queen of Hearts had succumbed to the Madness have been a consistent failure. His own sanity compromised by his obsession over justice and equality, he tried to organise several caucuses, all of which were famously unsuccessful. Wonderland is not even remotely willing to consider democracy.
. . . so I had this idea. It IS an ‘Alice’ character, and it IS in at least one of the Wonderland movies, but it is NOT in the Wonderland book. It’s in another ‘Alice’ book.
Cheshire! A sly and stealthy being within the bizarre dimension known as Wonderland. He can appear anywhere at any time.
The White Rabbit a.k.a. War Rabbit
How did a boy train to kill the Jabberwock? Chewing.
After too many trips to Wonderland, Alice went completely insane. She is convinced that the only way to gain back her sanity is to destroy Wonderland and kill everyone in it. Anytime she is about to kill a Wonderland resident she whispers in the ear, “This is for the oysters.”
Three In One… for Triple The Fun!
Alyssa Riddle – https://i.imgur.com/oPZELl6.png
Alyssa has X problems.
1. Her alter ego.
2. Her alter ego’s secret identity.
3. Trying to live three lives all at once
4. Keeping all of the secrets of each of her lives sorted and compartmentalized
5. The fact that none of her three lives include the use of her real name or that she wasn’t always a her or even a human.
Alyssa works as a hostess and entertainer at the exclusive Maven Hearts of Madness Club. Her days are spent bringing fancy drinks and lunches to wealthy people with enough power and money to be rich, but not famous (it’s harder than you might think to be one and not the other) and setting them up with various assassins, drug dealers, prostitutes, necromancers, genies and other fellow workers in the super service industry.
A lot of Alyssa’s complications stem from that fact that she’s also two of the women most hated by her boss.
Mara Harrison – https://i.imgur.com/sajPN2J.png
Club Bunny Kung-Fufu is a great place to see an awesome concert, watch a brutal pit fight, or dive into a free for all melee while a band puts on a literally bloody good concert. Club owners Dimitri and Dudley Twydall were in the midst of a very bad run of luck that culminated with most of their security personnel getting wiped out by Maven Qwinnoda’s hitmen.
Then a blond Brawler walked in looking to sign up for a fight or several and won enough of them to get offered a spot on the new security team. Given the name Mara O’Hare after a moment of seeing a woman obviously trying to think of a fake alias, the Twydall brothers let her know that Madison O’Hare and her husband Haddley were the heads of a family running the east end of town and it wouldn’t be a good idea to cross them. So she encouraged them to call her Ms. Harrison instead.
Mara turned out to be the best thing that had ever happened to the Kung-Fufu club. Not only was she a great bouncer, but she had a knack for spotting other good and great bouncers and sniffing out dirty rats, lyin’ bastards and cowardly dogs. Things were sailing smoothly along… at least until a mysterious new assassin arrived on the scene and started taking out people working for the Twydalls, The Qwinnodas, The O’Hares and every other family or crew in the Wanderlust-land County area.
Dimitri was sure that the O’Hares were up to something that had gotten out of hand, while Dudley was certain that Maven Q was up to her old and elaborate scheming crap. So they laid out a plan to Mara to get a couple of spies embedded in those outfits. Mara presented a great decoy to place in Maven’s crew while volunteering to go undercover in the O’Hare organization herself.
Thus was started the process of creating a fictional woman, who answers directly to Dmitri and Dudley and (so far as they know) is unaware of her counterpart in the O’Hare family. When Mara became Alyssa Riddle, it felt too much like coming home… and home is where the heart gets slaughtered. The only thing harder than pretending to be a chatty, flirty fixer for Maven Qwinnoda, is hoping that she doesn’t find out the truth about the deadliest new assassin in town.
Deadly Rabbittess – https://i.imgur.com/5QgPpsx.png
The 1860s were a very strange time in history… especially human history. Human history had always been seriously weird and stupid, but around the late 1700 or early 1800s, the stupid weirdness had ramped up considerably. Weird stupidity is one of the most fun and profitable conditions in the universe, so it should come as no surprise that a rather clever and thoroughly evil Hare hatched a scheme to get in on the action. His plan was simple, find an idiot human, steal it’s mind, hide that mind in a safe place and then take the human’s body for a joy ride. The terms of the deal that the Hare had been offered included a stipulation or two.
One; He had to agree to live out the human’s natural life span without intentionally getting himself killed.
Two; If the Hare got himself killed, either through suicide or willfully and immediate dangerous activity with death being the desired outcome, his soul would be forfeit, along with the mind of the human that he would steal and his original body, which would be kept as collateral.
Three; Pleasurable vices and moderated addictions would be granted as exceptions to the mortality rule. Doing something that *could* kill him, someday in the distant future, are in fact, a part of the human experience that would have to be on offer. Any vice that turned into addiction with deadly direction would have to be actively resisted, at least to a degree of moderation though. i.e. if he got a problem of the lungs or liver from smoke or drink and ignored medical counsel to stop indulging in said vice, he’d be going down the path of suicide.
Four; Once his human’s body was dead, the mind and soul of the human he’d stolen would be subject to whatever afterlife his own actions would have warranted, while The Hare would be free to live his own remaining life out with his actions from that point serving as the basis for his judgement.
5. If he ever chose to enter a marriage with a human, The Hare’s previous life would be forfeit. His body would be given to the human who’s body he’d be stealing, all moral actions he’d taken would be held to his accounting in the afterlife and his soul would be eternally bound to that of his wife or husband.
It all seemed such a simple plan with a simple set of rules. When The Hare found a sucker in the form of Alice Liddell and drew her into a hole in the ground, he’d given her a mickey finn of a cocktail like no other, stashed her tripped out mind into a safe place for safe keeping and emerged into the world as thrice blessed thirteen year old girl on the verge of womanhood…
…unfortunately, he’d end up staying on that verge for another thirty years. The entity who’d made the dead with The Hare hadn’t bothered to mention to him that a potion had been slipped into Liddell’s lunch on the morning of her abduction that would slow down her physiological aging to one sixth of it’s normal rate. Given how long humans normally live, this meant that The Hare was in for a much longer joyride than he’d bargained for.
After about a century and a half of moving around the world and changing identities like balding fast-food workers change hats, The Hare had found herself drawn to the City of Ogene Oregon and it’s many splendors. Taking on a job as a bouncer at a local brawler bar had turned out to be a *very* fortunate decision as it’d offered her many unique avenues for mischief and mayhem.
The most recent adventure, still in progress, is a scheme she hatched with the Twydall brothers to create an assassin persona with a look matching her older form. She calls herself The Deadly Rabbittess when she goes killing bastards that are causing problems for Dimitri and Dudley, which are currently problems for her.
The fact that the Rabbittess has also managed to craft a secret identity to infiltrate Maven’s crew is, of course, icing on the cake. She can play all ends against the middle, so that no matter who wins or loses, she’ll be the true victor in this game of flimsy paper thrones sitting inside of houses made of cards that would be breaking very badly in the near future.
Challenge closed. Results posted later today. Tough decision this week.