The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. The winner each week will win a version of their character created on HM by yours truly.
Your challenge this week is to design the hero team’s archer
Name: Derek Bruce
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana
Powers: Derek’s powers lie in his bow and arrows which are both made of energy and can take on the forms of any energy source including fire and lightning.
Your entry this week should include your rendering of Derek as well as his hero name, and a brief synopsis of how he mastered archery and how he attained his energy bow and arrows.
Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.
Enter a often as you like!
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, June 23rd.
I give you Ballista
With his superior sight, and his energy bow, he never misses.
He has no need to carry a traditional bow. Nanotechnology in his left gauntlet, which includes his bracer and glove, create a handle that his energy bow emits from. He has no need to carry arrows either, since they are energy as well and appear when he draws his bow. He can change his energy arrows to whatever he needs just by thinking about it thanks to his integrated mask. He also carries a gun, just in case, but uses it only if he has to.
Ballista version 2
I reworked his bow and added to his sleeve .
Derek Bruce aka “Elemarrow” : https://www.deviantart.com/xinmodic/art/Elemarrow-802557407
Derek was a natural archer, during his youth he trained constantly with the hopes of one day going to the Olympics. However in the year 2005 his life changed forever. Hurricane Katrina changed the lives of many in the state of Louisiana, and Derek and his father were no exception. They lost Derek’s mother… Derek’s mother and father were scientist who worked and owned a lab operating in new Orleans. After the event his father worked on a way to harness energy to control the elements, trying desperately to find some way to keep what happened from ever happening again.
Years later Dereks father made a breakthrough, 2 gauntlets that when worn allow the user to through great focus conjure energy and control it. He calls his son with the good news and tells him to come over to see. As Derek gets there an attack on the lab. Derek finds his father dead and the group gone leaving only death and destruction. He sees the place ransack as if they were looking for something and he notices hidden in a small area by his father the gauntlets.
He puts them on and as they connect to his mind, a sole lackey of the group still there appears and jumps to attack Derek. On instinct he conjures a bow of flames and shoots arrows made of lighting towards the foe incapacitating him. He goes over to interrogate the foe and finds he was sent by a group only known as ” Lunatic Fringe “. It is from here on out Derek, now under the guise “Elemarrow” decided to use his skills and his fathers technology to help those of his city and find and stop this evil group and any more like them.
I’ve been busy of late getting ready to visit my mom in San Diego, but here’s a rough version for this one, because I love archer heroes:
Derek Bruce has been a few things in his life. Three of them have never been, handsome, charismatic or clever. This was true before he fell out of the oak tree on his family estate. It was especially true after he fell out of the tree, from a height of more than twenty feet and through at least two limbs and four branches.
After the accident, Derek had resigned himself to a simple life as a simple man who would probably not ever have a simple wife or simple children, given his poor prospects as a suitable provider or partner.
All of this changed on the afternoon of King Ardrick’s grand tourney recruitment, because Derek somehow won a peasant’s ticket to compete, with a mysterious benefactor sponsoring low born youths. Two of the few things that Derek had even been good at, and the only things he’d remained just as good at after the accident, were nimble finger work and sustained holding of heavy weight. Both of these attributes turned out to be key in archery.
Upon winning the archery tourney for his province and coming within a hair’s breadth of winning the Kingdom Wide tourney, Derek was approached by the court philosopher Marlion, who, it turned out, had been the benefactor funding poor lads like him. Marlion asked if Derek would be willing to perform a great service for the Kingdom of Albion and the other realms of mankind, which Derek agreed to more out of dread for gaining the ire of a powerful man, than for a sense of duty to his fellow man.
With that commitment made, Derek was handed a bow of light and a quiver of arrows, then hurled through time and space centuries ahead and countless leagues away. He found himself something called “The United Stations of Amerigo” or somesuch (he was never good with remembering names) and was approached by two women calling themselves “Totem” and “Raptor” which were odd enough names that Derek could easily recall them.
When these warrior women described their team of fighters and their dedication to helping people stay safe, Derek was pretty sure (though not one hundred percent certain) that he’d discovered the task which Marlion had set for him. Calling himself Bruuzer, Derek made a commitment to fighting alongside these women and their companion “Mack Twinney” or whatever he was called.
Derek was bashful enough to hope they hadn’t caught on to the fact that he was mostly joining the team in hopes of impressing beautiful women such as themselves, but not so foolish as to think they hadn’t, for even a foolish man knows to tread lightly around a wise woman.
Challenge closed. Results posted shortly.