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    Cool, so the guy in the back has control over the one in the front. He must be pretty powerful. Both very cool characters. Smile



    Not weird at all. I thought the perspective worked well on “Vandal”.


    Herr D

    Offer of backstory for ‘vandal.’

    Chain Of Events

    “RuPRECHT! What is the meaning of this? What are you doing here with that? I mean–with him.”
    “My queen: the situation is under control. You know I solve problems for you.”
    “Yes, but–“
    “Didn’t I tell you this object on my face would repair my blindness?”
    “Well, yes–“
    “Then let me assure you I’ve done it again!”
    “What, exactly, have you done?”
    “I have created a monumentally useful magical artifact!”
    “This collar and chain, when touching the flesh, transfers the will of any being to the representative of the most wronged.”
    “You know I need an example.”
    “This very large barbarian was caught desecrating a temple, and had already destroyed three silos, killed over thirty people and twelve good horses. As those properties and subjects are within your monarchy, his will was transferred to me until we came within five feet of you. Then he had to stop, as you represent the entire kingdom, and you have not yet commanded him.”
    “Five feet is good, Ruprecht. I think perhaps you should return him to his cell. I don’t wish to have a prisoner serve me directly. He will already be punished, no need to make him resent me personally. Such willful wrong is unbecoming of nobility.”
    “Like genocide would be, your Highness?”
    “You’ve no need to worry over offending him. Part of this artifact’s magic is that he will have no idea he is not following his own mind. You could persecute him or have him wipe out his own tribe completely, and he would think the order did not come from you.”
    “You will return the barbarian to his cell at once and destroy this artifact. It sounds MUCH too dangerous. Really, Ruprecht; controlling the will of others is an evil thing. Please tell me about any artifacts you know of that might be so dangerous.”
    “Well, Highness, I’ve just finally recognized the rivet pattern in the stolen guardsman’s clothes that the prisoner is wearing.”
    “Twelve rivets to recognize the twelve tribes. Mountain Trolls, Cave Trolls, Goblins, Naiads, Dryads, Boulderbruins, Goatmen, Mermen, Birdmen, High-Middle-and-Low Elves, Giants, Dwarves, and Hair-faces. The pattern signifies revenge on others’ behalf. This artifact would bring the closest authority of the twelve tribes here.”
    “We killed them. We killed the Tribal Council when we wiped out all tribes within the kingdom.”
    “True. Perhaps it could summon the spirits of them?”
    “Ruprecht? Perhaps you should drop the chain?”
    “Oh, no, my queen. The barbarian would surely attack you!”
    “Ruprecht! Put away the kn–GUAkkkkkkkrrh…” [thud]
    “Prisoner, you will come with me to the other castle where the queen’s family lives. The queen is not here. Just some dead woman who appears to have stolen the crown and been stabbed for her crimes. Come along.”



    I like that Herr D. Especially the part about how the chain works. I do love a good magical doodad.
    The only problem is that I’m trying to fit all these characters into the same world and setting, which is modern day where superheroes etc exist.

    Still…as I type this, I’m realizing that, by comic book logic at least, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for them to find their way into that setting. Especially with magic involved.


    Interesting side note. I was actually considering naming that second guy “Warlock” :D



    Here’s a couple of supporting characters. Nightingale and Dragonfly’s parents. Long since divorced but still playing a part in each others lives. Not to mention complicating the lives of their children.

    Dr David McKnight
    David McKnight is a world renowned explorer and entomologist (studies insects). He spends most of his time in far off and exotic locales, chasing down and cataloguing the many different insects of the world. Those who know of Dragonfly’s secret identity, Alex McKnight, find it strange that the son of one of the worlds top entomologists should find himself among the group of people who have mysteriously developed insect like abilities. David maintains that it’s nothing more than coincidence but some people are unconvinced. Alex chief among them.
    While David may be gone a lot, he still has a far better relationship with his now fully grown kids that they do with their mother who seems to only be interested in her work.
    Since a number of people have started developing insect like abilities, Dr McKnight has refocussed his area of study away from traditional insects and now spends the majority of his time studying these insectoid humans. He finds them fascinating and has been helpful not only to Dragonfly in understanding his abilities but to the growing insect human community as well. He is one of the Ant Queen’s favourite advisers. Although he seems less than keen to enter her self declared “kingdom” as he finds her drones somewhat disconcerting.


    Dr Laura McKnight
    The estranged mother of Nightingale and Dragonfly is one of the top researchers at the Albright Institute, an organization dedicated to the study of meta-human abilities. For years the good doctor was married to her work. She had very little time for anything else, including her own family. Her detached and cold personality eventually resulted in her divorce from David McKnight and even the estrangement of her children. To Leah and Alex, she became less of a mother and eventually just drifted out of their lives altogether and years passed without either of them hearing from her.
    But out of the blue came a message from Laura one day, asking her children to meet her. It seemed like she had finally decided she wanted to play a part in their lives. While Leah and Alex were sceptical, they were at least willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and allowed her back into their lives.
    It quickly became apparent though that she had little actual interest in mending their broken relationships. Her real interest was in her son’s new abilities. Having learned that Alex was secretly the masked hero Dragonfly, she had become fascinated by his powers and wanted to study them (she seemed to be unaware of her daughters secret identity as Nightingale).
    While Alex was disgusted by this turn of events, he agreed to work with her. After all they both wanted to learn more about his abilities and his mother had far more resources than he did. So Alex joined his mothers research group at the Albright Institute where he met several other young meta-humans such as Apollo, Shaman and Magenta who would go on to become some of his closest friends.
    Dragonfly spent several moths at the institute, learning about his abilities until he could eventually take no more of the constant arguments with his mother, whom he considered cold and angry. He left the institute and returned to a solo career as Dragonfly.
    Dr McKnight continued her studies at the Albright Institute. Her work has been invaluable to countless heroes and has even helped to find weak points in the powers of a number of villains. She has been rewarded time and again for her work. But her dedication to this same work has lost her her entire family twice over. It seems however that the good doctor simply doesn’t care. But then appearances can be decieving.

    (A note on Dr McKnight’s arm: Several years previously, Laura McKnight was diagnosed with cancer. Although she has since gone into remission, the experimental treatment she went though eventually cost her much of the use of her right arm. It was an old family friend, Dr Clarence Macleod, head of ASTRO Labs, who invited Laura to take part in his newest study involving cybernetic limbs. Laura was initially hesitant but eventually agreed, eager to have her full mobility returned. A few weeks later, she had a two fully functioning arms again. Her new appendage gave her added strength and dexterity, but did little to quell the numerous jokes about Dr McKnight’s cold and inhuman personality.)



    These two characters, while not possessing super powers (unless you count Laura’s arm) have had a huge impact on the lives of a number of heroes, including some very unexpected ones. As far as supporting characters go, they’re some of my favourites. While neither if them may be my best work on HeroMachine I’m glad I did them as now I can add them to my own archives and it feels oddly satisfying to have the entire McKnight clan finished now.

    And just for the hell of it, here’s David and Laura chucked together.




    Nice characters, I love the way you outfitted both of them (really like how you did Laura’s lab coat) and the way you posed them is great as well.



    Some reason when I saw Vandal I instantly saw a Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type story with him. maybe the guy in the back is a powerful sorcerer but his anger and rage kept his magic unpredictable so he cast a spell to rid himself of the anger and he got Vandal and the only way to control or “steer” him is the magical chain much like the ribbon that held Ferris the Wolf. Without the chain Vandal will destroy anything in his sight and the only thing that fuels him is his deep primal anger.
    Side-note: The Mcknights are incredibly awesome.



    @Jeimuzu said:

    Nice characters, I love the way you outfitted both of them (really like how you did Laura’s lab coat) and the way you posed them is great as well.

    Thanks. The lab coat isn’t actually how I wanted to create it but I guess it works. My favourite part of Laura is her I.D badge for some reason. I don’t really know why.

    @Nobody said:

    Some reason when I saw Vandal I instantly saw a Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type story with him. maybe the guy in the back is a powerful sorcerer but his anger and rage kept his magic unpredictable so he cast a spell to rid himself of the anger and he got Vandal and the only way to control or “steer” him is the magical chain much like the ribbon that held Ferris the Wolf. Without the chain Vandal will destroy anything in his sight and the only thing that fuels him is his deep primal anger.
    Side-note: The Mcknights are incredibly awesome.

    I like that. In fact I think if you combine that with Herr D’s story, we may have a really interesting back story for them. I may have to type something up combining the two ideas.

    Thanks guys. :)



    Here’s my kind of rip off of Powers.

    Virgil and Romero are two of the best detectives in the city and are part of a unit that investigates crimes involving meta-humans. They have encountered Dragonfly on a number of occasions and have become his closest contacts within the FCPD.


    Detective Emily Virgil
    No one would argue the fact that Emily Virgil is the most driven member of the Meta Crimes Unit. Her passion for justice has always pushed her to over achieve in her chosen career and she has become one of the youngest detectives in the departments history. Sure, the swerve into meta crime was hardly a direction she saw her career taking but she loves her job. Even if it does put her in a ridiculous amount of danger on a daily basis.
    Her partner, Tim Romero, is incredibly aggravating at times but he has become her best friend and the only person she trust implicitly. The two have a sibling like relationship and while they’re constantly bickering and making fun of each other, both would go to the ends of the earth for their partner.
    Virgil has always been an excellent judge of character. So when Dragonfly first showed up on the scene, she was one of the few people willing to accept him at face value. While most hated and feared the insectoid humans, Virgil recognized that Drogonfly’s drive for justice was as strong as hers. She has always been his strongest supporter within the FCPD and has helped sway the initial distrust felt by some of the other officers.
    Virgil and Dragonfly have become fast friends and, not that she would ever openly admit this, she even has a slight crush on the hero despite never actually seeing him without his mask (that she’s aware of).


    “Do you want to surrender now or after I shoot you?” – Emily Virgil.


    Detective Timothy Romero
    “The Dream Team”. That’s how Tim Romero refers to himself and Virgil. And it may actually be valid. While Romero’s career hasn’t advanced as quickly as Virgil’s has, there’s no doubting that he’s one of the best. It’s perhaps his casual disregard for authority and often reckless behaviour that has held him back somewhat. Nonetheless, Romero enjoys where his career is at right now and he enjoys the dangerous aspect of his career slightly more than his partner does.
    Romero often acts like an older brother towards Virgil. While he’s more than happy to put himself in harms way, he hates having Virgil take the same risks. Virgil just finds this hypocritical and mildly sexist. While the two argue a lot they clearly care for one another and woe betide anyone who screws with either of them.
    Romero is not a fan of the bug people, Dragonfly included, and doesn’t understand why Virgil is so trusting. He more often than not refers to Dragonfly simply as “The bug”. His hatred of the bug people is understandable though. During an attack on the city by the Locust King and his army, Romero was wounded and came as close as he ever has to death. Since that point on he has hated every last one of the insectoids, despite the fact that Dragonfly was largely responsible for ending that particular crisis. Dragonfly probably doesn’t help matters by giving as good as he gets when Romero throughs barbs at him.
    Despite his distrust of Dragonfly, Romero has begun to grudgingly respect the hero. He realizes now that he may not be as bad as he initially thought and is actually pretty good at detective work in his own right. That said though, he still keeps a close eye on the bug. Just in case.


    “Hey idiot! You have the right to remain silent so shut the **** up!” – Tim Romero.



    Ugh! Why is it always after I post a character that I notice all the small things that I meant to fix but forgot?



    Love your two detectives. Your posing and costuming are really great, it really brings the characters to life.



    When I started creating this guy I had zero intention of creating this guy. To be honest I was just screwing around and trying to use items I don’t normally use but when I got so far into it I thought to myself “Self, this would make a pretty cool costume for Clover”. Because as some of you may know, 90% of the character I post here already exist in some form. I have a list of about 250 that are really just waiting for me to create an image for them. So Clover kind of snuck up on me but I’m glad I got him done. Another one off my list.

    p.s. There are certain things in this image that are really just my own little joke with myself. Y’know, because I’m a weirdo.


    Clover is a highly paid mercenary specializing in cyber crime with a side of ultra violence. Sure he could probably do a lot of his work sitting on his couch at home but he has an almost psychotic love of punching people in the face. Most people assume that Clover is just really good or really lucky. Both are actually true. But what few people realize is that he is actually capable of altering local probability fields in his own favour, essentially making his own luck.

    While Clover is mostly a happy-go-lucky kind of sociopath, he has an almost overwhelming hatred for his former partner. The now reformed millionaire Dominic Cain, once known as the villain Domino. Clover believes Cain betrayed him and now spends much of his time plotting revenge. So far he has been surprisingly unsuccessful in his plans. Possibly due to to Cain’s own luck powers counteracting Clovers but probably due mostly to the constant meddling of one of various young heroes who Cain now funds.

    Despite these set backs though, Clover is determined to make Cain pay for his alleged betrayal and maintains that it’s only a matter of time. And a matter of luck.



    Has anyone else been having trouble exporting their files with Firefox? I’ve been trying to save png images but for some reason it keeps saving as an “unsupported file type”.



    @Anarchangel said:

    Has anyone else been having trouble exporting their files with Firefox? I’ve been trying to save png images but for some reason it keeps saving as an “unsupported file type”.

    I think HM is having an issue with the exporting right now, so it’s not just you. Anyways, I really like Clover. His costume is cool, I love the head piece. I enjoyed his bio as well.



    Yeah I know there have been issues with Chrome but Firefox has been working until just recently.

    And thanks.

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