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A contest for player modelers daring them to create the meanest, smartest, toughest character possible be it: human, hybrid, mechanical, alien or animal, worthy of competing in a tournament battle to the end.

Posted by INtense! on Jun 22nd, 2007


The tolling of the midnight bell echoes through the moonlit halls of the New York Museum, breaking the silence. For a 100 years, this stone monolith has stood as a testament to human knowledge in all its forms. Ancient tomes and forgotten texts line bookshelves of impossible height, spiral staircases and dust-lined corridors make what was once a place for late-night study into a shadowy labyrinth for tonight's bloody cabal.

The rules of this deadly ballet are simple: A combatant of any race, size or species may enter. Only one may leave. It's going to be a long night at the Library.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept

Design, build and submit to Mod DB & Addon DB your ultimate tournament player model which fits the theme above.

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The three best entries will receive:


All entries will be judged by Mod DB and Addon DB staff with visual build quality, attention to detail and suiting the competition theme key assessment criteria.

  • The competition will close on June 17th with the winners announced a week later on June the 24th. The best entries will be showcased in this feature on Mod DB and on Addon DB as the editors choice spotlight. NOTE. date extension given, see here for the details
  • There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.
  • In any and all cases of dispute the Judges' decision is final.
  • The model has to follow the theme given for each competition.
  • The model does not need to be compiled for a particular game engine.
  • You can not re use old models and/or textures all work must be newly created, evidence of reuse will result in disqualification.
  • Keep in the spirit of things and show off your work in progress shots in the competition forum thread.
  • Evidence of use of image/photo manipulation software to enhance the final render will result in disqualification. Use of such software is only permitted in order to crop/resize images, add your name/e-mail/site/etc., or to add a frame/logo.
  • The theme is inspired by the Matthew Reilly novel Contest - check it out for ideas.
  • Maximum Triangles: 8000
  • Maximum Textures:
    1024 x 1024 Diffuse
    1024 x 1024 Specular
    1024 x 1024 Alpha
    1024 x 1024 Normals
    1024 x 1024 Glow


All discussion and work in progress shots should be posted in the thread provided here. You are encouraged to submit renders so we can provide feedback and help you mod your way to winning! When your final model is done:

  • Please Zip or RAR your model in .obj format (preferred) along with all the texture sheets and upload it as an addon for standalone games.
  • In the addon description note the poly/tri count, map size and the model format and any other information about the model.
  • In the addon post a final render, GI wire frame, and your final texture sheet.
    Tip: Don’t render a dark skin against a light background or a light skin against a dark one and try to take your time perfecting the model then work on your uv.


The judging of the submitted models will be done by Mod DB and Addon DB staff.
Judges will choose and will select the top models to receive the awards and prizes. Mod DB staff reserve the absolute right to disqualify any submission that they believe may be in violation of rules.

Mod DB reserves the right to amend any of the above during the course of the contest with or without notice.


Good luck to all participants and may the best competitors win! Also thanks to for sponsoring the event.

The Winners

In the end it came down to 6 entries, which were brilliantly made considering the deadline and the fact that we (in)conveniently lined up the competition during exam time. Choosing a winner was tough as always but in the end the honor went to doncorneo99 who made AKIMBO The African Bush Warrior.


With a dress and fluffy bands to match, this is one creature that has pumped more weights than Arnie and is well deserving of a win. Seriously though the diffuse map is killer: model 9, skin 9, final 9.

SpaceMonkey Shadrian

Second place goes to solvalou who made Space Monkey. Now I’m not sure what a monkey is doing in space and he may look a little chubby, but my mum always told me to watch out for monkeys and this looks like one character you don’t want to upset. Awesome: model 10, skin none, final 8.

Third place goes to Dragonlord who worked his butt off on Shadrian. With 4 eyes and enough spiky bits to poke anything that gets near, I’d say good luck getting away from this bad-guy. Model 8, skin 5, final 7.

Jack PoliceBot Tanaka

Finally massive thanks to everyone who participated and missed out (Jack, Police Bot Roger and Tanaka). If you are after more, tons of work was shown off in the forums.

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RaptorIV May 3 2007 says:

Darn, too bad i stopped modelling :/

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Karuto May 2 2007 says:

Good luck, everyone! :D

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INtense! Author
INtense! May 2 2007 says:

indeed - i'm certain we will see some really really sweet player model entries. I've seen tons of great work on the moddb so hopefully everyone has fun and gets involved.

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA May 3 2007 says:

Cant wait to see some of the entries :)

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r4scal May 3 2007 says:

sigh i cant model yet ;'(

only texture.

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PhoeniXXX May 3 2007 says:

i working on a human model but its for a our mod so i havent time to create another one -.-

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kinesis916 May 3 2007 says:

Sounds cool. Would certainly help with my modeling skills.

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Fell May 4 2007 says:

ok, so in staying with the theme it has to be something you'd find in a museum, like something historical right?

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INtense! Author
INtense! May 4 2007 says:

No - that is just the setting, your aim is just to make a character good at fighting. So make something tough / badass!

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Fell May 5 2007 says:

cool, i may see what i can come up with

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Nightshade08 May 5 2007 says:

hmmmm.... im surprised Kratos isnt in the picture.

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Aeneas2020 May 6 2007 says:

do the models have to be textured?

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA May 7 2007 says:

Yes :)

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Aeneas2020 May 11 2007 says:

hmm i'll see what i can finals so may not have time

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lonewolf807 May 9 2007 says:

Im gonna make bob the builder with a m16 lol

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Snark-Eater May 18 2007 says:

I have a feeling we'll be seeing quite a few Master Chiefs, Solid Snakes, and more than one Boba fett I'm sure.

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Natace25 May 25 2007 says:

If I make a model, one that is going to be in a mod of mine that I've been working on for quite some time now, you guys don't get the rights to use my model yeah?
Because I would love to enter it into the competition, however, I don't want to enter it and then have you guys at moddb pretty much take the ownership rights for my model.

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ahmedhalby May 27 2007 says:

you are the worest thing in my life and i hope that you`ll be the worest in the future

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ahmedhalby May 27 2007 says:

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ahmedhalby May 27 2007 says:

i`d like to play sexy games

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Ronnie42 Jun 10 2007 says:

I thought that it would be a all out war for all the shooters. cause that would rock like master chief vs gear of war or doom guy vs radien from unreal tournment(original from mortal Kombat)

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taoki_tashiro Jun 27 2007 says:

good luck everyone
just wait the winner

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