Rules for the Warlock Challenge - Real-Time Game Character

Real-Time Game Character
6 March 2020 - 20 May 2020 This challenge has ended

We’re proud to present the FlippedNormals Warlock Challenge!
This is a challenge where you can let your imagination run wild. We’re huge fans of fantasy, and with this theme there’s plenty of opportunity to explore different kinds of characters and environments.

Traditionally a warlock is restricted to a male witch. However, we want to encourage you to explore this concept further. You’re not necessarily beholden to gender or even dark fantasy. If you think you can put a modern spin on this trope by mixing it with horror or even sci-fi, have at it!

Real-Time Game Character Brief

Create 1 real-time 3D character with no paintovers. The character has to be rendered in a real-time engine such as Unity, Marmoset Toolbag, UE4 etc. and with a max poly/tri-count of 100K - along with front, side, back views, as well as wireframes.

You will also need to show the final textures created for your character.
You’re allowed to use two 4K map sets that include standard maps like albedo, spec, roughness, emissive etc.

While you can’t do any paintovers on your character, you are allowed to do final grading. Adding background and foreground elements such as dust, sparks or anything else that adds to your presentation, have to be present in the final 3D scene on planes. These count towards your final polycount as well.

Final Submission

  • 1 final shot of your character in a real-time viewer/engine - 1,920px+ on the longest edge.
  • Front, side and back views of your character in a real-time viewer/engine - 1,920px+ on the longest edge.
  • Wireframe shots and a texture overview + any additional shots you wish to include
  • (Optional) Include the final character in an online viewer for us to inspect
  • (Optional) Work in progress images to show your journey from start to finish

Judging Criteria

Your work will be judged based on a number of different criteria: The technical execution, the final aesthetics of the image - as well as your own creative flair. Are you able to tell a story with your character? Does it evoke emotion? Think about the presentation, as well as the back story of the piece - and other defining characteristics you can display through the finished character.

The theme lends itself to something over the top, flashy and colorful! Take advantage of this and create something memorable.


We love to see the community thrive and grow and we highly encourage commenting on other people’s work - giving feedback and constantly pushing each other to become better artists. We know it takes time and everything helps.


:1st_place_medal: 1st Place: ($1,400)

:2nd_place_medal: 2nd Place: ($450)

:3rd_place_medal: 3rd Place: ($275)



The deadline for the Warlock Real-Time Game Character category entries is Wednesday May 20th, 2020 15:00 UTC

Winners Announcement

The winners will be announced Wednesday May 27th, 2020.

Work In Progress

  • You’ll HAVE to keep an active thread of your progress with at least 3 WIP along with your final submission.
  • Title your thread ‘ [Warlock Challenge] – [PROJECT NAME]


  • If you use a basemesh, it needs to be generic – nothing which looks like the final design.
  • The entry must be made specifically for this challenge.
  • You can only make one submission per challenge.
  • All entries are for individual artists only and the submission has to be done by yourself – no collaborations allowed.
  • Feel free to post your progress on social media and make sure to tag FlippedNormals and use the hashtag #fnartchallenge
  • Color grading and other standard compositing practices are allowed. However, as with the above, they’re not allowed to fundamentally change what you’ve done in 3D.
  • You’re allowed to use designs created by someone else, but remember to always get permission.
  • The prize amount listed is the combined value of what you can win. There are no cash prizes included on top. I.e. the 1st place winner will win the prizes listed above, and they are worth a combined value of $1,400.

Good luck to everyone!


Wut constitutes as a Warlock? Is it just a general dark* magic user? :thinking:

edit: forgot to specify dark

Is the cash amount listed a total amount of the prizes listed below, or is it a flat cash prize PLUS the prizes listed below?

Sorry if it’s a silly question, but as I understand warlock is male, but can we do a “female warlock” ? Aha wasn’t sure how restricted we were on that

Any specific definition of Warlock or we can have a bit of freedom on the warlock theme?
And when you say “Real time engines”, is Blender Eevee also acceptable?

Generally refers to a male witch. Often associated with dark magic that comes from a pact for a powerful being or item.
But we want to be lenient and are open to see peoples interpretation of it :slight_smile:

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Technically yes, it is a male.
But maybe you can find a clever way around that. We wouldn’t be against a female warlock, even if it breaks with “tradition”

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Yes, you do have some freedom with this. In the end, we care about the story you can tell within the general theme :slight_smile:
And yes, Eevee is allowed. As long as it can run in a real-time engine.

It’s the the combined amount from the prizes. There will be no cash prize.

How do I participate/join the challenge? Do I create a thread or?

Don’t quite understand :slight_smile:

Yup, simply create a WIP thread as outlined in the rules above :slight_smile:

Hi there ^^
Are we allowed to use a concept art as a base or does it need to be an original character ?

You can use concept art as a base :slight_smile:
Just make sure to get permission from the creator

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Especially considering that the game engine; UPBGE has Eevee compatability.

Considering it’s just Blender with a play button and coding, seems like it’d be pointless not to allow vanilla Eevee, good to see that it’s allowed ;).

Eevee is definitely allowed :slight_smile:

Onto the age rating, the direction I’ll go for is going to be regarded as something that’s PG-13 or higher in some countries due to blood and wounds, is that ok?

That’s fine :slight_smile:

Ok I’m excited to be a part of this. This will be my very first challenge!

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Where do we post our WIPs and stuff?

You just create your own WIP thread as described in the rules above.
Just make sure to post it in the correct category :slight_smile: