Website / Picture Wars


Picture Wars is a turn-based strategy game where everything is customizable down to the pixel: units, buildings, vehicles, maps, everything. One person posts a picture of the area that the combat will be in, another posts the same picture but with his units added in. On his next turn he just posts the picture again but with his units in different places, and so on. Because of this, basically anything is possible as long as it is fair. This results in several tons of awesome.

There are also several variants on this, known as "Modded Matches".

The name is also that of a generic forum game, with varying rules, but mainly one-upping the last image.

This website provides examples of:

Examples from specific armies:

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive (Trios Enterprises. They eat planets for resources, kill any competitors with their extensive military, and reverse-engineer alien technology for profit.)
    • They are also attacking a mine held by an enemy empire, to steal their wealth.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods (Several armies are variations on cephalopods. Most notably the Ceph'qua which are cybernetic floating cuttlefish.
  • The European Union: And no, the UK is not part of it.
  • Ghostapo: Kapuzburg is actually an inversion of this, being a bunch of ex-imperial German soldiers trained to fight supernatural beings.
  • Power Floats (Everything for the Ceph'qua floats. Everything.)
    • Justified in that their vehicles use a lesser-known element known as floatanium.
  • Kill It with Water (Aquamorphs. Telepathic Hydrokinetic one-eyed aliens. They also have ice powers.
  • HAPPY Fun Ball (HAPPYbots. They're happy and smiling and they love all creatures all of the time! Just don't let them hug you...)
  • Madness Mantra (DATA. A lot.)
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The Namkobian Expedition Force is a Minecraft-based army, right down to their vehicles being made out of blocks.
    • It even has non-standard character design within the army itself, with both the traditional character designs by Notch and the designs by Dock co-existing as part of their fluff.
  • Stylistic Suck (sweet_army12 is the Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff of picture wars.)
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Namkobia's default dialect.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Roughly three quarters of all armies having anything to do with Germany are this (which says a lot about how popular Germans with guns are), sometimes with added Stupid Jetpack Hitler.
  • Time Police (The as-of-yet seen in action Time Police, who violently deal with time travel and changing the future/past in general. Unless it was destined for the time traveler to change the timeline, in which case they'll let it slide. The Travelers were not destined to do so, and are currently warring with them.)
  • Time Travel (The Travelers, a race of time traveling aliens from the future who are out there in the past to avert the apocalypse. Given their xenophobia though, it's unlikely they're in it for anyone besides themselves, which in some cases leads to lots of carnage.)
  • The War of Earthly Aggression (Most notably the match Worlds War One.)
  • United Nations: The UN. Of course.
  • One Nation Under Copyright (Displayed in the OTS, who are the main fighting force of Argent Enterprises, a corporation that runs everything from hospitals to galactic colonization.
    • Also displayed with Trios Enterprises, which sells everything from fruit to fissile material. Their military is just as extensive as their markets, though somewhat subverted in that Trios Enterprises has nothing that can be called 'civilians'; everything is automated save for the brain-in-a-jar Brainbots.
  • Honour Before Reason (House Anhur's military, who display suicidal and irrational (fighting with swords against fully armed mercenaries) methods as they fight for their families and empire.)
  • Yanks with Tanks: The United States army shows up in multiple rosters, ranging from vanilla variants, to the Theme Park Version of their World War II presence, to the Fallout Prewar Military.