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Thanks to HeroMachine, now if you can imagine it, you can create it, absolutely free. With thousands of hand-drawn custom-colorable line art, you can outfit any character from any genre. Whether you're an RPGer who wants to bring a character sketch to the game, a novelist who wants to capture that perfect face to refer to as you write, or a gamer who wants a more comics-style rendering of your warrior, ninja, wizard, or archer, HeroMachine can bring that illustration to life.

Just choose the type of item you want, click on it to add it to the canvas, and choose your colors. In minutes you can build your very own customized, beautiful character sketch.

Happy Victoria Day!

Or as we call it in Canada - May Two Four!

The Road to Comic-Con: The Building Begins

Hey everyone, I know it's been a while. It's been a long month, to say the least. But, in the interest of getting things back to normal and getting back in the groove, I've been working on Comic-Con costume stuff. Today we're going to go over the initial parts of building the pauldrons and upper arm pieces as well as what will hopefully become a Black Soulstone. So let's get to it!  I'm just going to go through the steps I took for the build. It's probably not the only way and might not even be the best way, but it's what I did. Post is image-heavy.

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CDC #364 – Team Building – Part 3 – Results

You guys just keep upping your game! Another week of fantastic entries. So on to the results...

Honourable mentions go out to...

Son4 for another great entry with, admittedly, my favourite of all the character's names, and...

Headlessgeneral: the face detail is incredible, and I love the youthful look of the character. Runner up this week goes to...

RobM: the pose is outstanding and the colour combination is lovely.

And the win this week goes to...

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CDC #365 – Team Building – Part 4

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 villainous Manx. Trained from childhood by the original master burglar The Manx, he or she took on the mantle following the death of the mentor. In addition to a utility belt loaded with gadgets perfected by the original Manx, this incarnation brings a useful and deadly addition to the arsenal: two sets of retractable claws; one crafted from Titanium and the other, a razor sharp diamond tipped set, both used with deadly precision.

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, May 27th.

HeroMachine 2 Download Problems

I've had some reports of folks who have downloaded HeroMachine 2 not getting the full list of component sets beyond Standard.

I just spent the last hour or so trying out various things and I was able to replicate the issue on my Mac. It looks like the core problem is that browsers now have to be explicitly told that it's ok to trust Flash content that loads from your local hard drive. Otherwise it won't allow the browser to read the components.txt file that has the list of all the other, non-Standard components in it.

It's a bit of a hassle to fix, but I was able to get it working. Here's how.

First, I wasn't able to get Chrome to work properly, which is a bummer because that's my main browser of choice. However, I was ultimately able to get both Firefox and Safari to load all the sets normally.

For both Safari and Firefox, the first step is to get your browser to trust the local folder where you've stored heromachine.html and heromachine.swf. Directions for doing that are at this link https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2210842 but I'll paste them here for convenience:

For Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari:

On the affected system, go to the Flash Player Settings Manager:

  • Mac: System Preferences > Flash Player
  •  Windows: Control Panel > Flash Player
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • In the Developer Tools section, click the Trusted Location Settings button
  • Click the "Add..." button and add relevant files and folders to the list

You can either manually navigate to the folder and control-click the htm, swf, and txt files, or you can copy the URL your local HeroMachine is in from your browser window. Like in my case, it was file:///Users/jhebert/Downloads/hmach25/. Paste that into the text box that appears when you click the "Add..." button in the instructions above.

Once that's done, in theory you should be able to close and reopen your browser and the list should be complete. In my case, I wasn't able to see any Flash content because I hadn't yet installed the Flash Player plugin for either Safari or Firefox, but once I went to https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and installed it, I was up and working in Safari.

Firefox, however, threw one more hurdle at me. By default it now requires all Flash content to load from a site that starts with http: or https:, which means that local content (which loads from file://) won't work. To fix that, I found this article -- https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1172126 -- which said to do this:

There is a new security setting in Firefox 55 that supersedes everything else. Only SWF files retrieved on http:// or https:// addresses are played (not file://, ftp://, etc.). If you want to revert to the previous behavior:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste plug*ht and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the plugins.http_https_only preference to switch the value from true to false 

Once I did that it all worked like it is supposed to.

I know this is all a big hassle and I wish there were some other way around it. But browsers have been getting more and more aggressive with how they handle Flash content, so there are ever more hoops to jump through. Hopefully this helps someone down the line, though.

CDC – Team Building – Part 2 – Prize for AMS

Here you go buddy Hope I did you justice.

AMS Original

My take. The bit covering his mouth is to hold his asthma meds.

Caption Contest #118

Ok guys, time for another caption contest. This week, I want you to come up with the best possible caption for this Dragonball still:

Everyone can have a maximum of 3 entries, entries must be in by next Wednesday (May 23rd) and All Entries Must Be PG-13

CDC #364 – Team Building – Part 3

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 create the archer character on the hero squad. She is a former Olympic gold medalist in archery with a background and education in forensic science. She spent her post Olympic years working at the Dallas morgue where she saw the devastation that crime was causing in her home town. Hunting with her father as a young girl taught her to track almost anyone or anything. She is Ages’ right hand.

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, May 20th

CDC #363 – Team Building – Part 2 – Results

Another week of awesome entries. Way to go guys! This weeks' honourable mentions go to...

RobM's Dr. Delirium  - really great colours and item use, and...

Dr. MindF___ by Headlessgeberal. Amazing job...as always.

Runner up this week goes to..

Livewyre's Dr Dementia. Love the body shape and use of colour.

The win this week goes out to...

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Team Building Part 1 – Prize for Son4

Considering it is approaching 2 years since I machined anything, this was quite the challenge, Hope you enjoy it Son4!

The Original

My take