Expansion Guns

In the next couple of weeks I'll be releasing some additional Expansion items, including a nice set of firearms by the invaluable Mark Shute. Since people seem to like guns and other assorted firearms, I thought I'd provide a preview of what they look like (click the image for a much larger version):

Expansion Firearms Preview

One of the things Mark does much better than I is creating drawings of mechanical items with clean, crisp lines that convey a sense of solidity. My Flash drawings tend to look like they were drawn with a brush, while Mark's are more like those rendered with a good set of technical pens. It works much better for these kinds of things, and I have to admit I learn something every time I work with his stuff.

This next expansion to the expansion is going to add several hundred items to the set, thanks to Mark, including some really nice shirts and belts, among many others. You can see the full set of items he's submitted here.

8 Responses to Expansion Guns

  1. Peter N Martin

    WooHoo! Bring it on! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff. The minigun, powered armor pieces, new blades, new overlegging patters… love it ALL.

  2. These things look awesome, and not to mention there are quite a few that are long overdue, especially the straightjacket and severed head (finally, a deranged axe murderer can be properly dressed!). The flanged mace looks great, too, but I think my favorite is the bare midriff on the feminine model. Hopefully soon we’ll see feminine Coat items, particularly the jackets, follow suit- such as Coat/FantasyCommon/Furry, or Coat/Expansion1/Plate2. On the male model, they stop above the waist, but female models have them full-length. Just something I’ve wondered about, and a suggestion for the future.

  3. Glad you like them, Peter and Brad. I should add that these were proposed items, and not all of them made the cut. The severed head is one of the few that didn’t get in, as I think it’s just too graphic for what I want the program to be. I know, I know, that’s a little silly considering the bewildering array of firepower and melee weaponry, but I just think it crosses a line that I don’t want to cross. A lot of kids use this, and if I were a parent I don’t think I’d want to see a severed head popping up on software my child was using.

    99% of what you see on Mark’s page is getting in, but the head isn’t. My apologies for not making that clearer.

  4. Thank you sir for including (IMHO) one of the coolest, prettiest, and most badass machine gun ever made…

    The FAMAS!

  5. No severed head? Oh my, what would we do without censorship. Actually, I agree, the severed head was interesting, but below the standard I and I believe many others have come to admire and respect about the Hero Machine application, not to mention it isn’t quite as mature or unique as everything else.

    I know exactly what you mean about kids, my neices and nephew love Hero Machine as much as I do, and I was thinking of showing them the new list, but when I saw the severed head I immediately had second thoughts, and I’m quite glad to know that didn’t make it. All in all, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that some of my favorites made their way in and that the aforementioned short feminine jackets will also be taken into consideration. Other than that, keep up the good work!

  6. Peter N Martin

    Not to come off as overly impatient, but do we have an ETA on the new items?

  7. Within a matter of days. They’ve all been transferred to the first and second male bodies, and the first female one, and have been posted to the server. At this point all we’re waiting on the tech guys to test it and then post it to the server.

  8. Peter N Martin

    Awesome! Can’t wait!