Category Archives: News & Updates

The latest happenings on all things HeroMachine.

Whiz Bang Item Creation Poll: Military Tops (Poll#003)

The Machinists have spoken and they want more tops. This week’s theme is military style tops. I will be creating both a male and female version of the winning item.

Feel free to make art suggestions for future polls. I will be doing Tops for the next poll, followed by Headgear of some sort.

Project Hair

As some of you may know, I have considered my skills with creating normal Hair assets sub par at best. With that in mind I started thinking of ways to compensate for this weakness. I’ve been experimenting with resourcing hair art from existing pieces and transforming them into HeroMachine assets. My first experiment with this can be seen below. I used Sue Storm hair as a resource and created vector artwork that can be added into HeroMachine.

Original Artwork:


HeroMachine Artwork:


Now the pitch. I’m asking any interested Machinists to scour the Internet for hair art that I can use as a resource for hair creation and then add to HeroMachine. For the first phase of Project Hair I would take the top 6 suggestions (either chosen by me or a poll) and add them into HeroMachine as soon as I can manage it.

Now the catch. Image Requirements and Suggestions:

1. The artwork must be black and white and created in a style that is compatible with the HeroMachine aesthetic. Essentially Comic Book style inked artwork like the Sue Storm example above.

2. Avoid hair with headgear. I just want the hair.

3. Bigger is better. If the image is too small it may be hard to see the details necessary to create the hair artwork.

4. I’ve found inked artwork depicting heroes with lighter hair, better suited for HeroMachine adaptation. Dark hair is usually depicted with larger black areas. If we want hair with bigger, black  shapes we can go that route though.

5. Post the link of the artwork into this blog post. Or jump on over to my item creation thread in the forums and add the suggestion there.

Together we can make HeroMachine a whole lot hairier.

HM3: Das Boots


Poll #2 Winner, Wrapped Boots, has gone live. I also threw in the Tall Boot as a bonus and broke it into two pieces to boot. In addition I uploaded a few other items: a Fantasy crown/helm I made for one of my own major villains, a saddle I made for SkyBandit, and a thread-stitched horror mouth in honor of the approaching Hallow’s Eve.

The Wrapped Boots can be found in FootRight/Standard. The Tall Boots can be found in FootRight/FemaleStandard. The helm can be found in Headgear/Fantasy. The saddle can be found in ItemsRight/Miscellaneous (I need to break it apart into a couple of pieces, so that will be updated in the future.) The stitched mouth can be found in Mouths/Standard.

Enjoy and keep on Machining!

New Item Brainstorming: What Art Assets Would You Like to See Created?

Hello fellow Machinists! Choose your 5 top categories that you would like me to create art assets for.

Just sitting around wondering what art assets the Machinist community would like to see added to HM3. I made this poll as a semi-formal gathering of data to gauge the interest in particular categories. I am also interested in hearing specific requests in the discussion below, with the hope of expanding upon the conversation. Ultimately I want to use this as a guide for future item polls.

HM3: Right in the Kisser!


I was going to do a poll on mouths earlier, but instead I just started making them. Here is a selection fit for the upcoming Halloween celebration. You can find them all in Mouth/Standard.

Whiz Bang Item Creation Poll: Boots (Poll#002)

Time for another poll! This time we have some boots. Walk on over and tell me which of these pieces of footwear you would like to see kicking around the Machine. I will put my best foot forward and try to create them to your satisfaction.

We’ve got the new Wonder Woman boots from the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie.

Some tall black boots that AMS suggested.

Some cloth-wrapped boots that may or may not have been from a Star Wars property.


The poll is closed and the winner is Cloth-Wrapped Boot! I will create this asset and add it to HeroMachine over the next week. 

The poll will close at Midnight on Tuesday, October 13th.

HM3: Headbanging Good!



Whiz Bang presents the winning items from Poll #001. Ocean Master Helmet (well, it’s kind of masky if you ask me) and Ant Man Helmet. You can find Ocean Master in Headgear/Fantasy and the Ant Man Helmet in Headgear/Military. I also created some ears using the Ocean Master artwork. These can be found in Ears/Standard. In addition I made a bishop hat (perfect for evil priest concepts), a crown-like headpiece ( I designed this for my villain character, Sovereign), and another piece that reminds me of an eraser head (I’m sure the Machinists will find some use for it). The bishop hat and crown piece can be found in Headgear/Fantasy and the eraser/stump hat can be found in Headgear/Modern. I’ve also included the Japanese mask that I made for Weilyn. I hadn’t pointed out that this had gone live when I first uploaded it weeks ago so I included it with this post. It can be found in Headgear/Mask.

Whiz Bang Item Creation Poll Reborn! (Poll#001)

It’s been awhile. I know. I want to get back into item creation and my favorite thing to do is make polls and let the Machinists decide what I create next. I’m not sure what kind of schedule I’m going to follow but I’m thinking every other week to get started.

“But you choose what goes in the poll, so really you are choosing from your choices and we Machinists are choosing one of the choices you have already chosen. It seems a bit deceptive to say that we Machinists have a real choice in the matter.”

What!?!? Who said that?  (smoke bomb)

Poll is closed! Antman Helmet and Ocean Master Helmet were so close during the poll vote that I decided to do them both. Here is a preview of the art pieces! Antman Helmet will be three pieces and I made additional ears from the Ocean Master artwork.



HM3: I believe I can fly…

Moar, moar, moar, moar … wings!
They can now be found in … (drum roll) … “Backplane/Wings”! Where else? Duh! 😉

HM3: I See Stars! And Other Shapes!

For those of you who have been waiting anxiously for more shapes to be added to the Machine, your prayers have been answered! These shapes can now be found in Insignia/Shapes.