As I mentioned last week, today (a couple of days late) I am starting work on a special HeroMachine Edition dealing with Mechs for an upcoming product that must remain confidential until release. Since I know almost nothing about mechs, I thought I would turn to you and ask for what you would want in such a version to help you build the ultimate big robot vehicle fighting machine.
I’m going to be using some of the items I build for the last, similar attempt that got canceled and which you can find in HeroMachine 3 now — the robot heads and arms and legs and such. But I need a lot more. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
I will probably be using a 3/4 view figure like in the old one, so the mechs will be facing off to one side. That makes placement in HM3 a bit awkward since that’s a head-on view but such is life.
I’ve also been doing some thinking about what slots should be available, and so far this is what I have:
- Right Shoulder
- Left Shoulder
- Right Arm
- Left Arm
- Right Leg
- Left Leg
I was tempted to put something like Insignia in, but these guys don’t usually have chest emblems, do they?
Anything you can tell me that you think I should know about building good mechs would be much appreciated.
OK, I am finally settled in Colorado, and although my internet access situation is still in flux (meaning, it sucks but I am working on it), I have the computer and tablet set up and have started drawing items for the ItemRight-Miscellaneous set. Please let me know in the comments specific items or types of items you would like to see, keeping in mind that I am going through the HM2 Miscellaneous set and the Expansion to port the relevant objects over.
Thanks in advance for your ideas! As usual, requests with links to specific images are the most helpful.
It looks like the vote is to do Fantasy Armor next. As usual the plan is to convert as many of the 2.5 items in that set over as possible, and to kick it up several notches by including as many of your suggestions as I can. So by all means, please feel free to request in the comments to this post any specific upper-body armor you want to see in the program.
Comments with links to actual images of what you mean will be much more helpful than just plain text descriptions, although certainly those will be good to have as well. It’s just a lot easier to visualize what you mean if I have something to look at.
Thanks in advance for your great feedback, it’s suggestions and requests like these that make the program worth doing!
Hammerknight’s starting a new series this week, and would love your suggestions. Take it away, HK! Click the image for a larger, more legible version.
I’m working on new alternate body types starting today, and am sort of feeling my way along here. My thinking (such as it is) is that I want to do up a series of complete bodies in a whole new set called BodyMaleAlternate. These will be completely integrated bodies that are greater or lesser departures from standard human norms, and which will NOT work with many (if any) of the clothing items in the program already. But, they’ll be fun changes of pace and will allow you to make some really bizarre monsters.
In addition to the piece-parts broken out from these complete figures, of course, there will be other distinct arms or legs or torsos or bottoms (like ghost tails, mermaid tails, etc.) that aren’t part of a bigger set.
How does that sound? Useful, not useful, good, bad, indifferent? Here are the first two samples to give you an idea what I am talking about (the ghosted-out images in the background are the standard male figure, for reference):
I’ll also probably put in a couple of regular-looking human bodies like a dedicated dwarf and an adolescent. The key thing to remember is that I am not — repeat NOT — redrawing any of the clothing items to fit on any of these. If you can Transform them to make them fit, great, but I am not redrawing everything to fit a dozen different styles.
It looks like most people want non-human limbs next, so let me know in the comments to this post exactly what it is you’re wanting from a set like that. Links to actual images are the most helpful, but just words are fine too if you can’t find a good image.
Note that leaving suggestions for anything not related to non-human limbs won’t be a lot of help, since by the time I get to whatever set you’re talking about, I will forget what you asked for.
With many thanks to Hammerknight for his excellent ongoing series of how-to articles, I am happy to present his latest. Let him know in comments what you think and any other guides you’d want to see from him.
(With many thanks to friend-of-the-site Hammerknight, who now presents you with suggestions on how you might use the new test Toon body. Enjoy, and be sure to thank him for volunteering his time! Click on an image to embiggen it for legibility.)
I’m moving on to Polearms for HeroMachine 3. Please make any polearm item requests in the comments below, and I’ll see what I can do. As usual I’ll be doing my best to port over all the 2.x items where relevant, so you can skip those. I’ll be breaking each item up into at least three parts — complete item, head, and shaft.
Finally, a few tips for making these requests to make sure you’re not wasting your time.
- While you’re free to request anything you like, any non-Polearm suggestions will likely be in vain, as I won’t be working on any other sets and by the time I do, I’ll have forgotten about this thread. So stay focused on Polearms for the best results.
- Requests which have a link to a specific image on the web somewhere are the most helpful. It’s just a lot easier for me to click a link and BAM there’s the item you want.
- Please take a few moments to make sure the items you post are something you’d actually want to use, and which you think a fair number of people would also find useful. Spamming in three dozen links to stuff that’s either already been suggested, or already exists in 2.x, or which is just kind of silly (a big stick with the Pillsbury Dough Boy hanging from it!) are kind of wasting your time and mine.
I don’t want to inhibit your enthusiasm at all, so please feel free to request at will. But I do want to make sure I’ve done my best to help you understand the most effective way to getting your requests turned into actual items, so you don’t end up feeling I’ve wasted your time.