HM3: No longer only the lonely

Companions are now live in the HeroMachine 3 Alpha. I've got fifty cool new friends for your main dude, from your old favorites to all-new additions like more dragons, a big ol' squid, scary new griffons, adorable Wonder Dogs, and much more. Take a look and let me know what you think, any items you wish were in but aren't, etc.

Note that BigWeapons and Vehicles will be their own sets in either Backgrounds or the to-be-added Environment.

Here's a comparison of some of the Companions in 2.x and their new redrawn 3.0 versions:



29 Responses to HM3: No longer only the lonely

  1. Solander says:

    Nice selection Jeff. Would it be possible to include a ram or a horse?

  2. Joshua says:

    Ah, seein’ you’re a Bone fan, Jeff. It’s too bad we can’t actually get Bone himself. 🙂

  3. Neil Leslie says:

    Cool! Maybe it’s due to the fact that I just finished listening to a series of audio clips about H. P. Lovecraft, but to me your squid looked a bit like Cthullu Junior! 🙂

    Glad to hear we will be getting a vehicles subset. That’s something I’ve wanted for a long time. Awesome work so far. Jeff. This thing is really starting to take shape. It’s gonna be so freakin’ cool when it gets all done. I can’t wait! I’m especially interested to see what female characters are gonna look like.

  4. JR says:

    @ jeff could we have some of the other things:
    #39 JR Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    we’re missing the companions slot:
    *a couple type of dogs
    *lots of different types of dragons (on shoulders, heads,etc.)
    *hell hound
    *dark matter
    *mythological minions(and lots of different kids and styles)
    *couple types of females(different eras,poses, clothing styles,etc.)
    * maybe a make a companion?

    for aruras:
    super realistic fire
    levatating objects such as knives, weapons, books, and other assorted items
    for insignas:
    *fight the power fist
    *elemental ruins:
    dark magic
    white magic
    101st air division
    fighting tigers volunteer squadron
    88th air division
    army rangers
    marine raiders
    marine green berets
    navy seals
    marine core insignia
    army core of engineers insig
    the USA insigna(eagle with arrows and snake,etc.)
    for neck wear:
    lossened tie
    medalions(and lots of ‘em but all different)
    tailismans(lots of different kinds)

    wheewww…wow.. ok(*think*..i!
    nope. but hose can wait until u r working on the body… i’m going to calgary comic expo( my first comic expo ever!)
    this week end. wish me luck! 😀 i luv every thing so far jeff!

  5. coyote says:

    i would like a coyote

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    Regarding the companions portion of the duplicated list, as someone in the other thread mentioned, humans are sort of pointless since you can basically generate your own now. I don’t have any clue what a Trent or Dark Matter are, I have two griffins, lots of dragons, and lots of dogs.

    The others weren’t interesting to me and seemed to have limited utility, or were too wide in scope, so I didn’t draw them and probably will not. And of course I am, as I have said twice now, nowhere near working on auras yet.

    Finally, please don’t cut and paste repeatedly like this, it’s really distracting, especially when three fourths of the list is either already done or not in the planning stages yet.

    Don’t get angry — I’m not — I’m just telling you the best way to get your suggestions heard. Cutting and pasting and ignoring the sets currently released and under active development makes me just skip the entire comment, basically.

  7. Jeff Hebert says:

    @coyote: I thought you wanted a Coyote in the Insignia slot, which I was going to put in the Nature set. Do you want a fully rendered one like the wolves in the Companion slot or a logo?

  8. Matt says:

    I was wondering if you could make some more robot style companions, or make it like the body option where you could mix and match diffrent robot parts untill you have the one you want 😀

  9. Jeff Hebert says:

    @Matt: Robots are one of those areas that’s so broad I couldn’t even scrape the surface in Companions as pre-drawn entities. The two I have in there are likely going to be it, frankly. More cyborg/robot pieces in Body is something I’d like to do though, yes.

  10. coyote says:

    id love both jeff and a more coyote like coyote head lol but ill take what i can get i know you are working hard on this stuff

  11. JR says:

    yeah sorry about that trents are the moving trees like in lord or the rings the two towers

  12. violodion says:

    Weird. These have animals eyes, don’t see eyes on Item > Head > Animals {{cough}}

    Dragon-ish companions are very cool add-ons. Digging the cephlapod — goes great with kids! Griffons showcase the enhanced art well.

    Would be nice to have two-color rich fur (a la, ‘Hair’ items with ‘sheen’) on the one color-ish HM3 Companions to enhance their re-usability. Notably, the wolves, dogs, and cats on the first ‘page’ of Companions. (More work, more payoff!) Even along the lines of the HM3 ‘Panther’ coloration (pg3, row3, item3).

    Pattern weirdness on a few (related to size of Item?):
    * Wolf, pg1, row1, item1
    * Wolf, pg1, row1, item2
    * Retriever, pg1, row1, item3
    * G Shepherd, pg1, row2, item1
    * G Shepherd, pg1, row2, item2
    * Crow, pg1, row3, item2

    * Dragon, pg2, row2, item1
    * Dragon, pg2, row2, item2
    * Dragon, pg2, row2, item3

    * Panther, pg3, row3, item3
    * Panther, pg3, row3, item4

    * Lion, pg4, row1, item1
    * Hawk, pg4, row1, item2
    * Crocodile, pg4, row2, item1

    Possible overlooked:
    * HM2 > Companion > Standard > Horse
    * HM2 > Companion > Standard > rat (bad guys!)

    Imagine come later:
    * HM2 > Companion > Expansion1 (remaining items)
    * HM2 > Companion > Humanoids
    * HM2 > Companion > Big Weapons

    Surprised, HM2 > Companion > Expansion1 > ping missed the upload, as seemed mostly ready as-is in HM2 for HM3.

    Yeah, totally aiming to make your fingers blue…. 🙂

  13. Kaldath says:

    Well not that I care if it is added in or not but I think JR means a Treant a sentient tree. No idea however what he means by dark matter as a companion

  14. Anarchangel says:

    Well those walking tree things are actually just called Ents…I think.

  15. JR says:

    yeah that’s what i mean! and dark matter as in

  16. Danny Beaty says:

    A scorpion.
    A centipede.
    A slug.
    A tick.

  17. Danny Beaty says:

    A gelatinous blob (similar to Gloop and Gleep from “The Herculoids”).

  18. Danny Beaty says:

    A steam-powered robotic unicorn.

  19. collex says:

    Cool one Jeff. I like the Squid (Doctor Squid’s coming…). By the way, didn’t you do a kind of mind flayer-ish head? I don,’t find it.

    Companions I’d like to see:

    Two more cats: The Persian (the James Bond villain cat) and the Siamese (oriental). If you wanna do a Sphynx cat (nude cat), you’re welcome!

    A small dog a la chihuahua.

    A Doberman (useful for villains)

    A Big Japanese Monster (Kaiju) example: Godzila, Mothra etc… Maybe it could be its one category, complete with big robots to go with them. Or maybe a Mecha Machine could be another mini some years in the future…

    I second the blob / ooze idea.

  20. Tal says:

    Wonderful new companions, Jeff! I really love the new dogs.

    Umm, horses, pretty pretty please? One standing on the side HM2-style, and one standing behind the character, facing forward.

    And it would be nice to have some that interact more with the character, like a cat that’s rubbing against its leg (I’m leaving out the parallel dog example…), or a snake wrapped around the character’s neck (or is that neckwear?)

    Great work, anyhow!

  21. violodion says:

    @Danny Beaty & @JR:

    Better win one of Jeff’s contests to get those items in!! 🙂

  22. Worf says:

    I agree with the horses…

    Also could you please do a couple of octopusses (octopussi)?? One big and another smaller maybe wrapped around the arm, like a familiar? A couple of Owls too

    How about elementals? Earth, Fire, Air and Water?

  23. Jeff Hebert says:

    OK, adding at least one horse, and the gelatinous blob.

    The pattern problem is a general one with the pre-set patterns not being large enough to fill the entire screen. I was trying to save overhead — bad decision. It’s on the list of things to fix.

  24. Jeff Hebert says:

    File updated with one horse, one blob, and one rat.

    I am done with Companions for now. If there’s enough demand for additional items, I’ll do a follow-up set down the line, but I think this is a very solid Standard compilation and it’s time to move on to Belts.

    Thanks for the feedback everyone!

  25. RJ mcd says:

    belts? whoo hooo drinks on jeff 😉 jk

  26. Hakoon1 says:

    Yay! Thank you Jeff! I have a character that I needed animals for and they’re all great! And that Blob is Great!

  27. robert ball says:

    Yes, yes, yes!!! The newer versions really grab me!!!

  28. aclezotte says:

    I was thinking maybe you could include another bird, I’ve been wanting a smaller one, like a hummingbird, for a while. Just a thought, but great work, in general. 🙂