HM3: Through a glass darkly

I've just added "HeadgearGlasses" to the HeroMachine 3 Alpha. Here's a quick snapshot of some of the new items:


I tried to make all of the lenses "color2" without a color1 underneath them so you can get semi-transparent effects. I also set the pattern areay to be just the lenses, since the frames for most of them are so tiny.

Let me know if you wanted a specific style of glasses that didn't make it, and I'll see what I can do.

Also, let me know what you want me to work on next. Barring any clear consensus otherwise, I'll probably either do Neckwear next (either as a stand-alone slot or as a set under Tops) or some additional "Item" sets like polearms, bows, etc.

43 Responses to HM3: Through a glass darkly

  1. paul says:


    Can you add a Hockey goalie mask?

  2. Mon says:

    Quick question…creating females is a bit buried, you have to dig around to find the correct stuff for them (arms/legs, etc.), I’m curious as to why it was done this way instead of giving them their own categories. Thanks!

  3. Solander says:

    Nice set Jeff, but I feel we’re missing something:

    1. Monocles:

    2. Glasses:

    3. Other types of eyewear:

    Yes, I know I got a little “carried away” there, but I really love glasses. Personally, I’ve used glasses all of my life and would like to have some variety to choose from in Heromachine 3.

    Oh, and I think it would be a good idea to start on neckwear next. I’ve got a couple of suggestions there also! 😉

  4. Jeff Hebert says:

    There’s one in HeadgearMask, just added a couple of hours ago. Last item in the set.

  5. cailean says:

    how about glasses that look like the top of theme is flaming

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    @Mon: As the FAQ says, I am doing an entire set of items for the first body (which happens to be male) before converting them to the second, female body. This is the same process I used on HM2. And 1 for that matter.

  7. Tigerguy786 says:

    Hey, my vote for what to do next is more items, guns especially

  8. Niall Mor says:

    Hello Jeff,

    My suggestion would be to move on to bows and polearms, etc. I’ve got a character with a quiver of arrows and no bow. The dude needs his bow! 🙂 But I’ll be happy with whatever you do.

    Also, you asked me to remind you to add a row of ribbons, such as you might find on a military officer’s dress uniform, to the insignia set. This is your gentle reminder (TM).

  9. PCFDPGrey says:

    Hey Jeff, I’m having fun with the H3Alpha stuff so far. Thanks. A couple of requests from my side include doing more melee items next (Polearms, blunts, bows, etc.) as I have a couple of characters who use these items, and can’t pull off the effect without them. Thanks.

    I’d also like to put in my vote for alternate body types like the metal, hirsute, faceted, etc.

  10. IagoValentine says:

    Perhaps some more fantasy-style items? To augment the selection we already have, and even out the slight disparity with the impressive array of tech and sci-fi items.

    As a side note, riding on Mon’s coattails as it were, how’s the female set coming? I don’t say this to rush anyone, I’m just curious on how this important feature is progressing.

  11. Danny Beaty says:

    Neckwear should be done next.

  12. Abadon says:

    I think I may have detected a bug. When I try to print my character, it just prints a little of the edge. Hope that helps.

  13. hofter says:

    hey jeff: i think we are missing some of these:

    also my vote is to go for more into itme right alot of guys need bows, and guns, personaly i need shields.

  14. Jeff Hebert says:

    No good timeline for the female yet Iago. I have an artist lined up to draw the basic figure, but really it depends on when I get the rest of the items converted for the male and can make the switch.

  15. chase says:

    HE needs to make vehicles like bikes cars plane helicopters and hover boards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. chase says:

    AND also some wolverine claw things and flying clothes for the new legs hope this helps!Q!

  17. Damien says:

    Jeff, since it’s a fantasy contest, could we have some new feet for different animals? and hands to match?

  18. Jeff Hebert says:

    Probably not, Damien, the schedule’s already pretty full.

  19. Damien says:

    ok. I’ll make do, I guess. ::snicker::

  20. Paul says:


    Was the comment that there is already one in the Headgearmask section about the hockey galie mask? If so I couldn’t find it?

  21. Jeff Hebert says:

    @Paul: Well, it’s HALF A goalie mask, in the Hannibal Lector mode. If you want a full one I should probably do a Sports set as someone suggested.

  22. Paul says:

    Good idea Jeff

  23. Paul says:


    Is it possible for you to add a WW1 fighter pilot helmet and goggles? You had it in HM2.5 but it didn’t get converted over.

  24. Jeff Hebert says:

    @Paul: If I am remembering correctly (which is not a given), I think that helmet is in “ModernCommon” or something. I’ll be converting those over at some point, I just wanted to specifically knock out Masks as it used to be a separate slot, and then I already had the glasses done for the Facemaker so I wanted to include those as well. I think I need to move on to more “items” at this point, they’re probably the most under-represented in terms of the total number that were in 2.x vs what I have already in 3.0.

  25. Fabien says:

    Could you add oval diver glasses ?

  26. chase says:

    please make vehicles like hoverboards, cars, motorcicyles, planes, heli’s and more it would be so cool to make it a new slot!!

  27. Jeff Hebert says:

    @chase: How would they fit on the screen? How would you put a character in them? There’s just not room.

  28. chase says:

    the hover borad could be on feet and the rest in the background

  29. chase says:

    sorry i ment hover board not hover borad

  30. chase says:

    and sorry for not fitting this in one thing but make some natural super hero stuff like wloverine claws ore laser beams out of eyes or ice under the feet and fire around your body

  31. kryptkal says:


    I don’t know if this has been brought up yet or not, but since you updated the hands, one of the older hands has not worked. The hand with the square on the top WITH the covered fungers (1st page regular, 3rd row, first slot) comes up as a plain uncovered hand instead of what it is. It also is unable to be colored. Just a little heads up about this glitch.

  32. Conor says:

    I think u should do other weapons like you said polearms or bows.

  33. Paul says:


    I wanted to let you know that I am having trouble with the save feature. When I reload characters it either 1)loads up with all the layers screwed up or 2) The character loads up with many parts missing and the layers screwed up.

    I also have objects getting stuck to where I can’t move them or delete them. teh only thin I can do is change all the colors to white and drop them to teh back layer.

  34. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks Paul, I am aware of the save and load problem, it’s still fairly buggy.

  35. Paul says:


    I also noticed a printing eror that wasn’t there before. I was previously able to print to PDF with no problem, but now when I do it the page is blank. When I save to a jpeg or png file it looks like it is saving in far upper left hand corner and the picture is really small. I haven’t tried to print to an actual printer yet but I assume the same problem will happen as did with the pdf file.

  36. Jeff Hebert says:

    I am not sure what to say Paul, I just tried it and it’s working properly here. Try clearing your browser cache maybe?

  37. Jeff Hebert says:

    Meaning I tried it online, the public version, not the one on my local machine. I am using Firefox on a Mac.

  38. tim says:

    you should work on companion’s

  39. larry says:

    no you should work on more faces yea like happy.sad.angry,tired,sleepy

  40. paul says:


    i cleared out the cache and the cookies and now all my saved characters are gone. I thought that wasn’t supposed to happen?

  41. Jeff Hebert says:

    Uh oh. Sorry about that Paul, the information I had said that the Flash cookies absolutely wouldn’t be erased by clearing the cache … oh dear. I think I need to go try this again.

    The curse of the alpha!

  42. paul says:

    Not a problem I can remake them that’s the fun part!