More contest items

I've been busy the last couple of days, and am happy to announce the release of several new items from past contest winners.

First, Kingmonkey chose a Bulletman helmet for winning Character Contest 19 (Halloween), and it is now available in Headgear-Standard:


Next, Hammerknight wanted Gargoyle style legs for winning Character Contest 22 (Greek Mythology) which are now in Male & Female Body Standard:


This large monstrous hand bears no relation to any other fantasy hand, living or dead, and any coincidence thereby is purely coincidental. And anyway, Johny's the one who wanted it for his Real-Life Halloween prize in Character Contest 20 (now in HandRight/HandLeft-Standard):


Finally, Rancid chose a neat neck collar thingie for winning Character Contest 16 (Progression), which is in Neckwear-Standard and is intended to have the head nestle into it so it looks like the neck is in shadow:


Thanks to those guys for being patient with me, and hope you all enjoy their choices too.

28 Responses to More contest items

  1. Niall Mor says:

    They all look great, Jeff! What’s next on the list of additions to HM 3? I vote for left feet and properly proportioned hands for female characters.

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    Those probably SHOULD be next Niall, but honestly, they’re very boring to do. And the hands are horrible, what with the need to draw the mask portion using only counter-clockwise hand-drawn shapes — no cutting and pasting or anything convenient. Trouble-shooting those is a nightmare.

    So, yeah, they should be next but we’ll have to see how I feel after New Year’s. I’ve had a hankering to do some of the off-the-beaten-path sets like musical instruments and whatnot.

    But hey, I’m open, what do you all want to see done next?

  3. Hammerknight says:

    Dwarf bodies would be cool. Fantasy items like, pouches, bed rolls, other types of back packs. Some props like, treasure chest, ships wheel, and landscape items, trees and rocks and bushes that we can layer to give the effect of depth. Kid size bodies. More wings would be cool. Just any thing will make us happy. lol

  4. Hammerknight says:

    Diving gear, spear gun, wet suit, the hand held propeller thingy. Space suits and gear. Mermaids tail.

  5. Hammerknight says:

    The gargoyle legs are showing up in the female but not the males.

  6. Jeff Hebert says:

    They’re there. Give it an hour or so, sometimes certain files don’t get sent correctly to your web host or browser if they think they’re cached.

  7. Hammerknight says:

    Cool. Also Isia ask the other day about close mouth with fangs showing for vampires and such.

  8. Kaldath says:

    Well Considering one of my outstanding prizes is a harp, I think you can wait on drawing that up until you get to working on the other instruments .. my Vote for the next set of items would be the Auras. I can’t image the need for very many different types something Firey, some kind of water effect, Ice, general energy, smoke, and just a couple others.

  9. War Wizardess says:

    *delurks* First time poster here šŸ™‚
    I’m a gaming gal, D&D player and fan of all things heroic and fantasic. I’ve followed the project since 2.0 and decided it’s time to say kudos to you, Jeff, and all the creative people here. You rock! I’m awed at the versatility of HM3 but I still have a lot to learn. Thank you for all the inspiration and for a way to turn the mental pictures of my beloved characters into real ones.

    Nevertheless, I want to suggest an addition: a few aquatic and/or floral themed props: Drops of water (I haven’t found a way to mimic tears or blood droplets that satisfies me – I’m quite a nitpicker), seashells, sea horses, fishes… it would go great with some existing items like the octopus companion and the coral reef background (floor). I also wish there was something like a rose blossom insignia/earring, it would be a nice accessorie for more “romantic” heroines…

    Hammerknight: I second your suggestions, great ideas!

  10. Jeff Hebert says:

    Welcome, War Wizardess!

    I do have a “Nature Insignia” set half-started. Well, quarter-started. Maybe a tenth. Anyway, I did download a bunch of samples to use as models for that, things like raindrops and snowflakes and such. That might be interesting. Insignia do seem to get used a fair bit.

    On the other hand, I think Kaldath has a point with auras. There were some good ideas on that score a few threads ago if I can find them.

  11. Tigerguy786 says:

    I found a really weird glitch/problem with the big-hand-that-looks-nothing-like-anything-else. Whenever it’s on screen it’s the only thing that I can click on, the cursor changes to the hand no matter what and it highlights the hand. It’s really strange, I realize it’s a large hand but it’s not THAT big…

  12. Hammerknight says:

    Welcome, War Wizardess! Thanks for the second. You need to try out the forums and see all the great art there.

  13. Tim says:

    Welcome, War Wizardess. Some nice suggestions there.

    Also excellent job on those items Jeff! Especially the glove and neck collar.

    Sorry I know you don’t like to draw hands, but might as well just get them out of the way. Then again it’s completely up to you, but I suggest finishing all of the body parts, including the ears as well.

  14. Niall Mor says:

    Jeff, if it’s really a drag to draw hands, how about this? How about completing the female feet set and then drawing something that will be more fun for you? I dunno, maybe some miscellaneous objects for the characters to hold? Weird, wacky stuff. Go nuts!

  15. Jeff Hebert says:

    I guess part of what’s stopping me from the female hands and ears and stuff is that it’s so easy to make your own template. You just slap a basic body and head in there, put in basic hands and feet and scale/move them to fit, and then Save the character as Blank Female or something. Whenever you want to work on a female from there on out, just load that character up and you’re good to go.

    Anyway, needs to be done at some point for sure. There’s a fine line between DIY and aggravation.

  16. Hakoon1 says:

    @Tigerguy: I’m having the same problem.

  17. Jeff Hebert says:

    See? Hands are EVIL! I will take a look, apologies for the trouble.

  18. Jeff Hebert says:

    OK, it should be fixed now.

  19. Demented The Clown says:

    @Jeff I Agree With Kaldath With The Auras, And Also With Hammerknight About More Landscape Props For Depth.

    Also I’d Love To See More Backgrounds, I Grow Tired Of The Same Old Ones, And Making Your Own Can Be A Glitchy Hassel.

    But If I Had My Choice I’d Want More Miscellaneous Body Parts, Like Hammerknight’s Gargoyle Legs. I’d Love Some Robotic Skeleton Arms, Bird Claw Feet, Steroid Muscular Arms, Or Something Along Those Lines.

    Your Most Out there Creatively Weird Stuff Are My Favorites.

  20. Demented The Clown says:

    Dang Just Missed Ya Jeff

  21. Anarchangel says:

    These are all great Jeff (although the hand doesn’t seem to be there when I look)
    I agree with you about leaving the hands for now. They’re easy enough to resize. Instead I’d like to see some more legwear, some miscellaneous items or backgrounds. But I’m sure whatever you do will be great. You haven’t disappointed us yet and I don’t think you ever will šŸ™‚

  22. TopHat says:

    I don’t know why but when I saw the glove and Collar I instantly thought ‘Jack Kirby’.

  23. Fabien says:

    I waiting for

    – fantasy tops for male and female
    – armor tops and legwears for male and female
    – fantasy headgears
    – Sci fi tops, legwears and headgears
    – Alien heads
    – Modern headgears
    – Top vests
    – Ancient insignia (symbols of ancient greeks, romans, mesopotamians, norses and meso americans precolombians)

  24. Fabien says:

    When i see the portraits of the character you’ve created for the collar i’m curious to see your characters, Jeff. You can these in a next post. A good gift for us….

  25. Jeff Hebert says:

    I’ll be totally honest with you Fabien, I hardly ever make characters with HeroMachine. Odd, I know. But I spend most of my time making the items, and when I want a character drawing (which isn’t often, I rarely get to game anymore), I just, well, draw one by hand, you know? You all have waaaay more experience actually USING HeroMachine than I do. In a way, you are very much the experts in it, and I am very much sort of a low-level grunt.

  26. Worf says:

    @Jeff: I’ll grudgingly accept that we MAY be more experienced at using HM, but you just hit the nail on the head… HM is for those of us that DO NOT have the capacity to draw by hand…. You do, and we happily thank you for giving us the tools to translate mental image into real image.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    oh, and Happy new Year! šŸ™‚

  27. Kaldath says:

    Well I USED to draw things by hand, but never felt comfortable with my own artwork so I was very happy to discover HM. I tend to suck at drawing anything original, but I must say I am excellent at reproductive art. I can look at something someone else has done, and acurately redraw it, even resizing it if I have to. I suppose I should practice more at my own creations, but with HM I don’t feel the need, lol.

  28. Wade says:

    I can’t see any of this stuff when I go to Heromachine.