View Full Version : Character Portrait Generators

Lord Z
06-08-2007, 09:32 AM
Here a a couple of my favorites...

HeroMachine 2.0 (http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/heroMachine2/heromachine2.asp)

and South Park Studios (http://www.sp-studio.de/)

06-08-2007, 10:06 AM
HeroMachine was great, that is until City of Heroes came out and allowed you to do costumes right as well as take screen shots of them.

06-08-2007, 10:10 AM
You have to have a subscription with CoH though to do that, don't you?

06-08-2007, 10:25 AM
Yep. But who doesn't want to be a superhero? :)

06-08-2007, 11:28 AM
Actually, I was hesitant to try it at first, because there were so many MMPOGs coming out in the wake of UO and EQ and most of them fell short of the prize. But, once I gave it a try, I liked it a lot. Ultimately, the only reason I stopped playing was because I just don't have the time any more to devote to playing an online game. I stopped playing around the same time my son was born ;)

06-08-2007, 12:27 PM
I joined CoH the day it came out. Played it almost daily for several months, then started backing off for about 16 months. Had a lot of RL friends to play and just loved the game.
However, it was VERY redundant. The limited map sets and environments just bored the crap out of me.

I used it a lot designing costumes for my Superheroic game. Most of my main NPC's now have images as well as all of the PC's from back in the day.

Then I quit and started playing other games until a few months after CoV came out and I gave it a try for about 2 months. The map skins were about the same as the heroic side, and it bored me quickly. So I logged out and never went back.

If they had 'skills' or 'jobs' like World of Warcraft, things to do to craft or have a 'secret id as Clark Kent', then I'd be inclined to play again. But as it stands, too redundant. Even though I love flying through the air.

06-08-2007, 01:20 PM
I have used NWN for the same purpose. Actually, I'm now using NWN for building maps for my "online" game to use with KloOge, and I'm planning on using NWN2 to build character portraits.

06-11-2007, 07:37 AM
Soon as I hit level 50 in City of X, I got rather bored with it. I kept avoiding getting to 50 cuz I knew I'd get that way. They just came out with a new update, but even with the new update, I just can't get into City of X on either the hero or villain side.

I just recently heard that DC Heroes MMO is supposed to be out around December of 2007. I'm hoping to get into Beta, usually do, cuz it gives me a chance to look at the game before I buy it. I've got limited time to play any computer games as well, so I try to be very picky about which ones I get involved with!

06-11-2007, 08:09 AM
I really wonder about the DC heroes and the Marvel Universe MMORPG games that are coming out...

It's not like you can play the Feature Characters (like spidey or superman), so what's the deal? You're just one of the countless mutants (from last year's comics prior to the 198 that are left over in marvel comics) or one of the never ending god powered but useless DC heroes out there. If the game is done right, there will be developers/paid players who will play the FC parts, otherwise, you're going to Professor Xavier for Missions to do the same mapscreen over, and over, and over again. And have the Mapserver freeze up on you.


06-12-2007, 06:53 AM
I had high hopes for both DC & Marvel, but when I heard who was doing them, well just say crash and burn is an optimistic point of view. I'm going to give them a look and possibly play them, in the hopes that they do it right.

But I'm really disappointed with all of the nerfing they did with City of X, so I keep hoping that because it's familiar material, DC or Marvel will be better.

Course, I've always been a bigger Marvel fan, but DC could be good too. Here's hoping.

06-12-2007, 09:54 AM
Oh yeah, CoH nerfing....!

That was another HUGE issue I had with the game. I liked when I could just sit phase shifted and watch battles without worry about being hurt. Then all of a sudden, it only lasts like 30 seconds. Screw that.

06-13-2007, 06:13 AM
I loved that a properly built fire controller could have on average 12 fire imps out to help him fight! I had mine built so that I could have 16 out for short periods of time every minute or so. But that wasn't in the vision of the game, so they nerfed it!:mad: :)

09-17-2007, 11:51 PM
What I did was take advantage of their trial subscriptions, make my screen caps, then cancel at the end

01-25-2008, 08:03 AM
I played CoH since the beta and quit a couple months later. A friend of mine recently got me back into it and all the things that made me quit last time have been addressed. I'm very happy with the game now.

There used to be some kind of third party program that would allow you to play with the CoX character creator without having the account, but good luck finding it. I use the generator to make characters, but despite it's complexity I still find it lacking in many areas.

01-26-2008, 12:02 PM
I like the South Park generator. It was perfect for my newest character Red Rocket.

03-26-2008, 05:04 PM
There is a completely legit CoH stand-alone costume creator program on the web available for free download. It is from the Korean CoH website. It is just the costume creator part of the game and can be used to build and save your creations but they can't be ported into the game itself. It even allows you to add auras and capes to your costume which normally weren't available to beginning characters in CoH.

It's a good program and probably the best of all the "character portrait" programs I've seen out there. Still, it is a computer program and not a free-hand artist, so there are still limitations to exactly how creative you can get.

Check out the links below if you're interested.



03-27-2008, 07:28 PM
i am finding that the links from those pages do not work.

03-27-2008, 09:12 PM
i am finding that the links from those pages do not work.

In the first linked website, near the top of the page where it says "(search for "coh_sengsung" or "CCC_Setup (http://www.rpglibrary.org/software/cohcc/CCC_Setup.exe)": the file is roughly 200 MB)", click on the CCC_Setup hyperlink and it will prompt you to begin downloading the file. Or just click the link in this post, as I just realized, lol. I just tried it before posting this response and it worked for me.

Mind you, the download is 200 MB so those with slower connections may have to wait a long while. Also, the default language setting for the program is Korean, so you'll need to follow the directions in the first link to change it to English.

Let me know if you still have problems.

03-28-2008, 01:15 AM
i must have clicked on the wrong links... ^^ i'll let you know how it goes once it am able to get it.

04-16-2008, 06:40 PM

Deviant Art

Just to start


04-18-2008, 04:07 PM
I have used NWN for the same purpose. Actually, I'm now using NWN for building maps for my "online" game to use with KloOge, and I'm planning on using NWN2 to build character portraits.

Like this one Farcaster?


04-18-2008, 04:22 PM
Or: http://www.jlu.mushpark.com/images/cemetery.JPG

04-18-2008, 04:23 PM
Or: http://www.jlu.mushpark.com/images/WinterKeep.JPG

04-18-2008, 04:24 PM
Or: http://www.jlu.mushpark.com/images/Oceanside.JPG

04-22-2008, 12:51 AM
Like this one Farcaster?

Yes, exactly. Except minus the fact that yours look better than the ones I made :o

04-22-2008, 07:23 AM
I may have been a little OCD when building my modules.
Just a little... :)

03-17-2009, 08:07 AM
i like city of heroes for character generation but hero machine is a lot better, first of all, there are more options in most categories, you can cutomize each hand seperatly, you can change the special effects, pick backgrouds, and best of all, if they don't have what you want, it's easy to modify the pictures after you do your screen capture. coh pictures can be modified also of course, IF YOU'RE A GREAT ARTIST WITH LOT'S OF TIME ON YOU'R HANDS, but if that's the case then why do you need a portrait generator in the first place?
--- Merged from Double Post ---
I downloaded the portarait generator and tried to follow the instructions to get it to display in english but ran into a problem bacause i don't have regedt whatever number, and i'm not sure if i have any other regestry editor. i know ive never used one. anyway so it runs in korean and it looks cool i just have to feel my way around a bit. also the cursor has to be just a bit below and to the roght of whatever i want to click on. weird until you get used to it.
thanks for the tip, i'm gonna tell my friends. by the way, since it doesn't display in english i can't tell, is there a way to save the characters? other than making a screen capture?

03-18-2009, 03:45 AM
looks pretty nice moritz. once i manage to acquire a legit copy, i might use that.

03-18-2009, 04:51 PM
I got it to show in english now thanks it's gonna be fun to play with

Elderbree TM
07-08-2010, 10:50 AM
Here is another good one (better then Hero Machine IMO)


though it is in Spanish, there is a small button on top to change it to English once you start the program

08-16-2010, 10:42 AM

Ok, the site is in Portuguese, but you can muddle it out! Like most creators it is somewhat limited in scope, but it can make "Timm-style" portraits. There is no save button; you have to "Print Screen" and paste in a graphics program.


Here's an example of one of my characters, Tribunus, my copy of M&M's Centurion. :)