Hard Ops 8: Polonium (P4 Update)

Hard Ops 0084 can only be used with Blender 2.78 and above.

There is also new WIP documentation.

I also made an art dump of all the stuff I made using Hops8.

Hard Ops 8 has been the longest release of the series and continues even now as we use this number to focus on enhancement and stability.

As Blender 2.78 gets closer we also try to refine this version for public consumption. With some internal changes glitches can be expected but we are working to resolve them. Currently it is still in testing stage and is the top file of the Gumroad at this moment.

As issues are being reported and resolved and 2.78 comes closer it will be on the BM as well but once 2.78 is out.


Kudos To MACHINƎ for allowing his drone to be the ad for this version. He is also selling it as an asset. I recommend giving it a study if you’re interested.


A series of additional menus and panels have been added. The center and foundation of Hard Ops has always been the Q menu. In time I am sure we will no longer need the shift + Q hotkey and the pie and menu will toggle from the Q hotkey.

Sculpt Mode now has a Q menu.


In it’s current form it also has the view port menu attached which means if you choose matcaps as the option that matcaps will appear as an additional box.

In fact in the Q menu if you go into Settings >> Viewport the same functionality also exists.


Alt + V also brings up a viewport menu in object mode. This was just an experimental feature that was added that grew on me as I used it more and more.


Cameras also have a Q menu. With handy options.


Lattices also have a Q menu. My favorite is simplify.I use it to reset lattices to their simplest points and start over with deforming.


Alt + M brings up a menu of all the materials in your scene for fast assignment. This is for object mode of course since edit mode would merge geometry. This is also experimental but has proven useful recently.


In preferences there are additional properties for the HUD and how long it displays. That way you can adjust this to your liking.


Merge has also been updated a bit. While it is still being worked on we examined the naming and decided it was best the way it was.

When you select an AP and the mesh to merge with you have 2 options.

Soft Merge – merges with mesh while keeping it live. This allows for tweaking then for completion just select the main mesh and choose Q >> Csharpen.

Complex Merge – merge and is done. Places the OB. Deletes the BB and the AP. This is the option I would normally use.


So it’s just Cmerge and Smerge. In addition to this the inserts are being expanded with new ones for users to have fun with.

Mirror Mirror now mirrors across any object not just meshes. This is similar to the original mirror mirror and was a mistake on my part.

This is useful because sometimes I mirror across an empty. As a recap mirror mirror has been internalized into HardOps so the plugin is no longer needed.


Settings menu is a little cleaner. We discuss all the features often and what can be removed / enhanced / etc. All the remaining functions are near and dear to me even if the other teamsters don’t even use them.


CSplit / CSlice now behaves better. If a mesh isn’t beveled you can slice and it will respect that. This has also carried over into box cutter and it’s behavior with unbevelled meshes.


This can be handy for using the Cslice as a more utility function for alternate workflows. I like the fact that you can also use the status reset and then have cuts ignored by bevels.


Q >> Meshtools >> Sstatus Reset is quite a useful option when used correctly. I am unable to explain all cases in which you would want to reset your mesh to dupe the system but it has come in handy on more than one occasion.

As this post has gone on I am keeping the best for the later part. Now that the boring stuff is out of the way we can go over some of the larger changes.

The T panel has underwent changes again. This was done for stability and ease of use. There is also a learning tab added for new users. On a technical level this has made things more stable and it has a connection with the other menu systems with make it easier on us internally.


XUnwrap now behaves on multiple objects at once. I tend to manually unwrap hero items but for secondary stuff or quickies XUnwrap can be useful for quickly getting a mesh out to Substance Painter or a game engine.

Select your objects and press Q >> Meshtools >> Xunwrap

As you can see through the uv preview that both pieces are placed uniquely on the same UV space.


2d Bevel was an idea based off of the mesh cleaner for bevelling 2d shapes. I must add… DO NOT USE ON 3d SHAPES . If you do that the results will be different. I must also stress the importance of modifier stack order as well with using this since it can have issues. I consider this an experimental feature.


In this example I used 2d bevel then Tthick to add thickness on top of the bevelling of the 2d shape. All it does it round corners using a limited dissolved mesh with a bevel set to only verts.

CleanMesh(E) is also a new feature that has been added. This will do a limited dissolve / remove doubles operation on the mesh. I cannot stress that this is for planar-ish meshes and will not give good results where linework is specific.

Also make sure you check pro mode under preferences to enable it. Since it is an experimental option.

Enabling Pro mode to see Clean Mesh in Q menu

Clean mesh will dissolve all useless edges. This can be useful for simplifying meshes for boolean operations.


This is something I think it’s best to experiment with and try out. It can be useful having useless edges dissolved when it comes to simplification.

These two videos have portions where I am experimenting with the simplification of the CleanMesh(E). Sometimes this can also make booleans easier to perform due to there being less errors. If you are using guidance loops for control then you may not want to use this on the main mesh but like I said use it at your own peril.

So with that I conclude this post and have fun operatives! Big shoutout to AR. He’s been down since the beginning and continues to be a big part in the shadows. He also rendered the apartment ad for HardOps.



Moth3r created the gun image which also was an Hard Ops ad.


As always it’s the operatives that keep this tool alive and kicking. I cannot stress how important it is to experiment with the tool and find a unique way of your own for using the tool. I often find people using it in strange and unique ways that get results far beyond even my expectations. Alot of the features I feel extend past hard surface modelling and are just the way I wish some things behave. It’s a understandable impression that Hard Ops is primarily a hard surface toolkit but it’s also a workflow assistant.

The WIP manual is always being updated. I will begin making it the final documentation for hard ops so please check on it occasionally for additional information on how to use the tool.

Inspired by Machin3 and his tips on Hard Ops I was inspired to make some drones!

So get to work operatives! Box Cutter 4.5 coming soon!






Hard Ops was featured in 3dArtist Magazine Issue #99!

31 thoughts on “Hard Ops 8: Polonium (P4 Update)

  1. I”ve been encountering a problem where I lose my ability to undo (ctrl z). It seems to happen around the time I start using inserts but I”m not sure. Anyone else encountering this?

      • Thanks Masterxeon ^_^ I don’t know if it’s helpful, but it may have to do with one of the linked addons (Auto Mirror or Mira Tools). I can go quite awhile without those enabled and still be able to undo.

        At a certain point I was unable to undo progress indefinitely, whether I restarted Blender (or my computer) or not. It only (and immediately) started happening when I purchased Hard Ops and went on to enable its assistant tools. I had to go into AppData and delete Blender’s memory to get it working again.

        Now it happens about every 10-15 minutes and only when using Hard Ops.

        I still love this addon. You guys are amazing! Thanks 🙂


      • i pushed another zip at the top of the gumroad that should have that fixed a little while I look into it. It looks like this is a change between the last blender and this one.

  2. Hey Masterxeon, I”ve narrowed down this bug. It occured to me that I was putting inserts in circles….

    Whenever I use the circle (E) and go back into object mode, I lose the ability to undo. It happens every single time. I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone but for me it’s consistent every single use.

    Make a cube, put an x on it, turn the vert into a circle (E) and go back into object mode. No more Ctrl Z until Blender restarts.

  3. Anyways, thanks for looking into it masterxeon, much appreciated. I guess I’ll avoid the circle tool for now (a crying shame lol).

  4. C-slice and using box cutter causes my blender to instantly crash. Any insight? Using blender 2.78, hops 8.4, box cutter 5.

    • update blender to the latest version 2.78 should have an A release that fixed the issues with booleans and crashing. Sometimes when it crashes constantly the console can also provide additional information.


      this program is free and is for windows. It allows you to record gifs and screenshots to better illustrate the issue. This program can also upload the image anonymously on imgur while providing a quick link to other users.

  5. I’ve been wondering around the site for about ten minutes looking for one thing: how do I actually download this? I know how to install add-ons in blender before someone says it; I simply can’t seem to find an obvious, easy for idiots download link. Help would be very much desired? I’ll edit this if I finally manage to find it!

  6. masterxeon, i just purchased your hard ops add on and it’s pretty awesome. i purchased it from blendermarket.com. how do i get a discount for boxcutter on blendermarket? i see a place to enter in the discount code but where do i get the boxcutter discount code from? i know that i could get a discount through gumroad.com but i have an account on blendermarket so i want to purchase every add on from there instead so that it’s easier for me to keep track of all the add-ons i bought. thank you

  7. Heya, are there any release notes for, doesn’t seem to be any documentation since September. Sorry to bother you.

    • yes. We last updated when blender last updated to 2.78. An update is in the works but after each update testing is needed to decide what to change and how. So theres no estimate however theres always a next hard ops

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