Sticky: Halloween 2014

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This is Halloween 2014!

I forgot that I did a Jack and Sally theme last year for Halloween too. Oh, well. This time it’s via Bong and Bonga, who could always use a little more love.

Updates will be more haphazard than last year. My bad. Probably should’ve started on these projects a month earlier.

Credits: Bong’s wearing the converted M4 Tuxedo and Arachlace. Bonga’s wearing the converted Susie’s Rags V4 dress with the boot textures from Dark & Light and Eternal Kyra Hair. The backdrop is A Curious Dead End. Adorable toony bat brushes by Lileya. Font is P22 Stanyan.

Edited to add: I forgot to mention that new visitors to the REC blog might also want to check out last year’s Halloween freebie listing.

WIP: Halloween for Sam’s Easy Wear

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Time for another W.I.P post, which involves Sam because Sam needs more stuff. I bought a cute Halloween vector set for $5 through InkyDeals, so I’m using a couple of them as shirt decals.

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Sam’s got Halloween gear on the way

A small theme-coordinated fleece set. Plain black sweatpants as well as the orange stripes option; four different shirt decal designs on a black or orange t-shirt, four of the eight with opposite color neckbands, and add-on sleeves in black or orange.

PumpkinZ!

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Took my PumpkinZ for a test drive already! I love this prop — it’s both creepy and funny.

These are the Halloween-themed products I’ve bought so far:

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I’ve wanted the 5 Days of Ravage texture set for a while now. I tried converting it to M4, but my first effort wasn’t too successful. I’m going to have to clone out the eyebrows and add some that are more masculine. I love Tate’s The Cat; might pick up his Wolf Boy too while it’s on sale. Poisen and coflek-gnorg are a couple of my favorite vendors. I’ve bought lots of their stuff over the years.

I definitely want to do a doll theme post one of these days. Pretty dolls, antique dolls, creepy dolls…

Credits: Good ol’ Aiko 3, Melody, Furries Morphs, Bast/Anubis texture, and the Magical Girl A3 outfit, which I completely forgot I’d bought. The hair is from Esmerelda A3. Also used the Witchy Pot, Witch Broom, Ron’s Angel Dust, Grassy Grounds Mega Pack, Creepy Quotes Brushes, and DimensionTheory’s Advanced Light Presets for AgeOfArmour’s Advanced DAZ Studio Light Bundle.

I’ve noticed DS4.6’s white png transparency on renders is awful in comparison to DS3A. I don’t like setting up scenes with a black background because it’s hard on my eyes, and when I set up a scene in DS3 to render in DS4…well, half the time I forget to change the background to black. :mad: DS4 renders a lot faster than DS3, though, so that’s a consolation when I have to redo everything.

A few more 2014 Halloween freebies

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I updated the 2014 Halloween Update post:P — to include several new freebies that are really nice, as well as to add some toon-ish related ones that I forgot to add the first time around. Click on the thumbs to go to the download pages.

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Edited to add an update to the update for the update, LOL! I just visited Renderosity, where I immediately bought the cool new V4 Dolly texture, Poisen’s new PumpkinZ (and his older Screaming Trees) and then saw this in the freebie section:

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The first three are new — I love the skeleton texture for Patches — and the rest are older. (I’m especially happy to see the new Slit Throat prop because I was mourning the loss of Bucketload3D’s Bloody Choker and Seamy Choker — I used the first one in this old test render — an old Shocktober freebie that disappeared somewhere along the way.)

I don’t have Gumdrops installed, but the Jaki/Sali sets are just too adorable not to mention. The Sali set even comes with a dress. (I’ve now added Candy/Gumdrops to my wishlist at RDNA.)

The Sam texture add-ons require commercial products — My Hero Sam and the Sam Clothing Pack. Most Sam users likely have at least the clothing pack.

The SAMS3D freebie page is almost entirely toony furniture. These little props are insanely cute!

Gone are the days when the big sites — DAZ, Renderosity, RDNA, Faerie Dreams/Faerieywylde — hosted annual Halloween freebie fests. I really miss those. RDNA still has Halloween-themed freebies, but it’s not the same as the old Shocktober daily surprises. The DAZ/Poser community used to be a lot more fun. Maybe folks just got worn out making stuff like that.

Anyway, looks like the only other sites doing Halloween freebie fests are The Fantasies Attic and A Dragon’s Breath.

This October was, for me, too busy for lots of freebie making. I’m still working on a few more projects, but they might not be done in time for Halloween. Real life ambushed me — and, as I’ve mentioned a couple times already, I should have started working on these at least a month earlier than I did. Lessons learned!

Arki’s Dragon Corona for V4

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The Dragon Corona for V4

The Dragon Corona for V4

I have this thing for elaborate headgear. I recently bought The Dragon Corona and Headdresses Grace, and I’m especially loving the first set…even if it’s going to take me hours and hours to make DS mats for them. (After I finish, I’ll try to remember to post them for other DS users.) Headdresses Grace won’t be too bad, but there are a lot of materials for The Dragon Corona.

But, OMG is it worth the effort. (Edited to add that I should do a theme post on awesome freebie headgear too.)

Credits: Amunet V4, My Princess V4 with one of Chohole’s textures (toward bottom of page), Long Gloves, the necklace from Lady of the Lake V4, rings from Demonika V4, and Staircase by hellonlegs.