Tis the season to be busy and disorganized

I swear, I used to be better at multitasking than I am now. These days, it’s like I binge on rendering, then binge on watching Netflix, then binge on reading books (doesn’t help that library holds always seem to arrive at once.)

This week begins the holiday cookie baking binge. I’m making six or seven different types, most of which I’m giving away or toting off to holiday events. We’re grocery shopping for the ingredients tonight, whee!

Our remaining elderly cat has a persistent UTI, which has been so much fun to deal with. Ugh. She finally seems to be improving, after multiple trips to the vet, howling all the way to and from in her kitty carrier.

On the budget wrecking front, I knocked off a few more items from the DAZ wishlist. Picked up both Kalea 7 and BOSS Pro Lights for Iray for under $15. Good deal!

I’m being cautious about which iray light sets I pick up, since I rolled DS back to 4.9 after the persistent crashes I was getting with 4.10. Since then, I’ve had no issues but new versions of DS have improvements in iray and I’m never sure how all that affects store products.

Hivewire is having a holiday sale as well, and I bought a nice set of poses for the HW House Cat:

It wasn’t on my list of “priorities” but, like the pirate code, my list is more of a guideline anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just one purchase from the $3.50 Renderosity Clearance sale this year, Nalina for V4. A pretty toasty brown skin texture with nice makeup options.

Don’t mind buying V4 stuff since I still use her, and can use her textures and/or clothing on almost all of my other newer figures as well. Win-Win!

Still waiting to see if ali’s personal store will have its holiday sale. There are a few hair props I’d like to buy. Xurge3D is having his annual holiday sale — there’s a texture add-on I really should pick up — and Fantasies Realm Market too.

Good thing many of these sales are good through the end of the year. That means I can use any Christmas gift money on new stuff.

Edited to add: Though I picked off a few wishlist items, new ones quickly take their place. Kinda like the mythological hydra, but without the multiples part.

Added these to the DAZ priority list, replacing Kalea 7 and BOSS Pro Lights:

Hexagon tutorial — dammit, I AM going to learn how to use Hex! — and rain gear for the G2M to go with the set I just bought for G3F.

And replacing the HW Foal and Western Tack for the HW Horse:

I need more texture options for the HW Big Dog. While I hadn’t actually noticed the issue with Dawn’s pelvis, now that I have seen it I can’t unsee it and need the fix. I wonder if the fix will improve autofit results, even if only a little.



Brand new content and old stuff too

Indian Country


I used my prize from the contest win to get my grabby hands on the HW Foal and Western Tack for the HW Horse, and got around to rendering them today. The tack is draped over the back of the pickup…and I need to work on my mane posing skills, ha!

Oldest content — and not sure I’ve ever rendered it before now — is the Pickup Truck. There must not have been any extra texture sets for it, or else I never got around to buying them. I ended up using Stonemason’s DAZ Studio Dirty Shaders on the body of the truck and presets from the free Decan’s Paint Shopย on everything else. I like the dirt shader, though if there’s a way to handle reflections I didn’t see it.

(I’ve been watching Longmire on Netflix and the Henry Standing Bear character drives an old truck similar to this, so that was my inspiration.)

Figures are original Genesis, as those were the last generation to come with ethnicity morphs. The male is wearing Falcon M4, Streetwear jeans, shirt from Effortless Cool, Hr-074 for V4 hair, and the hat from M4 Cowboy. Female is wearing Dakotah V4 with Tatum Hair G3F, Riot GIrl G3 top, Country Girl G3 boots, and the jeans from Horror Survivor: Cris for G2F.

Grass is Predatron’s Grass One, which isn’t in the store now, skydome from Flink’s Skies, and the barbed wire fence is a freebie from Most Digital Creations.

I didn’t have any barb wire fences with modeled wire; this one is a plane with a transparency map to look like barbed wire.ย I added deformers to the fence props to bend the “wires” down/up and also used the mesh warp brush on the posts as they looked a little too perfect.

Anybody know if there is barb wire fencing like this elsewhere? The kind you’d find on a farm or ranch, not around a prison or something. I have a lot of that kind.


Holiday renders #04 (plus some little freebies)

A render for the cat people. Another inspiration from Pinterest.

Hivewire House Cat contemplating more mayhem. Most of the decorations were from RDNA holiday freebie fests, but a couple are DAZ products: Yuletide Joy Ornaments and Christmas Tree Ornaments. I think I might have got them as freebies though.

I do sometimes buy holiday products, even if it doesn’t seem that way, ha!

And…I created a static card prop with mat poses for DS and Poser. Images for the front only, no interior. The card is sized more for display on a shelf or table but I also added a resize preset to make it more human hand friendly (middle card.) If you want to make your own card front, crop images to around 700×900 pixels.

Download: DAZ Studio (duf, dsa) and Poser (pp2, mc6)

Also, I saved the cat pose. It’s not fine-tuned so feel free to improve upon it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pose Preset: Click and Save Link As:

HW Cat – Sitting Mischief.duf

Thumb: Click Save As

Hopefully the contents of the zip file work okay — please let me know if something goes amiss! I included both the DS and Poser content libraries in one zip file because I’m feeling lazy. Just delete whichever one doesn’t suit your needs.

Also, I didn’t make any iray presets but converting them with the basic uber looks fine to me: