Free hair for Baby Luna

The ever-generous elleque has created a (much needed!) hair prop for Baby Luna, for both Poser and DS users: Baby Thin Hair for Baby Luna

What a cutie!

For DS users, the Renderosity December freebie is kinda fun and weird — a SciFi Carriage

I can see a scifi Santa in this…

And the annual Renderosity holiday giveaway should be starting soon, as per a moderator over at the forum.

I’ve been picking up a few good deals here and there at DAZ and finally cleared out my wishlist of Genesis 2 core figures. It took a good long while, but bought Belle 6 for $2.99 and now I have all the ones I’m interested in (though if Keiko 6 and/or Cory 6 should end up in a free deal I’d probably pick them up.)

I have not done any holiday renders. Busy, busy…and the new season of The Expanse just dropped in Amazon Prime Video so I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation looks interesting so I’ve probably check that out too, as well as the new season of Lost in Space. I didn’t totally love the Lost in Space reboot, but thought it was entertaining and I do like the reboot’s take on the robot.

I have been working on a Victorian-ish scene. I needed a Victorian greatcoat with a cape and nothing exists so I had to kit-bash one. So close, but still not quite right. All the parts were M4 clothes — Wanted Dead or Alive M4 coat, shirt, and vest; Regency M4 pants and boots, Witch Hunter M4 Cape, Tuxedo M4 walking cane, and AgeofArmor’s hat from Skullduggery — so I just used M4 with the Genesis 2 Female, as she has lots of great period dresses; I picked up the Penny Dreadful Dress a few weeks back.

I’m figure-agnostic; whatever figures work best for the scene are the ones I’ll use.

I also hauled out the very, very old Baker Street Construction set from the now defunct RuntimeDNA store. It’s so old it doesn’t even come with bump maps! But it has potential all the same. I need to make either normal or displacement maps for at least the street, curb, and sidewalk textures though, because simulating a wet pavement will look a lot better if there’s an illusion of surface depth rather than a mirror-like flatness.

And I’m still playing with the fstop settings. Since it takes 3 hours to render — using Marshian’s Above the Fog set, which slows things down — these test render take a while, lol!

 

Winter holidays are here again

Seriously, where does the time go?!

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The new kitty kids don’t seem too curious about the newly-erected Christmas tree and ornaments, but they could just be waiting until we go to bed tonight to explore in a cat-appropriate fashion. Here’s to hoping they don’t knock it over…

And Fantasy Attic’s 2019 Advent Calendar is up and ready for its daily download(s)!

I wonder if Renderosity and DAZ will do anything freebie-ish this year?

Edited to add: Yup for the DAZ PAs Holiday Giveaway! Glaseye over at the DAZ freebies forum is keeping track of various advent calendars.

(That free base giveaway at DAZ yesterday was nice too! I now have Edward 8; Mabel 8 and Floyd 8 up next!)

Now that the Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff is over, I can report I didn’t spend much though I did hit all my regularly shopped stores.

From DAZ:

 

Edward 8 and the Jungle Girl textures were freebies. Finally picked up Ubersurface2! And I’m giving those puddles a try in a render project today. I don’t have much in the way of puddles in my content so this was a useful addition.

Edited yet again; there was another nice giveaway at DAZ: up to $30 in DAZ Originals for free. I picked up Matilda Hair for G8F. Classic bob styles are always good to have around and this one comes with a few styles I really like, especially the tuck-behind-the-ear options:

From Renderosity:

Clothes_G3M GaoDan School Uniforms 01

GaoDan’s School Uniforms for G3M. I have the G3F version, and now I have a matched set. Could be useful for more retro fashion projects.

From Hivewire:

A cute pose set with props for the HW Big Dog and the Friesian breed/texture set for the HW Horse. Pretty!

Glitter for water globes

The free Replicator script by Tofusan at ShareCG does a pretty good job of making glitter. I had this downloaded for a long time but it was the first time I used it.

It’s pretty easy — if I can use it, anybody can, ha!

Created a primitive plane, scaled it down to 2%, parented it to a primitive sphere, made the sphere invisible, then ran the script on the plane with the default values except I increased the number of copies to 150.

Then I saved it as a scene subset.

Loaded the subset twice with a prop, scaled and translated the invisible spheres to fit, rotated the second one, and then changed the instances to an orange color. Quickie test render (pls ignore the crappy glass materials):

Glitter, and no transmaps, yay!!!

I’ll make a rectangle one too, and maybe a square one as well. That should cover all my water globe glitter needs. 🙂

Oh, and Crystal Ball by Luxxeon.

Halloween 2019

Yeah, it’s Halloween season and I didn’t do anything this year but kit-bash Halloween snow globes because it seemed like a different, interesting way to use Halloween props.

I wish I could figure out a way to make my own “snow” so I could make something that looked more like glitter. I have the old Send in the Clones script and I’m wondering if I could do something with it using tiny primitive cubes. It’s been ages since I used the script; it has a random option but I’m not sure if there’s a way to contain that result in a way that would work in a glass dome.

I have the “snow” from this old set, but that’s a lot of transmaps, especially when I double it up so I can use two colors. One render had passed the 2-hour mark before I killed it in frustration. Maybe I could try scaled down leaf scatter props and maybe that old Bat Scatter prop I got for free from RDNA some years back. Hmm…

Anyway, Fantasies Attic has their annual Halloween Gift page up and running. And elleque uploaded a cute Halloween ice cream prop. Downloads for DS and Poser.

Oh, and this past weekend I finally got to “meet” Sue, the T. Rex at the Chicago Field Museum:

Sue is beautiful! But I’m okay with that giant murderbird being long extinct and not running around the U.S. like the rex in that last Jurassic Park movie.

The museum also has a life-size model of a Quetzalcoatlus, which is huge and delightfully frightful.  It looked to be a big hit with the selfie and camera crowd — when posing, folks tuck quite nicely between its folded wings. It’s like a horror hug!