HiveWire’s April Sale

Another nice sale — 50% off selected store items through April 30th. I cleared out a few horsey items from my wishlist: the HW Horse, Draft Horse, Toon Horse, Toon Horse Poses, and the Red Dunskin texture. I really like that toon horse. I’d often considered buying Tumbleweed from DAZ, but now I’m glad I didn’t because the HW Toon Horse better suits my needs. I wouldn’t mind a more toony-looking mane and tail though.

somebody’s gonna get his butt bit…or kicked

Finally got around to using the Grass Shader and Konrad. Love this shader; I think I’ll revisit some older saved renders that would benefit from better-looking grass than what was available way back when. In the meantime, I’ve started a scene with my new draft horse. I’ve stuffed Geraint back into the Milanese armor set and given him an apple to feed his war horse, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Love that armor, but posing it can be a bit tedious. And I still have to come up with a scene to put them in.

Hoping HiveWire releases a selection of horse gear, including a war set for the draft horse. I imagine fitting the old Mil Horse stuff to the HW Horse would be a pain.

While DAZ sales strategies are not my favorite, I did manage to find three things to buy from the latest Genesis “blowout” sale — such hard work, ha! But I needed 1) Dress Shoes to go with Kang1hyun’s suit set for Genesis, 2) pose sets are always useful because I like to avoid making poses whenever possible (lazy, lazy!), and 3) after all the fun I’ve had this past week with fitting clones, I finally picked up the Gen3 Iconic Shapes for Genesis bundle. It was cheaper to go that route, even if I don’t have Freak 3 or Stephanie Petite 3 installed.

Now I can use one of my favorite M3 outfits on M5 (the CrossDresser conversion for M4 had problems.) And because G1 is so versatile, I can use it on V5 too:

sky-merc-m3-to-m5 sky-merc-m3-to-v5

Daedalus Sky Mercenary is such a great outfit; I wonder why there were never any texture add-ons for it? The entire Daedalus line of outfits for the Mil3 figures is equally nice, and now I have even more of a reason to pick up a couple more. Like Primo Gentry H3, and Sky Command for both A3 and H3.

With a little extra texture love, older products can still be very useful.

So far, most of the older H3 stuff has converted nicely to G1 (except anything with skirts, ugh):


The TOA ArabianNites H3 set converted particularly well, even the pointy-toed shoes. Konrad’s also wearing Space Marine for M3 (shoulder plates got a little bendy on that one and glove poke-through I forgot to fix) and The Scout for M3. Sorry about the goggles on the latter; I posed him before I fit the goggles to him and then forgot to adjust for that.

I have lots of cute outfits for A3 from Renderosity and RuntimeDNA, and most of them fit pretty well on Hitomi too.

The fitting clones are, for me, preferable to using CrossDresser if only because I’m not stuck with new obj/cr2 files that are often very large, and that’s not even accounting for the weight mapping issue.

Dusk M4 clone pose



Usage: Unrestricted use.

Required: Create a V4 Clone for Dawn Tutorial (DS4 only)

 Info: Dusk/M4 alignment pose for use with the tutorial. Not perfect, but it gets the job done. Feel free to modify or improve upon it. If you do so, please let me know!

Re: the Xurge3D sets in the above example, I had to hide body parts for both Dawn and Dusk, but I frequently do this with V4 and M4, too, and they’re the figures these suits were made for. I corrected some chest distortions in PSP.

My advice is to use poses and body shapes that aren’t extreme, poses that don’t distort the chest/neck area too much, and resign yourself to doing a little postwork. For PSP users, the warp brush tool is your friend. Same goes for the liquify tool in PS.

Credits: coflek-gnorg’s spaceship segments (I forget which ones; I use saved scenes of connected sections I made years ago); KiriTe Hair II, Daria for Dawn, Zac Hair, GearHeadset M4, A.T.A.C.S. Suit M4, and A.T.A.C.S. Suit for V4.

First attempt at a Dusk M4 clone

Eh…there are issues, but it’s still not too bad. Maybe someone who’s better at this could advise me?


Deformity with the shirt’s waistband. Neck weirdness. Shoes are messed up too…sob!!


Things looked OK in the default T Pose though. I did have to increase the smoothing modifier on the shirt due to a tiny bit of poke-through.

Dusk is quite a bit larger than M4, and this took a lot of trial-and-error. But at least I saved the aligning pose this time.

Still playing with clones

Haven’t had much time to do DS stuff this week, but I am making time to see where I can extend Star’s wardrobe from my already installed clothes. I fully intend to support the figure and buy more for her, but March was kinda expensive — and today DAZ surprised me with a straight up 80% off sale of Gen4 stuff. I was, shall we say, less than frugal. 😕

So, experimenting shows me that the A3 clothing can be a little difficult in the boob area. V4 stuff works pretty well. G2F too, though I seem to have lost the ability to use the smoothing modifier on those clothes. Odd.

Anyway, sharing a few of the more successful conversions:


Above would be Horror Survivors -Cris for V6. I’m surprised by how well the gloves and shoes converted; these are usually problem areas.


This one is Wood Fairy V4 with the Sylvana textures. Also, the free Leafy Boots V4 from FaerieDreams.


And…this is Hailey for A3.

Had a few issues with this one, but was able to work around the breast defect by dialing the chest plate to zero opacity. Hair had to be fitted by hand. The chains didn’t work, but I can live with that. There’s some distortion on the round metallic bits, but I can fiddle with this in postwork too.

All in all, definitely worth downloading these various clones if you have the DAZ Studio version of Star.

Finally motivated myself

And made a V4 to Dawn Clone:


Don’t know why I waited so long to do this; it makes Dawn a lot easier to use.

I downloaded the Dawn to V4 pose that’s linked in this post, and then followed this tutorial. I don’t use the CMS so I had to edit the resulting .dsf file — I forgot to uncheck the “compress” box, but at least now I know all I have to do is unzip the result if I screw up.

It works pretty well, along with the smoothing modifier and a few extra tweaks. I haven’t played around with any adjusted body shapes (I don’t have the Dawn Body Shape morph package anyway) to see what happens.

Now if only someone would rescue my lazy butt and do a Dusk-M4 clone. I rescued my own lazy butt…  😛

I started my own and got fairly close but I didn’t save the pose. Because I am stupid. Gah!

I also downloaded the G1, G2F, V4, and A3 clones for Star (I hope this person will make clones for Star’s male companion, Steel, when he finally shows up.) These work about a million times better than the CrossDresser License. Star is adorable in the Cowboy Gumdrops outfit (edited to add that I linked to the wrong one; I used the Genesis version.) Everything worked except for the jet pack. I had to manually scale and position it; the prop distorted quite a bit when posing while it was fitted to her.


Life is good!