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.

Konrad-vs-the-Toon-Horse

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):

konrad-h3-and-m3

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.

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