Spent my monthly budget already. I was holding off, waiting to see if anything interesting would show up during the DAZ PA sale, but then HiveWire released Axel for Dusk and that was that. So my pretties for this month:
Axel is a great deal! For a little less than $15 (I had reward points), I got a character morph, a nice skin texture, jeans, t-shirt, sandals, and hair — and 3Delight and Iray materials for everything. Now that’s the way to sell a new character, imo, not the over-priced-to-push-the-bundle-not-the-single-character strategy DAZ employs these days.
And everything in the Axel bundle is 100% useful for me. The hair prop is especially appreciated; there aren’t a lot of everyday hair props for the guys.
Poser users are probably a bit frustrated because he’s DS only right now, but at least they know a Poser version is in the works. This is what I really like about HiveWire; the products from the core group are almost always dual-platform — even if there is a time lag — which is great customer service.
Not to be ragging on DAZ, but a newly released character over there is twice what I paid for Axel, and what do I get? A skin texture and a morph. These may be quality skin textures and morphs, but eh…at those prices, I can live without them.
I’m not boycotting DAZ or anything like that, but I just don’t spend as much as I used to. Not even during the big sales. I did pick up Kimberly for Genesis, so Konrad would have a companion in hijinks, finally bought the Victorian Gown for G2F, and then added Eldritch Seeker for G2M, yet another great Luthbel outfit for the guys.
There were a few Oskarsson things I’d considered picking up if DAZ did a grand finale sale — The Nook, Duffle Dream, and Kamrat — but those will have to wait for another budgeted shopping spree. Sigh.
Apropos to nothing, this is one of my favorite DAZ promo images; it makes me laugh every time I see it. The look on V4’s face:
Oh, and before I forget, I did a couple test renders with Axel’s 3Delight and Iray mats. The latter took nearly an hour, but I don’t have a high-end Nvidia graphics card.
Yeah…not too savvy in Iray renders, but he looks pretty good anyway.