I finally picked up the HiveWire House Cat during Renderosity’s recent Wishlist 50% Off sale, along with Cayman Studio’s V4 UVs for the G3F. There’s a great set of free LAMH presets for the HW Cat so I played around with them — and I remember now why I don’t use LAMH very often. It crashes a lot. I was doing a render with the old Mil Cat and it crashed on me near 10 times before I finally gave up and rendered the scene without fur and then deleted everything but the cat and rendered it with fur. Postwork saves the day.
I’m wondering now if I had so much trouble because I parented both the cat and the books to a null group. It’s the only thing I can think of that caused DS to crash every time I tried to attach the LAMH preset.
I didn’t have as many crashes with the HW kitty but DS did take its sweet time to get to the point where it rendered out the image (only crashed twice.)
Love this kitty; can’t wait for the dog to show up (though I have to buy the kitten too, and the HW Foal and HW Unicorn are still in my wishlist.)
I’m having a blast with these new Dawn clones. So happy to have a wider set of clothing options for her.
The G3F dress skirt broke when I used anything other than conservative leg poses but it looks cute on her. G2F pants, sweater, and boots converted perfectly. I only had to adjust the sweater to fit over the jeans.
Took Ladora V4 for a test drive and discovered none of the specular maps were attached in the 3DL materials. So I puttered a bit with the skin settings and skewed her nose — she’s a really nice character, even if she did take a little extra work.
It took me a few minutes to figure out how to use the V4 to G3 UV utility. Once I got the hang of it, though, I realized it’s going to be very useful. I can even use one of my favorite Aiko 3 textures on the G3F now. Yay!
Even the eyelash transparency is A3. Old textures don’t come with specular maps, and often not even bump maps, so it’s taking me a while to find the right “look” for the converted textures. Also, I have noticed that if I use the Neck Length dial morph and turn it up, it deforms conformed hair props. 😕
I’ve also noticed that nail length morphs on G2F deform/break the nails on the thumbs very badly.
I’ve reinstalled the G2F essentials and still have this issue. Argh! Fixed! Third reinstall was apparently the charm.