Post holiday indulgences

Hope everyone had a nice holiday!

Since I acquired a little fun money from various Santas, I knocked a few more things of my wishlists at various stores.

Ali’s annual sale at Mankahoo has started and I picked up several hair props. Also noticed that, in addition to Dawn fits, the newer ones have fits for G3F and G8F. I merrily swap hairs between all sorts of figures, so fit presets are always appreciated to save me a little time and effort.

Hr-178, Hr-188, Hr-201, and Hr-212. A very long, stylized hair style, a retro updo, twists, and messy braids. The various hair shader utilities I have work pretty well on these too.

Over at Hivewire, I picked up the new puppy, its free LAMH preset, and the tack conversion kit for the HW Horse.

I’m not entirely sure yet how the MilHorse parts will work on the DS version of the HW Horse, but I have the readme files to refer to if I get stuck.

I’ll be working on buying more textures for all the HW animals. Just added the calico texture set for the cat to the priority list, to replace the tack conversion.

At Renderosity, I finally picked up the Cat Saddle for the MilCat and Shrouded for V4. I’m not crazy about most of the poses in the shrouded set — sexy nudes and pinups are just not my thing — but I can get something to work more along the lines of weird or spooky, because that is more of my thing. πŸ™‚

I also bought a cute pair of sandals for G3F; Walking Flats 1:

I have a lot of high-heeled sandals that have come with various outfits, but not so many flat heeled ones. It was an impulse buy, but a good deal.

Replacing the Cat Saddle and Shroud V4 are these two products:

Pulp SciFi Spaceship and a Retro LP prop/pose set. I sense a retro theme…

At DAZ, I completely indulged myself and bought Stonemason’s The Gothic Library and also the pose mixer utility. My Holiday Loyalty Reward discount helped a bit…

The pose mixer utility is the more practical of the two, but that library set is gorgeous. It does come with a 3DL version, though only the Iray version has lights/camera presets. Maybe I’ll sit down and create some lights and cameras myself. Other 3DL users might find those a useful freebie.

Also, for non-DS users, an obj option is available. I didn’t download that one, but it’s nice that Stonemason includes it.

And…those two products have now been replaced on my list by these:

The Eastern Dragon is a lot of trouble to pose. I thought I had all of its poses, but I somehow missed this set. And considering how DAZ has been purging older products, I figured I’d better bump it up in the queue.

Why, yes, I did match the dragon texture to her outfit! Not sure where that outfit came from — probably a Mei Lin 6 related bundle I acquired for free or on the cheap — and while it’s not something I would have bought, it is kinda cute.

Posing the dragon was a pain, even though I started with a pose preset. That thing’s got a ton of bones.

As for the outback set, I have zero desert environments. Must rectify that! Also, a post-apocalyptic Santa render idea is still percolating and I’ll want a desert environment like this for it.

I have to finish up my pose conversions first, though. I’m trying to be more organized rather than flitting from project to project as the mood strikes me.


10 thoughts on “Post holiday indulgences

    • Ah, that’s too bad!

      The site has the sale in the last half of the month, which I appreciate. Before Christmas, my money is generally going to presents. After Christmas, I have extra fun money to spend, which I do…

      I should’ve posted a reminder about the sale — I’ve done so in past years — but I just forgot this time.

      • Someone probably needs to run a service with reminders of all those sales, like there is that DAZ Deals service =)
        I must’ve gotten Mankahoo mixed up with Rendo and Hivewire sales which both lasted till Jan 1st or 2nd. Not that I’m likely to have much time for rendering (or even breathing LOL) this term, but I did want to get one of his recent longer models (not the extra long one you got, the more reasonable one). His are among those very few longer models that don’t come with that chair in the back!

        • I thought about you and the “chair effect” when I bought that crazy-long hair prop. I even said to myself, “Look, ma, no chair!”

          I considered buying a second long hair prop with a side part, but decided four was enough. The prices at his site are reasonable enough that if I find I really need the one I passed over, I can go buy it.

          A sale monitoring service would be useful. Signing up for newsletters helps, but sometimes those get lost in a deluge of other emails and missed anyway.

          And sounds like you’re going to really busy. Don’t forget to take care of yourself by carving out some personal relaxing time!

              • You know, I never understand what people mean when they say “self-indulgent” and “relaxing”; I somehow think of those New Age folks with their meditation crystals and incense… LOL
                It’s like, what can be better than sleeping?

                • I am a big fan of naps!

                  But also giving myself little gifts just because it feels nice. Could be something like a new book, a trip to a museum, a silly pair of socks, an all-night movie watching binge when the hubby is out of town, sometimes just being lazy and not doing anything but laying around and listening to music (and singing along if there’s no one around lol) Don’t know much about New Age and crystals but I do know how to find some “me” time when life gets stressful or just too hectic. πŸ™‚

                • It’s nice that these things work for you =) I would much prefer to be sleeping though than watching movies. Sleeping is the only thing that really increases productivity, for me; without sleep, I am way more prone to brain fog and headaches. Which is not nice when an urgent translation arrives, for example.

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