Male content notoriously lags behind female content. I don’t grumble about it much anymore and just try to work with what is available, including female outfits (or their separate parts) that are gender-neutral enough to try running through autofit clones.
For the most part, I don’t mind doing this, though autofit doesn’t always provide usable results. There are helper morphs for sale to fix some of these issues, little tricks in DS to try to minimize them, and when all else fails, there’s postwork.
Most frustrating is when the conversion is almost perfect…except one area. Case in point, Yura’s Space Suit for G8F.
So, so close; there’s even no crotch crunch! But the chest deforms just enough that the backpack’s air hoses don’t properly align. The backpack itself deforms if autofitted to G8M (as does the helmet) so I scaled/translated it and then parented it to the G8M’s chest. Those patches where the hoses “attach” to the top shrank too much and it’s almost impossible to align the hoses to get them to look like the G8F’s version.
I really like this space suit because it’s non-sexualized and gender-neutral. I wish the vendor had made a male version of it.
The only thing I can think of to get around this problem is to do two renders, one with the helmet and backpack autofitted and one with them parented and not deformed, and then combine the two renders and erase/fix the problem parts. It would not be first time I did something like this.
I have Yura’s Soldier 2 for G3F and it converts almost perfectly to G3M — and there is a G3M version of the outfit, which I didn’t buy precisely because the female one fit the male so well. Figures; and I just know me not buying the G3M version is why Yura didn’t make the G8M space suit. This is all my fault… 😛
As it so happens, G3F’s Soldier 2 works great on both G8F and G8M:
There is a tiny bit of crotch crunch on G8M, but if all auto conversions worked as well as this one, I’d be overjoyed.
Because I like doing dieselpunk projects I’m always on the lookout for something that will work with male figures and doesn’t require me to haul out M3 and his old Daedalus Sky Mercenary outfit. So I picked up Oskarsson’s Blitz Girl Uniform for G8F with my 20% off coupon. It’s not dforce, yay! Conforming outfits are nearly extinct these days.
Anyway, the first thing I noticed is that the skirt isn’t separate so it has to be made invisible (if it hadn’t been a separate material zone I’d have been really annoyed.) Then I went hunting for boots and pants to match the top. I have a few outfits that would’ve worked but settled on Military Uniforms for M6. Ended up with this:
I really like the way it turned out, but there was some serious deformation with G8M’s crotch and chest, especially that middle button. Everything else looked pretty good, though, so I put PSP’s mesh warp, push, and clone brushes to work.
Much better. Postwork would probably be okay for this outfit since I’d texture it with a solid-colored fabric texture. Solids make it much easier to fix even bigger crunches, but I’m fairly certain more active leg poses would make the deformation bad enough that even postwork couldn’t fix it. The only way to deal with a majorly mangled mesh is to hide it behind hands, other figures, or props.
I’d use casual wear male outfits on female figures more often if it weren’t for the differences between buttons and zipper flaps. Why does fashion have to be so dumb about things like that?
Last Survivor G8M on the G8F:
I wear men’s shirts a lot and so I figure my female characters can as well. My favorite pair of shoes are men’s shoes too. No men’s zippered pants though; there’d be hip size issues.
The loose shirt on this set hides most of the zipper. Pockets deformed noticeably on her chest, even with breast fixes. It might be less noticeable with a plaid or stripe texture. I hid her feet and toes; I forgot to check if there was a foot pose for the boots that might’ve helped them fit better. Used the push modifier at 0.25 strength on her shirt as it was clinging a little too closely to her hips.
Hmmm…I probably have much more gender-neutral clothing. I’ll have to check and see what else I can find.
Anyone have outfits to recommend? I check the stores a lot but I still miss quite a bit.