There are lots of old military-style weapons, free as well as commercial, but probably should be more rayguns. These are often included in commercial outfit sets, which is a whole ‘nother post, but let me know if I’ve missed a stand-alone set.
Breaking down the transport into flying and non-flying, with a few reference images first:
The Vacuum Zeppelin is on clearance at Renderosity, so it could disappear at any time. Rocketship Mongo was an old Platinum Club rocket that’s been vaulted, but included here for those who might’ve forgotten they bought it. That Greyling UFO used to be free at RDNA. 😕
The Technophelia Retro Rock-It comes with bubble space helmets and rayguns. The Daedalus Scrapper has hood ornaments! I’m not 100% certain they’re separate object files, but if they can be swapped around, they probably are. If so, they could even be scaled up as building ornaments.
The Hiawatha/Super Chief train vendor has lots of old vehicles; check out the Tucker! I don’t own Vue so am unlikely to buy the Hiawatha, but including it for folks who do use Vue. The R75 Motorcyle Plus is a prop add-on for the motorcycle.
I mostly included stuff that’s in my wishlist or seemed particularly interesting. Old-ish vehicles and weapons are popular, and there are way more products available than I can link. Please take a look at the catalogs of these vendors for more ideas:
Busy this week so the rendering idea was a bit rushed. And kinda simple…
Still have a theme post to do and some comments to catch up on. Will be back!
Oh, and this was G2F/G2M, the latter wearing an M4 texture, a Genesis outfit, and a Genesis hair prop. The former wearing a V4 outfit (not that it’s visible) and parts of another V4 outfit, but she is wearing G2F hair and textures for a change. 😛
Edited to add that while this week’s render is kind of “meh,” I did play around a little with the plain test images.
I knew I was going to do only hands but I put everyone in hair and clothes anyway. Don’t know why; maybe I’m just weird that way.
G2M is wearing an older M4 texture set called Malgedar, which used to be at Philosopher’s Egg. (I think she cleared out most of her older character sets that aren’t critter hybrids.) Anyway, he’s entirely black, which lends itself to some interesting results when using the Screen layer setting:
G2F ended up upside down by the time I was done with her, poor thing.
Joequick released a set of free head morphs for G2F called extraOrdinary Girls — they’re not glamour model types, but they’re interesting faces. I combined a few of them here. She’s wearing StudioArtVartanian’s Electra Outfit for V4.
Rain of Petals and Rose armlets/bracelets linked here. I bought PixiePerfect Hair with this weekend’s $5 off DAZ Originals; it comes with a rose wreath for the hair. I can’t remember which G2F texture I used, but it had a tattoo of butterflies all down one arm.
A few images I saved that cover a decent spectrum of styles:
Again, there is likely a lot of suitable links I’m missing so please feel free to suggest additions in the comments. There are some repeats from the Harlem Renaissance and Space Day 01 / Space Day 02 themes from a few years back.
Obvious tip: Retexturing near everything chrome is a quick and easy way to achieve peak retro futurism. Anyone have any favorite chrome or metal materials to share? Free or commercial.
The last two are clothes/accessories but for this purpose they fall under “build-your-own-gynoid.” Of course some props work for males too — I just don’t know the dude equivalent for gynoid. 😀
D-Bot and D-Spot (there was also a kid-sized D-Brat) are great retro futuristic robots; too bad DAZ vaulted them. D-Claw and D-Squeak are still in the store, though. I included D-Bot and D-Spot because old timers like me might’ve forgotten they bought them.
It would seem I have no retro mechs or battle suits. I must remedy this!
A few of these are toonish, but they work well with retro futuristic themes (and The Jetsons look.) I don’t know if Super D-Bot requires the original D-Bot; it doesn’t say on the store page but it might be an omission. Robogrrrl! is a set of props like electric eye beams and sonic hearing waves; they should be easy enough to fit to other figures. The last one, again, falls under BYOG.
To me, dieselpunk robots and mechs look interchangeable with dystopian ones, as long as the emphasis is a heavily industrial military aesthetic. Lots of Soviet-era military influence too.
Dystopian tech works for dieselpunk and it would work pretty well for retro futuristic too if you chrome it up. The Electro Apparati set didn’t make the transition from RDNA to DAZ, but again, old timers might have forgotten they bought it.
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Operation Isabella 7, Part 02! Got her lips to look less goopy so now I have a material preset called No Goopy Lips. I also think I like her more in someone else’s skins. I gave her a test in 5 Days of Ravage V4, which I picked up some time back, and also the newly acquired Endora V4:
Also, I’m delighted to see that my dial morph Oksana V4 ended up in the Renderosity newsletter, and a couple of my renders made the HiveWire newsletters. 😀 Squee!!!
I’ve been thinking about uploading to Renderosity galleries again. It’s been years since I’ve done so, but now there are reward points for uploads and my Rendo wishlist is two pages long…
Back to the retro tech and robots post I’m working on — it takes a little while to assemble all this. And invariably, I find something I missed that should go in the previous listing post, ha!