Christmas Mad Money

Christmas money goes straight into the budget for all things fun and frivolous. The husband got a nice Amazon gift card from his work and he went crazy with supplies for his model trains.

Me, I throw my mad money at 3D stuff. Like more hair props! I have hundreds already and yet I keep buying them. I don’t even care what figure they’re for; hair props are easy to refit.

 

Three of my new DAZ hairs — Addison, Gizelle, and Careless Braid — were $2.99; no way I can resist prices like that. I like the feathery details on Addison. Perrin Hair and Fane Hair (which comes with a character) were on sale and I had new release purchase and loyalty discounts for them, so a good deal all around. Fane is totally noir; must do a noir project now.

Ali’s personal store goes on sale for 50% off every year toward the end of December and I usually grab a hair or two. Hr-219 is more fun than practical, but that’s okay.

Perpetually on the lookout for male content, though I’ve become much more picky. Still, I scored a few decent deals:

I did pick up Retro Future for G2M. It had an unexpectedly attractive discount. Hoping it will also work well with G2F.

The $2.99 G8M Brothers Bundle went into my cart because it comes with two LIE dirty skin options and fibermesh extras, including “patchy facial hair.” I have lots of stubble and beard props, but nothing for a younger guy growing his first beard. The LIE overlay can be used on other textures and probably G8F as well.

From Fast Grab, a new outfit for my G8M (he now has four!) Casual Outfits for G8M is a single mesh, like a bodysuit, with some details modeled in but most rely on normal maps. Looks more like real clothes. But it has no material zones, so it’d be really hard to texture.

A little more female content. All $2.99, except for Mrs. Chow 8, who enticed me from Fast Grab. Mabel 8 and Floyd 8 were ahead of her in the priority queue but $13.00 proved too hard for me to pass up.

 

Mrs. Chow is fantastic! Though, as usual, I’m not crazy about the 3DL materials.

The La Llorona Ghostly Bundle for G2F has two pale-skinned characters with loads of face options, a set of ghost poses, and a dress. I mostly wanted the dress, but I can always use more creepy textures. The Rain Boots are for G2F, G3F, and G8F. Nice! Great detailing on the Vault Rustler G2F outfit; love the boots. It has kit-bashing potential. I already rendered that SciFi PinUp Outfit for G8F.

Added several people extras to my library, all part of the $2.99 sale:

The Vascularity Bundle for G2 is something I’m more likely to use with the G2 creature morphs than regular characters. Morningstar Wings for G3F and G8F — more wings are good; adds a little variety for the flying people. I have no tears in my content, so Plentiful Tears HD was a needed addition.

Picked up two kids for $2.99 each:

Leon and Teena. Both are stand-alone preteen figures. I like their overall look. Each one has their own hair, clothing, and poses. I can’t use Teena’s dforce dress and skirt, but everything else is fine. They only come with expression morphs, but I can live with that.

And a whole bunch of props!

 

EE: Frozen Lake and New Years Celebration were new releases and earned me extra discounts, paired with the loyalty discount, for The Streets of Asia 2, The Heart of the East, Japanese Maples, and After the Rain.

The Sci-Fi Containment Cell and High School Classroom were those free-with-a-purchase products — and obviously there was much purchasing going on.

The rest were from the $2.99 event. I figured the Japanese Fishing Junk would go well with all my new Asian content. Probably won’t use the poses from Doris Curtains, but the curtain prop itself is intriguing. Both Old London Alley and Haven Park are worthwhile additions to my environments folder. Adding Neighborhood XPack 1 and Neighborhood Block 1 Bundle completes the sets I already bought and gives me a whole lot of 3D houses. I already had an old scooter and a moped, but the Italian Scooter Bundle has a lot of nice extras.

And that’s a wrap. Christmas mad money smartly — if frivolously — spent!

I don’t anticipate any more power purchasing until tax refund time and historically DAZ has had excellent sales in April. 🙂

Hopefully by then we’ll finally have all the funds to take care of replacing the roof, the carpets, and the kitchen counter and to buy me a new computer. I only have 88GB left on this one, yikes!

Happy 2020!

May the new year be a great one for all your friends and family!

I picked up quite a few great $2.99 deals over the past few days, including a delightful retro SciFi PinUp Outfit for G8F. So I used one of the converted pulp poses for G8F (needed some adjustments; weird translation values.) Ended up with a sort of comic book style cover in bright tones, a la vintage 50s/60s technicolor.

Her hair started out black but I think I might have applied the wrong back light hair shader. Oops.

I’m getting a nice little collection of outfits like this but need more for the male figures. Considering buying the Retro Future Outfit for G2 Males — and it even has 3DL materials, yay!

I should make an effort to do a few renders with the some of the other stuff I bought, but I’d better finish up these pose conversions before I’m distracted yet again by shiny new things…

Pulp Poses – Dawn & Dusk

Download: Retro Pulp Poses for Dawn & Dusk (DAZ Studio only)

Yeah…still puttering around with these, lol! Better late than never? With Genesis 2, I left off adjusting a few of the G2M poses. Gotta get back to that.

DS only, though Poser users could apply the V4/M4 versions to Dawn and/or Dusk and adjust the results — the hands and feet are usually the areas that need the most adjustment but will also likely be what you’d need to adjust to fit your scene plans anyway.

(For newer visitors, there is a Genesis version here.)


ZAPP!!!!


Escape!


Space Babe Nolah!


Incoming Trouble! (without the halftone effect)

Adjust poses accordingly for body shapes, clothing, and whatever else needs adjusting (several above have adjustments from the original poses.)

As usual, Dawn and Dusk made use of other figure’s clothing closets. Though the Dawn Go Go Boots are great for these pulpy style projects. As is Dusk’s Hero Hair.

Parasol pose

Download Parasol Poses – Multi Figure

I needed a simple holding-a-parasol pose, couldn’t find one, so made one for G2F, then lazily converted it with the free Daz3d Pose Converter script utility to G1F, G3F, and G8F. Converted it to Dawn SE too, though that one’s a little rougher than the others. But they’re at least decent starting points for your parasol-toting ladies.

I used the parasol from Edwardian Accessories for G2F but any other parasol or umbrella will work with a few adjustments to the prop and hands.

If your lady has a poofy hair prop or is wearing a wider/lower hat, just bend the right hand to move the parasol farther away from her head.