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!

Free hair for Baby Luna

The ever-generous elleque has created a (much needed!) hair prop for Baby Luna, for both Poser and DS users: Baby Thin Hair for Baby Luna

What a cutie!

For DS users, the Renderosity December freebie is kinda fun and weird — a SciFi Carriage

I can see a scifi Santa in this…

And the annual Renderosity holiday giveaway should be starting soon, as per a moderator over at the forum.

I’ve been picking up a few good deals here and there at DAZ and finally cleared out my wishlist of Genesis 2 core figures. It took a good long while, but bought Belle 6 for $2.99 and now I have all the ones I’m interested in (though if Keiko 6 and/or Cory 6 should end up in a free deal I’d probably pick them up.)

I have not done any holiday renders. Busy, busy…and the new season of The Expanse just dropped in Amazon Prime Video so I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation looks interesting so I’ve probably check that out too, as well as the new season of Lost in Space. I didn’t totally love the Lost in Space reboot, but thought it was entertaining and I do like the reboot’s take on the robot.

I have been working on a Victorian-ish scene. I needed a Victorian greatcoat with a cape and nothing exists so I had to kit-bash one. So close, but still not quite right. All the parts were M4 clothes — Wanted Dead or Alive M4 coat, shirt, and vest; Regency M4 pants and boots, Witch Hunter M4 Cape, Tuxedo M4 walking cane, and AgeofArmor’s hat from Skullduggery — so I just used M4 with the Genesis 2 Female, as she has lots of great period dresses; I picked up the Penny Dreadful Dress a few weeks back.

I’m figure-agnostic; whatever figures work best for the scene are the ones I’ll use.

I also hauled out the very, very old Baker Street Construction set from the now defunct RuntimeDNA store. It’s so old it doesn’t even come with bump maps! But it has potential all the same. I need to make either normal or displacement maps for at least the street, curb, and sidewalk textures though, because simulating a wet pavement will look a lot better if there’s an illusion of surface depth rather than a mirror-like flatness.

And I’m still playing with the fstop settings. Since it takes 3 hours to render — using Marshian’s Above the Fog set, which slows things down — these test render take a while, lol!

 

Gadgetry freebies, Retro-friendly

Just signal boosting for a nice set of freebies by Ghastly that are great for retro science fiction stuff, toony or a bit more steampunk/dieselpunk.

Ghastly’s Sci-Fi Sets (ShareCG / Renderosity) Ghastly’s Gizmo-trons (ShareCG / Renderosity), and UV Guides for Ghastly’s Sci-Fi Sets (ShareCG / Renderosity)

Parts come assembled but stand-alone versions are also included for assembling your own retro tech stuff. None have materials but they are UV-mapped. Perfect for all those materials and shader sets acquired over the years.

DAZ Studio only, but Studio is free to install and it’s not difficult — just tedious — to export the duf files as obj files.

Random Gizmo-tron example:


Gizmo-tron with plain diffuse coloring; toon-ish


Same but with bump maps textures


Gizmo-tron with maps and shaders, more steampunk or dieselpunk


Same, but postworked with random text gibberish (too late last night to make texture maps)

Also made 3DL materials for the Crone for Etta HD for Edie 8…quite the long descriptor there! 😛 The eye materials make use of some odd UV mapping that doesn’t work in 3DL (as far as I can tell) and I ended up swapping the eye materials with Edie 8’s. The iray eyes render okay in 3DL but attempting to convert them to 3DL makes a bit of a mess. I also had problems with I tried applying different iray eye presets; things got weird-looking.

If anyone wants 3DL versions of the base skins, let me know and I can zip them up.


(top middle and bottom right are Edie 8 eyes)