Halloween 2019

Yeah, it’s Halloween season and I didn’t do anything this year but kit-bash Halloween snow globes because it seemed like a different, interesting way to use Halloween props.

I wish I could figure out a way to make my own “snow” so I could make something that looked more like glitter. I have the old Send in the Clones script and I’m wondering if I could do something with it using tiny primitive cubes. It’s been ages since I used the script; it has a random option but I’m not sure if there’s a way to contain that result in a way that would work in a glass dome.

I have the “snow” from this old set, but that’s a lot of transmaps, especially when I double it up so I can use two colors. One render had passed the 2-hour mark before I killed it in frustration. Maybe I could try scaled down leaf scatter props and maybe that old Bat Scatter prop I got for free from RDNA some years back. Hmm…

Anyway, Fantasies Attic has their annual Halloween Gift page up and running. And elleque uploaded a cute Halloween ice cream prop. Downloads for DS and Poser.

Oh, and this past weekend I finally got to “meet” Sue, the T. Rex at the Chicago Field Museum:

Sue is beautiful! But I’m okay with that giant murderbird being long extinct and not running around the U.S. like the rex in that last Jurassic Park movie.

The museum also has a life-size model of a Quetzalcoatlus, which is huge and delightfully frightful.  It looked to be a big hit with the selfie and camera crowd — when posing, folks tuck quite nicely between its folded wings. It’s like a horror hug!


Holiday renders #04 (plus some little freebies)

A render for the cat people. Another inspiration from Pinterest.

Hivewire House Cat contemplating more mayhem. Most of the decorations were from RDNA holiday freebie fests, but a couple are DAZ products: Yuletide Joy Ornaments and Christmas Tree Ornaments. I think I might have got them as freebies though.

I do sometimes buy holiday products, even if it doesn’t seem that way, ha!

And…I created a static card prop with mat poses for DS and Poser. Images for the front only, no interior. The card is sized more for display on a shelf or table but I also added a resize preset to make it more human hand friendly (middle card.) If you want to make your own card front, crop images to around 700×900 pixels.

Download: DAZ Studio (duf, dsa) and Poser (pp2, mc6)

Also, I saved the cat pose. It’s not fine-tuned so feel free to improve upon it. 🙂

Pose Preset: Click and Save Link As:

HW Cat – Sitting Mischief.duf

Thumb: Click Save As

Hopefully the contents of the zip file work okay — please let me know if something goes amiss! I included both the DS and Poser content libraries in one zip file because I’m feeling lazy. Just delete whichever one doesn’t suit your needs.

Also, I didn’t make any iray presets but converting them with the basic uber looks fine to me:



Cards from primitives

Primitive planes can be made into cards, so if anyone happens to like the holiday renders I’m posting in (more or less) card ratio, feel free to grab them for cards in your holiday renders.

I loaded two primitive planes, grouped (parented) #2 to #1, scaled them down to 15% all and then further reduced the X-axis scale down to 70%. Then I fiddled with translation dials and more rotation to get them to look like a card displayed on a shelf or table. After I finished, I grouped both planes to a null so it’s easier to move them around.

Halloween Shabby Chic textures for Floors-N-Walls

A little late for Halloween, I know. Let’s just say it’s really early instead. 😛

Download Halloween Shabby Chic texture for Floors-N-Walls (182 MB!)

Required: Floors-N-Walls (free)

Info: DAZ Studio only duf format; I haven’t gotten around to making any other material files. The textures for the Floors-N-Walls are all image map based though, so Poser users could add these textures manually.

There are a bunch of mix-n-match presets for the wall, panel, floor, and trim. Some are purely Halloween-related, others more neutral. There are plain wood and plain plaster presets, including “tintable” options.

Edited to add: These are basic DS default materials. They’re very simple and should convert fine to iray, ubersurface, or other shaders of choice.

Again, I made these for the free background set for the Fantasy Attic’s 2018 Halloween Gift Page (Day 10) and the bonus background here.

Usage: Okay for personal and commercial renders.

Bonus texture; no image maps just tiling so this one is DS only. You’ll need the free Kamelian Wall Megapack.

Also, for a little extra variety you can add this architectural detail prop to the Floors-N-Walls:

It’s free; download it here: Base and Crown Molding

It’s not texture-map friendly because of the scaling requirements but it looks pretty good with just plain old diffuse coloring.