Semicharm's Splendiferous Symposium of Superfluous odditieS [updated 4~12~15]

SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
edited April 12 in Freebies

Behold the sights...behold the wonders... Step right up to
Semicharm's Splendiferous Symposium of Superfluous oddities
a showcase of rarities and oddities unlike you've ever seen!

(well, you might have seen a few in the old Daz forum...)

Here, I'll showcase my current project, and, in the following posts, I'll list some of my other projects in the works and proposed projects that I want to work on when I finally manage to clear out some of my backlog.


Mikiko
Status: released

Mikiko is a young teen character for Miki 2. She’s based on Little Miki2, but after all the changes I figured it was past time to give her an actual name. This will continue to be available as a base for creating your own teen characters.


G2 Girls
Status: released

These are based on a set of child characters that I did years ago for the Poser G2 line of ladies. In fixing some of the issues in the last update, they ended up looking even younger!. This will continue to be available as a base for creating your own characters.


06~10~2014
Again, I apologize for the long absence. I've been trying to finish another project that's related to Maeko for months. Progress has been much slower than planed. On the upside, I'm finishing yet another related project, a set of royalty free eye textures for Miki2, 3 & 4!


04~07~2015
Back again, with an actual update! I noticed the Ultimate Morphs sets went on sale again and realized that I hadn’t got my characters done. :red: Luckily I managed to get some time over the weekend break to put in some serious testing. It seems that everything I’d fix one thing I’d find another issue somewhere. It’s getting pretty close to a solid release now.

Well, getting things sorted out for G2 Girls helped jumpstart another project. Mikiko is set to be finished after I get G2 Girls out.


04~12~2015
Someone had pointed out that my "Mesh Texture Set" had a compatibility issue with older versions of Photophop. I fixed that and put out an update. The Photoshop version is now compatible with (at least) CS2 and above.

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  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited April 9

    Here's some of my other projects currently in the queue. Note: this list may change as some projects may be given priority over others.

    Mikiko
    Status: released

    Mikiko is a young teen character for Miki 2. She's based on Little Miki2, but after all the changes I figured it was past time to give her an actual name. This will continue to be available as a base for creating your own teen characters.


    G2 Girls
    Status: released

    These are based on a set of child characters that I did years ago for the Poser G2 line of ladies. In fixing some of the issues in the last update, they ended up looking even younger!. This will continue to be available as a base for creating your own characters.


    Maeko
    Status: testing

    Maeko is a child character for Miki 3. Luckily, the morphs situation had improved considerably since the older G2 line and most clothing I've been able to test on her has worked out of the box with little to no adjustment.


    Mikiko Refit-Mamomamo CB Collection 1
    Status: planning

    This was originally made to fit Little Miki2, but the conversion process didn't work too well. I hope to, eventually, do a completely new refit for Mikiko.


    MorningCasual ColorChange
    Status: updated - waiting final renders

    This is a set of shaders I created in Poser that can change the cloth colors of the MorningCasual set that came with Olivia. At the request of a friend, I've added the option to have separate t-shirt sleeve colors for a trendy retro style.


    unnamed texture project for Miki 2
    Status: in progress

    This is my first major character texture project. I hit a few snags and had to stop working on this, but I hope I can resolve those now. It was originally supposed to use the texture layering system I started on, but that didn't work out. I plan to at least release the base textures and a few of the extra textures.

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  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    snagged....

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited April 2013

    While working on these, I never got around to doing any updated renders. So, here's a few.

    The first one is from G2 Teens. The render includes one of the Color Change shaders for the t-shirt that comes with Olivia and a set of morphs that add the Ultimate Body Morphs to the clothes that come with Jessi or Sydney.

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  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Next up is for Little Miki 2. It includes my textures and the dress outfit from the Mamomamo collection.

    Lil_Miki2_Update1a.jpg
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  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    And finally, a debut render of Maeko for Miki 3.

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  • Alisa Uh-LisaAlisa Uh-Lisa Posts: 1,248
    edited December 1969

    Wow - these look fabulous!!

  • English BobEnglish Bob Posts: 61
    edited December 1969

    Watching with interest - I remember the Little Miki character. Now I'm wondering if the process would work in reverse, to make them older? :)

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 19,338
    edited December 1969

    Are these going to be freebies?

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Wow - these look fabulous!!

    Thanks!

    Watching with interest - I remember the Little Miki character. Now I'm wondering if the process would work in reverse, to make them older? :)

    Do you mean older than these child characters, or older than the base figure itself? There are ways of making these characters older, one I've used a few times is to load the base figure and morphs, skip ahead on the animation timeline and apply the child character. Then, you can just move along the timeline to dial-in any age in between.

    If you want to go even older, the popular morph sets out there could accomplish that. I've seen others out there specifically for aged characters, such as the Maturing V4 Morph Pack by Tempest or Elder Grandmother Huian and Weici by cyllan.

    Are these going to be freebies?

    Of course, it's the Freepozitory after all. Some of these are updates for freebies I've already released, and others will be new. The only thing that I cannot offer as a freebie is the skin textures for Little One, as they're based on one of 3Dreams resource kits.

  • WandWWandW Posts: 1,254
    edited December 1969

    Here's a render I did of Little Miki a while back...

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  • English BobEnglish Bob Posts: 61
    edited December 1969

    semicharm said:
    Do you mean older than these child characters, or older than the base figure itself?
    [...]
    Elder Grandmother Huian and Weici by cyllan.

    Thanks for taking my question seriously, I was just musing aloud. I must remember to stop doing that in public. :)

    I meant older than the base figures, although not as old as Huian and Weici - I have them somewhere. I have the Fountain of Youth morphs for V4, and had heard that you could dial them in reverse to make the character older, although I have yet to try it for myself. I was just wondering if these would work the same way, but of course the answer is to wait patiently and then see for myself! ;)

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    semicharm said:
    Do you mean older than these child characters, or older than the base figure itself?
    [...]
    Elder Grandmother Huian and Weici by cyllan.

    Thanks for taking my question seriously, I was just musing aloud. I must remember to stop doing that in public. :)

    I meant older than the base figures, although not as old as Huian and Weici - I have them somewhere. I have the Fountain of Youth morphs for V4, and had heard that you could dial them in reverse to make the character older, although I have yet to try it for myself. I was just wondering if these would work the same way, but of course the answer is to wait patiently and then see for myself! ;)

    No problem Bob. :coolsmile: What I meant was that these characters have almost no custom morphs, as I rarely bother to handcraft morphs myself. They mostly use the figure's base morphs, or an off-the-self morph set. Either way, the range of morphs available are definitely capable of doing older characters. In fact, if I were a sane person, that's what I would be doing, as I find going younger is much harder than going older. That's why I do younger characters, purely for the challenge. That, and there isn't that many young characters out there.

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Been a bit under the weather lately. Still making progress though. Here's the promos for the first release, Dressy Purple for Dressy by Karth. It's my first real attempt at doing a promo collage.

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  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Just recently found out that the Dressy outfit is no longer available in Renderosity freebies were I got it. I tried contacting Karth there if to see if it's available elsewhere, but haven't heard back. Does anyone know of a better way to contact her? After all this, I going to release my texture regardless, but it would be nice for those who didn't already have the outfit to be able to enjoy them.

    In the meantime, I'm working on the next release, a texture set to turn the swimsuit into a strapped blouse. Still waiting on the new render, which I hope to post soon. :)

  • Alisa Uh-LisaAlisa Uh-Lisa Posts: 1,248
    edited December 1969

    I sent her a message though other channels, so hopefully she'll see it soon and post...:)

    I did a search for the outfit and don't see that it's available anywhere at this time.

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Well, while that's getting sorted out here's a promo for the next one, Purple Paradise for Sun by 3Dream.

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  • KarthKarth Posts: 341
    edited December 1969

    Hi

    i have reupload the Dress for a little time so that everyone who is interested can download.

    http://www.sharecg.com/v/68927/view/11/Poser/LittleOne-Dressy

    Textures are looking good Semi !

    Thanks Alisa for email...i was not often online this week.

  • Alisa Uh-LisaAlisa Uh-Lisa Posts: 1,248
    edited December 1969

    Thank you, Karth!!

    {{HUGS}}

    Semicharm - looks nice! :)

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Thanks Karth! I'll hopefully get those textures posted tonight.

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited May 2013

    Finally! My first texture for LittleOnes released on ShareCG. Dressy Purple is an embroidered blouse and skirt texture set for Karth's Dressy, both available on ShareCG.

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  • Alisa Uh-LisaAlisa Uh-Lisa Posts: 1,248
    edited December 1969

    semicharm said:
    Finally! My first texture for LittleOnes released on ShareCG. Dressy Purple is an embroidered blouse and skirt texture set for Karth's Dressy, both available on ShareCG.

    Thanks so much!

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Finally got the chance to work on Purple Paradise again. The script for translating mats from DS to Poser doesn’t get the displacement and specular settings right, so I had to go back to rebuilding the Poser mats from scratch. Just have to wrap up a few things and it’ll be done.

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited May 2013

    Purple Paradise is now up on ShareCG and DeviantArt.

    I found some other textures for various cuts and styles I was working on for the Sun swimsuit. If they turn out ok, I'll post those as well. :-)

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  • Alisa Uh-LisaAlisa Uh-Lisa Posts: 1,248
    edited December 1969

    semicharm said:
    Purple Paradise is now up on ShareCG and DeviantArt.

    I found some other textures for various cuts and styles I was working on for the for the Sun swimsuit. If they turn out ok, I'll post those as well. :-)

    Thanks!

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    In what free time I've had lately, I've been sort of bouncing around from project to protect. Still making progress all the same.

    Here's a small preview, my latest attempt at getting Little Miki 2 working in DS4.5. Miki 2, the base figure, works just fine. It's the PMD injections from the Ultimate Morphs sets that's the problem. Since the old PMD plugin was never updated, and seems to have been abandoned, I'm investigating a few workarounds. This one used a secondary CR2 file to load the PMDs on the original figure and setup the morph channels. The upside is that this works in DS3 as well as Poser. The downside is that the initial setup is a PITA. However, actually using them would only require a simple ReadScript command to load the support file I made for each PMD.

    {
    version
    {
     number 6
    }
    readScript ":runtime:libraries:character:Miki2:Miki2.crz"
    readScript ":runtime:libraries:morphs:Miki2:Ultimate Morphs:Miki2_UBM_INJ.p2z"
    readScript ":runtime:libraries:morphs:Miki2:Ultimate Morphs:Miki2_UHM_INJ.p2z"
    }

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  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Still jumping around a bit from project to project. In the last few weeks, I've been working on my texture sets and characters for Little One, DS4.5 compatibility for Miki2 and my Little Miki2 character, Maeko and some clothing conversions for Miki3, and a character project for Antonia.

    It took more work that I thought, but I'll be releasing more of my textures for Little One. The Summer Sun product currently includes textures for a two piece swimmers set and a tanktop in bright youthful colors for the Sun swimsuit to match my characters. I'm thinking of expanding the set to the Bikini set as well.

    I hope I have a final morph for Little Miki2 that should address the majority of the issues I had with the past versions. There's less distortions and pokethru issues on the chest, however it required tweaking the joint parameters a bit. I made a pose to apply the new settings to clothing that should work, though I'm still testing this. I think the figure itself could use some other joint parameter tweaks as well, but I'm not willing to deal with the clothing compatibility issues that would create.

    I also hope that Maeko is close being done. One of the issues I came across is that Miki3 don't have much footwear, let alone anything suitable for her age. I finally got around to testing out CrossDresser4 to convert some of Miki2's kicks and I'm very pleased with the results. So far I have conversions for Sensible Shoes and Canvas Sneakers. I can do others on request.

    In dusting off my old projects, I came across some characters for Antonia and decided to take another try at them. I'm mostly satisfied with the results this time. They used
    drapak12's and DieTrying's free morph sets, so these characters will be 100% freebies all around. I'll have to see what other wardrobe I have for them and try to post some renders.

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited June 2013

    It's late and I don't have time to do a proper render, but here's some rough previews. The first is of Maeko with my Miki3 shoe conversions. The second is of Little Miki 2 and the updated joint. She can now bend forward without distortion or pokethru.

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  • Alisa Uh-LisaAlisa Uh-Lisa Posts: 1,248
    edited December 1969

    Cool! Looks like you're really working hard on a lot of projects all at once :)

  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited July 2013

    It's been a month and a half since my last update, but I've been busy with a number of projects. So far, Miki2 and JessiG2 along with their Ultimate Morph sets are working in DS4.6. I still really need to work out the neck seam issue though. My attempts at creating a patch didn't work. There was a patch script on the old forms, but I don't know who made it or where to find it anymore. I do have another option, but it requires manually editing the cr2 file.

    I'm not totally pleased with the morph setup either. Sure, it works fine in DS3-4.6, and Poser as well. The problem is that DS4.x, my current platform of choice, still can't import additional morphs without creating support files first, and those morphs can't be added to a figure already in the scene. A whole new figure has to be added to replace the current one--not an idea solution. Short of having a working pmd pose plugin or converting the morphs to the new DS morph format, there isn't much choice.

    What do you guys think? Should I keep the current one-size-fits-all, but less than idea, solution, or convert the morphs to the DS format and leave everyone with the existing pmd support?


    In the meantime, I've also been working on my projects for Little One. I've put in a lot of hours on the Summer Sun texture project. It's sort of gotten away from me.:D What started as a two-piece swim set conversion of the SunSuit now has both one and two piece sets with nine styles and six colors. Then it expanded to six other items as well, with many styles and matching colors. Below is a small sample of what's included.

    The "Little Ones" set has also been expanded. The set originally had just girls of three ages, but I'd eventually replaced the older college-aged girl with a more mature mother character. I still liked the college girl, so I updated her to match the current set. There also was a young boy of similar age as the youngest girl, but I had trouble finding anything suitable for him. That's changed with my new summer lineup, so I've not only brought him back but have three more guys of various ages to match the girls. To fit everyone in, I'm changing the name to "Little Family". I just finished a test render of the new set.

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  • SemicharmSemicharm Posts: 219
    edited December 1969

    Just got through over a hundred mat poses for SummerSun. Many more to go!

    Luckily, with just a bit of creativity, I can get Notepad++ to do most of the work for me.

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