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Posted: 16 April 2013 07:29 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ll be getting a nice tax return shortly, and want to start using Aiko and Hiro 3, what are the best items, sets, whatever to really get things going?  And I am willing to spend a few hundred dollars, I might add, but finding any deals/bargains will be appreciated.

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Posted: 16 April 2013 08:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The answer is, it depends.

What style are you interested in? Realistic, anime, toon…?

Are you interested in fantasy, sci-fi, modern, period or something else?

What is the goal for your art? For example, will you be creating professional illustrations, hobby art, a comic strip, a graphic novel, animations….?

Is there a reason you want to go with Aiko 3 and Hiro 3? As much as I love them (and still use them), don’t expect the third generation characters to get much love in the future. Even the fourth generation (Aiko 4 and Hiro 4) are being neglected in favor of Genesis (gen 5.) The big advantage of Genesis is that the clothes you buy can be shared between characters. For example, Aiko 5 and Hiro 5 can wear the same outfits. That can save huge $$$.

Will you be using mostly Daz Studio or Poser? If you decide to use Genesis, it works best with Daz Studio. Not all genesis products will work in Poser.

Will your art focus on just the characters or will you need lots of environment items, too?

Are you a platinum club member? Members have access to thousands of $1.99 items. You might want to browse through the PC items to see if it is worthwhile for you to join.  http://www.daz3d.com/platinum-club-items 

To get started you might want to buy a few items at a time and fill in with freebies. In addition to the freebies you can find in the Daz forums, there are lots of freebies at places like ShareCG and Renderosity.

You might also look through some of the galleries and forum threads for inspiration. Unfortunately, most of the Aiko 3 and Hiro 3 stuff is in the old archived forums which are kind of hard to browse through.

Once you provide a bit more info I’m sure you’ll get lots of suggestions, such as some bundles that might work for you. Good luck and happy rendering!

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Posted: 16 April 2013 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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TheCastellan - 16 April 2013 07:29 PM

I’ll be getting a nice tax return shortly, and want to start using Aiko and Hiro 3, what are the best items, sets, whatever to really get things going?  And I am willing to spend a few hundred dollars, I might add, but finding any deals/bargains will be appreciated.

This bundle

http://www.daz3d.com/daz-bundles/hiro-3-0-mega-bundle

and this bundle

http://www.daz3d.com/daz-bundles/aiko-3-0-mega-bundle

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Posted: 16 April 2013 11:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Aiko 3 and Hiro 3 can be found here
http://download.cnet.com/Poser-DAZStudio-3D-Models-Pack/3000-6677_4-10579249.html

I think Aiko 3 is a limited edition here (no morphs),but Hiro 3 is a full figure. Or the other way around.

There is also a bunch of freebies:
For Aiko3
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/636/
For Hiro 3
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/18452/

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Posted: 17 April 2013 01:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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warmblood - 16 April 2013 08:20 PM

The answer is, it depends.

What style are you interested in? Realistic, anime, toon…?

Are you interested in fantasy, sci-fi, modern, period or something else?

What is the goal for your art? For example, will you be creating professional illustrations, hobby art, a comic strip, a graphic novel, animations….?

Is there a reason you want to go with Aiko 3 and Hiro 3? As much as I love them (and still use them), don’t expect the third generation characters to get much love in the future. Even the fourth generation (Aiko 4 and Hiro 4) are being neglected in favor of Genesis (gen 5.) The big advantage of Genesis is that the clothes you buy can be shared between characters. For example, Aiko 5 and Hiro 5 can wear the same outfits. That can save huge $$$.

Will you be using mostly Daz Studio or Poser? If you decide to use Genesis, it works best with Daz Studio. Not all genesis products will work in Poser.

Will your art focus on just the characters or will you need lots of environment items, too?

Are you a platinum club member? Members have access to thousands of $1.99 items. You might want to browse through the PC items to see if it is worthwhile for you to join.  http://www.daz3d.com/platinum-club-items 

To get started you might want to buy a few items at a time and fill in with freebies. In addition to the freebies you can find in the Daz forums, there are lots of freebies at places like ShareCG and Renderosity.

You might also look through some of the galleries and forum threads for inspiration. Unfortunately, most of the Aiko 3 and Hiro 3 stuff is in the old archived forums which are kind of hard to browse through.

Once you provide a bit more info I’m sure you’ll get lots of suggestions, such as some bundles that might work for you. Good luck and happy rendering!

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Anime and toon
sci-fi and fantasy
Comics/graphic novels
I don’t mind older models, I am not going to use some new stuff simply because the fact it’s new
I got Daz 3 right now
Characters and enviroments
What’s a platinum gonna cost me to join?

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Posted: 17 April 2013 01:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Also, what’s “Aiko 19” that I popping up now and again?

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Posted: 17 April 2013 01:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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TheCastellan - 17 April 2013 01:02 AM

Also, what’s “Aiko 19” that I popping up now and again?

Aiko19 is a character morph for A3, she is supposed to be a grown up version of A3:
http://www.daz3d.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Aiko19

 

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Posted: 17 April 2013 04:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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TheCastellan - 17 April 2013 01:00 AM
warmblood - 16 April 2013 08:20 PM

The answer is, it depends.

What style are you interested in? Realistic, anime, toon…?

Are you interested in fantasy, sci-fi, modern, period or something else?

What is the goal for your art? For example, will you be creating professional illustrations, hobby art, a comic strip, a graphic novel, animations….?

Is there a reason you want to go with Aiko 3 and Hiro 3? As much as I love them (and still use them), don’t expect the third generation characters to get much love in the future. Even the fourth generation (Aiko 4 and Hiro 4) are being neglected in favor of Genesis (gen 5.) The big advantage of Genesis is that the clothes you buy can be shared between characters. For example, Aiko 5 and Hiro 5 can wear the same outfits. That can save huge $$$.

Will you be using mostly Daz Studio or Poser? If you decide to use Genesis, it works best with Daz Studio. Not all genesis products will work in Poser.

Will your art focus on just the characters or will you need lots of environment items, too?

Are you a platinum club member? Members have access to thousands of $1.99 items. You might want to browse through the PC items to see if it is worthwhile for you to join.  http://www.daz3d.com/platinum-club-items 

To get started you might want to buy a few items at a time and fill in with freebies. In addition to the freebies you can find in the Daz forums, there are lots of freebies at places like ShareCG and Renderosity.

You might also look through some of the galleries and forum threads for inspiration. Unfortunately, most of the Aiko 3 and Hiro 3 stuff is in the old archived forums which are kind of hard to browse through.

Once you provide a bit more info I’m sure you’ll get lots of suggestions, such as some bundles that might work for you. Good luck and happy rendering!

To answer:

Anime and toon
sci-fi and fantasy
Comics/graphic novels
I don’t mind older models, I am not going to use some new stuff simply because the fact it’s new
I got Daz 3 right now
Characters and enviroments
What’s a platinum gonna cost me to join?

The Platinum Club costs depend upon whether you decide on monthly or annual membership.  Monthly is a $29.95 start up fee which includes your first month and then $7.95 per month after that.  Annual is $99 for the first year and then $69 to renew after the first year.

Before you join, read all the TOS carefully.  Certain policies, payment methods, and how DAZ handles renewals and cancellations of membership have changed in the past six months.  If you have any questions, submit a ticket through Zen Desk. 

Everything in the two ultimate bundles are useable in DS3 out of the box. 

 

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Posted: 17 April 2013 05:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Any of the characters by Thorne and Sarsa are a good choice imho.

Do check out the freebie list posted above.  Sadly a lot of good items are long gone since A3 and H3 are now 7 or 8 years old. 

Keep in mind that they are an older technology so when it may take a little extra time to get them to look more realistic.

Little tip for bending the buttock and Leg joint in Gen3 characters:  Do the majority of the bend in the buttock and the rest in the leg and you will avoid that odd fold in the mesh.  To see what I mean by odd fold, ust bend the leg.

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Posted: 17 April 2013 05:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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And if you feel like it, take a look at the Gen3 Aiko and Hiro Appreciation Thread to see renders:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/8629/

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Posted: 17 April 2013 06:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Mattymanx - 17 April 2013 05:03 AM

Any of the characters by Thorne and Sarsa are a good choice imho.

Do check out the freebie list posted above.  Sadly a lot of good items are long gone since A3 and H3 are now 7 or 8 years old. 

Keep in mind that they are an older technology so when it may take a little extra time to get them to look more realistic.

Little tip for bending the buttock and Leg joint in Gen3 characters:  Do the majority of the bend in the buttock and the rest in the leg and you will avoid that odd fold in the mesh.  To see what I mean by odd fold, ust bend the leg.

Realistic is not a priority, a bit like a cartoon character look is fine.  And I’ve handled Victoria 3 in the past, so I know about the buttocks thing, but thanks anyhow. :D

To make things a bit easier to describe, here’s what I am going for.  These were made by someone I know and talk to occasionally and he made some terrific images and comics.  Here’s a few of his stuff.  Oh, and don’t ask me to post the rest, he never got to finish the comic, yet plus it had a few naughty scenes in it too, hahaha XD

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat001.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat002.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat003.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat005.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat006.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat007.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/Primacron/ssat008.jpg

If someone could point out the hairs that were used on the pages, as well as the boots that the girl crewmen wore that would help.  I have my own Trek comics planned and want to give it a real anime feel.

Thanks. :D

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Posted: 17 April 2013 06:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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The long one is Mitsu hair - it comes with one of the “buy something and get this free” bundles:
http://www.daz3d.com/anime-star-fighter

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Posted: 17 April 2013 06:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Kerya - 17 April 2013 06:25 AM

The long one is Mitsu hair - it comes with one of the “buy something and get this free” bundles:
http://www.daz3d.com/anime-star-fighter

That one I have, should have mentioned it earlier, my bad. XD   It’s the other ones I was asking about mainly.  And any good ways to make Star Trek uniforms?  Both TOS and TNG?

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Posted: 17 April 2013 06:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I tracked down the blue hair - it’s not available anymore ... Manga Hair for Hiro at Poserpros (a shop that was bought up by Daz and doesn’t exist anymore):
You can see pictures here
http://www.runtimedna.com/forum/showthread.php?14129-Anime-Legends-has-a-new-team-member-Jyn
http://contentparadise.com/productDetails.aspx?id=11858

Edited to add: the blonde swept back hair doesn’t even tickle a memory, sorry ...

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Posted: 17 April 2013 06:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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As for StarTrek: http://oshikai.deviantart.com/art/Star-Trek-Expansion-for-Aiko-3-180832525

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Posted: 17 April 2013 06:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Klingon uniform
http://www.sharecg.com/v/21775/browse/11/Poser/A3-Klingon-Uniform
http://www.sharecg.com/v/21907/browse/11/Poser/A3-Klingon-Uniform-Update

P.S. I don’t think you will find other than free items for Star Trek - and not for commercial use, for obvious reasons. wink

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