I’ve been doing a review of my Gen4 and Genesis characters and have noticed a few bothersome things.
Firstly, when you need toast for a render, you need toast for a render. Today’s pick was Benjamin M5 but I can’t find gen mats for M5 gens. I searched the metadata file and the file list and the product web page, but can’t find them. How can a $20 character not include gen mats? Am I missing something?
Also, there seems to be a little mischief going on with bump/spec/displacement maps. Some vendors have been naughty and simply desaturated the diffuse to make a “bump” or “disp” map, which doesn’t work because some areas go down when they should go up.
Other vendors have been naughty and simply used the bump map as the “spec” map which doesn’t work because some areas are dark when they should be bright.
Some vendors don’t provide bump, spec and displacement maps but then at least have the courtesy to say so on the product page.
If I’m paying handsome fees for characters that list bump, spec and displacement maps on the product page, I supposed its reasonable to expect that the QA team has validated the authenticity of those maps? We may as well be getting B&W pictures of Miami Beach sunsets presented as bump/spec/disp maps.