It’s probably easier to understand by first explaining how an M4/V4 character is set up, then explaining how an M4/V4 character can be applied to Genesis.
In general, a character set contains three things:
• A set of textures (skin, makeup…);
• A head morph; and
• A body morph.
Each figure has a mapping that tells DAZ how to apply the textures to the figure. M4/V4 have one mapping, and by default Genesis has a different mapping, however Genesis also comes with a mapping to apply the M4/V4 textures, so they can be used out of the box.
Most head morphs are custom sculpted, so the morph itself describes how to modify the base figure to look like the character. For the custom sculpted morphs, all you would need is GenX and the character pack.
Most body morphs, and some head morphs, are what are called “dial spun”. The morph is created by blending preexisting morphs supplied (usually) by DAZ. The reason for doing this is that, historically, it made it easier for clothes to fit as the clothes modellers only had to support the DAZ supplied morphs.
The usual sources for the morphs used in dial spins include:
• The M4/V4 Base;
• The M4/V4 Morphs++;
• The M4/V4 Muscle Morphs;
• The M4/V4 Elite Body Shapes;
• The M4/V4 Elite Ethnic Faces (for dial spun head morphs);
• Aiko 4/Hiro 4/Girl 4/Stephanie 4/Freak 4.
GenX works by building a morph for Genesis to which the M4 or V4 for Genesis product has been applied. To build the morph, it needs access to all the morphs from which and dial spin has been constructed. If you don’t have the M4/V4 base, and the dial spin uses morphs from the base product, then the resulting morph for Genesis won’t look the same. Similarly, if the character uses the Morphs++, you’ll need to have Morphs++ or the result won’t llok right.
GenX is really for those who have a large investment in the Generation 4 figures, and wish to be able to use our existing libraries with the new Genesis figures, rather than for those just starting out.
That said, if you’re prepared to invest in the basic figure and morph packages (and given the Pt Club anniversary sale is next month, you should be able to pick some of them up quite cheaply if you’re a member), it does then give to access to the entire Generation 4 character set.