Novica, Serene Night, & Invited Guest Contributors Tips & Product Reviews Pt 3

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  • TJohnTJohn Posts: 11,055
    edited December 1969

    Invited Guest Contributor

    Not a review, just something I've been working on all night between naps. :lol:

    OK. It was bugging me that there didn't seem to be a really good plane water material in DS. I was missing the way that water planes in Bryce look. I know, I could export a figure from DS into Bryce and then tweak the heck out of the materials, but I couldn't see why it couldn't be done in DS.
    DS won't do infinite planes, but by getting the right reflection, bump map and settings, refraction, etc. I thought it should be possible to get a very large plane to work along with one of Predatron's Essential Lights and Skies to simulate the water effect you get in Bryce.
    So after hours of tweaking, and using AoA's Fog Camera set to a very distant haze (1500 meters) to mask the far edge of the plane, I think I came pretty close.
    So now I have a calm blue ocean for a set in my DS Runtime. No post-work except for the signature. :)

    What do you think?

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  • TotteTotte Posts: 13,698
    edited December 1969

    tjohn said:
    Invited Guest Contributor

    Not a review, just something I've been working on all night between naps. :lol:

    OK. It was bugging me that there didn't seem to be a really good plane water material in DS. I was missing the way that water planes in Bryce look. I know, I could export a figure from DS into Bryce and then tweak the heck out of the materials, but I couldn't see why it couldn't be done in DS.
    DS won't do infinite planes, but by getting the right reflection, bump map and settings, refraction, etc. I thought it should be possible to get a very large plane to work along with one of Predatron's Essential Lights and Skies to simulate the water effect you get in Bryce.
    So after hours of tweaking, and using AoA's Fog Camera set to a very distant haze (1500 meters) to mask the far edge of the plane, I think I came pretty close.
    So now I have a calm blue ocean for a set in my DS Runtime. No post-work except for the signature. :)

    What do you think?


    Looking good. I know Nerd3D has waters and Sickleyield has some on Rendo as well.
    But That gave me an idea with trying.....
  • KharmaKharma Posts: 3,214
    edited December 1969

    Novica, so far what I have used GenX for was simple, following the video on youtube, for transferring a single character. what I am trying now is to transfer separate controllers for one character, IE: one character has 3 elf ear morphs and I want a separate controller for each morph, so its trial and error until I figure out which settings do what I want. Definitely looking forward to the new version for G2.

    Nice to see the aging morphs in action, they look good altho I didn't purchase yet as I haven't even used the V4/M4 ones.

    ALso the shapes for G2, I did get them altho haven't installed yet, they were a debatable purchase but convinced myself I needed them now! lol

    Karibou, thank you for the heads up on the LAMH player, I will check to make sure I have the right version before installing, I don't deal well with crashes :)

  • KharmaKharma Posts: 3,214
    edited December 1969

    tjohn: the water looks fabulous... nice job!

  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,576
    edited December 1969

    Jindi said:
    Invited Guest Contributor

    Colonel Chaos http://www.daz3d.com/genesis-hair-clothing-sale/colonel-chaos
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    Sci Fi by Oskarsson
    Space Age Behemoth Outifit http://www.daz3d.com/genesis-hair-clothing-sale/space-age-behemoth-outfit

    I have both these outfits. Space Age Behemoth is gender neutral, in fact, because of the jodhpur style pants they better on ladies. The only thing I don't like is the fact you can't hide the big cog on the chest. Otherwise its a great bodysuit.

    It Is no surprise that I have Colonel Chaos as well. Its a good outfit, and something that reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger

    I have a few renders of these. I dredged from my old render file

    1. Behemoth on a man
    2. Colonel Chaos
    3. Behemoth on a woman. (ignore the tentacles please, I've since made improvements)

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,576
    edited December 1969

    tjohn said:
    Invited Guest Contributor

    So now I have a calm blue ocean for a set in my DS Runtime. No post-work except for the signature. :)

    What do you think?

    I think you are da' man! Nice work. I've been looking for a water plane as well. seems they are in short supply! The hot dude is also a big plus. Nicely done.

  • IndigoJansonIndigoJanson Posts: 1,100
    edited December 1969

    I have both these outfits. Space Age Behemoth is gender neutral, in fact, because of the jodhpur style pants they better on ladies. The only thing I don't like is the fact you can't hide the big cog on the chest. Otherwise its a great bodysuit.

    It Is no surprise that I have Colonel Chaos as well. Its a good outfit, and something that reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger

    I have a few renders of these. I dredged from my old render file

    1. Behemoth on a man
    2. Colonel Chaos
    3. Behemoth on a woman. (ignore the tentacles please, I've since made improvements)

    I was hoping you might have these... Very cool to see some renders of them. Behemoth looks even better than I expected, I understand why it was marketed for the big guy but -- as I suspected and you have now confirmed -- it's a very nice outfit for all.

  • IndigoJansonIndigoJanson Posts: 1,100
    edited December 1969

    tjohn said:
    Invited Guest Contributor

    So now I have a calm blue ocean for a set in my DS Runtime. No post-work except for the signature. :)

    What do you think?

    Beautiful. I want to dive right in.

    Trish (Bullitt...) is looking for tips on making water. Hey Trish... over here....!

  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,576
    edited December 1969

    Behemoth has another thing I like- it is short-sleeved. So many bodysuits cover the arms, and the reality is, that I still think Genesis figures and their skins look better than most clothing currently being made. So not covering the arms, allows the muscles and skin to show.

    The boots which I did not show are really useful. They are low with wide tops so you can use them with other things with less clipping. They also have an adjustment morph.

    I can't say rubberized outfits really please me- they look uncomfortable, but this is a staple and useful outfit I've used several times now. Kind of wish there was an expansion with some different looks and mat zones.

  • SimonJMSimonJM Posts: 5,962
    edited December 1969

    Faveral and DimensionTheory are on flash sale, so wallets beware! :)

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    SimonJM said:
    Faveral and DimensionTheory are on flash sale, so wallets beware! :)

    http://www.daz3d.com/ancient-prophecies is my top pick. So gorgeous- the room is very long, and along the side are steps so you can pose figures at different levels, super detailed. The props are available too.

  • SimonJMSimonJM Posts: 5,962
    edited December 1969

    Novica said:
    SimonJM said:
    Faveral and DimensionTheory are on flash sale, so wallets beware! :)

    http://www.daz3d.com/ancient-prophecies is my top pick. So gorgeous- the room is very long, and along the side are steps so you can pose figures at different levels, super detailed. The props are available too.
    I think mine may be Provence ... really quite stunning with a wealth of lovely nooks and crannies, and then the medieval docks!!! ;)

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited January 2014

    Jaime Character And Hair (Valea)
    http://www.daz3d.com/jaime-character-and-hair

    Perseus Hair (3Dream, Mairy)
    http://www.daz3d.com/perseus-hair

    Trail Blazer For Genesis (DAZ 3D, Sarsa, Bobbie25)
    http://www.daz3d.com/trail-blazer-for-genesis

    Genesis Ranger (Boots) (DAZ 3D, Bobbie25, Sarsa)
    http://www.daz3d.com/genesis-ranger

    The Dwelling (Magix101)
    http://www.daz3d.com/the-dwelling

    The All New Worldbase XT Lushlands (Magix101
    http://www.daz3d.com/the-all-new-worldbase-xt-lushlands

    High Drama 3 (DAZ 3D, FeralFey)
    http://www.daz3d.com/high-drama-three

    Expressive For Genesis (DAZ 3D, 3DCelebrity)
    http://www.daz3d.com/expressive-for-genesis

    Millennium Puppy (DAZ 3D, LaurieS, Lisa's Botanicals) (LE Version Available $1.99)
    http://www.daz3d.com/millennium-puppy

    Puppy Playtime Props ( DAZ3D, ARTCollaborations)
    http://www.daz3d.com/puppy-playtime-props

    Puppy Poses ( DAZ 3D, Digiport)
    http://www.daz3d.com/puppy-poses

    The High Drama poses have a lot of poses you can use for routine "not drama" things, such as calling a doggie :) I made him kneel but the hands are from those poses. It's called "Taunting." I did not close the fingers around the bone so you could see the exact position out of the box. It's a great pose to hold things, curling the fingers is easy.

    And Expressive For Genesis is my "go to" for simple smiles, it saves a lot of time. Have it on speed dial!

    When you have a hunk with good abs, the Trail Blazer Outfit shows them off wonderfully. I was going to post a beautiful woman because I KNOW SereneNight prefers to see renders of those instead of men....(wicked cackle) but since this is for her, I'm doing dudes. Be sure and open up the body parts in Scene as you can bend the cape from the collar bone, etc. You'll have a cape 1-4 to bend it also. A very easy cape to work with!

    The Genesis Ranger boots go quite well with the Trail Blazer Outfit- Note that as the boots are high heeled for women. It will save you some time. They fit wonderfully onto the leg and over the pants.

    If you haven't bought the Perseus Hair based on the promos (a bit washed out, due to them being blonde) take a look at it on Jaime.

    The Millennium Puppy has 17 breeds and has 12 poses. The LE edition is available for much less. Get the bundle if you want the puppy, the poses, and the props. Be sure and check out all the different types of breeds. So adorable!

    The Dwelling definitely is not for closeups- that door leaves a LOT to be desired, etc. The handle sticking out of the "door" looks so out of place because the handle looks so much more realistic. It's not in the scene. So far, not impressed at all with closeups, and not spending anymore time on it. Will explore Jaime but not in this set.

    EDIT: You can also see the floating tree branches/leaves. That came that way, it wasn't something I added.

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    SereneNight, lots of nice details in the handcuffed picture- the man saluting, the space sky, and of course, your little bots! That's my favorite of the group.

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    New promo- spend $10 get $3 off. DREAMS-3. Go to New Releases, it's in the rotating banner. That's why I put things in my cart and leave them there for a few hours (if I'm home to monitor it.) Doesn't say it's a one time thing but go see restrictions.

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    It's working on New Releases right now (and didn't say it excluded them, but they may change that.) I just got the aging bundle for $13.77 instead of $16.77

    Doesn't say one time use, will test it after I check out. The aging bundle puts you over $10 by itself.

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    Is a one time use.

  • KaribouKaribou Posts: 1,325
    edited December 1969

    tjohn said:
    Invited Guest Contributor

    Not a review, just something I've been working on all night between naps. :lol:

    OK. It was bugging me that there didn't seem to be a really good plane water material in DS. I was missing the way that water planes in Bryce look. I know, I could export a figure from DS into Bryce and then tweak the heck out of the materials, but I couldn't see why it couldn't be done in DS.
    DS won't do infinite planes, but by getting the right reflection, bump map and settings, refraction, etc. I thought it should be possible to get a very large plane to work along with one of Predatron's Essential Lights and Skies to simulate the water effect you get in Bryce.
    So after hours of tweaking, and using AoA's Fog Camera set to a very distant haze (1500 meters) to mask the far edge of the plane, I think I came pretty close.
    So now I have a calm blue ocean for a set in my DS Runtime. No post-work except for the signature. :)

    What do you think?


    Wow!! That's really amazing. How did you go about making the bump map? It looks really good!
  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,576
    edited December 1969

    Novica said:
    SereneNight, lots of nice details in the handcuffed picture- the man saluting, the space sky, and of course, your little bots! That's my favorite of the group.

    That was hard to do. No actual handcuffs I could find that didn't look like something from the inquisition or an episode of cops. I ended up using a prop from rendo, and hanging some chains behind.

    I like Jaime! Such a useful character, and great hair! The render is aww... Love little doggies. Agree about the house. I'll skip... =-)

    Man just ended up buying a set full price last night and could've used the coupon.

    Why does that always happen? HEH

  • TrishTrish Posts: 2,625
    edited December 1969

    Ok tjohn lets talk water plane shall we....go into this a little more.....please Trish

  • anikadanikad Posts: 1,919
    edited December 1969

    In store messaging states that the 60% off genesis sale ends at midnight tonight, as does the fast grab on key genesis figures. The message doesn't seem to realise that someone changed the sale from 60% while buying qualifying items to a straight 60% off.

  • TJohnTJohn Posts: 11,055
    edited December 1969


    Wow!! That's really amazing. How did you go about making the bump map? It looks really good!

    It was a freebie. Glad you like it.
  • TJohnTJohn Posts: 11,055
    edited December 1969

    Ok tjohn lets talk water plane shall we....go into this a little more.....please Trish

    OK, How's this?
    http://www.sharecg.com/v/74255/view/21/DAZ-Studio/Calm-Blue-Ocean-Shader
  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    Got it, thanks so much. :)

    Doing Jaime in Ancient Prophecies. Rendering now.

  • TrishTrish Posts: 2,625
    edited December 1969

    tjohn: thank you so much....Trish

  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,576
    edited January 2014

    Todays Review:
    Maximum Destruction
    http://www.daz3d.com/maximum-destruction
    by: DzFire

    Some other content used:

    Aftermath (The DigiVault)
    Police! For Security! For Genesis 2 Males (Sickleyield)
    UrbanGear (Les Pardew)
    Maximum Madness(DzFire)
    Garbage Pile (Daz 3d , Art collaborations
    Warzone (The digivault)



    http://www.daz3d.com/aftermath
    http://www.daz3d.com/police-for-security-for-genesis-2-male-s
    http://www.daz3d.com/urban-gear
    http://www.daz3d.com/maximum-madness
    http://www.daz3d.com/the-garbage-pile
    http://www.daz3d.com/warzone



    I am always looking for police items, and my eye was caught by the really cool police vehicle in Maximum Destruction which is an expansion for Maximum Madness. I can’t really begin to describe just how awesome this vehicle is.

    There are four texture options. Two police, one shiny, one Zombie hunter, 2 black versions, one with a luggage rack. The vehicle has 12 armor props, 11 police props (both zombie and regular), and lots of movable parts as well as nomad props I haven't even touched yet.

    It looks great in a sci-fi setting or in a futuristic setting, and renders quickly and easily.

    To light up the lightbar on the top of the vehicle you can increase the ambient and add some point lights to increase the glow. Postwork to enhance the lightbar, I would suggest creating a layer, and then using a circular brush like those which come with the solar flare set at low transparency on a round soft glow brush in red and blue to enhance the effect of a lightbar glow.

    This is an awesome vehicle and I’m looking forward to playing around with it some more!

    Image 1: Police version
    Image 2: Zombie Mayhem

    TIP: To yaw the camera and add some dynamic action to your scene create a new camera, and click control, right mouse button, camera orbit, and you can change the angle of the camera.

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    Ancient Prophecies ON SALE 60% OFF
    http://www.daz3d.com/ancient-prophecies

    Jaime Character And Hair (Valea)
    http://www.daz3d.com/jaime-character-and-hair

    Perseus Hair (3Dream, Mairy)
    http://www.daz3d.com/perseus-hair

    Trail Blazer For Genesis (DAZ 3D, Sarsa, Bobbie25)
    http://www.daz3d.com/trail-blazer-for-genesis

    Genesis Ranger (Boots) (DAZ 3D, Bobbie25, Sarsa)
    http://www.daz3d.com/genesis-ranger

    Millennium Puppy (DAZ 3D, LaurieS, Lisa's Botanicals) (LE Version Available $1.99)
    http://www.daz3d.com/millennium-puppy

    Puppy Poses ( DAZ 3D, Digiport)
    http://www.daz3d.com/puppy-poses

    Okay, this is with the Ancient Prophecies 11 lights and 4 of mine for a total of 15 lights. No props in this one- this is just the set! It's on sale right now.

    And Jaime won't go anywhere without his dog, Tagalong.

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  • Tramp GraphicsTramp Graphics Posts: 2,407
    edited December 1969

    Todays Review:
    Maximum Destruction
    http://www.daz3d.com/maximum-destruction
    by: DzFire

    Some other content used:

    Aftermath (The DigiVault)
    Police! For Security! For Genesis 2 Males (Sickleyield)
    UrbanGear (Les Pardew)
    Maximum Madness(DzFire)



    http://www.daz3d.com/aftermath
    http://www.daz3d.com/police-for-security-for-genesis-2-male-s
    http://www.daz3d.com/urban-gear
    http://www.daz3d.com/maximum-madness


    I am always looking for police items, and my eye was caught by the really cool police vehicle in Maximum Destruction which is an expansion for Maximum Madness. I can’t really begin to describe just how awesome this vehicle is.

    There are four texture options. Two police, one shiny, one Zombie hunter, 2 black versions, one with a luggage rack. The vehicle has 12 armor props, 11 police props (both zombie and regular), and lots of movable parts as well as nomad props I haven't even touched yet.

    It looks great in a sci-fi setting or in a futuristic setting, and renders quickly and easily.

    To light up the lightbar on the top of the vehicle you can increase the ambient and add some point lights to increase the glow. Postwork to enhance the lightbar, I would suggest creating a layer, and then using a circular brush like those which come with the solar flare set at low transparency on a round soft glow brush in red and blue to enhance the effect of a lightbar glow.

    This is an awesome vehicle and I’m looking forward to playing around with it some more!

    Image 1: Police version
    Image 2: Zombie Mayhem

    TIP: To yaw the camera and add some dynamic action to your scene create a new camera, and click control, right mouse button, camera orbit, and you can change the angle of the camera.

    Great pic. The vehicle looks really sharp. The Ghouls look cool too.
  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,869
    edited December 1969

    Totally agree- and I love the dude in the driver's seat, he's like, "HURRY UP!!!!"
    You find the coolest vehicles :)

  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,576
    edited January 2014

    @ Novica: I think you did an excellent job with your Jaime/tagalong picture. Looks great! I really like Tagalong.

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