Novica & Invited Guest Contributors Tips & Product Reviews Pt 4

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited March 2014

    Yeah, I definitely plan on The Fabricator :)
    BTW, I am having a lot of trouble changing out the signature banner. It keeps putting the old image back (Wachiwi)

    EDIT: It finally took. If you have trouble with it "taking" an image, exit completely and go back in. Be sure and delete your viewing history as you may be seeing a cached image (I had already done that, and believe me, after removing an image and checking it (and no image there in the control panel) the next time I came into it, Wachiwi was back! However, now we have The Forge. Thanks MelanieL!

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,004
    edited March 2014

    Novica, do you own Starship Crew Uniforms?

    http://www.daz3d.com/starship-crew-uniforms

    I'm curious if yours has a weird left boot with a..... Strange shine. Tried to check out the promo art, and I can't tell... EDIT it is only the right boot. Not the left.

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited December 1969

    No, sure don't. You're right, that's weird!

  • TrishTrish Posts: 2,625
    edited March 2014

    SereneNight: Yes the right shoe .. it has a weird shine did not notice it till you said something.....huh wonder what causes that???...What would happen if we tried a different shader??? do you think that will help??....It might be a mapping thing...Trish

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,004
    edited December 1969

    It is only on that one boot which gives it an odd look when rendered, since everyone's boots has the same shine

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  • TJohnTJohn Posts: 10,640
    edited March 2014

    Have you checked the Spectral map (I don't own the product) for the boot in a paint program? Seems like there might be a flaw there.

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,004
    edited December 1969

    Hmm. I don't know what that is..m TJOHN, . But it appears to be a reflection map I think which is causing the weirdness. I'll put a ticket in... But it just looks funky.

  • JaderailJaderail Posts: 0
    edited March 2014

    If you look that is in a few of the Promo Images. But you must know what to look for. Maybe send a ticket? Opps I see it was done... NM.

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  • TJohnTJohn Posts: 10,640
    edited December 1969

    Hmm. I don't know what that is..m TJOHN, . But it appears to be a reflection map I think which is causing the weirdness. I'll put a ticket in... But it just looks funky.

    Sorry, I lost some sleep last night. :lol:
    I meant "Specular" map.
    There is one here in the Surface settings (Specular Strength) for the Classic Pumps which is a solid shade of light gray, causing a shine equally over the shoes' surface. I thought the boot in question might have a map which was not intended to be used for that purpose, perhaps, having a pattern of some sort which caused the shine to vary across the surface.
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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited December 1969

    Full of questions today... (tried looking for a post that had this, if there is one, please just point in the right direction)

    I'm installing products that I haven't before, and wondering where the Elite Textures show up? For instance, Michael 5 Elite Skin Texture Dave. For texture products, are there no user facing files? (for newbies, that means you wouldn't have a product in Products to click on, etc. It's a behind-the scenes type thing)

    In Content Database Maintenance-
    1.what is the difference between:
    "remove un-mapped base paths and orphans" vs
    remove orphaned file references

    Does the second one clean up what the first one did? Aka, take out the product titles from say, Products and/or Categories? And the first one actually takes out the file?

    2. What does Consolidate File References and Condense Database do?

    Coming up, playing with the Mestophales Mech Dragon, but leaving to run errands so will render later this evening. He's got nice bend in the torso and excellent detail. Quite fun!

  • TJohnTJohn Posts: 10,640
    edited December 1969

    If you have any money left, now’s the time to empty your wish list. :)

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,004
    edited December 1969

    Of course they offer the sale just after I already OD'd this AM on DAZ originals! ARGH. When will I learn to buy at night?

  • MelanieLMelanieL Posts: 6,168
    edited December 1969

    Novica said:
    Full of questions today... (tried looking for a post that had this, if there is one, please just point in the right direction)

    I'm installing products that I haven't before, and wondering where the Elite Textures show up? For instance, Michael 5 Elite Skin Texture Dave. For texture products, are there no user facing files? (for newbies, that means you wouldn't have a product in Products to click on, etc. It's a behind-the scenes type thing)


    Attached: from the ReadMe for M5 Dave - are yours not showing up here??
    Can't answer the other questions, as I've never understood what all the boxes do apart from "reimport metadata" which is the only one I've ever used.
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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,004
    edited December 1969

    The problem with Michael 5 elite Dave is that he is named in product view M5 Elite Texture dave. NOT Michael 5. Kind of confusing if they don't keep their names the same so people can find them.

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited March 2014

    Of course they offer the sale just after I already OD'd this AM on DAZ originals! ARGH. When will I learn to buy at night?

    If you want iClone stuff, NOW is the time. This vendor never is included. I am getting the Hip Hop animation products, love them, and look so easy!

    EDIT: Also has the iClone tutorials!

    http://www.daz3d.com/reallusionanimation

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited December 1969

    And I am SO glad I have a lot of MM rewards this time- going to do my shopping now while on sale.

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited March 2014

    Quickly, here's some on my wishlist that do not go on sale hardly ever...

    http://www.daz3d.com/inebriated-poses-for-michael-5
    4.48

    http://www.daz3d.com/michael4xprssnmagic
    will be 6.72

    http://www.daz3d.com/victoria4xprssnmagic
    interesting, 6.74

    http://www.daz3d.com/catalog/product/view/id/3175/
    8.97 you mix and match to create your own scene, love the water!

    http://www.daz3d.com/my-little-darling-for-kids4
    6.73

    http://www.daz3d.com/temperament-k4
    4.47

    http://www.daz3d.com/asteria-the-fallen-star
    very interesting. Goes on sale more often than those above.

    For your DAZ- this is 58% off and will really stretch your rewards. These are somewhat "buried" in searches. A lot of older stuff.
    http://www.daz3d.com/shonisaurusdr it's 5.65 with others in your cart

    http://www.daz3d.com/rm-nyx
    58% off down to 5.97

    http://www.daz3d.com/tank128
    58% to 4.18 with others in the cart 3.14

    http://www.daz3d.com/apatosaurus
    58% off at 4.18, down to 3.14

    Not a DO, but love this texture set-
    http://www.daz3d.com/gorodin-s-apatosaurus-maps Down to 4.47

    http://www.daz3d.com/faith-for-v4 think Fabricator. A family friendly outfit for V4, solid material zones :)
    58% off to 8.38, down to 6.28

    http://www.daz3d.com/elegance-for-faith-for-v4-a4 down to 4.04- very pretty!

    http://www.daz3d.com/february-daisy at 4.72
    http://www.daz3d.com/february-daisy-textures at 3.13
    NOTE: this one isnt a DAZ but goes with the outfit: will be 3.37 http://www.daz3d.com/daisy-vogues

    Edit: also
    http://www.daz3d.com/urban-splash-for-urbane for 3.14

    http://www.daz3d.com/protoceratops for 5.34- love that baby dino!
    http://www.daz3d.com/protoceratops-poses 3.14

    http://www.daz3d.com/bat-silverkey3d for 3.14

    EDIT: I checked out, with the MM rewards I got most of the DO's for 65 to 90 cents :) I think my two favorites are the Faith For V4 due to the elegance product, the Protceratops, and the Apatosaurus. Both the dinosaurs with those additional texture products should be interesting.

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited March 2014

    Mestophales Mech Dragon (mighty_mestophales)
    http://www.daz3d.com/mestophales-mech-dragon

    This is putzing around with just basic lighting, wanted to see the surface materials. The dragon has nice bend in the torso and each individual claw can be manipulated, which gives more character to the hand. You have different eye colors available (yellow, red, blue, etc)

    I really like the dragon and he comes with different options (have firepower, and I'm referring to weaponry, not his breath!)

    EDIT: Be sure to click to enlarge and click again, huge renders.

    And one other thing- be sure and light the horns because they are more difficult to light. I had to put a spotlight on them at pretty close range to get them to show up even this much!

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,004
    edited March 2014

    Nice job on that dragon. He looks really good Novica! He looks good, horns and all! =-)

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited March 2014

    He's definitely fun- and HUGE.
    I am going to put a Coalition Katana with him, I think they have the same "look."
    Coalition Katana is not cheap ($24.95) but with a sale, worth a look. EDIT: It's for Michael 4 and you do need to load him first. One click and it preloads totally. In other words, easy to use.

    Description:
    "The Coalition Katana are the Special Black Ops units for the Coalition. They do the jobs no one wants and few come back from. This is an original armor set for the M4 character"

    Just starting, don't know when I'll have the render.

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  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 17,004
    edited December 1969

    Did they fix the mesh on the katana's booties yet? I put in a ticket last month and it never was resolved, so returned it before my 30 day expiry. It is a shame... Nice suit, but that pixel thread drove me nuts.

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited December 1969

    I've been downloading in DIM so can't have the studio open. I'll be sure and post closeups when I render it. I'm headed to bed (it's 3am)

  • John SimsJohn Sims Posts: 360
    edited December 1969

    Nice job on that dragon. He looks really good Novica! He looks good, horns and all! =-)

    It is a well performed render but I'm not digging the subject really.

    It looks more like dragon armour than a mechanical dragon, but its lack of tail and wings looks disproportional.

    If it's going to be a mechanical dragon(in my humble opinion) it should either be a hi tech dragon droid affair or a low tech Steampunk dragon. This seems to be almost both but neither. In what capacity would you use it?

  • TrishTrish Posts: 2,625
    edited April 2014

    Ok I asked a question this morning in MO and could not get an answer and I know SereneNight wanted to know this too ...no great artwork here but he will sit with the coat on....Trish http://www.daz3d.com/march-madness/asgard-cleric-for-genesis-2-male-s .... posted a picture in MO forums

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  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited December 1969

    He has a tail, it's foreshortened :) Here's the full length.
    Also, someone asked how he bends- the hip is a very large area and bends, then the rest of the leg (shin) and then the ankle. He is not fluid like a horse.

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  • Tramp GraphicsTramp Graphics Posts: 2,388
    edited December 1969

    John Sims said:
    Nice job on that dragon. He looks really good Novica! He looks good, horns and all! =-)

    It is a well performed render but I'm not digging the subject really.

    It looks more like dragon armour than a mechanical dragon, but its lack of tail and wings looks disproportional.

    If it's going to be a mechanical dragon(in my humble opinion) it should either be a hi tech dragon droid affair or a low tech Steampunk dragon. This seems to be almost both but neither. In what capacity would you use it?

    According to the product's "what's Included", it does also come with wings; they're detachable, and simply not built into the figure itself. Thus, you can have the dragon either with or without wings.

  • MelanieLMelanieL Posts: 6,168
    edited December 1969

    Invited Guest Contributor

    So here are some random items that I picked up yesterday in the All PAs Sale.
    First off, I finally got hold of Seasons for Genesis by Mada (I'd sort of wanted this for a long time but been unable to justify it, but I finally took the plunge). This is still on sale today. I really love the four texture sets included (one for each season, surprise surprise) and the very 3D quality of the fabrics (lots of displacement).
    My first patient model is Summer Edition Liu by Raiya, the background is from Inaneglory's Photo Studio and the lighting is a mix of Age of Armour's Advanced Ambient Light and Advanced Spotlight.
    The first image shows the "Summer" texture for the dress. The hair is another new purchase: Perseus Hair by 3Dream/Mairy. I use some of their other hair styles quite frequently, but this one passed me by up to now as I'm not grabbed by the characters used in the promos, but I was looking for a short curly style so picked this up. I'm rather glad I did, as it has a lot of morphs for style changes and a handy inbuilt "diadem" which is so much easier to pose on the hair (i.e. no effort required at all!) than the separate tiaras and diadems I have in my content library. Pic 1 shows the hair with a mixture of styling morphs applied.
    Pic 2 is the "Autumn" texture for the dress with the Perseus hair in its out-of-the-box shape. I've also put it on David 5 (with the diadem-removed option) to show another couple of hair colours in use.
    Pics 3 and 4 show "Winter" and "Spring" with another new (to me) 3Dream/Mairy hair: Marielle Hair. I'd passed this one by in the past too, but only because I buy far too much hair for my wallet's good! This one also has a large number of style and movement morphs. Pic 3 is out-of-the-box, but Pic 4 of shows one of the variants and some of the movement morphs in use. The model in these two pics is Rieka for V4 and Genesis by OziChick with a couple of her makeup options.

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  • Tramp GraphicsTramp Graphics Posts: 2,388
    edited December 1969

    MelanieL said:
    Invited Guest Contributor

    So here are some random items that I picked up yesterday in the All PAs Sale.
    First off, I finally got hold of Seasons for Genesis by Mada (I'd sort of wanted this for a long time but been unable to justify it, but I finally took the plunge). This is still on sale today. I really love the four texture sets included (one for each season, surprise surprise) and the very 3D quality of the fabrics (lots of displacement).
    My first patient model is Summer Edition Liu by Raiya, the background is from Inaneglory's Photo Studio and the lighting is a mix of Age of Armour's Advanced Ambient Light and Advanced Spotlight.
    The first image shows the "Summer" texture for the dress. The hair is another new purchase: Perseus Hair by 3Dream/Mairy. I use some of their other hair styles quite frequently, but this one passed me by up to now as I'm not grabbed by the characters used in the promos, but I was looking for a short curly style so picked this up. I'm rather glad I did, as it has a lot of morphs for style changes and a handy inbuilt "diadem" which is so much easier to pose on the hair (i.e. no effort required at all!) than the separate tiaras and diadems I have in my content library. Pic 1 shows the hair with a mixture of styling morphs applied.
    Pic 2 is the "Autumn" texture for the dress with the Perseus hair in its out-of-the-box shape. I've also put it on David 5 (with the diadem-removed option) to show another couple of hair colours in use.
    Pics 3 and 4 show "Winter" and "Spring" with another new (to me) 3Dream/Mairy hair: Marielle Hair. I'd passed this one by in the past too, but only because I buy far too much hair for my wallet's good! This one also has a large number of style and movement morphs. Pic 3 is out-of-the-box, but Pic 4 of shows one of the variants and some of the movement morphs in use. The model in these two pics is Rieka for V4 and Genesis by OziChick with a couple of her makeup options.

    The promo images for Rieka look like Jennifer Lawrence.
  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited December 1969

    Absolutely STUNNING Melanie! I don't have that outfit and am wish listing it. Spent more than my budget so being thrifty during April. Aka, the Emperor's New Clothes is exactly the price I need, lol! Beautiful lighting and I like the character variety.

  • NovicaNovica Posts: 23,431
    edited December 1969


    The promo images for Rieka look like Jennifer Lawrence.

    I can see a resemblence :)

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