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New DAZ and Poser content round-up: August 2014

It’s time for another survey of the last month’s 3D content, released for DAZ Studio and Poser. Surprisingly rich pickings this month, considering it was August and most folks were on holiday. I found a moderate amount of nice sci-fi, once I started digging. Plus a wide range of other quality and unusual items.

FoRender has a very interesting and unique new toon-style future-girl, Mech Girl Gadge. She needs no special shaders to render as toon, it seems, as it’s all done in the textures. I’d love to see a wider range of sci-fi characters done in this toon style. Note that he also has a cheaper version, Mech Girl Gadge for V4.

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A new Stonemason sci-fi environment is always welcome. His new Sci Fi Crew Quarters looks like a great addition to his recent sci-fi interiors range. ..

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AppleJack’s new AJ Airport is nicely futuristic, and could also double as a near-future spaceport of the Virgin Galactic type…

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Sentinel Explorer 225 could be the first arrival at your new spaceport…

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The Q88 Martian Explorer is another nice new sci-fi vehicle, with more than a touch of Syd Mead, and with a bit of Mead-like colour would look awesome with your new spaceport in the background….

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Usefully generic is SciFi Blast Bunker. With a little tweaking and Photoshop work you could probably make it anything from far-future sci-fi through to a Second World War bunker, or even an underwater mini-submarine pen entrance.

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The Cyber Drone is a nicely detailed generic sci-fi attack-drone…

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Oskarsson has some very weak promo pictures for his new NecroGothica HD, but it’s an interesting looking Aliens-style large environment. There have been similar alien hive environments in the past but apparently this one “displays up to 4 million polygons on your computer but the HD Morph only becomes visible when you render”…

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NecroGothica could perhaps be combined with Coflek-Gnorg’s new Klingon-ish Battle Council chamber.

Hivewire has a variety of new releases of its popular Hivewire Horse, enabling various new breeds…

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Need a home for your Horse Lords? The well-known designer DM has a new Essence of Fantasy scene, obviously inspired by Rohan in the Lord of the Rings (although the central butterfly motif looks more Assyrian)…

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Feeling a bit more Elvish? Take a seat on the new Throne Of Summer

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Got a few Rock Trolls? The new Ridge Walk Mountains would be a very cool place for your fantasy warrior to encounter them…

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Kendra for Genesis 1 looks like a useful generic character to have in your runtime…

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Ironman13 gives us a slightly retro 1990s style i13 Working and some handy i13 Working Office poses keyed to it…

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The Studio, for which it would be nice to see a modern home-office makeover and preset. The distant view for The Studio might be a slightly Photoshopped Summer TreeHouse Cottage.

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Faveral’s Explorer’s Den looks like a fabulous piece of work. We’ve seen a handful of retro explorer / detective rooms like this before, but this one looks like it beats them all. Useful for historic role-playing gamers needing prompt cards for players, especially those in the Call of Cthulhu and Gumshoe line. Cluedo-style “the butler did it!” murder-mystery scenes also spring to mind…

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Your Explorer’s Den explorer probably drives a Retro Dream V16 Special

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With the First World War commemoration around the corner, London224 has a new authentic MS14 RAF FE bi-plane

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Koggen has a nicely made merchant ship from the era of Marco Polo, only in .obj format…

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And once your Marco Polo sailor has safely reached China, he may find some hungry pandas that need feeding :) Bamboo Megapack looks usefully flexible since it could also be handy for a range of other uses: jungle warfare, kung-fu, exotic fantasy gardens, steampunk hothouses, even biospheres on spaceships.

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Halloween is coming, and the new Immortalis may be useful for that…

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Lastly, Vue users aren’t forgotten. New are Curious Stacked Shack for Vue and the Halloween-ish Curious Shaker Row Houses for Vue

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That’s it! See you next month.

 
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70% off at Renderosity

70% off at Rendersosity, on Poser and Daz Studio 3d content. Nothing I really wanted has been pushed below $5 in my Wish List, but you may have more luck.

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More mammoth VFX shots from Game of Thrones

Not to be outdone by Mackelvision’s Game of Thrones VFX show-reel (here), now the rival SFX house Rodeo FX has released a similar show-reel for the VFX they did for the TV series…

 
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Octane 2.0 for DAZ Carrara, released!

The long-awaited Octane 2.0 for DAZ Carrara 8 or 8.5 has just been released. The Manual is here.

And if Octane/Carrara users find a new need to get the lighting tweaked just right, there’s a new Carrara: Realism Rendering Training Video from Infinite Skills…

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Freebies from DAZ

Genuine freebies, currently on offer at the DAZ store

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The AniBlocks (pre-made animations) are for FM Solar System.

 
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Gadge

Interesting new FoRender character, Gadge. For Daz/Poser, and specially designed for “sketch rendering”. Nice.

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The documentation is rather poor, but I’m assuming these have been cunningly textured to render like 2d art-sketches, rather than relying on any particular features of Poser or DAZ. Hence the character’s ability to render the same across either, presumably. If that’s so, then I love to see more characters like this, sufficent to make a basic comic-book: a boy equivalent; a “heavy” robot companion/opponent or suchlike; maybe a cat companion.

 
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Webinar: Mastering the Poser Morph Tool

3d Art Direct has a Mastering the Poser Morph Tool webinar soon, for Poser users, with Nerd3D.

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SSS for DAZ Studio

New Subsurface Skin Shader (SSS) for DAZ Studio. Free, comes with a handy manual, and the comments seem very positive.

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Keep in mind that Age of Armor’s popular SSS Shader Base for Daz Studio, specifically designed for the native 3Delight renderer, is currently also free, shipping as an optional free extra with DAZ Studio 4.6+. Age of Armor’s skin shaders come with a full manual and even a short training video.

 
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iClone 5, 30% discount

iClone5 Pro, currently 30% off.

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Octane for Carrara: the manual

Curious about how the long-awaited Octane 2.0 will work with DAZ Carrara? The draft manual is now available. Which hopefully suggests the actual shipping date is getting closer.

 
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Mandelbulb

I’ve been having fun with a new (new, to me…) fractal programme called Mandelbulb. It’s free. Here’s some space art I made with it.

Original Mandelbulb render…

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My space art version, with a lot of Photoshop and a Vue planet…

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“Calling the stars”

 
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New content survey, for Poser and DAZ: July 2014

It’s that time of the month again, when I survey the most interesting DAZ Studio and Poser items released in the last month. I’ve pleased to see that Runtime DNA is now back online.

Not a great deal of quality sci-fi this month, but there’s a bit:

Sci-Fi Training Room could be useful for superhero team training scenes, but it probably needs livening up a bit by having the cracks between the tiles glow and some hologram MATs. You could also cover the sub-basement shaft with a glass dome and have it be a terrarium on a spaceship, alien containment dome, or a home for a classic 1950s-style ‘giant brain in a dome’…

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Tenshi for Cyborg Version 4 (for V4) is a nice mix of ancient and modern…

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Chroft Apartment Complex is a good-looking modern interior. Add-ons are Matching Furniture, the Chroft Apartment Bathroom and the Chroft Apartment Complex Illuminations Kit

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A little more futuristic is the AJ Futuristic Hall

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Piratess Hair for Genesis 1 and 2 looks unusual, very well designed, and (with a bit of adaptation) useful across a range of scenes: pirates, Iron Age/Viking, celtic, gypsy, Nordic, etc. It also has a Colors for Piratess Hair pack…

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The Piratess Hair is probably pretty cool hair to have flowing in the wind while riding your new Battle Cat (for DAZ Big Cat 2)…

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And flying alongside your Battle Cat? Why, Sixus1′s new Meowl of course…

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Walker HD for Genesis looks rather nice, and is from the always-reliable The AntFarm. I’ve yet to start in on Game of Thrones (I have to finish Babylon 5 first) but I’m guessing this is similar to the ‘White Walkers’ I’ve heard about in Thrones?

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HiveWire Unicorn for the HiveWire 3D Horse. Although keep in mind that it might take a while to get renders quite this fabulous…

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Over in the semi-toon aisle, Dr. Pitterbill fans have a new semi-toon Madness Lab scene with a preload…

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And a freebie. Thr3e for both Stan and M4, at Runtime DNA. Three free “low res Head textures and MAT Files, to turn your M4 (or Stan) into an evil clown”.

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The same content maker also has a new M4 character Balverk, should you need a grizzled medieval warlord or a mysterious seeker after The Nameless City…

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Vue users have a couple of nice looking new scenes at Cornucopia:

Hi-res Volcano terrain…

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Silk Road: Persia which could suit historical scenes such as a spice traders (for which there’s a handy new Vue camel) or Second World War desert warfare, or even a ‘greening the desert’ sci-fi tech scene.

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That’s it!

 
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Plug-’n-pose

Cool new animation pose controller, shown at SIGGRAPH. Plug the Lego-like modules together to form your animal’s skeleton, then flex and bend it to pose the creature on the screen.

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Mammoth Visual FX from Game of Thrones

Here’s the VFX “making of” reel for Game of Thrones, Season 4…

 
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