Updated my recent “Survey: 3D to 2D tooned, the software options in 2018” post with a DAZ Studio section re: the potential and difficulties of the Manga Style Shaders and Visual Style Shaders packs. If anyone knows of simple (scripted?) ways to make these two easier to apply and control, then I’ll happily mention that.
Dark Ops Ready to Render Bundle, currently free on DAZ. Includes V4.2 Base, M4 Base + Michael Skin Maps (High Res) and M4 Creature Creator MorphsCreature Morphs.
Most people will have V4 and M4, but if you’re new to Poser or DAZ this Christmas then it should be a welcome freebie for core figures.
Here’s the gist of an amusing recent academic paper which claimed to be a ‘critique’ of Poser and DAZ Studio. I’ll spare these clueless academics the exposure by name. In plain English, they were claiming that Poser and DAZ can’t do more than standard body shapes…
“each piece of [such] software shares similar gaps in the ability to create avatars outside of normative anatomical frameworks. Acknowledging the limitations of [these] current software models, our research aims to create software that expands the affordances and usability of human avatar software for creative purposes.”
Have these idiots ever even heard of morphs, have they ever seen the Renderotica store? They obviously have no clue about what Poser and DAZ can do with a figure. The actual ‘critique’ is fleeting so my guess is that they looked at the software for all of seven microseconds, before condemning it out of hand as insufficient — and claiming they need to make their own software. Right… good luck with that one. Apparently their paper was presented at DiGRA. I’m surprised they weren’t laughed out of the hall. They’re located at Goldsmiths, of course. The place really does seem to deserve its dismal reputation for producing unemployable jargon-spouting posers.
Here’s a concise list of the current toon options for 3D-to-2D comics at 2018, sorted by price.
* Free. Blender has a Freestyle toon module. Powerful but inevitably unfinished even after a decade, and Blender has a very steep learning curve. Apparently Freestyle is easier to obtain good results from if you already know how to model and texture in Blender.
* Free. Formerly from Google, Sketchup has a small range of impressive sketch render presets suitable for things like buildings and gadgets, and a simple sketch style-mixer so you can make your own. Widely known among visualizers in architecture and product design, quick to render and fairly easy to use. But it doesn’t play nicely with Poser, DAZ etc.
* Free + modest $s for plugins and content/shader packs. Public videogame engines such as Unity and Unreal. Very steep learning curve, but well supported. Possibly the best choice if you also seriously want to get into making games.
* $40. The free DAZ Studio has the paid shader packs Manga Style Shaders and Visual Style Shaders packs ($40, together). But in my experience these are so fiendishly difficult to apply and control and combine, that I just can’t recommend them to anyone who has the easy real-time comics capabilities of Poser 11 (see below). Visual Style Shaders does however offer very nice bases for rendering colour flats of your character’s skin and hair, and these are relatively easy to apply. They would thus provide good bases for drawing ink lines on by hand, perhaps guided by a basic toon outline render. And Manga Style Shaders should still be considered and tested if you’re intent on serious comics production in the traditional ‘zip-toned b&w manga’ style.
* $50 up (when discounted). Smith Micro’s Poser 11 Standard or Pro has an excellent Comic Book Mode (aka Comic Book Preview). This is very easily applied to a vast range of content, and is rendered out in real-time using the Preview render. Interesting additional line types are obtainable via pushing Sketch Designer output into just the Comic Book Mode ink lines. Poser also has the P.A.S.S. watercolour shaders; some good toon cel shader materials (if you dig around a bit, to find them); and the older toon lines mode and some helper scripts can help you to obtain even more toon lines. Poser can also send its Sketch Designer output to Corel Painter, as a script, which can then power Painter’s brushes and pens. Professional studios should also note that the Pro version of Poser has a mature PoserFusion plugin to easily send your scene and textures to Cinema 4D, which has advanced toon capabilities built in.
* $150. DAZ Carrara and either the older and limited $40 Toon!Pro plugin or the newer (2013) free YAToon 2.0. This seems to be the best option for DAZ Studio users, as Carrara handles most DAZ files nicely and can open all Poser content. Note that 64-bit and render-passes are ‘Pro version only’ in Carrara ($285).
* $200 upwards. Reallusion’s iClone 7 has a limited Toon Effect filter, which was broken/wonky in iClone 6, but has now been fixed in iClone 7. Works in real-time, but then so does Poser’s Comic Book mode and Poser is by far the better and more fully-featured option. Cheaper too, if you can grab Poser on a discount.
* $400 upwards. The latest Vue has a fairly sophisticated toon-lines and paint module built in. I’ve spent a few hours with it and although it’s not ideal, it’s a welcome effort at this price point and could certainly be useful for those who overpaint Vue renders, such as matte painters and concept illustrators. Vue can also elegantly import Poser scenes, with auto material conversion.
* $Lots. There are strong toon capabilities in the “big guns” in 3D, such as Cinema 4D (toon is included in the Studio and Visualize versions only) and 3DS Max (toon as various plugins, last time I looked). The latest Lightwave 2018 has a basic cel shading functionality, which is new. I don’t know much about Maya, but I assume it has toon and cel-shading and plugins.
Here’s my monthly survey of the new releases for DAZ Studio and Poser. It’s too late now for nearly all the Christmas-themed releases, but here’s the pick of the rest of the December 2017 releases.
2049 Casual Hat for Poser, from Goflek-gnorg.
Free on Renderosity, Ocean Cargo Ship in .OBJ. Nicely sea-weathered textures.
Saurian Soldier for Daz Studio, with a sneaky-looking face shape, plus clothing and accessories. It’s a standalone character.
Dauphin, an interestingly curvy futuristic space, both on the exterior and interior.
Starfall Assimilation Room for DAZ Studio.
Steampunk and DieselPunk:
A Digital Mutoscope For Poser, a late-Victorian “What the Butler Saw” peep-show arcade machine from Mr Sparky.
DieselPunk Flying Egg Car for DAZ Studio.
Fantasy Anime Archer poses for G3F. Seemingly well-fitted to the recent Natsume Archer Outfit with its Hikari Anime Hair. I’m not sure how close this is to fan-art, but obviously you’d check such things before using commercially.
Medusa for V4, for Poser. Plus the dress and the ruins.
A fine insect-styled character, outfit and poses, the Miellyn Bundle. For Genesis 3 Female and Genesis 8 Female.
Need some pets for Miellyn? New from the expert hand of Ken Gilliland, Nature’s Wonders Dragonflies & Damselflies of the World Vol. 1 for his base pack Nature’s Wonders Dragonflies & Damselflies for Poser. Not prehistoric, but these fearsome flitterers could also be an impressive addition to swampy dinosaur scenes.
Summoner’s Mammoth for Poser. Slightly toony in style and possibly fan-art, but as a base for over-painting it would be fine. Looks low-poly, so a herd of them in one scene might not be impossible.
New hum-animals for Poser, at The Philosopher’s Egg store, including a lion and boar for M4.
New from Cartoon Universe, Sir Waddleston the Cartoon Parrot for Daz Studio, with props and poses.
Need an alien for Raypunk Santa to encounter? The new Magurgle for Poser. The other characters, by the same maker, toon up very nicely in Poser’s Comic Book Mode.
Dolly for Genesis 8 Female, for DAZ Studio.
Sakura 8 for G8F, for DAZ Studio.
The semi-toon faerie Iris for Genesis 3 Female, for DAZ Studio.
There’s finally a baby that actually looks like a real baby — rather than some creepy munchkin. Amanda for Genesis 8 Female, for DAZ Studio.
Free at Renderosity, Ancient Blade for the new photoreal male character Phx Dan for Michael 8 / G8M. Also free, the Grubby Thing is in .OBJ but could look interesting in your character’s other hand, or maybe even as part of a prehistoric head-dress.
MS10 Das Boat Sub Pen for Vue. From the Second World War. More quality work from London224.
1940s and early-1950s hairstyles, Yvette Hair for Genesis 3 & 8 Female.
That’s it for this month. There’s no Cornucopia3D Vue stuff, as the Cornucopia3D store seems to have closed for the holidays.
It’s likely that few people have any pennies left in their Paypal after Black Friday, but here’s my selection of the most interesting new Poser / DAZ content released in November 2017.
MedBay by Stonemason, for DAZ Studio.
Space Wreckage from The AntFarm, for DAZ Studio.
v176 Another World for DAZ Studio, a fine ‘alien shoreline or pool’ scene complete with believable plants.
Mechanical Sandworm for Poser. Looks different enough from the Dune sandworm that you’d be able to use in commercial renders.
Cyberspace Junction by Coflek-gnorg, for Poser.
Now on Renderosity, London224’s MS15 Victorian Steampunk Terminal for Vue.
The Terminal might be run by Clockwork Squirrels, for Poser.
Cyber Heart for DAZ Studio. Replace the heart with a nut, to make it fit with the Clockwork Squirrels.
Tram Line. It’s lovely to have this in 3D and in DAZ Studio, but the model fairly closely references the satire painting “Der tod eines Pioniers” by Waldemar Kazak, so presumably it shouldn’t be used for commercial renders in your graphic novel or the like.
Fantasy Zeppelin from 1971s for Poser, in a lovely Jasper Morello-ish style.
House on a Rock for Poser, also from 1971s.
MDD Polly the Patchwork Dolly for V4.2, for Poser.
3DA Blythe for G8F, Daz Studio. A characterful middle-aged woman, with a somewhat eastern European face.
A fabulous RPG game-style fantasy outfit, Rogue Element Outfit for Genesis 8 Female.
Tithe Barn. I’m fairly sure this used to be on RuntimeDNA, but it’s now on the DAZ Store, and is now for either DAZ Studio or Poser.
Branchenia DR by Dinoraul, for Poser. An unusual “fantasy dinosaur” from expert dino-crafter Dinoraul.
The great Nursoda is back (hurrah!) with a new character. Holke is presented as a Russian taxi-driver kind-a-guy. But he looks fairly adaptable. 82 poses and a basic clothing set.
Star Casual 4 for the original Star! character for Poser. The boots and hat could be replaced, to get the basis of a new sci-fi outfit.
Precious Clydesdale by Lady Littlefox for DAZ Studio.
The Heart Of The East, by Stonemason for DAZ Studio.
Stones HR would probably be a useful extender/background terrain set for The Heart Of The East…
Biomes 02 for Vue. A huge landscape with different ecosystems merging into one another.
Conifer forest for Vue.
Hidden Waterfall Pool for DAZ Studio. Similar to the Forbidden Pool in The Lord of the Rings. Would probably look better exported to Vue and there layered with an ecosystem of small ferns and mosses. Might also be used as a tidal rock-pool on the beach, when seen from above.
Building Site is an unusual one.
A complete Fitness Club for DAZ Studio.
Night Lounge for DAZ Studio.
Add-ons and plugins:
This new add-on has:
Look at That.
Look at Each Other.
Look into My Eyes.
Emission Profile Master. Quickly load a standard IES light profile to your DAZ Studio light.
And finally, learn how to create your own texture sets for DAZ Studio, with Esha’s The Complete Guide to Texturing Clothing. A huge 32-session structured workshop.
That’s it. More picks next month.
DAZ Hexagon 3D for free, from DAZ. It’s still a useful 3D modeling software, interfaces nicely with DAZ and Poser, and has a wealth of accessible tutorials and webinars.
For the benefit of Poser and DAZ content sellers, here’s some market insight into my thinking on making store purchases.
$3.95 or less:
If a very nice new (or a Wishlist) item is reduced to $3.95 or less, then it’s almost certain to go in my Checkout basket without much thought. But then I’ll go and see what else on the same store I can find for $2-3. Because if I’m going to do the hassle of Checkout and download, then I might as well do it for a couple of items.
You do have to wade through a lot of fluff at that low end of the price range (brushes, 2D backgrounds, and naff items), but there are some gems down there . Especially for people who over-paint renders, or who intend to make comics using Poser 11’s Comic Book mode. So long as the geometry is still OK, then muddy old textures can be replaced by newer ones.
Getting two quality items for less than $8 thus feels about right, and there’s always the chance of finding a couple of nice $2 items (such as the former RuntimeDNA content) and/or finding that the same vendor has more sale items available. Of course, this “two for $8-$9” impulse will be moderated if I’ve done the same in the past month. It’s certainly not a weekly thing, more like a six-weekly thing.
$4.95 – $6.95:
At $4.95 – $6.95 a desirable item is far more likely to go into my Wishlist, rather than the Checkout basket. The exception would be if that price is a result of a 70%-80% reduction, in which case it’s almost certain to be purchased (so long as I have a reasonable PayPal balance). Because the price is never going to get better than that. But even then I’ll think hard, harder than I would at $3.95 or less, about if I really am likely to use it at some point in the future.
Those who have less of a content collection may think differently, as I tend to think “I already have content X”, so the new content will fit well with “content X” in a future picture. That’s especially so of poses. If I have a creature that’s difficult to pose — a Bolladon for instance — then the Bolladon’s dedicated pose set is a no-brainer purchase even at a discounted $5.95. I also tend to have more of a future-sense than most people do, thinking years and years ahead to when I have far more time for digital painting in my retirement (and when the 3D content I’m considering buying may no longer even be available). In contrast many people will only be focused on “what’s my next picture, next weekend”.
$8.95 – $20:
Generally, I don’t like to spend more than $8.95 on any single item. Anything over that amount, no matter how nice, will almost certain go into my Wishlist long-term and just sit there. I’ll wait to see what happens in a big sale or the sale on Cyber Monday. In the hope of eventual big 65%-80% discounts. The exception might be certain types of software add-on, such as Netherwork’s Thumbnail Designer for Poser (currently stuck at $15) or the Scene Optimizer for having multi-character DAZ Studio iRay pictures render much faster (currently $25). In such cases even a 40%-50% discount might entice.
But having potential buyers add an expensive item to their Wishlist, and then leave it there long-term, poses a risk for the vendor. Because some months later the item may be reconsidered by the buyer and removed from their wishlist. Thus if the seller priced the item at $20 and stuck there, they might have sold it for $7.95 with a 60% sale discount, but then all of a sudden… they get nothing from that buyer. Because the buyer doesn’t want the item anymore. And there was no way the buyer was ever going to pay the full $20.
DAZ Studio 4.10 is out. The eye-catching bits, in terms of what’s new…
* a new cloth physics engine called dForce, which does realistic dynamic cloth draping. The FAQ talks of… “dForce compliant clothing items, that customers will be able to purchase from the DAZ store, will be both rigged and dynamic at the same time”. Presumably those browsing the store in the near future will start to see clothing packs with “dForce enabled” swooshes on them.
* An NVIDIA iRay upgrade, which… “Increases hardware requirement to Fermi class or newer generation GPUs; recent driver recommended”.
* Better BVH animation import.
* Better FBX export.
* A YouTube 360 fix: “The stereo 360 horizontal shift has been fixed. Iray stereo 360 output now directly conforms to the YouTube 360 stereo format.”
I haven’t heard that any especially vital plugins need 4.10 to run, as was the case when Scene Optimizer required a version higher than 22.214.171.124 to run.
If you’re a first-time DAZ Studio user and don’t have a fast videogamer’s graphics-card in your PC, then you need the absolutely vital Scene Optimizer, and you might as well also pick up the vital Eye Clock add-on at the same time. Scene Optimizer actually makes DAZ Studio + iRay usable on a normal PC. It’s amazing. Not only usable, but “you can do other things on your PC, while DAZ renders” useful.
Here’s my pick of this month’s new content, released for Poser and DAZ Studio. It’s slightly early this month, as I wanted to get the Halloween items in before Halloween is over and gone.
Sayomi Anime Outfit for G3F looks fabulously detailed and designed. I presume it’s fairly close to some famous-in-Japan anime character outfit, but I can’t immediately find which one.
Techno Render Room and glass throne.
Dushka Machine Gun by Cybertenko, for Poser. Would suit a steampunk makover, but that shouldn’t be too difficult to do.
The Silent City, with a nicely subtle retro-future edge to some of the details.
R2R Crash Landed by Coflek-gnorg, for Poser. A quick setup for a spaceship or UFO crash site in a desert, with a lot of presets. If you want a non-crashed version of the ship, the older Fighter Spaceship by Coflek-gnorg is very similar to the crashed one, but with non-crashed textures.
Coflek-gnorg also has R2R Thunder Road, which may interest Poser users who don’t have access to Vue’s atmospheres, and who don’t want to get into multi-pass renders + Photoshop in order to do depth-fogging. 16 presets plus terrain.
Power Board is a powered super-skateboard by The ArtFarm, with poses.
Tactical Mask for Poser.
Fantasy / adventure:
Body Hair for G8 Female, for DAZ Studio. Each hair is geometry, so I’m guessing it may impact render times.
Kitty meets G8F: the poses, for G8F and the HiveWire Housecat.
Scythian Archers for Genesis 3 and 8, for DAZ Studio.
A free Fantasy Harp, with commercial use.
Villainous Lair, complete with V2 rocket.
Old Theater Changing Room by Cybertenko, now upgraded for Poser 11’s SuperFly renderer.
British railways expert DryJack has a warmly Autumnal GWR Bloater Fish Van, made with his usual high level of detail.
HiveWire Whisper is a baby unicorn for the HiveWire Horse. For Poser and DAZ Studio.
Flinks Scary Forest for Poser.
Sayuri Hair for V4.
Fairy Shroom World from HD scenery specialist ShaaraMuse3D.
Catula, a Dracula-style semi-toon for the HiveWire house cat. With a texture fix, could also work as an alien sci-fi cat. I like the Disney-ish side-profile too.
For matching fur types, look at the CWRW Black, White & Tuxedos for the HW House Cat.
Baby Barry, a kiwi-style baby bird for DAZ Studio. Could probably use a set of feathers.
Precious Lynx, which doesn’t appear to need a base such as last month’s Precious Deer.
GroBot, a super-flexible super-morphable new Poser character. In the large mix, there’s a nice cat-bot.
Sharks by AM: Hammerhead for Daz Studio.
PterodaustroDR by Dinoraul, for Poser. A sort of ‘demon pelican’.
Landscapes and sea-scapes:
Need a home for your wyrms? New from Stonemason, Misty River Gorge, a gorge system with river and foliage.
Pitts Special Stuntplane for Poser, with extreme HD dashboard and other textures. Perfect for flying over your landscape renders.
Prefer to stay on the ground? Try The Private Garden by Stonemason.
And finally, I see there’s a new version of SeaVue for Vue, SeaVue 2017 which supersedes the previous SeaVue ‘second edition’. Same price, $20. It’s a collection that helps you make classic surface seascape pictures with Vue, with crashing waves and swirling foam.
That’s it. More next month.
Here’s my pick of September’s new content, released for DAZ Studio and Poser.
Prototype-X: Synthetic Limbs for G8F. An unusual cy-body makover for G8F.
Morphing Regenerator for G3F and G8F. Could probably also be re-worked as a cyber-vehicle, by adding a hover-ski beneath it.
A chunkier charger is Charger, an unusual power charging-station for your Genesis-based robots.
Ultimate Shower, a sort of future-shower place.
The shower and loungers probably a base area for a team of Dolphin Island-style High Tech Scuba Diver for Genesis 8 Female scientists.
Totte’s Flyfishing set for DAZ Studio. Might be adapted to become part of a steampunk scene where an inventor of tiny mechanical bots is readying a fiendish micro-army.
An authentic recreation of the Herculaneum Theater at Vesuvius, for Poser. Complete with interior spaces as they were when the volcano erupted.
Medieval Dinner Hall in the Beowulf mead-hall style.
A freebie canoe, Kanu. For Poser and M4. Commercial use.
Biomes01: Forest to Desert for Vue. Three different landscape zones which shade into each other, and with the sort of enormous scale which Vue does so well.
Dryland Expanse for Poser, another photoreal set from ShaaraMuse3D, this time with 8192px textures! Plus Dryland Oasis. Lots of uses, from lizards and dinosaurs to desert warfare and Biblical scenes. Also likely to interest Vue users.
If you need something that’s similar, but looks more like The Hulk just visited, there’s also the new Demolished Aftermath for Poser.
Flying Carpet by Cybertenko. Your classic racing rug from the Arabian Nights.
The Legend for Genesis 3 and 8 Female from Aeon Soul. Reminds me a bit of the bonemold armour in the videogame Morrowind.
Celestal HelmetHair for Poser, a helmet-as-hair that looks suitable for dragon-riders and snake-surfers.
Cave & cobwebs from 1971s. With a slightly stylised feel that should suit many semi-toon characters such as those of Nursoda.
1971s also has a new Swamp tree, which could form a centre-peice of the cave…
Also, the new Teen Josie 8 for Genesis 8 Female, suitable for storybook pictures and tales.
Precious Deer for DAZ Studio, plus (or course) a lot of add-ons and morphs to make dragons and suchlike.
AnnA HD for Genesis 8 Female, gives G8F a Pinocchio-ish semi-toon face.
Fishes of the Ocean for Poser and DAZ Studio. With morphs, schools presets, and several species and sizes. Lightweight, so you can have large schools of them.
That’s it. More picks next month.
The newly revamped Content Paradise store now has a “Sale” page linked, from the top of the front page. 40 pages of sale items, headed by a Poser 11 sale. Upgrade from Poser 6 or above, to Poser 11 Standard, for just $60…
There’s not a lot to get excited about on the sale items, as the reductions are quite modest. But right at the end of the pages there’s a Vue freebie, a cat-lady trailer ‘Granny’s Trailer – Mobile Park’, and it also has a furnished interior. It’s from Meshbox, but a glance inside the .zip shows it has multiple textures rather than a single texture map. Which means you can easily re-texture it…
I also spotted a good amount of NearMe discounted outfits and morphs and even a pose pack, which will interest those using NearMe + Poser to make comics…
The DAZ Store also has a big sale on now, mostly 40% discounts and a few 66%. Most of my Wishlist is discounted, though lacking the 70% discounts that would be really tempting.
As well as looking at your Wishlist, also sort-the-store by price, and then skip to about page 5 in. From there onward in you’ll find pages and pages of older RuntimeDNA items for $3 to $4 each, and lots of toons suitable for use with Poser’s Comic Book mode…
Looks like the DAZ Store may have a big September sale slowly getting underway? A chunk of the tooning/overpainting-suitable Poser stuff on my wishlist is suddenly at 40% or 66% discount.
There also news about a revamp of the Content Paradise website, home to a zillion bits of Poser content. The revamp should launch around the middle of September. You might want to get a screenshot and/or refresh your WishList there, just in case of glitches in the swop-over. Hopefully there will also be a sale to accompany the re-launch, but that’s just a guess. Certainly vendors who have content there might consider taking advantage of the impending traffic by offering 50% to 70% discounts.
Slightly late this month, my survey of the new August 2017 content produced for Poser and DAZ Studio.
Base figures and content:
The flagship Genesis 8 Male base (G8M) is out, and should be available for download from inside the Library of the latest DAZ Studio version. Key store add-ons are: Genesis 8 Male Body Morphs, Genesis 8 Male Expressions and Head Morphs. Of course, built on top of G8M there’s also the new Michael 8 base and a Michael 8 Pro Bundle.
Also in the ‘must have’ category is DA Rust and Grime Shaders, to easily lay grime and rust over the top of any existing materials.
Also fairly vital — for Look At My Hair users — is the new LAMH 2 Iray Catalyzer. Note that… “All Alessandro_AM’s animal libraries have been updated for iRay/Catalyzer compatability. Make sure to download the free updates!”
MDD Nymia for V4.2 for Poser, from quality character-maker Maddelirium.
VYK_Teyla for G8F for DAZ Studio.
Ghost, wireframe, and Cortana for Pauline, a set of free hologram MATs for the flagship female character which ships free with Poser 11.
Single Man Light Aircraft for DAZ Studio, from a new name to me, Sareth. Nice, lots of details and moving parts, quality texture sets. I hope we’ll get more sci-fi from him in future.
Man-Tank by Cybertenko for Poser. Which also integrates with his RetroBot character to create an unusual Tankbot.
Ragnarok Mask for Genesis 3 and Genesis 8 Female. Poser creatives have had this for many years, but now it comes to DAZ.
Need steampunk or similar tattoos in DAZ Studio? How to Create Outstanding Skin Art Tutorial.
Orkz: Triceratox for Poser, a sort of cross between a giant pig and an ox. Complete with war-gear.
Hordor HornsHelmet for V4 looks like fun.
A cute-but-robust small shield, though to get it you need the whole Dragon Guard Outfit for Genesis 8 Female.
Lernaean Hydra for DAZ Studio, with poses.
MortemVetus’s Dream Arborum figures. They appear to be static sculpts which were designed to showcase the TerraDome 2 plugin, but apparently they don’t require that. Another Runtime DNA carry-over, but new to me.
MS17 Tudor Room for DAZ Studio from London224.
Authentic G3M Minoan era Mycenaeans and Sea-people for DAZ Studio.
The famous Trojan Horse from London224, for DAZ Studio. It’s been available for Poser for a while now, but this version appears to be new for DAZ.
Slavecloth for G3M in DAZ Studio. A free outfit and chain.
Smoking paraphernalia for Poser.
Inhabited Island by 1971s, for Poser. Vue users may also be interested in this.
Autumn Lamp by 1971s, for Poser. A simple idea, but done well.
Town Crier for Genesis 3 Male for DAZ Studio.
Morphing Wide Brimmed Hat for G3F/G8F and 12 styles and presets. Usefully generic, and especially so for storybook illustration. Doubtless there’ll be a ‘cottage garden and Edwardian styles’ set of morphs and textures soon.
Boku No for Poser. Possibly of interest to those using flat lighting + the Comic Book mode in Poser 11, to make comics. Requires Anime Girl Sinon for Poser. She’s a standalone, so you may want check if she can take V4 or similar pose sets before investing.
CWRW Orange Tabby for the HiveWire House Cat for Poser and DAZ Studio. In DAZ Studio it works with the free House Cat LAMH plugin preset.
It’s interesting to see that Dinoraul, famed for his high-quality dinosaurs, is now doing OBJ terrain sets fit for giant dinosaurs to roam across.
ShaaraMuse3D’s Olive Grove, a high-quality scene for Poser which may also interest Vue users. 4k textures and subtle/believable tree design. Just add processional figures from classical times, and a dozen goats.
Flink’s Instant Lake for Poser and OBJ. Rather expensive, but I guess you’re also getting a lot of plants and materials in the bundle. Might be re-worked and given a materials makeover to become a shoreline rock-pool?
ShaaraMuse3D’s 3D Scenery: Oceanic Submersion, a big pack of quality Poser assets for shallow waters and rock-pool scenes. Not well served by its main promo picture, but it has hi-res textures and is also likely be of interest to aquatic Vue artists. Note also that “Some of the items also come in a down-scaled, lower resolution mesh (3-4k polys and 1k textures). These can be used to populate the scene with more detail.”
Luigi Marini has a new coral reef for Vue users.
That’s it. More picks next month!