Slightly late this month, here’s my pick of the new Poser and DAZ content released since 1st June 2017. I’m assuming that everyone knows by now about the release of Genesis 8 Female and Victoria 8 for DAZ Studio.
More funky future-fashion with Exoline Boots and Accessories for Genesis 3 Female.
Fusion Engine Room. Just add di-lithium crystals.
SpaceTech: Landing Platform for Poser, nicely detailed by 3-d-c.
The AntFarm’s Anti-Gravity Office Space is a standalone, and doesn’t require his previous anti-grav content.
Pd Poison for Genesis 3 Female offers unusual G3F skins.
Summoner’s Alien-Spore for Poser.
Summoner’s Sun God-Ra for Poser.
A quality leather X-Fashion Kitty Girl Outfit for Genesis 3 Female.
In what looks like it might be the first in a series, Sixus1 does steampunk with Aftermath: The Admiral for G3F.
Some Fascinators for Dawn for Poser, including an unusual steampunk-ish hat.
Tommy Atkins from Cybertenko, a humble British ‘Tommy’ of the Second World War. For M4 in Poser.
Workers cottages of the English rural sort, from DryJack.
Cafe Racer, a vintage motorbike racing helmet for Poser.
Practical Archeology has Raiders of the Lost Ark -style poses, weapons and tools. Could work well the Gold Prospecting Equipment, also new this month, which has boxes of dynamite, shovels and suchlike.
Fairy Bridge by 1971s.
Summoner’s Shadow-Pan for Poser.
Draconic Rising for Genesis 3 Female, a dragon-rider outfit with an especially stylish helmet.
A Titan Quest-style The Temple of Anubis, complete with “Attack” pose sliders for the statues.
Fantasy Throne Room for DAZ Studio.
Tatsu for Genesis 3. A distinctive new face and character.
Maria G8F, a highly detailed and characterful new older woman for G8.
Outfit for G3F, a useful simple office suit.
Fed up with searching for the eye controls among a zillion other sliders in DAZ Studio? Eye Clock Pose Control for Genesis 3 Male and Female, plus it’s claimed it “will adjust the eyelids automatically to keep the gaze natural looking”.
Also Sign Language Greetings as aniBlocks and Poses for G3F. The same maker has a range of other Sign Language pose packs.
Handmade Old Doghouse, which could also add clutter to an Anglo-Saxon or Celtic settlement in an overhead picture. I guess it could also double as a medieval henhouse.
The Hungry Plant, which looks a bit basic but it might work well tooned-up in Poser 11’s Comic Book mode.
A toon-ish little Seahorse, a stand-alone for DAZ Studio. I’m not sure how dynamic it is, but I seem to remember that they don’t do much more than flutter their fins and curl their tails.
A new dress for Mavka. Apparently it’s been specially commissioned by a Mavka fan. I like the idea of that. Perhaps we need a dedicated Poser/DAZ Kickstarter-style site which would aggregate donations for similar project ideas, to sustain much-loved older figures?
AJ Floating House for Poser, and also likely to be of interest to Vue users.
The Streets Of The Wild West by Stonemason, with his usual high quality.
TruForms Jungle for Poser. OBJs available “on request”.
Oskarsson’s The Forgotten Park for DAZ Studio.
Vue users have Green Canyon, a classic ‘Lost World’ type of scene. Also a Green Valley hamlet which I guess is sort of a ‘the Green Canyon a million years later’, which suggests some sort of time-travel story that would link the two scenes.
David Brinnen’s Gritstone Hills, new for Bryce 7.
That’s it, more picks next month!
Arki has another Live training webinar with Digital Art Live, coming soon. It’s in three parts, on the making of Complex Accessories. Booking now for an end-July starter event, and then the in-depth series should be underway in August.
It’s sad to hear confirmed that Poser scripter and store vendor Ralf Sessler (Dimension3D aka D3D) has recently passed away. His fine and robust Python scripts, such as ‘XS – eXtended Shader Manager’, came up many times during my recent intensive perusal of the Python scripts which work with Poser 11. On the Renderosity forums, I see that ‘renapd’ reports that materials and information have been requested from Ralf’s family, in order for the community to — in due course — make a fitting memorial for him and his work.
What new goodies were released in May 2017, for the Poser/DAZ content ecosystem? Here’s my survey of what caught my eye this last month…
A new set of matching Greeble City Blocks from Stonemason.
Also some modular Eco buildings to add a bit more greenery to your Greeble city.
UFO crash site looks very cool. Someone will presumably give it an additional texture set in due course, to make it more steampunk / The War of the Worlds? Perhaps also a retro ‘Roswell’ 1950s makeover?
Storm Robot for Poser by Moscowich. A homage to the Mass Effect videogame, so probably not suitable for commercial use.
You Medbot (above) could be the robot tattooist in Coflek-gnorg’s new highly detailed Tattoo Salon for Poser, which has a Blade Runner / cyberpunk vibe. There’s also an equally detailed Tattoo Machine.
Starship Wanda, an unusual fish-shaped spaceship.
Cyberia Dress V4, a basic but rather good-looking 1970s-style sci-fi dress for V4.
Greylien For Genesis 3 Male, from a hand-sculpt in ZBrush and with detailed textures.
There’s a free Mane in fibermesh, which fits the vast herds of Genesis 3 centaurs which have recently been released onto the DAZ Store. Could possibly also enhance an alien G3 character.
Fantasy and monsters:
Any new set from DM is usually worth looking at, and his latest is DMs Mystic AtmoSPHERE. G3F poses, matched to an emissive glowing iRay sphere. It looks perfect for wizards and seers and the like.
Cheech Evolution for G3M and poses. He looks like a remake of the free Poser character Creech, which shipped for free with Poser 8 and which I seem to remember was modeled on a public domain B-movie monster from the 1950s. In his new DAZ Studio incarnation he now has various add-ons such as the deep-sea King of the Deep outfit and poses.
Monster Skulls, including a cyclops.
Death Stalker, an unusual hybrid between an insect and a dinosaur. Just the sort of thing for your explorers to encounter in a Lost World or alien planet.
Legionnaire for Genesis 3 Male. There’s already authentic Roman military gear floating around for M3 and M4, but if you need it for G3M then these do look rather good. They also include fits for a couple of G3 variants.
Satine Detective Outfit for G3F.
Dr. Graverobber by Cybertenko is a complete 1930/40s Indiana Jones outfit for Michael 4, plus whip.
The new Palm Road seems to fit well with Dr. Graverobber. It’s detailed enough for Vue users to also be interested in this.
Pirate Dining, the cabin of a pirate ship. With a bit of work and some candle-light it might also double as the inside of a hobbit-hole. I’m thinking of the scenes with the singing dwarves in Bilbo’s kitchen, at the start of The Hobbit.
Classic Rickshaw, possibly also useful for a steampunk Fu-Manchu vs. Sherlock Holmes type of adventure-mystery.
Old_Revolver for Poser, another high-quality prop and texture set from Dante78.
An authentic Texas Ranger Outfit for G3M, complete with some really nice Wild West boots. Probably needs some “And I just rode thu’ that there desert…” MATs, to dust up the clothes.
Got milk? A traditional milk-churn and related props.
Double Trouble Braids for G3F. A nice Celtic look, and slightly mussed up, which would suit shield-maiden battle scenes. Audrey Hair is similar and shorter, with a pony-tail effect on top. Apparently the Bronze Age people used heavy metal crimped stoppers on the ends of the braids, to weight the hair braid.
Everyday characters and clothes:
H&C Casual B outfit for G3M has a nice simplicity about it, while also being quietly futuristic. Designed to work well in close-ups and I foresee quite a few texture makeover packs being made for this set.
A Paris-style Metro Train interior.
An Island House complete with island and ocean.
There’s also a new Downtown Loft : Living Area, new from Stonemason.
Animals and nature:
SongbirdRemix’s bird expert Ken Gilliand has turned his attention to frogs, and he’s just released the Nature’s Wonders Frogs of the World Vol. 2 for Poser. It has those highly colourful, but highly deadly, ‘poison dart’ frogs. Created with Ken’s usual attention to detail and scientific realism.
Sea Washed Beach Rocks in hi-res for Poser, plus sand and a scene preset. May also be of interest to Vue users who want to do rock-pools and low-tide scenes.
iReal Animated Dandelion for DAZ Studio. Vue users already have a dandelion, but it’s not animated.
Country Ford for DAZ Studio and Carrara, a classic English ford. A useful addition for those with horses, hounds and historic vehicles in their runtimes. Also for stream-dipping scenes with child characters.
Wild Mossy Bamboo Forest for Poser.
The Forest could probably work well with Flinks Mossy Rocks HD for Poser and Vue.
Garden pottery for DAZ Studio. Very nicely textured with weathered textures that get past the ‘3D always looks too clean’ thing.
Vue users also have Ground Cover No.7: Pine Forest Floor which uses instancing to make sure each patch is unique. So you can apply it as an ecosystem on small patches of ground and not get repeating moire patterns.
Plugins and tutorials:
Scene Optimiser for DAZ Studio 184.108.40.206 and later, which allows you to drastically lower the memory required for certain types of scenes, and thus speed up your renders. I didn’t feature this last month because I wasn’t sure how well it worked, or how easy it was to operate. But I’m told it does work and it works well. It doesn’t only reduce the size of the big 4000px textures, but also seems to offer many other tweaks. Only for DAZ Studio 220.127.116.11 or higher, as it apparently calls a function in the software that has only recently been introduced.
The Ultimate Guide to Creating Complex Outfits, a big multi-part training series with digital clothing expert Arki. Learn exactly how to make quality long dresses, full-length skirts, long-sleeved and multi-layered outfits.
Poke-Away3! for Genesis 3 aims to help cure clothing ‘poke through’. Often it’s just a case of making the offending body parts invisible, but there are times when that’s not going to work and you might need help from something like this.
DAZ Studio also has a Billboard plugin which gives you 2D billboards that always face the camera. I’m guessing you can probably do this by hand in DAZ Studio, but it’s likely that the plugin makes it easier and faster.
Lastly, currently on $2 clearance is the Poser Format Exporter for DAZ Studio 3 and 4, which from DAZ-only formats “generates Poser format Pose (.pz2), Face/Expression (.fc2) and Hand (.hd2) files from directly within DAZ Studio”.
That’s it. More picks next month.
fClone is a new facial motion-capture software that works via a webcam, and can output to Poser’s .pz2 format for use in Poser and DAZ Studio. It’s a little fresh in terms of its versioning, but it’s now in a 1.05 bugfix version.
There’s a free trial available, then it’s $199 for the Standard version, or $50 if you just want to ‘rent’ it for a month of gurning and grinning production work. I’m guessing that $199 price is probably about on a par with iClone’s more mature desktop mo-cap offerings, though I haven’t looked at those or their pricing for a while.
As far as I can tell, the software has nothing to do with iClone or Reallusion, despite the similar name.
I was pleased to find another H.P. Lovecraft for Poser, albeit as a morph for the older character of Michael 3. It’s OK-ish, but not as accurate as the dedicated character from Meshbox. I discovered that there are quite a few packs of “famous faces” made for M3 and still floating around, as I had a quick look around and a runtime search for superhero freebies for M4 / Freak 4. I dug up a David Tennant (Doctor Who) and an Edgar Allan Poe, both for M3, for instance.
Such faces are mostly for M3 and require the Head morphs from the ‘Michael 3.0 Head & Body Morphs‘ pack…
1. Load M3 base character from Figures | Daz People
2. Then go to Pose | !M3 All Morphs INJ | ! All Head Morphs.
3. Then select the Head of M3, and load your character head.
It’s not the “David Tennant for M4, that looks nothing like him”. It’s another one, tucked away in an old multi-pack of superhero morphs for M3. The problem with a David Tennant as Doctor Who is, of course, finding the Fabulous Hair of Cosmic Awesomeness that will also look good in Poser’s Comic Book mode. The hair is so Awesome it has whole blogs devoted to it, and deservedly so.
Fancy trans-mapped hair is no good for Poser’s Comic Book preview renderer. Though Maraboo Hair looks like a useful starter, if you wanted to render in full 3D. The popular Reivel Hair was also a possibility.
In the end, the M3 hair seen above was down to a surprising combination of the ancient Ben hair and the almost-as-ancient M3 Star Trek hair for McCoy.
The Ben hair can be easily detached in pieces and re-positioned over the McCoy base, and as long as you don’t delete the base scalp (hide it in the body) the Ben hair doesn’t revert to bare guide hairs.
The David Tennant Poser-portrait above is just an alpha version, and I haven’t even checked it against reference photos yet. But it’s already somewhat recognizable. The M3 coat has a strange forward bump, as if it’s expecting V4 to drop in at any moment, but it’ll do for now.
An update on Freak 4 bundle, recently blogged about here because discounted to $7.
The Freak 4 morph dials won’t do much, after you load him. To get The Freak 4 ‘over the wall’ on this and working with his Micheal 4 base, you first need to go to…
… and there find the DzCreateExPFiles-M4.bat and possibly also the M4Gens.bat files. These are batch script files which, when double-clicked on, will seek out the new morphs and inject them into M4 so that he can handle becoming The Freak. It only takes a second or two, and you’re done. Then you load Freak 4 from his preset in Figures | DAZ People.
Here’s a bit of test fun I had with him. He was rendered on a ‘Very Quick Preview’ setting in 15 minutes at 2800px, so is not looking as good as he might. However, I cut out a bit of a stock wolf-pelt to provide a rather nice furry kilt, which I think adds something to the picture…
The fancy Barbarian shield textures don’t work in Superfly renders, which is a pity, but everything else seemed fine. But I’ve found that the Barbarian clothes in the bundle go very well with the hair in the free SOTO’s Vincent for The Freak 4 (used in the above picture).
The huge Freak 4 Pro Bundle is currently on a $7.20 sale at the Daz Store. It requires M4, but most people have that character.
If you just want a big wrestler then I assume F4 has been rather overtaken by Freak 5 for Genesis 1, although I must say that F4’s set of realistic skin MATs do look very good. Freak 5, incidentally, has a good The Hulk (as ‘The Savage Freak‘), and an awesome Clan Bears Regenesis add-on (though with a huge amount of dependencies, including the LAMH plugin for the fur)…
But back to F4… Freak 4 doesn’t give you access to a lot of new characters, since he always had a bit of a niche fan-base. But he gives you access to a small number of quality Marvel superheroes made for F4, and does so natively within Poser. Such as a pretty good Captain America (as ‘First Avenger’); an early-1960s The Thing (as ‘Rock Man’, harking back to the time before Kirby firmed-up his stylized hexagon-skin; and a starter base for making a Swamp Thing (as ‘Primitive Beast’, though Marsh Monster has the better head and may be a better choice for Marvel fan-art). With the smart city suit in the Pro Bundle you could also easily make a Kingpin (the nemesis of Daredevil and Spiderman, I seem to remember). So far as I can tell there was no Hulk for F4.
There’s also a Doomsday for F4, a character I’d never heard of… but it seems he’s a DC Comics super-villain who battles Superman.
For one or more of the above you may think it’s worth $7 to get the Freak 4 bundle, so that you can load them up.
If you’re envious of the Clan Bears for F5 (above), then there’s also the free lion-like SOTO’s Vincent for The Freak 4 (a celebrity character, Ron Perlman in the series Beauty and the Beast).
To get The Freak 4 morphs working with his Micheal 4 base, after installing Freak 4 into your runtime you need to go to…
… and find the DzCreateExPFiles-M4.bat and M4Gens.bat files. These are batch script files which, when double-clicked on, will go find the new morphs and inject them into M4 so that he can handle being The Freak.
Renderosity has launched a new contest to make a fun picture with Masie. Masie is the new semi-toon Poser 11 character, an unofficial flagship character created by the community to take advantage of all the Poser 11 features. For tooning she also comes with… “Base and Makeup Toon Materials and 6 Basic Toon Color Materials”, which have presumably been tested to work well in flat lighting and the Comic Book mode.
Masie has been designed to be really easy for content creators to work with, and they’ve already produced a wealth of free and paid content at Renderosity. There are a variety of introductory Masie Bundles. Neither the default Masie face, nor the three or four morphed Store faces, really grab me — expect for the face used for the vampire promo seen above. But doubtless more are on their way, and it’ll be interesting to see how radically she can be re-shaped. I’m also uncertain if she can take any legacy poses and hair (e.g. V4) without requiring fiddly adjustments, which would make her a lot more appealing as a purchase.
The Masie contest has $175 of Renderosity vouchers as prizes, and the entry deadline is 15th June 2017.
The Hiro 3 megabundle, currently on sale for less than $5. Hiro 3 base + head morphs, clothes, expressions, for Poser. He’s the brother of Aiko 3, and can still look good when morphed and tooned up in Poser’s Comic Book mode.
Hiro 3 (H3) and Aiko 3 have perhaps been overtaken in the toon-character stakes, but their huge amount of morphs means they are still required as a base for some enduring characters. Such as the Melody and Micah Bundle which then gives you access to the big range of Furries.
I have a loading tutorial for the Furries, here.
Having long had the female of the species, today I picked up the Ninja Sprite Male on a $5 sale offer — and was very pleased to see that he comes with a free Crossdresser 4 license for easy clothing conversion. The Sprites are elemental characters, so don’t really need dressing… but the license is a nice thought, and possibly very useful if you were going to runtime/kit-bash them to try to create a unique-looking sci-fi toony alien.
Above: my early attempt at tooning the female Ninja Sprite in Poser 11 with the Comic Book render, with the top of the hair a bit of a kludge.