Right then… it’s getting toward the end of the month. Which means it’s time for my survey of the content releases for Poser, DAZ and Vue. I skipped a round-up post in July, so this is now my pick of the content released during the last eight weeks or so.
Incidentally, I see that selling 3D-model ‘fan art’ is getting out-of-control at the marketplaces at ArtStation, Sketchfab and CGTrader. As such you’re advised to exercise more caution than usual, if you’re buying for commercial-use from such sites. Sometimes it’s obvious (Batman, Spider-man, Tom & Jerry) but other times not, especially if you’re unfamiliar with what’s in videogames these days.
Mono Track for Poser, with V4 rider poses. Hopefully we’ll soon see some futuristic sci-fi texture makeovers for this.
The new SMC Gear: Helmet might suit a rider of the Mono Track.
A free Plasma Pistol Prop for Poser. Old, but nice to have. It toons up nicely to Poser line-art.
PW Customizable Hot Rod V12 is a nice bit of retro-sci, being the sort of classy future-vehicle you might have seen on the cover of magazines like Astounding or Modern Mechanix in the 1930s.
Level 21, a usefully generic “under the secret installation” setting, for your earth-bound sci-fi and techno-thrillers.
A detailed SteamPunk Computer in .OBJ format.
Town Car 1912 for Poser.
A free Steampunk Lampe 2 in Collada .DAE format, which I found doesn’t play nicely with Poser 11. You may have to push this through 3DXchange and smooth it, then save it to a viable .OBJ format.
dForce Thicket for Genesis 8 Male, a fantasy plant-man with dForce growth.
ROG Medieval Fantasy Bedroom, with quality props and lots of potential camera positions.
Harem of the Serpent King, a free stage set for DAZ. I assume this is not fan-art of some old 1980s Conan movie set, though note that many of the maker’s other freebies are fan-art.
dForce Neolithic Outfits for Genesis 8 Male, complete with a set of props.
The new Top Knot Hair and Beard for Genesis 3 and 8 could probably also work with the neolithic clothes seen above.
Biblical era Assyrian Warrior Outfit for Genesis 8 Male.
Milk Van is another quality addition to Dryjack’s large set of classic British 1950s railway stock.
British Farm Pickup. A classic old Land Rover from the 1950s and 60s. Just the thing to get stuck on the level-crossing in your Dryjack railway track!
A free Canadian Tractor which looks fairly generic and, though in .3DS, may especially interest Vue users looking for old-time farm items.
Feathered for G8F/V8, which also evokes the 1920s/30s showgirl era.
Snap Dragon for DAZ Studio. Fairly lightweight, so you can have a field of them. Also good texture makeovers and an “in a pot” pet version. Excellent work at a nice price.
Snap Dragon could be paired with the new Lightweight Tropical Environment.
Characters and hair:
SP Hair 006 for Genesis 3 and 8 Female. Usefully short and generic, suitable for an adventurer or archaeologist.
The Wizard’s Wagon for Poser, now updated for DAZ Studio.
Mediterranean Alley, complete with hanging clothes. The clothes are too modern for most storybook use, but with a bit of work you could probably replace them with vintage items.
Dia For Genesis 3 Female for DAZ Studio.
BBarbs continues her series of believable everyday Genesis 8 Young Child Poses, including several new pet-interaction poses suitable for storybook use.
Daz House Cat with dForce Hair. The fur is not ideal and not at all convincing on the ears, but presumably it could be toned down here and there.
Gorilla for Genesis 8 Male with dForce hair. The hair looks much more natural on the Gorilla than on the house cat.
14 extinct animals, including five prehistoric fish. Likely to especially interest Vue users who do underwater/prehistoric scenes.
Landscapes and settings:
A new epic fantasy-type Green Oasis for Vue.
Lightweight Tropical Environment for DAZ Studio. Lush, but apparently not too taxing on your PC.
Shipwreck Survivors Camp. A huge cargo ship has landed in the desert, and the survivors have built a village of the spilled shipping containers. Yes, it’s a bit strange… but I can see a graphic novel in the setting (if it’s original and is not fan-art from some TV series).
Buoys for DAZ Studio. Vue seascape and aircraft artists will also want these.
Wooden Walkway set by 1971s. A lagoon walkway complex that matches with 1971s many fine buildings.
I see there’s also a new iRay add-on for the Danaides gothic dungeon.
The useful Look At Me is now Look At Me II. II adds chest and abdomen auto-turning. Expensive, but vital for those who do lots of multi-figure scenes where character are interacting.
Character Converter from Genesis 3 Female to Genesis 8 Female. I’ve no idea how well it works or how fiddly it is, but it seems rather useful if it can also handle sci-fi alien type characters.
Depth Shaders for DAZ Studio. Apparently a set of shaders that only affect “topcoat and backscatter surface channels”, while leaving the base textures intact. Thus giving your scene a depth-haze without increasing render time.
Dazzling Renders in DAZ Studio, with Digital Art Live and Herschel Hoffmeyer.
That’s it for July/August 2019. More picks next month!
Carrara 8 is DAZ Studio's official 'big sister' software.
Carrara loads all DAZ and Poser characters and scenes,
and supports LuxRender for top-quality realistic rendering.