The Renderosity store and Smith Micro have teamed up on sponsoring the development of a new female figure for Poser. La Femme 1 immediately suggests ‘Princess Diana’, aided by an early 1980s vibe due to the choice of hairstyle for the promo. Which, in my book, is no bad thing…
But she’s obviously not a simple Diana-alike. I’m generally fine with the standard V4/M4 and the Genesis 2-3 figures, but it’s always nice to see a really good looking flagship character. In this case with …
“advanced rigging … body control handles … highly detailed texture maps and hybrid materials that work in both FireFly and SuperFly … smooth natural joints … 30 face-control chips for natural expressions”
Great, and with a very very subtly ‘toon’ look (which here in the UK would be called ‘a little bit horsey’) which I’m guessing should suit a comic-book heroine well. Which, again, is a good thing in my view, and helps get the viewer past the ‘uncanny valley’ response to 3D humans. Generally, she’s vastly more appealing that the similar recent community attempts to create some sort of rival to DAZ’s Genesis.
For the moment, she’s
free on Renderosity*, discounted from a $30 ‘normal’ price. Straight onto my Renderosity shopping cart, though… the Cart seems to be unresponsive at present.
Once the Cart is responding and she’s installed it’ll be interesting to see: how fast she and her default morph set and high-res textures load to the stage; if she can take V4 clothing and poses without a lot of hassle and poke; how easily she can be adjusted to render speedily in SuperFly on a PC without a ninja graphics-card while still retaining reasonable skin quality.
La Femme has some paid morph addons, La Femme Body Kit MR which is a big bundle of additional body morphs. And Femme Fatale HD Morphs which offers ultra-fine body detailing for those who want it. With these and La Femme, it looks like Poser is now at parity again with DAZ Studio in terms of their flagship female figures (G8F and La Femme).
* Update: I’m sorry, I misinformed readers on this. She’s not actually free, as there’s a minimum purchase price on Renderosity now, of $3.50.
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.