9.04.2011

WoW :: omgomgomgomgomg

FINALLY.

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ATTUMEN, YOU ARE NEXT. (... Or maybe Kael for his chicken...s...)

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... Sorry, I've wanted this mount since... well, I saw the skeletal horses. Back then, Tauren couldn't ride them, and my main was a Tauren. Of course she can now ride it, so I backed off on her, partially becasue I haven't PLAYED her. But now the pally is mostly my main, and omgsohappy.

7.23.2011

WoW :: Tiny Spider Get!

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It's rare that I get lucky enough to catch a rare that has some kind of drop other than just a blue. :x But I was doing a few dailies, and olook, there's Jadefang, says NPC Scan!

So I tried to remember how the hell to explode myself up there, finally did, and yay, there she was.

6.14.2011

WoW :: BAD SNO

I can't fucking help it.

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I got so tired of short human. I couldn't bring myself to go shorter with dwarfadin. And I was left with one other choice, other than faction changing which I didn't want to do... so!

/waggle

6.08.2011

SL :: When fug happens...

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... Yeah, I don't even know. Something is up, where, occasionally, SL decides to fold me in half.

6.05.2011

SL :: I'm still alive...

Somewhat. x_x God, I wish life would let me actually rest, or let me work enough to make money. :p

Anyway, here's a cat with bubbles.

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5.14.2011

SL :: Long time no blog, and a new product!

So, I finally splurged and bought a ~*Water Horse*~ avatar.

And, because I have this character, Ruby, who is a sorrel unicorn mare, I added a horn and made it her. Which meant buying the Arabian add-on pack... But that wasn't enough, she was a little too light, so I went to The Texture Barn and got the deep sorrel texture pack.

But, of course, I can't stop there... I went to The Pony Store and got three things: The Arabian neck sculpt, the sculpted teeth, and the sculpted tongue.

I added my horn, made it green, added the texture to my tail, made a "mane" until I can make some kind of sculpted thing for it and...

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Whee, unicorn. :p

But, of course, I had to make the halter's fit.

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I had to borrow a friend to make the draft one, since I couldn't buy the draft version, and I also used her as a model. (Thank you, Fancy!)

But, there you go, my adventures last night. :p

4.15.2011

WoW :: Traveling

I am mostly a Hordie at heart. Really.

But I fail to see why Blizzard thinks that it's just as easy for Alliance to travel as it is Horde.

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I ditched tailoring and enchanting on my Paladin for something that'd make some money easier. The best place to level skinning, for the place I'm at, is Thousand Needles.

I get there at skinning level 207, and I forgot to train to 300 before I got on that continent. So I get to 225, and have to go back to SW because the ones on that continent are Darnassus and Exodar. :|

Travel is not as easy for Alliance. Simple as that. It's a pain in the ass. I can travel all day as a Hordie and it not bother me, but this? God.

4.12.2011

SL :: Exceptions to the rule...

There are times where one would have really short, stumpy arms.

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Like if you're a corgi anthro!

Short legs and long bodies on dogs like corgis, doxies, and bassets would require short arms and legs. This is about the only time you should be a stump. Or if you're a dwarf. Or a Munchkin cat anthro. ... You get the idea!

4.10.2011

SL :: Dear Skin Makers

For God's sake, please do NOT use black/grey to shade a SKIN.

Observe!

It looks like I sat in soot. My knees looks like I kneeled in it. This is a great skin otherwise (well, mostly, there's obvious seams on the head if I take my hair off).

This is basic art 101. You can add black to a color to get a darker color and use that darker color to shade. You don't just shade with black on any color other than a grey. ... Shouldn't even use black then. It's too strong of a color.

4.04.2011

SL :: Quick Update - Store Addition

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Making some more room, so I can add to my store's inventory.

Hopefully clothing and reasonably priced shapes to be for sale soon.

2.12.2011

SL :: AVentity Equine 2.0

(LOTS OF PICS. Slow internet people, beware!)

Yes, finally, version 2 of the AVentity equine is out.

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Yes, I am currently rocking the FUCK out of the updated zebra.

So, let's take a look at it!

(Sorry this pics are of the white version, I hadn't gone to get another color yet... :p)

To start, these do NOT include wings or horns like the version 1. There are a million alicorns across the grid, I'm sure you won't die. As for wings... the original ones were very high ARC, and while I'm not a horrible "OMG GET YOUR ARC DOWN TO ONE" like some people can be, it can be a concern. The wings were high prim, with alpha textures, so, yeah, I'm sure you can find replacements. (I'm sure there are some in the part store that's around the AVentity vendors now.) They also do not include hand attachments, but I never really used those much any more.

All that said they ARE cheaper than they were at release, now costing L$640, down from L$800 a little over a year ago. Mephitis has lowered the price of all her avatars, and you get both sexes, so they're a really good deal. Honestly, one of the best deals on the market. The price is why I can't complain TOO much about the small issues I have with the avatar. The biggest of which is, again, lack of out-of-the-box Viewer 2 compatibility. The legs and hooves still use invisiprims. It's a simple as hell fix for me, and I'll take care of it as soon as I can, but if someone is not savvy in how to edit this, it can be a problem.

(Meph, please, if you read this, everyone will be FORCED to go to a V2 compatible viewer soon. Yes, forced. Might as well make those legs V2 compatible! :3 I've got a free digitigrade alpha texture that I created (because all the other free ones I tried were no mod and/or not well done) I will -GIVE- you, full perm, so you can include it and stop using those archaic invisiprims.)

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The other issue I have is more of a personal one, and it is... av height. Yeah, I like short avs. But again, it's not a hard fix. And at least it's not as tall as some.

Anyway! Onto the av. :3

This is what you first drag to the ground...
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Then you get a folder from that with two other boxes, one for the male av, one for the female. We're gonna look at the female av...
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The first thing I notice, and love, is the fixing of the avatar's proportions. The arms are no longer too short, probably having to do with the lack of hand attachments. The figure is pretty extreme, but there are versions of my own, personal shape that are similar. Due to how SL does the joints, they always look stick thin, regardless of how muscular the limbs are. This is a SL issue, not one Meph caused with her shape, though toning down the muscles on the legs can help alleviate the strange look. Also, this shape is slightly knock-kneed, like the wolf was, so the width of the calf and the hoof becomes problematic (*smoosh*) on a pose stand like the one I'm on. In normal use, you don't really notice it. Modding would help too, if it's a problem for the user.

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From the side, the av is pretty thin, and almost looks bottom heavy with the size of the legs. Again, I think the average user would alleviate this look some if they were to mod the avatar's legs. Over all, I DO love these legs and hooves so many times more than the old legs. No longer are the toes of the hooves super long and the heels severely under-run. I'll touch more on the hooves later. The new tail is flagged, and reminds me of an Arabian, fitting well with the face shape. The new female hair style is similar to the style of the KZK horse, with it being like an actual mane and pulled to one side. Several years back, Wingless Emoto did this with her old horse avatars, and you can still find those across the grid.

(A note about the fingers: There is an optional, tintable "glove" that adds the tips to the fingers. I was wearing it while photographing.)

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From the back, you can see the style of the mane, and also how fluffy the tail is (in the first image) and the shading of the backside (in the second). The av looks great from pretty much any angle.

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Back to the head for a moment... I'm not sure if I'm sold on the eyebrows but... I think I can deal with them. The difference in this face shape over the original is pretty signifigant.

And yes, those appear to be the same ears. I loved the original ear sculpts, and I'm glad she kept them.

Now, onto where I am going to nitpick every horse avatar I come across: the hooves. There is a saying: "No hoof, no horse." The hoof is the foundation of every equine, and to see it neglected is just... appalling. That said, the hooves are MUCH improved over the original.

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To start, this avatar does come with a system shoe. Most ever horse av has this, and it really throws off my re-scaling. ... Just sayin', guys... :p

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I'm not sure what's with the coronet area's discoloration on the white av. I don't really notice this on the zebra, and I forgot to look on the chestnut. The hooves are short, yes, but they're not over grown, as the old ones appeared. It fits with the chunky look, and a user can modify this, as the hoof is a prim of it's own.

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While the outside of the hoof looks good, I am kind of "meh" about the lack of attention paid to the sole and frog areas of the hoof.

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Still the hoof is nice and proportional, with the length and width being about even. Some other makers ignore this, so it's nice to see attention paid to it. (Had to take one hoof off, otherwise, you'd have seen something that looks kinda like a butt.)

Over all, I'm so damn happy to see this. The original, while a good av for it's time (early sculpties), hadn't aged as well as one would hope, especially considering there's a lack of GOOD anthro equine avs on the grid.

AVentity halter update will be out in a day or so, and I will also be taking a look at the updated AnthroXstacy horse, and comparing it to the original (which I didn't really care for...) Let's just say I bought a second AX horse.

2.11.2011

SL :: Yeeessssss~

What did I wake up to see today?

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Pics and my thoughts later. (May have to redo the pics later after I buy an av that's not white... :p) Also, updated halter for AVentity.

And, the AX horse has an update too, so I'll probably look at that again. ... Maybe just the free update I've apparently gotten, if I can find/get it. Misae crashed when I logged in, so I have to go the the AX store and grab that...

2.07.2011

WoW :: Lowbie AB

So, my best friend, her husband, my fiance, and I all decided to level some alts on Malestrom Alliance. We did have a 5th, but he's not been around. :( We've been leveling via randoms, but to break up the monotony, we queued up for Arathi Basin.

We lost horribly since EVERY FUCKING PERSON in the raid followed our little group, but I didn't do -too- bad considering I haven't been in a BG in... probably over 2 years. And even longer on the class I'm playing, which is a druid (kittydeeps).

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Those top 3 in KBs? My friend's husband, me, and her. (Hunter, Druid, Pally). Yet everyone in the BG chat was bitching at how fail the group was.

lol. Maybe you guys should have stopped typing and started pwning shit!

Anyway... Yeah, it fails. But it was fun.

Also, I'm sad I didn't double check, but I didn't get my fiance's priest in the screenshot. He was #1 on healing. He's a fucking awesome priest. :D

2.06.2011

SL :: I think I got them!

So, while I LOVE Evers' faun legs, I htink they're still a little skinny for my pony av. So I'd been poking around at things... then I remembered I actually had the DSD ram on Snowhawk.

Hooray!

I pulled the version 2 of the solid hooves, since version 3 was a mite tall and deformed weird when I shrunk it, and plopped two on the ground.

Then I pulled out the legs and hooves from the DSD ram, pulled the ram hoofies off it, and then smushed around the "fetlock" area prim to fit the solid hoof. Re-textured really quickly, and poof! Stocky legs! :D

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Much better for a pony. :3

Also, I updated my Marketplace store. Since the Teen Grid has been merged into the Main Grid, anything with adult content (or tags for adult content), has to be marked as such. Since my halters had the OpenCollar scripts, they fell into that. There are versions up now with NO scripts in their boxes. As well, all my in-world stock has gone "clean." The versions with scripts are still available on the Marketplace.