The answer to the question “what shall I do next” eventually came to me as: “Let’s play with the Exmachina Davide avatar!” It has been a while since I last used it, which adds that little bit of excitement to the situation, because there’s always the chance that there has been an update. Sure enough, as soon as I put on version 3.01 I was offered version 4.01. It was apparent straight away from the somewhat odd looking face that Exmachina has been tinkering with mesh and my shape was no longer ideal for it. I welcomed the opportunity to work on my shape and soon found that the changes are a nice improvement. Some of the jagged edges in the facial features of previous versions seem to have been smoothed out a bit. The list of improvements is long and while most of them are little bug fixes, it’s nice to see that Exmachina is persevering.
Sadly this body still is lacking in underwear and swimwear options. You’ll find a small satellite store of Gild at the Exmachina sim where you’ll see speedos and rope I’m wearing above and these are by far the nicest thing you’ll find for Davide in terms of skimpy things to wear for a swim. If you search Marketplace for underwear, you may come across something, but it all leaves me feeling a bit… meh.
While we’re talking about Gild, we might as well take a look at the other two items they have for the Exmachina body. Their baggy pants with suspenders are perfect for some barefoot island exploring and leave much to the imagination while still making clear that you’re going commando. They seem to communicate with the body, albeit with a delay and though I’m all for auto alpha functionality, I was a bit miffed to see that the pants knocked out my head. But no worries, you simply bring it back by using the body’s hud.
Here’s a pair of skinny pants from Gild, complete with shoes and a belt. These are three separate items so you can wear them how you see fit. You can leave off the belt if it’s clipping with your top for example. The open knitted sweater I’m wearing here is from Legal Insanity, which is another brand that’s started rigging clothing for this body.
A while ago I “confessed” that occasionally I like to don a lovely pair of wings and flit around the grid all fairy like. With that confession I showed my revamped fairy look, but why stop at just one look though? I figured in for a penny, in for a pound and looked at what can be achieved with the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. I knew that trying to find suitable clothing for a fairy with this body was going to be a challenge, but with some rummaging around I came to a pleasing end result.
Gabriel has several older fantasy gacha sets which have aged gracefully and thankfully still are available at their main store. I got these pants with armored boots and a belt because I rather liked the idea of a warrior fairy. The fit isn’t perfect, but for me the Signature size seemed to work best for David. It’s worth checking Marketplace for these items, so you don’t have to keep hitting the gacha machine till you finally get what you want on top of a heap of things you weren’t looking for.
If you like posing with props, you’ll probably appreciate the detail and range of colour options on the bow and quiver from Elemental. I would have liked seeing an animation or pose coming with this, but instead I had to go look for one in Marketplace.
I would like to create a fairy with a softer looking mesh head some time, but for this time I went back to the Catwa Stanley head, which looks suitably boyish with the Ryu skin by Birth. A bonus is that the omega mesh body applier from Birth works beautifully with the Nardcotix body and is fit as f*ck.
Obviously the pointy ears are a big part of this look. You can get the Season 5 Steking mesh ears from Mandala and the great thing about those is that they are human, pixie and elf ears all in one. Wings are a must as well and I went with my usual Titania fairy wings by Deviance. To give him a twinkle in his eye, I chose the NSS Vermeer mesh eyes and finally, the Like Lust hairstyle by Stealthic finishes off the look.
Right, and now I’m flying outa here! Cheerio. *woooosh*
The Nevemore Hunt started on September 7th and runs until the end of the month. This hunt has a Gothic theme, so naturally some of the prizes lean that way. There were several stops I simply skipped because the item clearly was going to be women’s wear. Yet again there are some disappointing cases where the store carries both female and male items, but the owner chose to only include a female prize. Where’s the logic in that? Anywhooo, let’s take a look at what I gathered.
X-clusives Animations has this rock complete with splashing water effect, a statue and a fire pit. As per usual with their items, it is jam packed with animations ranging from romantic to downright dirty.
The bench, ottoman, rug and birdcage with a small raven from Kitty Creations isn’t quite up to my usual standard, but it isn’t a complete disaster either and the set goes nicely with one of the wallpapers from Timeless Textures. The room screen from Anna’s Attic looks reasonably at home in this decor as well and helps to hide the fact that you caught me naked again.
We go deeper into the Gothic and dare I say Halloween theme, with the cat that’s feasting on mice on top of a stack of skulls by Darkmatter. There are more skulls from United InshCon, silky pillows from Gross Princess and a blood curdling bowl of “wine” and glasses from Special O’Cassions. At the end of this row you find one of the finer pieces in this hunt, which is the Jack O Lantern scarecrow from StoraxTree.
Finally I was able to salvage one piece of menswear, which is a simple but perfectly acceptable sweatshirt from HORR… oh look, I got dressed! You can find all the landmarks and hints on the Nevermore Hunt site. Happy hunting to you all!
PS: that cat really reminded me of Salem in Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
What’s TMP? It stands for The Mesh Project and though I wasn’t a Second Life citizen yet when they launched their mesh bodies and heads, I believe that at the time they were ahead of the game and now they are behind, far behind, with no update in sight. So why would you still get their body and/or head? Because for 500 L$ they look amazing. As always there’s a word of caution. TMP allegedly operates on their own servers and if these would ever go offline, the body would stop working as it should… Allegedly.
I made a quick visit to The Shops to check if anything has changed, but you still land at a so called pre-launch pop up store where TMP recently started selling new hair and you can click through from there to get to the old bodies, heads and skins.
For me it was my first mesh body and I enjoyed it a lot. Some people will say that clothing designers have stopped supporting this body, but that’s not entirely true. Some have dropped it, yes, but some picked it up at a later stage. I went to the current round of The Mens Dept. to see what’s new and comes in a TMP size. The event started at the 5th, as usual and will be running till the end of the month.
Cold Ash has a well-made tight-fitting shirt with short sleeves and some buttons undone to create a sexy plunging neckline and show off that chest. You can also get the new Not So Bad jeans at TMD which happen to be a perfect choice to wear with the shirt. I don’t think that any of the shoes at TMD this month include a TMP size and instead of trying any of them, I went with a pair of sneakers from an old gacha set at Semler, because these have stood the test of time very well and actually were rigged for the TMP body.
The Lenox “Juneau” jacket is a bit bulky but you can make your avatar somewhat slimmer to downsize the overall look, which brings me to the sweater and trousers from MGmen’s at The Men’s Dept. My avi looked like a blimp in that sweater, using his broad shouldered muscular shape. Only after severely toning down the body did this outfit become more or less acceptable. If you’re going to wear the trousers without the shirt, you can bulk up again, but they don’t accommodate a butt size over 20, which is a shame, especially with the caboose potential of the TMP body. The second pair of sneakers is also from Semler, available at their main store.
Etham continues to support the TMP body as well and has a shirt at TMD which of course combines easily with their chinos which you can get at Etham’s main store. For shoes I suggest the Deadwool sneakers.
Aitui also keeps including a TMP size with their typically layered and lightly crumpled looking jackets and coats.
You can of course try items that don’t include a TMP size, there’s a chance they’ll work if you use the Signature or classic size where available. Don’t get your hopes up for things like tank tops and underwear though. Those really need to be rigged for a specific body to work.
Soon some people will be doing that annoying thing of going to some woodsy area to witness the changing of the leaves in person, much to the chagrin of the locals because, well… tourists! Personally I’m spending some quality time with my friends and family in Belgium before I return to Sweden. Here it’s still too soon to for leafs to turn golden, orange and red and once I’m back in Stockholm, chances are it will go very quickly from yellow to brown with not much splendor in between. Now let’s see if this Changing Colors hunt will fork up some splendid prizes. I couldn’t find a hints list, but I can tell you the hunt starts at Wiccan Wears. The hunt runs till the end of September, you’ll be looking for an autumn leaf and the prizes are 1L$.
That’s all folks. Happy hunting!
It’s time to look at another styling exercise with the Signature Geralt mesh body and head. 7 Deadly S[k]ins have a group gift skin out at the moment, named Bart in eleven skin tones. How generous is that! ELEVEN skin tones! I’m not sure how long they will have this one up for grabs. Maybe till the end of September, maybe a bit longer. Don’t procrastinate! Go get it now. Go on, do it! Do it now. Do iiiiit. Hmmmm and this is me without caffeine. Currently the joining fee for the 7DS group is 225 L$ and they usually have a new group gift every month, not to mention the daily gift from their advent calendar! Christmas will be here before we know it. Oy vey!
The skins from 7DS have a coarser look than some other male body appliers. In my opinion this doesn’t make them better or worse, just different. Both their body and face appliers are a good fit for the Signature Geralt body and head.
As promised in my previous post, here’s the remaining item I bought on my latest expedition to the current round of the Men Only Monthly event with a focus on clothing that works for the NX-Nardcotix David avatar.
When you get the single colour version of this sweatshirt from Loulou & Co / Bebop @ MOM you get it with a couple of options. I’m wearing the simple grey and red one, but it also comes with patches and a camouflage pattern, so even your single colour version is a “light” fatpack. Other good news is that a Nardcotix size is included and no shape alteration is needed to wear it. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding a pair of trousers or jeans to wear with it. The Men Only Montly event runs until September 16th, if you’re reading this post at a later date you should check out Loulou & Co’s main store.
For one of the outfits I showed in my previous post, I had to schlep my toches over to the Hipster Event to find the trousers that went with my new shirt and vest from Soul Identity. While I was there I had a very quick look around and saw something with potential.
R2A has created items with an NX-Nardcotix size before, but they haven’t always been able to convince me it was good enough to cough up the dough. When I saw it at the Hiptster Event I thought maybe baby and grabbed it. This “half vest” is a fun piece you can combine with jeans or sweatpants, like the ones from Lavarock I’m wearing in this shot.
And now I’m running out of here and straight to bed. Ruuuuun Forest! Ruuun!
Right! Let’s take a look at the current round of Men Only Monthly and see what we can find for the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body. It started on August 20th and runs till September 15th, so you still have a couple of weeks to go check it out. If you’re reading this at a later date, you will be able to find the items at the main stores of the individual brands. Here’s what I got for David…
To be perfectly honest, this vest and shirt from Soul Identity @ MOM are not a perfect match for David. However, the outfit looks so dapper, I simply couldn’t resist it. The Gianni size is my best option, but when my arms are bent, the rolled up sleeves slightly clip with my triceps. It’s no big deal really. Of course I like everything to be perfect, but every now and again one needs to let things go. Even more so in Second Life or it will drive you bonkers. If you want the matching trousers of the same maker, head over to the Hipster Event (running till September 16th). There are also Soul Identity shoes to go with this @ MOM, but I chose the trusty Jude ankle boots from NX-Nardcotix, because they look great and I don’t have to wonder whether they will fit or not.
Oh Aitui here you go again with your nice but oh so predictable jackets. But they caught my attention with the cheerfully green camouflage version and with autumn around the corner, at least it’s more or less season appropriate. This jacket goes well with the Finlay cargo pants from NX-Nardcotix and of course the Jude ankle boots again. I own fatpacks of both these pants and shoes and I think that often it makes good sense to have basic items such as these in several colours and only get one version of something that looks very particular. If the Aitui jacket looks too baggy, try decreasing your love handles, belly, saddle bags and butt. I’m not sure if the TMP or Gianni size is the best option here, both seem to work equally well.
I like to tell myself that summer isn’t quite over yet and there still will be plenty of days for wearing shorts and colourful summer shirts. In any case, sunny beaches and parks are always just a quick TP away in SL. FE Style has just the thing @ MOM and it comes in the Nardcotix size, so there’s no need to futz with your shape. An added bonus is that these are actually two pieces and you can wear the tank and shirt separately. Single pattern versions come with a hud with some colours for the tank top, so you can colour coordinate it better with shorts or trousers. Don’t let the bold pattern scare you off, plain colour versions are available too. The shorts and sandals are both from David’s own range at NX-Nardcotix.
There are a few more items from MOM I want to show on David, but it will have to wait till tomorrow or possibly the end of the week. As for the remaining credits: I’m using the ‘Wood’ applier from Birth on the Catwa Stanley head and the matching Birth body applier in skin tone #3 which is a good fit for David. You can find my boyishly messy hairdo at Vango.
To be continued…
Right my eager beavers, it’s time to get the NX-Nardcotix David mesh body some new threads. There still is a sad shortage of underwear for this body, but I did spot a tiny pair of swim briefs for it in MarketPlace a while ago and was lucky enough to find one of these at Horr in the Dumpster Diving Hunt (ends on 31 August 2018), so let’s take a look at that. At the very least it’s a good way to show of this body without going completely naked (again).
Of course this body has a glossiness setting which you can turn all the way up to add an extra touch of realism to swimsuit situations, something you can help even more by using a wet look hairstyle like Enju from Argrace. The bento mesh head I’m using here is Stanley by Catwa and the ultra ripped skin is from Birth.
Hope you’ll enjoy making a splash in this last week of August. Where has this summer gone to?!
There are times that I don’t do any hunts for weeks or even months on end and then when I stumble across one, I usually will start digging a little deeper to find some more. I found the title of this particular hunt sufficiently enticing to give it a go. The worst thing that can happen on an Alice In Wonderland Hunt is that things get curiouser and curiouser, right?
Before you start on this hunt, you may want to know that the prizes are 1 L$. Looking at the list with slurls and hints, I saw that some stores have a hint for a female (F) and male (M) item while others are only showing the F, so I skipped all those that appeared to have no male or unisex item. Here’s what I was left with after carefully curating my finds. You have until 10th September to grab them all.
This scene from :DH: Shop, showing cards, hearts, an empty bird cage with an butterfly perched on top of it, a candelabra and a couple of colourful toadstools, will look good in a clearing of a wild garden, or on the worn stone floor of a garden folly or a ruin of some kind. A nice extra are the books and clock that pop up with some of the animations.
I hadn’t been to X-Clusives Animations in a while. Their furniture isn’t particularly LGBT friendly or up to date, but they are pretty generous with animations. This dried up reflecting pool for example is packed with a bunch of romantic and plenty of hardcore animations. Finding items with adult animations in a hunt is always a rarity, especially if they don’t look too bad either. Our boys both are wearing the Aztec shirt by Waffles, also from this hunt. Aaaaawh, matching shirts! How sweet! Someone get me a bucket! *barfs*
Well, that’s it. That’s all I wanted to save from this hunt. It’s time for a quick shower and getting my ass out of the virtual and into the actual reality to soak up some daylight and inhale some outdoor air… Or I could just sit here and shake my wrist till my Fitbit tells me what a good boy I have been.