The Men Only Hunt keeps on giving

I’m going to be incredibly presumptuous and assume you have seen my previous posts in which I have been showing off bits and pieces from the Men Only Hunt. So I’ll keep the introduction short, tell you that you can pick up the hud at the Flair For Events office and jump straight back into the show & tell side of things.

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  • Avi-Glam –  Cold Day eyes: These eyes aren’t particularly exquisite, but  their realistic colouring and texture make them a very nice upgrade from beginner eyes. Any newbies starting out in SL at this very moment, really should get stuck in and grab whatever they can from this hunt. The package contains a pair of mesh eyes with a hud, as well as Omega and Catwa appliers.
  • Birth – Bushy eyebrows: They really aren’t all that bushy, but I appreciate having yet another tintable option for eyebrows.
  • Body Mod – Rolo beard: Strangely when I put on this beard it applied to the beard layer as well as the make-up layer of the Gianni mesh head and looked much too full and dark for my liking. As soon as I cleared one of these two layers, I found what was left behind much more acceptable. A beard applier like this can also sometimes come in handy to combine with a mesh beard. The package contains Catwa, Lelutka and Omega appliers in black and tintable versions.
  • Cheeky – Kanji hairbase and tattoo: This is a nice full hair base with an interesting faded effect on the neck. Sadly, while it is possible to wear the tattoo separately, the hair base cannot be worn without it. In the applier hud you will find Catwa and Omega buttons.

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  • Dazed – Refused neck tattoo: O.K. at this point it’s fair to point out that the tattoo parlours in SL are very well represented in this hunt so please excuse me for feeling a bit underwhelmed. Catwa and Omega appliers included.
  • Endless Pain – Tiamat tattoo: Oh look, more tattoos! At least it’s a pair of sleeves this time, that’s slightly more impressive, but I’ve seen sharper ones in SL. Includes specific appliers for TMP, Slink and Signature, an Omega applier and classic avatar tattoo layer.
  • Dufaux – lava trunks: The red lines fade in and out, suggesting a flow of red hot lava underneath the cracked surface. It’s a very interesting idea but the trunks look a little lumpy. Then again, lava is lumpy, so perhaps Dufaux got it just right after all. There was a bento “devil” tail with this, but it was rigged and placed too high up for my liking. If I’m wearing a tail then I want it to be just above my butt cheeks, not three vertebrae higher up.
  • Grafica – Gwrido poses: I’m using one of the poses in this pack to pose with the Dufaux trunks and Endless Pain tattoo.
  • Etham – Knight Cross necklace: This one can join my collection of not very well fitting necklaces with a cross (note to self: start cleaning inventory now).

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  • Gild – Key necklace: There is something charmingly disarming about this simple key necklace. Possibly it just triggers personal nostalgic feelings.
  • #187# – Etnic Wood Necklace: there sure isn’t anything dainty about these huge wooden balls. If you were looking for a necklace that makes a statement from a distance, then I think you just found yourself one. I’m not particularly wowed by it, but I recognise decent digital craftsmanship when I see.

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  • Ducknipple – Sweater: I like the colour scheme and the print but the shape of this sweater is very unflattering. This seems to be Ducknipple’s house style and I assume there is a market for it, but it’s not for me. For one thing, I can’t make it work with my wrists or hands and there were only stardard sizing non-fitmesh versions in the box for this one.
  • Outliner – Paramour cap: I like the cap, I like the roses, I’m not sure how I feel about walking around with the word Paramour on my head, even if it has been split in two unnecessarily. What’s next? Lover boy?
  • Lock & Tuft – Cosmo beanie: The advantage of hair with a beanie is that it doesn’t matter what the roots look like. There’s lots of choice with this one, with some colours for the beanie and tie but more importantly, so many hair colour choices you could dye our hair a different colour every day and it would last you several weeks.

Everything is shown on the Signature Gianni mesh head and body using Stray Dog skins with Mandala mesh ears and hairstyles by Stealthic.

I’m starting to remember how time consuming it was to blog about so many of the items in the previous MOH. I think I’m developing a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. Bedtime now! Billy over & out.

Men Only Hunt is up and we’re still running

I showed you my first batch of prised goods from the Men Only Hunt and I’m back to flaunt some more of this (glorious) free stuff. Let me just remind you first that you can pick up the hud for this hunt at the Flair For Events office and that you have until 28th October to find all the goodies. So what you’re waitin’ for! Run like the wind blows and go raid those shops! But could you read this blog post first and maybe click that like button pretty please? Or just look at the pictures. That’ll work.

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  • [BAD HAIR DAY] – Irusu hairstyle: I had trouble making something off this. I like the idea of this hairstyle, but again I find myself wishing more creators would take a leaf out of Stealthic’s book and approach the hair roots with a little finesse. On the plus side, the package did include a version flipped to the other side. Having options is always a plus
  • Since 1975 – Condom: Bad hair day or not, the condom from Since 1975 seems to suggest a certain level of confidence, or is hopefulness? I do hope this prophylactic hasn’t been in someone’s wallet since 1975, which probably was around the last time anybody ever called it a prophylactic.
  • Body Factory – Fusion bracelet: They got the idea right for this bracelet, but they are letting themselves down with their texture choices. That cheap looking gold is FULL BRIGHT! Same thing with the silver version. It’s a shame, because not long ago I bought a pair of jeans from Body Factory that works well with the NX-Nardcotix body and I was quite happy with those. I feel this gift does not represent the quality you can expect from this house.
    Shown on the TMP mesh body and head with their own skin.

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  • Aitui – The Gentleman coat and t-shirt: You can easily show up for a casual day of posh shopping in this sophisticated quasi hipster combo of a coat and t-shirt, nobody will suspect it was a freebie. This one works with Signature, Slink and TMP mesh bodies. I’m combining these with a pair of jeans from Riot and sneakers from Deadwool.
  • Animosity – Jhamal pack: I’m showing off the Aitui coat using one of the animations from this pack
  • Chuck Size – T-shirt: With this basic tee from Chuck Size you can’t go wrong bro. Whether you’re Signature, Belleza, Slink, Adam or TMP, you’ll be saying W’sup! without even opening your mouth.
  • Agata – Dana Dot Pants: These are so much fun! I wish they were all lit bit tighter round the waist, but I love the silly yet stylish dots and the drawstring is a very nice detail. With these pants you get versions for the Signature, Slink and TMP meshbodies as well as one for classic avatars.
    All is shown on the Signature Gianni mesh body and head with hair and hat from Burley and skin from Stray Dog.

That’s it for this instalment of my Men Only Hunt soap. Stay tuned for the next episode.

Men Only Hunt Is Up and We’re Running

The Men Only Hunt is up and running! Or rather it is up and we are running. It’s the 10th edition of this hunt organised by Flair for Events and just as with my previous experience with this hunt, even before having unpacked as much as one item, I could tell that the contributors are among the best of what SL has to offer for male avatars.

Pick up the Hunt Hud at the Flair For Events office and start hunting to your heart’s content. You have until 28th October so get cracking because you’ve gotta catch them all… Wait, isn’t that another hunt?

Now comes the fun part for myself: unpacking, trying things on, taking pictures and commenting. Ready. Steady… GO!

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  • !NFINITY – Byzantine Necklace: This little beauty is simple yet intricate and comes with a hud that lets you switch between steal, silver, gold and platinum.
  • VYC Homme – Stitches: If you like the rough-and-ready look, you may enjoy the stitched up scars from VYC Homme. The package includes Catwa and Omega appliers as well as tattoo layers for classic avatars and you can choose to have the scar on the right, left or both sides of your face.
  • Secrets – Scale Neckless: This necklace is more dainty then the one I showed earlier, but a very nice effort from Secrets. There’s no hud this time but separate black, copper, silver, dark silver, gold and rose gold versions.
  • +BeBop+ – nose piercing RAGE: This nose piercing is not for the faint-hearted and certainly is NOT one of those little discreet nose rings that are hardly noticed. The package contains a black, copper, silver and gold version.
    All shown on Catwa Stanley mesh head with Belleza Jake mesh body and Stealthic  Obscura hair.

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  • 7 Deadly S(k)ins – Mitch: I definitely welcomed this Omega applier to try out on the Signature mesh head and body and I’m  pleased with how it worked out after some shape editing.
  • Soul – Draglien Eyes: I suppose that’s “drag” as in an dragon as apposed to Rue Paul? I’m sure this is the perfect gift for this time of the year, as a pair of novelty eyes could be just what a Halloween party look needs to finish it off. I counted 6 shades. The packages includes mesh eyes, appliers for other mesh eyes such as the ones from Catwa and yes indeed, also system eyes.
  • Facade – Kill Em With Kindness: I like the sweet ironic bitterly murderous undertone of this neck tattoo. There’s a Signature, Catwa and Omega applier as well as a classic avatar tattoo.
    All shown on the Signature Gianni mesh head and body with the Hysteria hairstyle from Stealthic and briefs from 4BIDDEN.

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  • ALTER – Brian Boxers: Oh be still my fluttering heart! It’s undewear! O.K. so they are not the best boxer shorts SL has to offer, but I’m still happy with these. My SL underwear drawer is already overflowing with jockstraps, thongs and assless briefs, so I appreciate adding something “normal” to the mix. The package contains a hud with 5 textures and versions for the Signature, TMP and Slink mesh bodies as well as a generic fitmesh version.
  • WetCat – Pose: I swear there’s an increase of cigarette smoking and gun swinging in SL and I’m not a fan.
  • K – Fluffy Scarf: Winter is coming! And that’s not just a phrase from Game Of Thrones but very much a reality were I live in real life. In Sl however, I get away with wearing this great big fluffy scarf with nothing but a pair of boxers, because I can.
  • K&S – Opposition pose: This couples pose got me wondering what we were arguing about. Probably the fact that I’m wearing boxers and a scarf. Everyone’s a critic!
    The other model in the shot is wearing the Lelutka Andrea mesh head and the Belleza Jake mesh body with a face and body applier from Clef De Peau, which is also available at the Lelutka store. His hair is from Stealthic.

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  • Obscure – Wolfmoon necklace: I like the sculpted wolf in this pendant but I’m not too sure about the moon and star.
  • 7mad;Ravens – Bugged Out Cuff: While I do applaud 7mad;Ravens for having a sense of humor, personally I will have no use for these cuffs.
  • Rebellion – bullet necklace: This doesn’t score any point for originality, but the execution is very nice… Bullet… Execution. That’s funny!

That’s it for my first batch of goodies from the Men Only Hunt. I’ll be back with more soon. Happy hunting!

 

It’s Group Gift Time Again At Akeruka!

Back in June I was pleasantly surprised when Akeruka’s group gift turned out to be their  newest male mesh head. You can read up on some of the fun I’ve had with that head or you can stay right here and take a look at what Akeruka is giving away this time. Yes, you read that right, they are giving away another head. For a limited time of course and for group members and if you want animation you will have to purchase the hud separately, but apart from that it’s a pretty sweet gift. According to the group notice, you have until 21st October to pick this head up for free and after that it will be sold at the normal price, which usually is L$ 2,999. The group joining fee is L$ 150.

The head is named Keiji and it has a distinctive Asian look which will proof very difficult to hide. If this look isn’t for you, simply move on and stop nagging. Personally I welcome the change and the challenge to make this head my own. The package contains the head of course (duh… did I just say duh? *rolls eyes at himself*), a basic shape, an eyebrow shape, separate teeth which are handy for those of you that want to swap them out for fangs (you know who you are) as well Omega, Slink and TMP body appliers that match up with the standard skin tones of the head. So far for the information, now let’s move over to some looks.

Akeruka Keiji - Original Skin blog
I stuck with the original skin for the first look, but skipped right past the shape that comes with the head and started creating my own. For eyes I went with a trusty pair of system eyes by Ikon and for hair you simply can’t go wrong with whatever you choose from the Stealthic range these days. A bit of guyliner and a light sprinkling of freckles finishes the look. These last two details come with the head and you will find several options in the hud. I’m combining the head with the Signature body and depending on which windlight you happen to be viewing it in, the neck seam will be quite visible or rather invisible. The omega applier does recognise the Signature necksheath, but its not a very efficient solution. I’m still looking forward to the day when this little personal pet peeve of mine will be a thing of the past. Seamless heads! Give us seamless heads! Oh and the briefs are from 4BIDDEN.

Akeruka Keiji - Essences Kei blog
The good news for me is that I had the “Kei” skin by Essences knocking about in my inventory and it just happens to be a very nice fit for this face. The bad news is that I can’t find it anywhere inworld or on Marketplace. Essences still has a store, but it seems they only carry female skins at the moment. FYI: the snazzy swim trunks are by Noche.

The very distinct features and especially the shape of the eyes, make it difficult to use just any Omega applier on this head. On every skin I tried, there were creases in the wrong place on the eyelid, making it look as if I was wearing badly applied eye shadow… As if! I’ll make sure to revisit this head some other time and have another look for skins, maybe someone will have created something suitable by then.

A Signature Look III

If you’re already a member of the 7 Deadly S[k]ins group, I probably don’t have to tell you that they’ve organised a little pumpkin themed hunt at their main store at the moment. In case you aren’t a member yet, the fee for joining is L$ 225 and for that you get a monthly gift, access to their lucky chairs and extra perks such as being able to participate in this hunt, which runs until November 1st. I took advantage of the little stash of skins I was able to collect by finding all the pumpkins to continue my styling exercise with the updated Signature Gianni mesh head and body. So without any further ado…

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Skin: 7 Deadly S[k]ins “Ivar” and Omega body applier in Cotton skin tone. The hairbase, eyebrows and freckles are part of the skin. The stubble is a standard option that comes with the head.
Hair: Aeros “Teghran”, automatically includes platinum, blond, brown, black and ginger. Sells for L$ 300.
Eyes: NSS Vermeer mesh eyes, you get a 14-colour fatpack for L$ 480.
Boxer briefs: “Kevin underwear” by Mossu. Single colour sells for L$ 249, the fatpack is L$ 999.

Signature Gianni & 7DS Gav blog
Skin: 7 Deadly S[k]ins “Gav” and Omega body applier in Cotton skin tone. The hairbase, eyebrows and freckles are part of the skin. The stubble is a standard option that comes with the head.
Hair: Argrace “Minato”, which is their group gift and has been for quite a while but I feel it has stood the test of time and there’s no joining fee for the group.
Eyes: NSS Vermeer mesh eyes, you get a 14-colour fatpack for L$ 480.

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Skin: 7 Deadly S[k]ins “Jaxx” and Omega body applier in Caramel skin tone. The eyebrows, freckles and stubble are part of the skin. The hairbase is a standard option that comes with the head.
Hair: “Hysteria” hairstyle by Stealthic. This shade is from the misc. colour pack, which contains 10 imaginative colours for L$ 300. The fatpack sells for L$ 1000.
Eyes: NSS Vermeer mesh eyes, you get a 14-colour fatpack for L$ 480.
Jock: Noche Essential Jockstrap. The single colours are L$ 300, the fatpack is L$ 2100 for 18 colours / patterns.

Signature Gianni & Stray Dog Roman blog
Skin: Stray Dog “Roman” and Signature body applier in Buttermilk skin tone (#4). The hairbase, eyebrows and stubble are standard options with the head. The face applier already has freckles, but I used extra. At the time of publishing, I picked up a freckles applier for the mesh head and body from Avenge at the Men Only Monthly event, priced L$ 230 for the face freckles and L$ 280 for the body.
Hair: “Otto” hairstyle by Burley. This shade is from the sampler pack, which contains a mix of blond, brown, black and ginger with 16 shades in total for L$ 340. The had is included and can be made invisible.
Eyes: NSS Vermeer mesh eyes, you get a 14-colour fatpack for L$ 480.
Ears: Mandala “Steking Season 5” mesh ears.
Boxer briefs: Signature Boxer. Several packs are available, each containing three texture variations for L$ 250.

That’s it for now folks! I’m sure there are more skins out there that have the potential to help you create an interesting, dare I say unique look with the Signature head and body, so feel free to comment with tips or if you’re a creator, toss me something I can work with.

A Signature Look II

Signature’s designer has been quite the busy little bee, updating and improving both the Gianni mesh body and head as well as the huds for these two, increasing their user-friendliness and functionality. You can find a detailed change log and helpful information on http://www.signature-sl.fr. The body sells for L$ 3.500 and the head for L$ 3.500 as well.
The body now comes in four parts: upper body, lower body, arms and legs. While this may sound a bit gruesome in a “Game of Thrones” kind of way, you will find this useful when you are dressed up to the nines with most definitely somewhere to go and need to keep your complexity as low as possible. If your legs completely covered, you may as well leave them at home. Even with all the parts attached, the overall complexity of the body has come down, which is always good news.

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As for the visual aspect, I much approve of the well executed subtle changes. The hands have become more elegant and I can easily imagine those long fingers tickling the ivories with the finesse of a virtuoso pianist, while still looking masculine. And perhaps it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I do believe our boy seems to be having just a tiny bit more junk in the trunk. I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a voluptuous badonkadonk, but at the very least his bottom appears to be slightly rounder.

As something to kick your Signature experience off with, the basic skin for the body and head isn’t too shabby at all. Obviously sticking with this skin will stop you from reaching a higher level of individuality, but it’s’ quite crisp with very nice muscle definition and comes in 12 tones. There are several  options for hair bases, eyebrows and beards too. You can of course shop around for something interesting, like slashed eyebrows (VYC Homme) and body hair (Nivaro*) to give your look a bit of an edge. The head now comes with its own eyes, but I favor the Vermeer mesh eyes. Of course you can create your own shape and before you know it, the standard Gianni will be but a ghost and you’ll say hello to a ruggedly handsome green-eyed mysterious man! Some of the Signature hair bases work well as a buzz cut, but hairstyles can have a huge impact on your look (as in real life). The windswept “Hysteria” hairstyle by Stealthic is all the buzz right now, so don’t expect much individuality when you start rocking it, but at least it looks bloody amazing in my (ahem) modest opinion.

Keep your eyes pealed for more “Signature Looks” posts, cause I’ve been busy trying skins and pushing those shape editing sliders around. Now however, I really need to take a nap.

Signature 4.3

* The body hair used in these shots comes with a Nivaro skin and cannot be purchased separately.

 

Revamping the Akeruka Aron head

Sometimes group chat notifications drive me bananas, bonkers and gaga. Especially when a chat storm is rolling over the right side of my screen while I’m trying to concentrate on what’s going on in the middle. Of course I know how to turn them off, but then I would also miss out on some fun, not to mention opportunities to share my wisdom. Ooooooooooooooooooohm.

A discussion about everything and nothing in the Akeruka group resulted in someone sending me a message, asking for some skin advise for the Akeruka Aron mesh head. I happily obliged with a couple of links to images and blog posts, but I also swan-dove into my inventory to try a face from 7 Deadly S[k]ins that I hadn’t seen on this head yet. This of course resulted into yet another session of shape editing and styling with a rather pleasing result.

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Credits:

  • Aron mesh head by Akeruka
  • Deluxe mesh body by TMP
  • GAV Omega applier for the mesh head + Cotton skin tone TMP applier both from 7 Deadly S[k]ins
  • Steking ears Season Five from Mandala
  • Obscura hairstyle by Stealthic

The Exmachina fun continuous

One day you are a playful blonde and the next one you are a sultry brunette, that’s how it goes in Second Life. Especially when you got yourself a new mesh body to play with and you are trying out some skins. I am determined to make the most of Egoisme’s Exmachina full avatar and very much enjoy the process of creating several new looks. Of course all of these will seem unique until the moment I run into myself… But hey, we can turn that into a twin fantasy. Alright, alright! I’d better get my mind out of the gutter and look at another skin.

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At the time that I am publishing this post, 7 Deadly S[k]ins is temporarily offering free group membership. With their monthly group gifts and overall generosity, this brand is a veritable treasure trove of affordable skins. From time to time you will have to purchase a particular body applier for example, to match a free mesh head applier. If you like their skins, it definitely is worth sacrificing a groups-slot for. I would describe their body skins as not extremely realistic but rather stylised with nice details. The skin applier that covers the head is named Jaxx and the applier for the body is their Caramel skin tone. It is the smooth version in combination with body hair which I borrowed from a Nivaro skin. Note that not everything lines up perfectly, but I find that is often the case with generic Omega appliers. At least there are no ugly toe shadows, just a bit of a nipslip (oh! a new meaning for that word!)

Credits:

  • EXMACHINA Full Avatar from Egoisme
  • Jaxx Omega applier from 7 Deadly S[k]ins
  • Teghran hair & hat from Aeros
  • Steking ears Season Five from Mandala
  • Long boxer briefs from Vitamen (not a perfect fit, but I’m working with I can find)

Exmachina Update II

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Now that I picked up the Omega installer for the Exmachina full avatar, I finally got around to trying out an old skin on this new body. Truth be told, I don’t have an extensive collection of skins hanging in the closet and for some reason I now feel like lowering a basket into a pit and shouting down at whomever is down there: “it rubs the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose.” If you don’t get that reference, you really need to go watch Silence Of The Lambs. Anywhoooo, I slapped on the “Gav” skin from 7 Deadly S[k]ins and the matching body applier in their “Cotton” skin tone and instantly saw an interesting change from the standard look of this avatar. It took some further shape editing to make this skin work well and while the end result isn’t one of my personal favourites, I definitely wouldn’t feel ashamed to be seen in public like this. Then again, I am shameless.

Credits:

First update of the Exmachina avatar

Egoisme’s EXMACHINA full avatar has been out for a couple of weeks now, but the creator and his (reluctant?) scripter have been working on an update already, which landed in my inventory yesterday… and shortly after another one… and today another one. How delightfully disorganised!

Exmachina Update I blog

The first thing I noticed when I put on the body, was that the rigging issues with the thighs and feet had been fixed. These body parts respond to the shape sliders now, where as with the previous version nothing was happening no matter in which direction I shoved those sliders. The proportions aren’t ideal though. If I push the leg muscles all the way to 100%, the thighs get ridiculously chunky while the calves remain slender in comparison. The ankle is much more elegant now, but perhaps a bit too delicate. What I find more disappointing are the lines that have appeared in the skin all of a sudden. There seems to be a box around the abs and a seam on the lower back. The visible seam above the ankle, which was already an issue with the first release, is still there too. At this point it might look better with some stitches around these peculiar edges so it becomes more of a Frankenstein look for Halloween. Oh and yes, I know Frankenstein is the name of the mad doctor, not the human jigsaw puzzle.
This body is now Omega compatible, but none of the Omega skins I have wanted to stick to it, so lets wait and see if someone starts creating some skins for it. The hud is still suffering from occasional hiccups and with the latest update I don’t seem to be able to adjust the shininess. Oh well, it probably will be raining updates again sooner or later.

Exmachina Update I-2 blog

I was quite excited tot see that the new package contained a couple of thongs but then rather disappointed that they were unrigged and it took some work to get them to sorta kinda almost but not really fit. Hopefully underwear that is made for this body is just around the corner. I’m keeping my fingers crossed (cause we have bento now).