Now we are down to version 5.03 of the Exmachina Davide “full avatar”. In case you were wondering if this brand is one of my sponsors, I can tell you it is not. I just like an underdog and a challenge and this full mesh avatar is a bit of both.
Personally I keep struggling when I try to apply both a hair base and a beard to the head of Exmachina Davide. It is possible that I’m doing something wrong, but while other heads sometimes can be a little bit stubborn, this one is being a downright bitch about it. Also personally (and yes, SL is all about personal choices) I don’t like this avatar’s own head without some facial hair on it. By happy coincidence I like it best with longer hair, which eliminates the need for a hair base. In the end I’m reasonably happy with this fair skinned ginger look. The choice of underwear and swimwear is still very limited for the Exmachina Davide avatar. Legal Insanity have rigged some items for this body, but their Alan briefs leave an awkward gap when viewed from the side and if you would like something with a more modest bulge, these briefs clearly are not the way to go. The azure blue looks fab on a fair-skinned red head though. Of course you can’t use the version with the extra big booty if you’re going to wear these briefs. That’s the version you’re seeing on the right of this “triptych”. I call this the ultimate naked option. Just use this one when you’re in your birthday costume and the normal version when you’re (partly) dressed.
I also took another look at the combination of the headless version of the Exmachina Davide avatar with the Catwa Stanley bento mesh head. I didn’t expect the neck seam to be much better than when I tried this combination with the 5.02 version of the body… And it isn’t. In some windlights it’s okay, in others it’s jagged and messy. C’est la vie. (No no! C’est la 2ème vie! Mwoahahaha!) Still, slap on the Birth omega applier and it doesn’t look too shabby. From all the skins I’ve tried on this body, this one is the best aligned. Not perfect mind you, just the least imperfect. The nails are gnarly, but if you apply one of the standard nail textures that come with the body, after you have applied the Birth skin, that particular problem is solved. You can tint the nails to better match your skin tone if you want.
That wraps this post up. I hope Exmachina Davide will be picked up by some of the good skin and fashion creators and that the developers of the body keep improving it.
It’s time for another look at the Jockd underwear club at Thirst. If you are following this blog, then you can skip right ahead to the images, because you will already be familiar with the Jockd system. Every month Thirst releases two new underwear items and you have from the 12th day of the month till the 4th of the next month to pre-order this Jockd set. The package will be delivered to you on the 5th. The advantage of pre-ordering is a 200 L$ discount, a couple of pretty sweet exclusive textures, and the joy of having new eye candy a couple of weeks before anybody who hasn’t pre-ordered. Once the pre-ordering restarts for a new set, the previous underwear set is released at full price, without the exclusive textures. At 600 L$ for the full price, it’s still a pretty sweet deal. At the time I’m posting this, you still have a couple of days left to get your ass over to the Thirst main store and pre-order the February Jockd set. So what are you waiting for? Faster kitty, kill, kill, kill!
One of the two items for February is this “Boyfriend Boxer”. Some of the textures manage to achieve that wonderful combination of being both funny and sexy, while others are stylishly classic. Thirst did a great job with the drape of the fabric on these shorts and the bulge is subtle yet suggestive. I’m wearing them on the Signature Gianni body, but the shorts are also rigged for the Signature Geralt and Belleza Jake mesh bodies. You may feel that Gianni’s bum looks too big in these shorts, but that is easily fixed by a small shape adjustment.
The other item in February’s Jockd is a G-string. Just as the boxers it has 6 standard and 2 exclusive textures (for pre-orders) and is rigged for Gianni, Geralt and Jake. There’s nothing subtle about this bulge. It’s big and in your face, just the way we like it. Thirst has been quite creative by not putting exactly the same textures in this G-string as they used for the boxers, proving once more that variety is the spice of life. Damn that’s spicy!
So I hear you say : “David, who the f*ck is David?” (to the tune of a well known song) It’s the rather fabulous male mesh body by NX-Nardcotix. I’ve made it a habit to go on shopping trips dedicated to this body, because it is not as widely supported as some of the other male mesh bodies on the grid and I have a wee soft spot for underdogs. Usually I focus on a particular event, but this time I’m all over the place.
Before I got dressed I wanted to show off David in a dark skin tone (No. 8) by Birth. For David you need to get Birth’s Omega applier and as with many other mesh body parts, you will also need an Omega relay for this body. You can pick one up at the NX-Nardcotix store. You add this relay, click on it to activate it and remove it again and Bob’s your uncle. You’re ready to apply Omega skins, tattoos, etc. This Birth skin lines up nicely with the body, except for the nails, but this can be solved by going back to one of the standard nail textures after applying the skin. I’m using the Catwa Stanley bento mesh head with this body and the skin I’ve applied to it, named Ryu, is also by Birth. The briefs are by NX-Nardcotix and come with a tank top. I’m using the Avi-Glam Solstice eyes, Mandala mesh ears and Modulus Locs Mohawk.
For the first outfit of this post I went to the Equal 10 event. The current round of this event runs until February 5th and after that date items should start appearing in the creators’ main stores. The fuzzy jacket from Gabriel works reasonably well with David in the Signature size, but it comes with a tank top which is useless for this body… Oh well, look at those abs though. The defaced jeans by Outlier are a rather easy fit, if you use the Niramyth size. It’s always nice if you can make full use of David’s booty and there’s no need to clench your cheeks in these jeans. You can find the sneakers I used with this outfit at Deadwool.
For my next outfit I jumped to the Man Cave event. The current round runs until February 11th. Fashionatic has a shirt and a pair of jeans at this event that work very well together. First I wanted to check whether the jeans can be worn by themselves. They can, but you need to toggle off the built-in boxer shorts, which is a setting you’ll find in the same hud that lets you change the belt. I had to play with my shape to squeeze David into these jeans. I put leg muscles at 54, hip width 35, butt size 55, saddle bags 28 and belly size 20. Go for the Gianni size of the jeans and don’t expect a perfect fit, do however marvel at the great texturing and detail. The shirt creates the illusion of having your hands in your pockets, so you need to blank out your arms and hands. It has the option to toggle a t-shirt on and off. If you wear it with the t-shirt and pop on some stylish footwear like the NX-Nardcotix Jude ankle boots, you’ll easily take this from beach or countryside to a more urban setting.
I stayed at Man Cave for a bit longer, looking at things, fingering fabrics, taking items out of the racks to hold them against my face to see if something was “my colour” but there were too many things raising red flags and I didn’t feel much for going through the trial and error process too many times. Instead I headed for Lapointe & Bastchild, as I have had a good experience with their items before. They don’t make anything for David specifically, but look at how snazzy he looks in their blazer, slacks and oxford shoes! The body fits happily in the Gianni size and there aren’t any clipping issues on the cuff or neckline whatsoever. I didn’t even have to do any shape altering. And on that note, I’m outa here! Time to go paint the town 50 shades of a hard to describe colour… in my dreams.
PS: The poses for images 1 to 3 are all from Cordeaux, though obviously the ones where my hands are in my pockets will look different if I use them with a look that actually shows arms and hands. I can’t remember where I got the walking pose in the last image. I forgot to take notes.
I’ve been taking another look at the Thirst collection and selected the fairly classic Basix Trunk from their December “Jockd” offer. I have explained the system a couple of times before. Basically Jockd is a kind of underwear club. The idea is that you pre-order two new undies between the 12th of one month and the 4th of the next month. Your fresh new items will be delivered to you on the 5th. The advantages are a 200 L$ discount, exclusive textures and for one full week you are part of a club that has the new underwear before non-members. Of course as these trunks are from the December edition, they are now available from the Thirst main store. You get them with the other item from December for a total of 600 L$, which still is a good price for a duo pack of well made underpants. In real life I’ve been know to wear CK boxer briefs that were more expensive than the rest of my H&M outfit, but is it really that strange to spend a little more on what easily is the most intimate item of your clothing? The trunks have been rigged for the Signature Gianni and Belleza Jake mesh body.
Listen up all you gacha lovin’ eager beavers, another round of Epiphany is in full swing! It started on 15th January and will be on till February 12th, so you don’t have to run pixel-head of blurred heels towards the deadly sea of lag just yet, but you know how times works right? You think you’ve got lots of time and then you blink and it turns out you’re 3 months pregnant. If you want to try something that possibly is a bit less laggy, give the Epiphany mirror sim a go. If you don’t know what Epiphany is, well it’s a gacha event innit though? If you don’t know what gachas are, who are you and what are you doing in my house? O.K. if you are kinda new here (and found your way to this blog… how?), a gacha is a bit like a one-armed bandit or a fruit machine. You see all the lovely bits and bobs that are in it on a visual and you toss in some money and it randomly gives you one of the “prizes” in return. Of course if you want a particular prize, you can end up with doubles. The plus side of this is that you can give them away or even sell them. Marketplace is lousy with gachas really. Anywhooooo, I’m just going to take a look at what kind of little eye-openers my sponsor Thirst has put in their gacha set for this round of Epiphany.
Get ready to sweat in this ACTIV gear by Thirst. The Gacha set is loaded with hoodie tanks, compression leggings, gym shorts and trainers all fitted for the Signature Gianni & Geralt as well as Belleza mesh body. There’s also a very well made sports bag and accessories like protein drinks, wireless headphones and gym equipment. In short, you’ve got everything you need to pretend you lead an active life, while your sitting at a desk staring at a bright colourful computer screen.
The outfit is materials enabled, so you get lots of shine and shimmer when the light hits it right and personally I’m a big fan of all the creases and folds in the mesh.
So head over to Epiphany and check out the Thirst gacha set and of course the many other great gacha sets and if this makes you thirsty for more, you can always find the full range of current Thirst items at their main store.
I spied with my little eye something beginning with U… UPDATE! A message flashed up on my screen, letting me know that Exmachina had a new version available of their Davide “full” avatar. To celebrate this update, Exmachina is temporarily offering a 50% discount. When we say full avatar in SL, we mean that it comes complete with its own head, so at 1900 L$ (normal price is 3800) you can put together something pretty nice for a low price. Interestingly enough, one of the things Exmachina have updated with this new version is the compatibility with other mesh heads. The package now includes headless versions of the body to use with the Catwa or Lelutka mesh head. First let’s take another look at this avatar with its own noggin.
Yet again I found myself struggling to successfully apply both a hair base and a beard on this avatar. I have tried several beard appliers and when they were applied to any other layer than “Layer 1”, the beard kept disappearing when I moved the camera. The same happens if you try to apply a hair base to any other layer than layer 1. Applying both beard and hair base to layer 1 isn’t possible, as they knock each other out. It looks like if you absolutely want a stubble with the standard head on this avi, your options are to find a skin that includes facial hair or a hair base, or to use a hairstyle that doesn’t require a hair base.
Left: hair by Dura and beard applier by Birth. Right: hair and hair base by Stealthic. This avatar comes with mesh eyes, but they are not omega compatible as far as I can tell and I’m not a fan of the available textures, so you are looking at the Vermeer mesh eyes by No Shit Sherlock in this image.
Apparently some people were calling out for a bigger caboose and Exmachina responded by adding versions of the body with more junk in the trunk. Understand that whatever underwear you were able to find for this body (and it wasn’t much), will be useless with the big-butt version. I guess this version is going to be for when I let it all hang out.
So that’s what this avatar can look like just by playing with the shape (fyi: I really don’t like the shape that comes with this body) and choosing the right hair and maybe a designer stubble or something. Right! Now let’s play with another skin and a Catwa mesh head.
It turns out that the body still isn’t all that compatible with other mesh heads. I confess that I didn’t try it with the Lelutka mesh head and maybe that is a wonderful match, but as you will need to find a skin creator that makes Omega body appliers and a face applier that will work for the Lelutka head, your options will be quite limited. With a Catwa head you’ll have some more options, simply because so many skin creators are making appliers for the Catwa heads. I’m using the “Wood” skin from Birth in skin tone #3 and the matching body applier. The end result is far from perfect. The skin doesn’t match up very nicely with the body. Clavicle shadows are out of wack, nipples are slightly slipping, there’s a hint of toe shadows and to top it all off, the neck seam is one of the worst I have seen. Only in some bright windlights like CaIWL or Strawberry Singh’s headshots windlight the seam almost disappears from some angles. I have tried skins from Nivaro, 7 Deadly S(k)ins, Lure and Akool and the Birth skin was by far the least problematic option. It’ll give you gnarly looking nails when you apply it, but you can correct that by choosing one of the finger nail textures in the hud for the Exmachina body. Full disclosure: I do “officially” blog for Birth, but hey it’s not like I’m telling you just how wonderful this skin works with this body, right? If you really want to enjoy Birth skins, you should try them on the Belleza or Signature body.
The hair in this image is by Vango, mesh ears are by Mandala and the naughty shorts are by Legal Insanity.
It’s been a while since I last did something new with the Signature Geralt mesh body and head. Finding skimpy items for the newer bodies can be a challenge. With things like coats, jackets, sweaters, jeans and chinos you can “cheat” by using the body’s alpha cuts, but with anything that doesn’t cover that much skin, there is less margin for error. The good news for the Geralts out there, is that Thirst recently started including a Geralt size in their newest creations.
If you’re a fan of cropped tops, you definitely should head over to the Equal 10 event before the 5th February. Thirst is releasing their “Johnny Crop Sweater” at this event. It comes in 8 colours and is fitted for Signature Gianni and Geralt as well as the Belleza Jake mesh body.
For everything else by Thirst you can of course head over to their main store. They recently started up an underwear club named Jockd. Basically it means you can pre-order two undies with a couple of exclusive bonus textures at a discounted price. You can find more detailed info at the store. The bikini briefs in the image above was one of the two items from Jockd January and these have now been released for sale at full price.
If Thirst underwear makes you feel parched but you just can’t get enough of it, you should consider getting Jockd. It’s a monthly underwear club where you can pre-order two new Thirst undies at a discounted price. You have time to pre-order from the 12th of each month till the 4th of the next month. You’re brand new thirsty undies will be delivered to you on the 5th.
This is one of the two items you will have received on the 5th January if you pre-ordered. It’s a panelled bikini brief made for the Signature Gianni and Geralt as well as the Belleza Jake mesh body. Personally I would describe the bulge as very apt without being over the top in your face. The back covers just the right amount of buttock and the seams that make up the panels are a nice detail, as is the tiny Thirst label.
From 12th January onward you will be able to purchase this edition of Jockd for the full price of 600 L$. The pre-order price is 400 L$ and includes some exclusive textures, like the one shown in the above image. What also starts on January 12th are the pre-orders for the February edition. Each edition will contain two new creations. I’ll show the other item from the January edition at a later time. Now get out there and make a splash!
As previously mentioned in my Partridge in a Pear Tree series, the Man Cave Event has gone all out with a ton of gifts. You’ll find them all under a beer bottle Christmas tree (you need to see it to understand). Join the group (it’s free) and click the beer cans with festive red bows to collect all the gifts. This round of Man Cave ends on January 9th, so get there or be square… what does that even mean? Anywhoo, here’s a little random selection from those gifts.
You can ho ho ho up and down the beach in the cute Tori Torricelli shorts (for Geralt, Gianni, Jake, Slink and Enzo), get all inked up with a Dappa tattoo or blend right in with a camouflage t-shirt from Clef De Peau (for Geralt, Gianni, Jake and Slink).
You’ll look exquisitely festive and rather sexy in the colourful one-sleeve kimono and skin tight leggings by Bakaboo (for Gianni, Jake and Slink). If you’re more of a street wise kid, Chuck’s roughed up jeans vest (for Geralt, Gianni, Jake and Slink) will be your thing. In case you’re starting to feel a bit lost in these weird days between Christmas and New Year’s eve, perhaps the Krescendo compass (2 li) will show you the way. In any case it’s a nice decorative piece for your own man cave.
Give your wardrobe a bit of pizzazz with the Serenity Style cuff links (1 li), but you can keep things casual with Etham’s tank top (for Gianni, Jake, Slink and TMP) or just totally let yourself go and hang out in your Matova Christmas underpants (for Gianni, Jake and Aesthetic).
Head over to Man Cave now to get all these and many more gifts.
It’s the day after Christmas, a.k.a. Boxing Day. The name seems to suggest that it’s already time to pack all the decorations up and stow them away for next year, but in reality plenty of Christmas trees will only be tossed out by the end of the first week of January. So forget about tidying up, and just hang around the house in your underpants and as it’s cold outside, you’d better make that a pair of long johns.
You can pick up this cold weather item by Thirst at the Dubai Event, which started on 20th December and will run till 15th January. In between the many items for female avatars, I counted 5 clothing items for male avatars other useful things such as poses, backdrops and tattoos.
Personally I wear long johns as soon as temperatures go under -5° C, not because I really need them, but because I like them. There is something comforting about skintight soft combed cotton clinging to your legs underneath your jeans or chinos.
After the Dubai Event you can visit the Thirst main store to check out these long johns and of course their full range of men’s underwear.