DAZ 3D’s Victoria 8 Released

I was a bit skeptical about the speculation that a new Victoria was about to drop, and well, I guess history really does repeat. Here we are with Victoria and Genesis 8, almost like clockwork, and with all the new enhancements, I’m a little buzzed. I have my copy of the Victoria 8 Pro Bundle, and I’ll be having a good play with her soon so I can put up a full review.

Key notes on Victoria 8

She is built off a new Genesis 8 figure, which is interesting. Apparently we have gone from Genesis 3 to 8 as DAZ decides to ditch the Genesis versions in favour of sticking with the Victoria/Michael generation. This seems a sensible move as Genesis 4 and Generation 4 (effectively Gen 4 and Gen 4) would have been a little confusing, especially given Victoria 4’s continued popularity.

DAZ boast that Victoria 8 is the most backwards compatible to date, with clones for Genesis 1/2/3 coming included. Given that backwards compatibility has always been in high demand, this is a sensible and benevolent move on DAZ 3D’s part.

Further more, on the topic of backwards compatibility, DAZ have this to say on the figure’s auto-fit capabilities, “With new Autofit technology, Daz 3D’s vast content library for all the Genesis figures is instantly available for use making Victoria unmatched in her versatility as a 3D figure.”.

Enhancements include:

  • Muscle contraction and improved joint bending
  • Some sort of eye updates
  • Eyelashes are now a conforming something or other, which sounds kinda cool. I imagine it is a separate mesh
  • Default pose has been changed – “Improved default pose to allow for the creation of new types of content.”
  • Better skin. DAZ claim their updated uber shader is a vast improvement.
  • Finger and toe nails are now welded into mesh

Power Pose has also been updated (perhaps this should have been a clue as to what was going on over there), and Genesis 8 comes with Power Pose templates, so I’m going to guess our new figure works well with it.

As usual, the head and body morph bundles are separate buys, which is always a bit of a bummer, but I’m feeling more intrigued by this release than the last generation. Anyway, that’s enough out of me, I’m going to go play with the new girl. I’ll be back soon with a full review.

DAZ Studio Iray Shaders Sale

I’m putting the finishing touches on a new tutorial, so just dropping in quick to let y’all know that there is currently a huge Iray Shader sale. There’s a bunch of other stuff on sale too, but Shaders, lots and lots of shaders!

Oh, and there’s a fresh stable DAZ Studio release out, also exciting! We are now up to version 4.9.4115. Check out the thread over at their forum for all the latest updates. Nothing too surprising in there if you have been keeping up with the betas.

Freebie – Stephanie 6

5423A quick post letting y’all know there is some good content currently up in the freebie section at DAZ 3D. For those, that are still using the Genesis 2 character base a lot (like me), the Stephanie 6 starter bundle is up for grabs. It contains, a hair prop, a couple of outfits, a couple of additional character morphs (with textures), and a pose pack. I only had the base figure, so I’m picking this one up for the extra content.

The Super Suit Sci-Fi content bundle is also up. It has some cool stuff I’ve used in a few renders. Most of that content is fairly old now, but with 4312some material tweaks it all still looks pretty good.

Additionally there’s some cool stuff in the Fast Grabs too. There are some HRD/IBL sets from DimensionTheory, who does a lot of great work with shaders and lights. My other product of choice from the Fast Grabs is Major Cache for M4. It might be for an old model, but it is still one of the coolest pieces of sci-fi armour on the DAZ store.

Anyways, that’s it for now. i have a few tutorials and reviews brewing, so I’ll be back soon.

DigiSprawl Pulse Pistol Freebie

If you happen to be a fan of Farscape then this pistol might be familiar. I was recently binge watching the show and decided the Peacekeeper Pulse Pistol might be a fun project to model. A simple, but interesting sci-fi weapon that could be at home just about anywhere.

You can download the pulse pistol here. I hope to add more items in the future. As always feel free to contact me with questions, suggests etc.

I’ve often considered giving away models I’ve created and used for little projects, but even when something is being given away it should be of a high standard. Often I’m happy just to make fun little do-dads to entertain myself or for one off projects (and aren’t really ready for broader use), but here’s something I wanted to share.