– WIP M4 anime heads and whats up with the update server? –

Okay so first of all, whats the deal with the update server?, as some of you noticed by now, the update cards do nothing, this is because the update service we use has collapsed and not much is clear with wtf is even going on https://hippo-technologies.info/2018/02/14/rackspace-service-issue/, there’s lots of speculations that the company “hippo technologies” is loosing money and bailing out on their web based services and making up lies about their web host “rackspace” having a catastropic server failure (that they do not mention themselves anywhere) as this predatory blog post from their main competitor “casper tech” mentions. https://blog.caspertech.co.uk/the-fall-of-an-empire/
All these assumptions come from a follow up post from Hippo tech https://hippo-technologies.info/2018/02/16/rackspace-cloud-infrastructure-failure/ 
This post gave me more questions than answers, not much meaningful information was given and they arent being very clear with things. Rackspace is working on rebuilding the database so they arent taking any action yet, so they will later when work is done? but than they are going to step away from those legacy services, so are they going to migrate all the data to their new services or whatever they are doing now? and what the fuck even are those legacy web services? are all their current services like vend and updates and all that shit considered legacy? if so what else does hippo tech even do now that is current and not legacy? do they still have any other web services that they could merge our data with, or will they at least let us migrate to another server before they step away?

So yeah these are the questions, so im going to wait around a little to see if any more information will come out of them, but im not keeping my fingers crossed and will look into better update service alternatives, I will come up with a way and post instructions on how to migrate to a new update service when i have that worked out.

– And now, for the anime heads –

So where am i now with this, i had a few bumps in the road and had to redo the main anime head 2 times but its pretty much final now. Both the Anime and Chibi heads are rigged and unwrapped, i just finished making a bunch of skin and other textures and created a bunch of necks and special textures for those necks to make the heads fit the kemono, av2 and the LL/normie bodies seamlessly, i will make a dev kit for custom skin creators to be able to blend their body skins with the head skin by using a method called baking in blender. The UV maps for both female heads will accept same textures, so there wont be any more confusion like when people used to buy an M3 anime head skin and wonder why it doesnt work on their M3 Venus head, or the other way around, one skin will fit both. Eye textures are still the same as M3 heads, so all the eyes you already have should work right away, Eyelashes will work for the most part too, some might look kinda funky on eye shape B though, but other than that, the texture is the same, and also the blush texture, if anyone ever bothered making mods for that.

The male head still needs textures but the base skin texture is finished, Also gonna make a neck that makes it work with the kuro body.

I ran into a dilemma with the Chibi head, will probably need to redo its shape a little, but the problem is that it doesnt work with half of my hairs, they clip at the sides, also its ear position makes hairs with very specific ear locations look weird, so some kind of a compromise will need to be made. Other than that, everything is pretty much done, now i just need to create a new HUD and all the face animations and hand it all over to Kourtnee for scripting.

Heres a bunch of random work in progress images.

nose2faceshapeschibi wipskinguyheadtest

That is all.

 

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– M3 Head Dummies –

This was a little something requested for a very long time, so i thought id finally get off my lazy ass and do it, so here you go, the M3 head dummies.

m3heads

Oh yeah and each head is in a separate object layer, the Venus head is the non slim shape, also im not sure if this is the right version of the Venus head because i remember changing something at the back of the head.

– wip – anime man head –

Another M4 bento anime head im working on, didnt post this earlier cuz i didnt have much to show yet. This is a little something i always wanted to make but didnt have enough time and motivation.

animeman

I All the anime guys on SL looked like dykes and kids with strap on beards or girly looking pretty boys, but no one has made an anime man head.

– A nice start –

This is so great, when i was doing the skins for the new Venus head, i wondered if people will mod of this head like they did with the normal M3 and can this head be turned into something great. And as soon as it got released, modders pounced on it, there were day 1 mods created within 2 hours of its release.

mods

Nothing makes me more happy than to see peoples creativity and what they can turn my products into, i love the modding community and all the amazing things they do on sl.

 

 

– M3 Venus Anime Head –

The long awaited M3 Venus(Mature) Anime Head is here!

Things to note:

The regular M3 appliers will work with this but if the skin texture isnt created for this head specifically, it will be misaligned, eyes will work just fine tho.
Eyebrows and eyelashes made for the regular M3 or the Kemono M3 will be misaligned too so make sure the mods you are getting are made for this head specifically.

– WIP M3 mature head –

Okay so heres some more progress on the new M3 head. Im done with all the modeling and almost done texturing.

head4

Since this head will be more realistic and just different in general than the other 2 M3 heads, not everything made for the other 2 M3 heads will work. Originally i tried to make the eyelashes and eyebrows compatible with eyelash and eyebrow textures made for the other 2 heads, but by doing so, the result was rather ugly, and on top of that, half of the eyelashes made for the other M3 heads would look distorted and weird, so fuck it.

Things that will work are the eye textures, tears and blush textures. All the UVs and texture layouts will be done in pretty much the same way as the other 2 heads, with the exception of the eyebrows, the eyebrows on this head will move like on a real human head, instead of the traditional 3 different drawn positions. Also this head will use the same paint bucket appliers, so from now on, content creators will need to specify witch head their mods are made for, to avoid confusion.

head1

head2

All that remains now is to make all the face expressions and the rest of the skin tones.

BTW to make things clear, when i say other 2 M3 heads, i mean the original M3 anime head and the M3 kemono head.

– so does anyone actualy use this feature? –

Okay so, back when the M3 head was still in the planing stage, the preset creation window seamed like a good idea, while i still like the idea in theory, it doesnt really work in practice, due to how the whole SL character and outfits thing works. Or well, at least the way im playing SL myself, i never actually got to use the damn thing. When im creating a new character/outfit thing, i normally just make copies of the head so that i wouldnt have to spend hours fiddling around with it every time i change my char, and while the presets window makes things more streamlined, its still a bunch of extra mouse clicks that im too lazy to do, i want my avatar to look right instantly without me having to additionally click some stuff.

So anyway, i was wondering if anyone else thinks that the presets window is just a stupid waste of script memory. this is related to some upcoming changes to the M3 system, im planing to replace the SET button with a hide/show HUD button

BTW, if you voted yes, it would be helpful if you explained your reasoning in the comments.

Also, The new avatar im working on, im at the part where i rig it, im gonna show some more stuff soon.

– WIP the M3 mesh anime head –

 

Finally got something to show.