.:: Site News & Updates ::.

00:45 EST
It's been a while since I updated the site. I've been on an unintended hiatus, thanks to real life getting in the way. Sorry about that. I'm trying to get back to my 3D work now.

I rearranged a couple of things on the site today. I've been doing a lot of thinking about my old content from the Content Paradise store that I shut down a while ago. I considered updating it to meet my current quality standards, but I just don't have the time available to do that. I don't consider it good enough quality to sell anymore, and then there's the fact that the Vicky 4 and Michael 4 figures are over 10 years old. As much as we all still love and use these figures, they ARE legacy figures these days, so again, I can't see selling their content unless I'm using a merchant resource that forbids freebies.

So! With all of that in mind, I've moved the V4 and M4 Shades of the Masters poses into my freebies section. I've been slowly moving all of these old files over, but with the shifting of these two pose packages, that leaves me "almost" done moving files. All that will be left after these are the single-morph presets that I made. Those I will probably bundle up into a single zip file before moving over, just for the sake of easy access. (Or at least, I will bundle the M4/V4 ones. The Genesis 1 preset will be moved over on it's own.)

You can find the Shades of the Masters pose packages in the LEFT hand side navigation menu here. Click on "Poses" and then scroll down, and they'll be at the bottom of the "General Poses" section of the page. Remember that they are being distributed "as is," so please forgive my old mistakes with posing. You can always adjust the poses by hand as you see fit. Enjoy!

16:05 EST
I've added a new item to the site. It's a small little utility download - 3Delight materials for Bluebird3D's "After 5" outfit for G3M. The outfit is available on Daz. All this item does, is give you folks who render in 3Delight some slightly improved 3DL materials to work with. I found that the ones the product came with were a little too shiny for my liking, so I made my own material settings, and I figured that some other folks might find them helpful as well, so I've included them in the site here.

The material presets are distributed in .DUF format, so they are DS 4.x only. They can be found in the LEFT hand side navmenu, in the CLOTHING category. New items are always added towards the bottom of the page, so you'll need to scroll down to find the thumbnail. Enjoy, and I hope they help someone out.

04:18 EST
Okay, so I've been doing a bunch of little updates to the site here tonight. I'm in flux at the moment, moving my old Content Paradise items around. Some of them are going into my freebies, while others I intend to polish off a bit more and move them over to my HiveWire store instead.

At the moment, I have moved Nathaniel M4 (Mike4 skin+morph)and the old Village Variety for Evil Innocence's Village Girl dress, into their appropriate places on the website. Nathaniel can be found in the CHARACTERS section in the LEFT HAND side navigation menu. Village Variety can be found in the LEFT HAND side navmenu in the CLOTHING section. Both items will require you to scroll. I add "new" content to the bottom of each of my category pages. Sorry, but that's just the simplest thing to do with my website.

I have also - FINALLY! - gotten the Christmas Sweater from the Fantasy Attic's Christmas Giveaway this past December converted to fit HiveWire's Dusk and Dawn. You can also find this in the CLOTHING section on the LEFT HAND side nav-menu. This is a conversion of the Genesis sweater that was released during the giveaway, and it retains all of the original morphs and UV's of that version. You do not need to have the Genesis version for this one to work, as it operates independently. Like the Genesis version, though, this is a Daz Studio only item, as I am not able to create rigged conformers for Poser. Sorry.

I have also added a new tutorial the website recently. I am beginning the process of converting some of my forum-written tuts and mini-tuts into proper PDF formats for distribution, and there is now a PDF tutorial available on how to save Pose Presets in Daz Studio. You can find it in the TUTORIALS category on the LEFT HAND SIDE nav-menu.

There will be other updates to the website coming soon as well as I continue to move things around where they belong, and get the stuff uploaded that I've been meaning to add to the site for some time now.

10:00 EST
I've added a couple of new pose sets to the website here. They are utility poses. It's just a collection of 17 partial and full reset (Zero) poses for M4, V4, and K4. I've got two more sets of these utility poses in progress at the moment - one for the Generation 3 figures (V3, M3, etc), and one for the Genesis 1 figure. The utility poses can be found in the LEFT hand side navigation menu under "Poses." I find that these are useful tools when building poses, as they allow me to reset just specific body parts without sacrificing the entire pose, and I figure that someone else might find them useful as well. So, here they are. Enjoy. :)

19:00 EST
I have added a couple of new tutorials to the Tutorials section of the website here. Both of these came out of discussions that were happening over on the HiveWire forums. I ended up putting them together to help out some new-to-DS users, and Sanbie and SkyLab were kind enough to assist with converting my message board dribbles into a coherent PDF format for others to make use of.

Also, since the Fantasy Attic's Christmas giveaway for 2015 is now completed, and those items have been moved into their Attic Free Zone's Christmas 2015 Page, I have now also cross-posted the Genesis Christmas sweater that I made for the giveaway to my CLOTHING section on the website here. This sweater fits Genesis 1, G2F, G2M, G3F, and G3M figures, and has multiple textures, material zones, opacity options, and adjustment/fitting morphs as well.

I updated some other miscellaneous pages on the website today as well. I will eventually be removing the Content Paradise store link, as I have closed my CP storefront. Some of those items will end up coming into my freebies, others will be gone over and submitted to HiveWire. At this time, I intend to be selling exclusively only through HiveWire.

Please enjoy, and have fun!

14:07 EST
So, obviously the website is back! Sorry about the brief outage, but all is back up and running again. :)

I've added two more downloads to the site today. They are a pack of utility zero poses for Hivewire's Dawn, Dusk, and Luna. They come in both Daz Studio and Poser versions, so make sure you download the correct one for your software. Note : If you are a DS 3.x user, you will need to get the Poser version of the files as well, as DS 3.x cannot use the .duf format files that DS 4+ uses.

As always, you can find the files from the LEFT hand side navigation menu. Click on "Poses" and you should see the new thumbnails on that page. Enjoy!

08:05 EST
Hey, folks. This is just an update to give you a little advanced warning. My website is going to most likely go down for about a week. We ran into some unexpected/unplanned, and frankly, undesired expenses this month, which all had to come out of this past week's paycheck. And of course, the hosting bill for the website was due on the 27th of November.

I will get the hosting bill paid and bring the site back online as quickly as I'm able, but it will probably be down for about a week. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up so there's no questions or wondering about what happened. The site definitely will come back... it's just going to take about a week vacation. :) In the meantime, you can still get my items through my ShareCG account, which is located here : Childe of Fyre on ShareCG Or, if you prefer, you can get a more limited selection of my items from my DeviantArt account as well, which is located here : Childe of Fyre on DeviantArt.

Sorry for any inconvenience, and I'll have the site back up as soon as possible!

23:50 EST
I've just added three more items to my freebies tonight. A hanging letter/magazine holder, of the type that you might find in a home or business office environment. There is also a morphing strip of cloth in both Poser and DS versions. The strip cloth is just a rectangular "strip" with a bunch of morphs on it for twisting, pulling the corners, etc. All three items are intended as background or scene-filler items. They would never really hold up well to a close-angle render. You can find them in the LEFT hand side navigation menu, under "PROPS." As with all of my category pages, newer items are at the bottom of the page, so make sure you scroll down to the bottom to find them.

15:35 EST
A friend of mine over on DeviantArt recently expressed difficulty in using the GenX plugin for DazStudio.
I put together a tutorial for her to help out, and since the plugin was recently in Daz's FastGrab sale category, I figured I might as well post the tutorial publically, as others might perhaps find it helpful as well.

The tutorial covers the following items :
Converting from a Gen3 or Gen4 figure to Genesis or the G2's
Converting from Genesis to a G2
Converting from a G2 to Genesis
Converting morph dials only from one figure to a Genesis or G2.

I included the tutorial in two different formats. One format is a written .rtf document that should open fine in most any word processor. The other format is annotated screenshots. I do not have any plans to convert this to PDF format. I included the two different formats because some folks learn better by reading text, others learn better by seeing, and some folks need both formats. All files are contained inside of a zip file, and the screenshot version is a series of .jpg images. These images are numbered numerically, so there should not be any confusion in following along with them.

The written format includes a lot of extra information that is not in the screenshots, so choose the format that will best suit your learning style. If you want just the very basics of how-to, then study the jpg images, they will do that for you. If you want the step-by-step along with my own personal notes and observations, then you can sift through the written document. If you are prone to information overload, then the screenshots might be your best choice for the first run-through on the tutorial, because there is a LOT of information inside of the written document.

You can locate the tutorial over on the LEFT HAND side navigation menu.
It will be under the "Freebies--> TUTORIALS" category. Have fun, and I hope it helps. :)

12:15 EST
Well, it's been a while since I've added anything new to the site. I did a set of DS mats for Hivewire's Luna Playthings freebie. These mats do NOT add any additional textures to the product. They are strictly for DS users to apply the included stock textures in an aesthetic manner to the objects. You can find that item under PROPS on the left hand side navigation menu here on the site.

For those of you who are just getting Baby Luna, and might not be familiar with my freebies, I would like to throw out a reminder that I do also have both a toybox, and a set of children's play blocks in my props section. While these two items are older freebies, and therefore in Poser .pp2 format, they do still work inside of DazStudio 4. The playblocks (added in 2012) render fairly well even in moderately close camera angles without any tweaking. The toybox is much older (2008), and might require some TLC for the old textures, but works fine for background scene filler as-is out of the box, too. Both of these items might be useful if you're just starting to collect toys and other children-related items for your scenes.

As far as Luna's Playthings goes, it does not require Baby Luna to use, and is a freebie over on Hivewire. So, even if you don't have, or won't use Baby Luna, if you do any other children or family renders, be it the Mil3 kids, Mil2's, the Genesis 1 Baby, etc... the playthings item might still be useful for you. It's just prop objects. :)

I've also added one other item to the site tonight. That would be Nathan Tlaloc's DS-specific material presets. This is an older item, which I just realized that I had neglected to add it to my website back when I released it. It's been on ShareCG and in my DeviantArt account for some time now. So, if you've already downloaded those presets over on one of the other two sites, you don't need to download it again. I'm just now getting it posted to my website here where it belongs. LOL

Other things I currently have in the works : Still trying to finish up Sani's DS/Genesis 1 packaging. The DS-specific files will be freebies, though you will have to own Sani's M4 package in order to use his skin textures, as the material presets included in this will be calling on the M4 texture maps. He's in my store over on ContentParadise. I'm also currently working on a character for Baby Luna herself, as well as some poses for the G2F/G2M figures, and a new set of poses for Baby Luna as well. I may or may not make some new textures for the Playthings also. It's a cute set, and kiddie items are hard to come by, depending on what you're looking for.

In a nod to Looney Tunes.... that's all, folks! :) Have fun!

20:30 EST
Hi, folks. I wanted to just post a quick note up here. Windigo cued me into some missing data files on both the coffee cup, and my beaded string objects. This only effected the Daz Studio version of the props. I have updated both items' zip files to include these missing files, so if you have downloaded either of the items in the past, please re-download in order to get the missing data files. Thanks, and sorry about the packaging goof ups!

06:30 EST
Hello. There's a new prop available on the site here. It comes in both a Poser and a DS version, so make sure you download the correct one. It's just a little string of beads, intended to be hung off of hair objects, headbands, bracelets, belts, bags, whatever you feel like hanging it off of. It includes some movement morphs, and both the texture map as well as the UVMap in case you want to make your own textures for your use. Have fun with it. =) It's located in PROPS over in the LEFT hand side navigation menu. The download link will be at the bottom of the item's page. Enjoy!

03:20 EST
So, I've added another freebie. It's probably an overdue item, but it's up finally. It's a pose set for Genesis. It occurred to me recently, that I never got around to making a Despair pose package for Genesis. I've covered the vast majority of other commonly used figures, so, I decided that I should make a Genesis package as well.

I might yet do a pack of these for the G2's, but I'm not currently working on it at this time. The G2 packages will be a little while yet. I'm still familiarizing myself with the figures, and I do not have a lot of content for either the male or the female, nor the finances to set myself up with a good content library for either one of them. Daz could afford to slow down a little insofar as the release of the newest, "latest, greatest" figure lines. LOL

Anyway. You all can find the Genesis Despair poses over in the LEFT hand side navigation menu. Click on Poses. Now, because the Despair series was so large, it was over-dominating my Poses page, so I made a secondary category on my Poses page. Click on the "Despair Series" thumbnail, and the Genesis set will be at the end of the list of all the other Despair pose packs that I have posted to the website.

I apologize for the convoluted navigation to get to the package, but at the moment, it is the best way to handle it. There were just too many thumbnails bogging the Poses page down otherwise. It should be pretty self explanatory once you get to the Poses page; just scroll down past the main group of thumbs is all.

Have fun with the poses, folks.

04:25 EST
There's a new freebie available as of tonight! It's a shape preset with some poses for Genesis 1. Blake is an American Indian morph, and contains INJ/REM files to inject and remove his shape from Genesis, and he contains 5 full body poses for Genesis 1. You can find him over in Characters, in the LEFT hand side navigation menu. Have fun, folks!

17:10 EST
I've added a new freebie to the website tonight. This time it's a texture package for Fisty's free Genesis ankle socks over on ShareCG. There are 26 textures in all, a mix between solid colors, and a variegated yarn type of colors. The textures are done on a winter/heavy knit sock type of theme. I do have some other textures planned for these, as I'd like to do some kid's patterns, and some that are aimed more at the guys. What's in there could be used for anyone, but some of them clearly would not be worn by most guys. Unless he likes that sort of thing. =) You can find them under CLOTHING in the LEFT hand side navigation menu. The download link is at the bottom of the item's page. Click the item thumbnail to get to it.

01:40 EST
Alright. Well, since I've gotten the texture maps fixed on the mug now, I've also uploaded the Daz Studio specific version of the prop. The DS version has a single mug prop, and 10 DS-specific materials, which were built inside of DS. So no worries, it's not an over-specularized Poser MAT conversion. I promise. =)

You can find the DS coffee cup over in the LEFT hand side navigation menu. Click on PROPS, and click the thumbnail for the DS version. Download link is at the bottom of the item's page. Have fun with it, I know it's not a great model, but it might be good for lightweight background filler. Enjoy, and if you have any questions with the item, feel free to contact me, as always.

17:15 EST
Hello again! I've added another freebie to the website here. This time, it's a shape preset for Daz Studio's Genesis 1 figure. Her name is Hannah Moonriver, and she's a fiesty, stubborn little teenager. =) She also comes with 5 full body poses, and a zero'ing pose. You can find her over there on the LEFT hand side navigation menu in the Characters section. She'll be at the bottom of the list, where my new items always appear.

17:45 EST
I've been doing some more work in Hexagon lately. I've had the program for quite a while, but have never really been able to get a grasp on the interface or the functions. I always seem to wind up going back to Wings for my modelling. I've recently found some decent tutorials for Hexagon, and I've gotten back into the program, and playing around with it.

The result of my last session in Hex, was a simple coffee cup/mug type of prop. It's been uvmapped and textured, and I've posted up here on my website, and over on ShareCG as well, for those of you who don't like my website navigation. It comes in ten colors. I will be posting a DS-specific version soon. I'm still tweaking the DS materials on the mug. Once that's done, the DS version of the prop will go up as well.

Have fun with it. =) You can find it in PROPS over on the left-hand side navigation menu. Just scroll down to the bottom, as my newer items appear at the bottom of the list, not the top.

21:45 EST
I've added another freebie to the website. It's a brown and green texture set for the overshirt and undershirt from Daz's Teen Swag package. You can find it by clicking on "Clothing" in the LEFT hand side navigation menu. The thumbnail will be right on the page that loads into this frame. Only the overshirt and undershirt are textured. I did not texture anything else from the set, though I might do more textures for the package, depending on the community's response to this one. I hope you all have fun with it. =) As always, if there's any questions, my contact data can be found in the Readme file.

08:20 EST
There's been another update to the site! I've been quietly selling a few things over on Content Paradise since 2011. I haven't blown too many horns about it, the stuff has just simply been there. It's made some decent sales for someone who is not an established vendor, but it's mainly just been a little extra cash in the wallet every so often. Part of that, I'm sure, is because I simply just do not charge much for the items I sell there. The other part is.. yep, marketing and advertising, which I am not very good at, nor do I do a lot of it. I also don't produce at the rapid rate that the established vendors do, plus I've been on an unintended leave of absence for quite some time.

I do have some items planned, and a couple of items in the works to go up over on my storefront, now that I'm back. A few things for the Gen4's, and once I can get a handle on it, maybe some stuff for Genesis 1 as well. These will be a little bit while I get them produced, and work the kinks out, but yes, I will be adding more items to what I currently have in the store there. No, I don't plan to abandon my freebies. That is NOT going to happen. Freebies are just as important, and I generally try to do one or two freebies for every paid item I produce. So no worries there!

So.... since getting back, and once I had the Genesis 1 pose package posted up to my freebies, I took another look at my website overall. This stuff will probably never earn me enough to support ourselves on, but I figured I could do with at least a LITTLE more visibility for my store, here on my website.

So, with that being said... if you haven't seen what I sell over on CP, take a look at the new link at the top of my navigation bar over there on the left-hand side. I've added a store page. It looks like all of my freebie pages, but instead of a download link at the bottom of the page, there's a link to the item's purchase page over on Content Paradise.

I know, I know... "But CP downloads expire after you buy them!"

Sure they do, after a year or so if you haven't purchased the extended download service for your items. With that, I think you get another year or two on the expiration date. But if you've ever bought one of my paid-for items from CP, and you need to re-download it for whatever reason after the download has expired in your account, you can still get a copy, WITHOUT re-buying the item. Just send me an e-mail, or a PM through the Daz forums containing your Content Paradise username, and the name of the item you purchased, and I'll send the file to you again once I've verified the purchase.

You don't have to re-purchase anything that you've bought from me. =) I keep records of the sales, and I keep copies of the products stored in multiple places. It's always there if you need to re-download it, and without wasting the money to re-purchase an item you've already bought from me. That just seems silly to me. The market standard for these stores is that once an item is bought, the download link stays in your account and remains active for basically... forever. I see no reason to break from that standard, so if your CP download ever expires, and you need to re-download one of my items that you've bought in the past, just contact me with the request and the information I mentioned above, and I will make sure you get another copy of it.

And because I really, REALLY hate advertising and marketing, that will be the last I'll say on the subject on this page. =)

16:30 EST
I apologize for my unscheduled extended leave of absence, folks. I had been limping along on a 15 year old fossil of a laptop for about a year, and I was inching along on a 10 year old dinosaur of a desktop rig before that. About a year ago, both of my rigs bought the farm. The CMOS battery and the RAM sticks both burnt out in my desktop rig, and my laptop rig chewed up it's video card, leaving me with no computer at all for quite some time. This is why my productivity came to such a screeching halt. I did not leave 3D, I just didn't have a functional rig with which to work.

Well, I was finally able to purchase a new machine recently! Finally, after just over a year! Yay! And that means... I'm back! I'm dealing with Windows 8, but I've managed to get GIMP running since the OS flatly refuses to run my favored Corel Photopaint 8, and I cannot afford the astronomical price of the current CorelDraw x7 suite, nor will I pay that kind of money when I only want Photopaint. LOL

So. Explanations out of the way now. I've got DS up and running, and Poser up and running again. 12 gigs of RAM is really sweet to work with, incidentally. I've never had more than 2 gigs at any one time! The result of all this new computer stuff is... finally, after over a year, I have put together a new freebie! It's a post package for the Genesis 1 figure, and you can find it over in the left-hand side navigation menu under "Poses." Have fun with it, folks. I hope it works okay. This is the first DS-native pose package I've released, so if you see any major problems with the file, please don't hesitate to contact me. (My contact info is in the product Read-me.)

07:05 EST
Alright. Wow, it's been some months since I last added anything to this site. It's been insane. Anyway... Nathan Tlaloc is FINALLY posted! To the folks who have been so very patiently waiting for him over on the Daz forums - thank you for being so patient. I'm sorry he took me so long to finish up.

Click on "Characters" in the navigation menu on the LEFT side to find his thumbnail.
The download link will be at the bottom of the page that loads from the thumbnail.

I also have a couple of (after this package, MUCH simpler! LOL), items that I'm working on as well.
I'm not sure when exactly they will be up, but they will be eventually.
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