New patron reward

This is still a bit of an experiment, but I’ve added a reward for my Patreon subscribers: A few extra material for the KDC Meat Market collar.

Enjoy 🙂

The Meat Market Collar is out!

They called it the “Meat Market” said the old fisherman…

As we inspected the premises, the thick and moist smell of mold and corroded metal was overpowering. A rotten wooden platform with a circle of stockades was marking the center of the room. The walls were lined with barred alcoves. Slave collars were scattered in every corner, covered in grime and flaking paint.

Clearly the original owner did not tell us the whole story about the “cheap warehouse” we just acquired…

Those collars look and feel absolutely massive, it is safe to assume that comfort and sizing where not part of the design requirements.

Sounds like a great product to add to the KDC line!

Quick feature breakdown:

  • Supports (almost) all TouchBound tools & accessories (regular locks, time release, allen keys, heavy, accessories).
  • Lock/unlock animations, in the same style as the Fallen Princess collar.
  • Comes in 8 colors and 3 “styles”, from “slightly worn out” to “you should really have painted that”.
  • (Probably) bug free!

There is also a few quality of life improvements with the removable shackle click override which I need to add to the Fallen Princess too.

And yes, there will be matching “Meat Market cuffs”, that’s a solid yes, but I need a little break…

As usual, you can find it at the KDC Main Store and on the Second Life Marketplace.

Enjoy! 🙂

Burning the midnight oil

The past couple days have been pretty rough.

  • Final meshs lodded and uploaded.
  • Reworked the heavy-duty padlocks a little (better lods, center point and smoothing)
  • Made and uploaded the “worn out” texture set (8 colors: red, blue, black, yellow, green, pink, white, orange)
  • Made and uploaded a “fresh” texture set (same color, still some slight wear but no rust)
  • Made an “unpainted” style, it’s very similar to black but a bit more rough and worn out.
  • Wrote all the specific code required to make it compatible with regular locks, accessories, time locks, heavy locks AND bolts (every lock type basically).
  • It has some little “equip” animations like the Fallen princess and the same removable leaching point idea.

I still have a texture hud to make and some intense testing, just to make sure I don’t have any major bug.

I also have been working on a small gift for my Patreon supporters, but I’ll announce it publicly once it’s actually ready.

Pain in the ass

Honestly, this material is a bit if a pain to render. It’s also the first time I actually need to use a gloss channel on one of my items. I think I’m gonna “try” to clean up my baking setup, save myself some sanity in the process.

I did some testing on the red paint, and a test upload for the shackle & pin assembly.

I also tried to use brass on the shackle, but it didn’t look good at all (there is just something wrong with how the texture renders, compared to the hinge).

I also forgot to triangulate the model before baking it, so I’ll be correcting this too.

Collar UVs completed, and now some texture work.

I know “huge waste of space in your UVs”, that’s because this is really 3 textures, the empty space won’t exist in the end.

I’m also including two in-world tests: The very first one (way too dark), the second one was after a rough specular map attempt. Much better?

Boring UV update

Not much going on in today’s update, I tend to be a bit obsessive when straightening and packing UVs. It took me a little while to come up with a layout I’m happy with:

  • “Grey” metal parts and brass parts: 256×1024
  • “Blue” metal parts: 128*1024 (I’m not sure how i’m gonna cram everything in there but I’ll try)
  • “Misc” parts: back ring, pin, shackle, the size doesn’t really matter as long as it’s as small as possible.

“Grey” and “Blue”, will effectively be duplicated since they only represent “half” of the collar (that is why I’m being so aggressive with them). I’ve also lowered the resolution on the inside face of the collar, while it’s going to be visible (unless the wearer scales it down to choker size I guess), it’s not gonna be as visible as the rest.

In the end it should still be way below 1024×1024 in terms of texture area.

Completed low-poly model.

I think I have just about everything now. Hinge, back ring, shackle, pin, I’m also considering adding support for the bolt system too (last picture shows the shackle with a pair of short bolts).

This going to require some snowflake code I wager, so I’m not 100% sure that I will add that part.

I guess it’s time to unwrap all of this…

Some good-old-fashioned low-poly

It’s going well so far, I haven’t really compared it to my other collars but it’s hovering around 2700 triangles at the moment. Those extra beveled borders are (probably) responsible.

I don’t really like how those 8 sided rivets look, I might bump them up a little. Likewise, the bushing around the lock hole looks a little dense… do I even need to model it?

Both halves are identical at the moment, the only difference is that one side is upside down. I might keep it that way, surely there is no reason to duplicate that model.

Brass and a few tweaks

It still looks fresh out of Warhammer 40k, but at least the brass is looking somewhat presentable. Time for low-poly modeling I guess.

Experimenting with metal wear.

I’ve done a bit of that with the Fallen princess I believe, but nothing this elaborate before. It’s probably going to require further tweaking once I actually bake to the low-polygon model. But it’s pretty good I think.

I still have to figure out what I’m going to do with that brass-looking material.

About Me
I started SecondLife in 2004 and created my own bdsm fetish virtual products under the name KDC. I fancy myself as a programmer, 3D artist and terrible game designer.
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