I started working on a new gag!

Well, a new gag as in “new-ish” since it is an idea I’ve been playing with for a while.

For those who remember, I originally was making a gag like this, which used flat bars that had slots in them, but it kept bothering me. It looked like it would be far too easy to bend (I can’t help it, must make structurally sound items)

I included a handful of early pictures, just to show the evolution. The plain challenge was to find an elegant solution to make the mouthpiece removable, but not once locked in place. I’m relatively happy with the current solution (that little bottom bar that swings out of the way when the gag is opened)

Still not sure about that tongue depressor, the flat variant was nice, but the “loop” is winning at the moment.

Also yeah, I already started adding welds here and there…

The Prisoner Uniform is out!

The prisoner uniform is out! After something like what… four or five months now?

The prisoner uniform is out

I’ve packed this release with an array of nice features:

  • A customization HUD with 14 base textures and 5 stripe colors, and a tinting function to assist in assorting this uniform with those made by other creators.
  • Two chest labels that can be filled with up to 5 alphanumeric characters and automatic kerning and text centering.
  • Support for all four avatar 2.0 chest sizes, which makes it suitable for both male and female chests.
  • Jacket and Pants variants with cuff “indents” to be able to wear cuffs over the uniform.
  • Ankle, knee and thigh-high “tucked” pant versions to accommodate for more shoes and boot options.
  • Separate jacket and pants that can be combined to save attachment slots and/or script count.
  • I’ve actually designed it to fit over the KDC Micro bikini.

The package also includes texture templates, BoM alphas for Avatar 2.0 and “regulation” no-mod versions for role-play locations.

And despite the fact it is designed for Avatar 2.0, you should REALLY give the demo a try because as far as outfits go, it is really, REALLY forgiving.

As usual, you can get it from the KDC Main Store, or from the Second Life Marketplace.


Prison Uniform HUD done.

Prison Uniform HUD done this time… I think.

I’ve also re-uploaded and re-assembled all the final versions of the 3D models yesterday. As you can see, that is quite a few parts. So here is the question:

I still would like to include a few versions that are “all in one” to save on attachment slots and script count, but I can’t think of a way that doesn’t require me to add a TON more variants in the delivery folder (“all in one” variants that cover every possibility would be something like 40 pieces, and that’s just ridiculous).

So it’s going to be separate top/bottom versions for the regulation version, unless someone has suggestions, requests for a prison/facility they are running.

Likewise, I’m not sure how to properly set up demos for this.

A handful of pants and chests

I’ve just finished pants and chests variants for the prisoner uniform. I did a bunch of tests with the assistance of a friend (with has a big collection of shoes) and cobbled together 3 variants of the prison uniform pants that are tucked at the ankle, below the knee and mid-thigh respectively.

  • The “mid-thigh” variant appears to work properly with my Ayumi ballet boots, despite the fact I wasn’t even shooting for these.
  • The “below the knee” version works quite well with all my knee boots and a few from other creators. It isn’t perfect, it works “okay”.
  • The ankle high version turned out to be the most compatible of all after a few adjustments, making the pants a little bigger around the calves.

I’m not shooting for polygon-perfect compatibility here, “good enough” is what I’m hoping for.

I forgot to take pictures of the small and large breast sizes for avatar 2.0, somehow? So in the meantime here is the “flat” version for… flat chests and boy chests. I’ve also slightly widened the bottom of the jacket to avoid clipping.

I tried to make a version of the pants that would fit under the warden straitjacket, but I can’t get it to look right…

A lot of scripting

Not much to show today, I have written a lot of code for the past two days. I have now a fully functional (but ugly as hell) coloring HUD for the prison uniform that does about everything I might need for this product in the future: base/accent textures, base/accent tint presets and manual RGB entry and the ability to change the printed label or set it to automatic.

It has more buttons than a calculator, but I got a little carried away on the number of texture options.

I don’t really regret it, but I do need to make it look a little more presentable.

More colors and setbacks

As the title says it, more colors and setbacks. I ended up re-rendering a bunch of textures THREE TIMES over the past two days, I discovered that I wasn’t using the same bump mapping settings on the pants and the jacket, and then the white color I was using was washing out everything, and finally, I had some issues on island borders to fix…

I’ve added a white version (no picture here) as well as the 4 colors you can see in the pictures. Yes that’s a lot of blue and green options, and yes, there will be a tinting option for everything else, don’t worry ^^.

Furthermore, I’ve also started writing the scripts for body hiding, applying HUD settings, and also the hypothetical “transponder”, to allow facilities to force a specific style on visitors. I’m doing it from scratch today, as a way to “clean” my head from all the modeling & texturing of the past few weeks.

A note on the transponder. The idea is that if a facility has an active transponder (it will only work if the script and the landowner match, obviously), they can effectively override the appearance of the uniform for the duration of the wearer’s visit. I’ll probably release the facility script as some form of “open-source” to make integration easy. Supposedly it should allow to have per-avatar settings, but I’ll try to avoid over-complicating the example.

Make all the colors!

Quite a bit of progress, make all the colors Kyrah!

So what is new, I did some work on the pants tucking points, I’ve massaged the pant cuffs into position, so they are more “centered” around the foot, and have a much better clearance for things like, heels (yes, I did test on Maitreya a bit too).

I’ve also added the additional mesh bits to get the uniform label in place, two of them in fact, 5 characters each. The left one is the one I intend for prisoner IDs, the right one? Well you can do what you want with it, I guess.

I’ve got a handful of colors done now, dark blue, light blue, teal-ish, red, yellow, tan, orange, and that dull green-gray that I did most of the previous pictures with.

Each color can also be used on the accent panels for a frankly boring, but potentially more generic look. I also have 4 stripe versions for the accent panels, black and white, a faded kind of gray, pale blue and also a red version. I probably should also make a white set for people to play with.

Do tell if you can think of other colors that I should make.

I should have posted this yesterday.

I should have posted this yesterday, but I forgot to do so.

Progress was made on the prisoner uniform, but I couldn’t think of a good way to put it in pictures. This week has mostly been weight painting, weight copying, redoing the sleeve  hems, redoing the sleeve tucking points and a lot of mistakes & rollbacks while doing so. I also encountered a weird issue with my devkit that required to do a weird “fix” on the wrists.

It is a little worrying for future projects.

I’m almost, ALMOST done fixing the jacket, there are still issues in how the armpit folds, but at this point I’m going to call that a compromise, as I want to keep the front/back panel relatively straight, even with the arms down.

Pants also need a second pass on their cuffs and tucking points, and maybe some slight tweaks to lower clipping in a spot or two.

There is still chest sizes, and a proper version of the prisoner ID to add, two tasks that I’m obviously keeping on the very end of the checklist.

Progress on the prison uniform

Very busy week, a lot of progress on the prison uniform:

  • Completed the final weight painting of the pants, that’s as good as I can get it, unless I tweak the cuffs a little more.
  • Re-unwrapped all the parts to try to maximize what I’m getting out of the textures this is using.
  • Halved the texture size on the leg stripes with pretty much no difference in quality.
  • Adjusted scene lighting to make the bottom of the pants a bit brighter.
  • Got rid of a moiré effect in my textures due to a nearly invisible fabric pattern I added a while ago.
  • Fixed a few more baking errors on the pants, there is still a few that I’ll have to fix manually  for each color between the legs, no big deal.
  • Stripe patterns on the shoulder panel is now one continuous array of stripes front to back.
  • Re-baked everything at least a dozen times due to render quality issues, margin issues, etc. etc…
  • Started another attempt at weight painting the jacket, it has a ton of issues, unfortunately.

Today’s pictures are all in-world tests, specifically showcasing the little “variant” I’ve made that include cuff “squeeze points” at the wrists and ankles. They look exceptionally stupid if there isn’t a cuff there. Otherwise? The effect is quite convincing.

I’ve been trying to use the local mesh feature that was just added to Firestorm, but it has some really annoying texturing glitches when it comes to materials, back to 12L$ test uploads for me…

The poles of the sleeve “cap” points keep clipping out at the squeeze points… Annoying. (you can see that on the last picture).

The prisoner ID number is just for the pictures at the moment, I haven’t set up the overlays on the uniform jacket yet. Ideally I’d like to make a little API where a landowner can “beam” to the uniform which color scheme to use and which name/number to show based on the parcel you are in. And in this case, it would temporarily override your customization HUD until you leave the parcel.

At least that’s as far as I thought about the script side of things…

Oh yeah, In other news, I’ve hurt my Achilles tendon on the left side during workout, so I’m going to be stuck on this chair for a while -_-.

Weight painting and more in-world testing

Don’t we all love weight painting? Just one of those tasks where no matter how long you’ve been practicing, every day feels like your very first day…

Near the end of the day I ended up testing if I could just get away with ditching the double armature conversion system and use a custom rest pose instead. It’s not too bad, it gets rid of some of the error buildup that I was getting, and since the shoulder shape isn’t critical (covered), a bit of clipping won’t be the end of the world. The places where it really matters (wrists, ankles, hips, neck) are still the same.

A lot of problems remain to be fixed, I really wanted to do some testing on the jacket, since that’s the main piece of the set. But realistically? I need to get the pants in their final state first to be able to weight paint the jacket without the two clipping into each-others.

Kyrah Abattoir
Creator of BDSM and fetish content in Second Life since 2004.

Seasoned 3D artist and programmer, aspiring video game creator.

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