I’ve been playing around with the new Hucci Akita thigh high boots since yesterday. I’m kind of loving them a lot. They are rigged really well, as all Hucci products are. They slip onto my pre-tinted Slink mesh feet so it makes life so much easier. But I did notice a few things about them and I’m hoping you guys will be able to tell me what you think as well.
At first, I thought they were materials-ready because they were so nice and shiny, however when I tested them with my rotating lights, it didn’t look like they were materials-ready. They don’t reflect light the way my materials-ready top does. So I’m assuming they are not and the sexy shiny-ness is just baked on real well?
Next, I was playing around with my shape while wearing them and I noticed that they started to adjust along with my shape. Does that mean that these are rigged to the collision bones as well, like the “liquid mesh” Bax boots I blogged last week?
The vendor of these boots doesn’t state if they are materials-ready or rigged to collision bones so I’m not sure. I made a video to show you guys. Do you guys have these or can you grab a demo to see if I’m right or wrong?
Here’s the link on youtube so you can watch in full HD: http://youtu.be/-q9_ZciPBlw
I just did a quick video to show how I noticed the boots were changing with my shape and I also showed the folder with all the contents. Looks as if the designer has provided the boots in several different sizes. She has all of the standard sizing in there along with her own plus sizes that she makes for all her mesh products. I really like this approach!
Over the past week, I’ve noticed there has been much discussion about liquid mesh all over the blogosphere. I spoke to several people and read all the different posts about it and I’ve been told (and also believe it myself) that I don’t believe “liquid mesh” will ever be broken.
Before I go into explaining why I feel this way, I just want to correct myself because I’ve been told that the correct term is not “liquid mesh” that term was just coined by Redgrave when they released their adjustable mesh. This technique that is being referred to as “liquid mesh” involves rigging an item based on collision bones rather than the avatar’s actual skeleton, therefore making it adjustable for better fitting. Now the reason I don’t believe this kind of mesh will ever break (and I could be wrong about this) is because the lab would have to change the whole avatar, the same avatar they’ve had for 10 years now? I just don’t think it’s going to happen, and if it does happen, it won’t be happening anytime soon. Therefore, I am kind of glad that designers are adapting this method for a better fit. I do want to add though that I have tried a shirt that was made with this technique and it didn’t look as great as this kind of footwear does. So I’m guessing this method is best used for the leg and foot areas?
If you’ve been reading all the differing opinions about this over the past week, let me know what you think about it! Here are some questions for you guys:
- Have you tried any mesh that has been rigged to the collision bones?
- If yes, how do you feel about it? Do you like it? Yes or no? Why or why not?
- Would you consider purchasing items that were rigged this way?
- Do you feel the items made by using this technique will eventually be broken?
While I’m rambling on about technical stuff, I did want to add that Server-Side baking is going live today! If you’re not familiar with Project Sunshine and Server-Side baking, you can check out Mona Eberhardt’s detailed blog post for more information. I noticed that when I landed on this sim today, everything really rezzed fast, compared to how it rezzed the last time I went there. So I’m guessing it’s already live?
Anyhow, that’s enough technical stuff for me, it’s making me dizzy. :P I do find all of this fascinating though and I have learned so much in the past week about how complex our avatars are.
*Skin: [PXL] JADE OL Bare Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
*Hair: -dDx- Atlas (Brunette) by Kallisti Burns
*Top: bitch – Chain Maille Sleeved Doublet SMALL by Maxwell Graf
*Skirt: erratic / sally – zipperskirt / black (S) by Erratic Rain
*Mesh Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
*Mesh Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Toes S by Siddean Munro
*Jewelry: !SSD ~ Risq ~ Desclos Celtic set by Sax Shepherd
Goggles: 22769 ~ [unisex] The Engineer Black/Black by Paco Pooley (@ L’accessoires)
*Boots: ::HH:: Hucci Akita Leather Boots – Collection (S) by Eboni Khan
*Pose: ::WetCat:: Poses by wetcat Flux