Thursday, May 21, 2020

Engine Room: Revenge of the Machines

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STORYLINE: The Black Baron had spent years developing a wondrous steam powered android. But tragedy struck when he was paralyzed in a Zeppelin crash. He planned to remove the android head and attach his own to the golden mechanical body. However learning of his plan, the "wondrous creation" had other ideas and loped his master's head off first. 

On the last day of the Engine Room, Contraption dropped an awesome new item, the Thibaut Waistcoat for 25% off. I only discovered the sale late night and tried to get this posted to alert you guys. If you missed it, don't worry, it will be at mainstore now. Fortunately, in my rush to get this image is out, actually had a set ready to go. Lucky turn of events! (It was an idea I had while my computer was down.) Here are some badass items from the 2nd round of Engine Room. The next round will be in September.

This amazing robot head is by Wicca Originals, it comes in sizes for men and women and robust texture hud to change out its many textures zones. The Ear gramophone comes with it and is separate from the head. On the table is the Skeletal Globe Lamp by Schadenfreude. It comes in several base texture, and includes light options.

On Him, The Wondrous Creation:
Head: Wicca's Originals Elmstone Head, ear Gold [mesh](Engine Room)(599L)
Top: Contraption Thibaut Waistcoat [mesh](Engine Room)(400L)
Animesh: Contraption Machinist's Assistant, animesh [mesh](Engine Room)
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](325L)
Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)
Pants: Lapointe & Bastchild S'Wear Biker Leather Pant Set Black/silver [BOM](199L)
Skin: Fallen Gods R.U.L.K. full avatar + Fallen Gods Inc. [BOM](1200L)
Body: Signature Gianni - Mesh Body [mesh](3500L)

Globe: Schadenfreude Light of the World Skeletal Globe Lamp [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Head: Genesis Labs 02 Genesis_Head_Ethan_3.3 Bento RARE, gacha [mesh](100L)
Hair: Argrac NATSUME - Whites [mesh](300L)
Chair, pose: Silvery K Emperor's chair Black [mesh](300L)
Table: DeathRow 28 - DRD Bloodcroft Castle - Side Table, gacha [mesh]
Bell jar: Contraption Decor: Odd Skull Empty Bell Jar [mesh]
Candelabra: NOMAD Gothic Candelabra, Gothic Diva gacha [mesh](75L)
Skybox: Domicile The Parlour, Verne Skybox (10L)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Engine Room: Commodore of the Skies

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STORYLINE: The frontier towns floating in the lawless skies of Venus were full of scavengers, ruffians, and pirates. But that all changed when the Commodore arrived. He was determined to make it safe for the pioneers.

These are the last days of round two of the Engine Room. Be sure to head over and scoop up some badass Steampunk goodies. Shown above is the Commanders coat by Salem. It comes in several base colors. The Gasmask is by The Forge. It comes in black and brown, unrigged and mod so you can adjust it for a good fit. The gun is by Reliquary and comes with a hud to draw, fire, and holster. It has optional textures you load into it. You can also buy a shell caddy for your gun. In the background is the Irongate Wharf by Ex Machina. Its meant for the water, but hey, it can fly too if you give some propellers. lol  Other items I used, The Blackjack rare Airship, and past LindenLab premium gift the Marauder. Gloves, pants, and boots are by Contraption. And adding a little movement is the Cureless Senshi cloth from gacha.

On Him, Commodore:
Top: Salem Commanders Coat Jake, Black [mesh](Engine Room)(199L)
Gasmask: The Forge Atticus Mask, Black [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Weapon: Reliquary !R! Enemy Scattergun [mesh](Engine Room)(750L)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)
Pants, Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)
Cape: Cureless Senshi of the End  Senshi Cloth Mars, gacha [mesh](100L)
Collar: Artificial Hallucination +AH+ Belt Collar male [mesh](246L)
Hat: Deathrow DRD- cap unisex [mesh]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Pose: yzk mens pose 4 hero1

Dock: Ex Machina Irongate Wharf v 1.0 [mesh](Engine Room)(987L)
Rocket: D-LAB sky pirates Zucchini rocket [mesh](200L)
Airship: BJK Fantasy machines SHIP Rare, gacha [mesh]
Galleon Airship: Linden Labs Premium Gift - Linden Marauder v1 [mesh]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Engine Room: The Severed Garden

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STORYLINE: "They are waiting to take us into the severed garden. Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful comes death on a strange hour? Unannounced, unplanned for like a scaring over-friendly guest you’ve brought to bed. Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven’s claws. No more money, no more fancy dress, this other kingdom seems by far the best. Until it’s other jaw reveals incest and loose obedience to a vegetable law. I will not go."  - The Severed Garden, Jim Morrison

The Fantasy Faire was a huge success this year, lots of fun was had by all and $73,572 USD was raised for Relay for Life. Congrats to 700+ Faire staff and designers who helped make this happen, and to all the Faireland visitors who enjoyed and donated. Well done!

Several elements from both the Engine Room and Fantasy Faire inspired this post. From the Engine Room is the Lux Hair from Raven Bell. It comes in multiple fits for men and women. The from and the back are separate, so you can combine hairs or color then separately. Included is a unrigged bow with its own texture hud. Matching up nicely with the hair is the Auxentios Pass version of the Atreus coat by Contraption, which was a Relay for Life item at the Fantasy Faire. The textures for it a wonderful, you can pick out what colors you want for different fabrics from the texture hud. From the Fantasy Faire is this wonderful garden by The Looking Glass. Below I have moving clip of one section of the garden and a view of the braid in the Lux Hair.

On Him, the son of the Marquis d'Auvergne:
Hair: Raven Bell Luxe Luxe Hair [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Jacket: Contraption Atreus Frock *AUX* [mesh](400L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Pants, Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Cane: Deadwool Goat cane [mesh](group gift)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Nathan - tone 1 - blond [BOM]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)
Pose: Hot Dive pose repose02

Glass Coffin: {anc} forget. glass coffin [Salome]19Li RARE gacha[mesh]
Skeleton: Cureless Skeletal System / NOIR [mesh](249L)
Paths: The Looking Glass Lunafae Garden Path Edges [mesh](350L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Fountain: The Looking Glass Lunafae Fountain [mesh](250L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Hedges: The Looking Glass Lunafae Hedge Pack [mesh](350L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Plants: The Looking Glass Daisies and Ladybirds [mesh] (99L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Bridge: The Looking Glass TLG FF2017 - DP Bridge Flat [mesh] (99L)
Waterlillies: Cerridwen's Cauldron [CC] Twinkling Duckweed Large Patch [mesh] (450L)
Rocks: Harshlands Realistic Rocks [mesh](150L)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Auxentios Pass: War of the Worlds

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STORYLINE: Above the endless mechanical heartbeat of Auxentio's Pass the sirens began to wail. The city was under attack! Detective Moth cursed under his breath. Of all the rotten days to be assigned undercover in the Red Light district...  Suddenly a trumpeting blast a shook the groundSnow and ice on the roofs above him suddenly gave way. He quickly jumped back to the facade of his favorite hangout in this frozen hellhole, Ye Olde Cigar Shop. A deadly falling ice spear missed him by mere inches. It would be been an impressive display of agility if he had not also slipped in his high heeled boots and fell on top a hot steampipe. He cried out in pain. More bad luck, and this time it was attracting the wrong kind of attention. The ground trembled under the heavy stomp of a towering behemoth as it rounded the corner of the brownstones. It aimed directly at him. "Shit!" No time to run. The Moth quickly jumped up, his mechanical wings straining under the demand. Up! Up! An angry blast of wrath shot out where he once was. ...Ha! missed him. The lumbering machine's armor was impressive, but from above, The Moth spied what must be a vulnerable spot. A smirk curled up around his cigar. Maybe it was his lucky day after all....

Have you seen all the amazing sims, cool items for sale, games, role plays, artwork, live performances, literary readings, and quest hunt at the Fantasy Faire 2020? It's always the best event of the year: lively, passionate, creative, beautiful and good hearted for an excellent cause, -- American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. I was honored to work on the Auxentio's Pass for the Fantasy Faire shopping catalog. I got to see this amazing sim come together. The textures are wonderfully detailed, I'm amazed by simple things like snow on glass creating a realistic look. You can read more about the sim's creation here: Meet The Sponsors: Contraption As you explore the sim, be sure to explore around above and below! There is even music created for sim by Contraption, check out their Hyland Gramophone. There are 2 uniquely retextured coats designed with the sim mind as Relay for Life donations. Contraption fans can collect a miniature of the City's heart in the Bard Queens's Garden Quest, as well as all the sims in Fantasy Faire, and there are more Auxentio's Pass gifts for visitors in the front entrance of the Contraption store.

While you are visiting Auxentio's Pass, shown above are these cool Animesh wings by Static. And over at Raven Bell's is Crystal Fantasy hair pack. Many of of Raven's hair at the Fantasy Faire have a special Crystal Fantasy color pack. The Faire is open until May 10th! It is NOT to be missed! For more information, go to: Fantasy Faire

And in an explosion of cool happening at the same time, is the Engine Room. The Pathos skirt and top by Toksik are really interesting. The top has fits for men, women, and even v-tech. Love it! Of course I had to try to see if I could come up with an interesting character for this outfit. Also from the Engine Room is the wonderfully textured Staff by Sempiternal. It has several different hand pose positions (men & women, left or right, and 2 hands). The intricately detailed monocle by Air comes in left or right, gold or silver. And rounding out the outfit are the impossibly high and impossibly steamy steampunk boots by Eudora.

In other news, if you have been watching the blogs, you might have heard both Genus Lab and Catwa released a gift head this week. Genus Lab is fighting a DMCA now, but I expect they will be back up and running soon. The Strong Face 001 gift head is wonderfully made. I'll cover the Freya Catwa head soon, it has neck fits for male and female. TMP Classic body is back for 1L, and if you slap the board for Lucy body, you might win that too. Its been a fantastic week for the alts and those New to SL to get up to speed on mesh heads and bodies. Excellent.

On him, Detective Moth:
Hair: Raven Bell Adel Hair, Crystal Fantasy Pack [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)(250L)
Wings: Static DaVinci Faewing Old World [Animesh](Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)(350L)
Monocle: Air Queen Victoria monocle gold [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Staff: SEMPITERNAL LUX AETERNA The Throne's Staff [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Top: toksik Pathos Blouse (V-tech) [mesh](Engine Room)(245L)
Skirt: toksik Pathos Skirt (Lara) [mesh](Engine Room)(240L)
Boots: Eudora3D Della Boots (Maitreya) [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Wrap: Junbug Holly Fur Shawl Cream [mesh](195L)
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](325L)
Hat: deviousMind dM VictorianGothic - RoseHat, gacha [mesh](75L)
Cigar: Fallen Gods R.U.L.K. full avatar + Fallen Gods Inc. [mesh](1200L)
Skin: GENUS Project GENUS Skin Applier ELENA - Honey MakeUp 05 [BOM](100L)
Head: GENUS Project Genus Head Strong Face GIFT001 v1.7 Mocap [mesh](group gift)
Chest: [V-Tech] Boi Chest Mod v2.2 - Maitreya [BOM](499L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [BOM] [mesh](2750L)
Pose: Del May DM - Kick off (50L)

Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass Sponsored by Contraption
This post was made possible thanks to a loaned monitor. Thank you!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Engine Room: The Night Fliers

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STORYLINE: It was risky flying night time bombing runs over Berlin. Sure, the cover of night would protect the bombers but the bombs rarely landed on their intended industrial targets. Faced with this problem, Winston Churchill had an idea. He called the leader of his secret new ally for help, the Children of the Night. This is how the Crimson Bat rose to fame in the newly formed Vampire Nation. He had been a smuggler working in the Pacific with a stolen Zero, and now he was the leader of the Night Fliers, the fighter escort for the nocturnal Allied bombing raids.

This post was inspired by the Deiselpunk elements at the 2nd round of the Engine Room. This round is even larger than the first, and stuffed with amazing and creative quality items. Don’t miss it! The hat by Ungod comes in brown or black, with wrench emblem or not. The Bomber jacket by Krankhaus has fits for major bodies in both mainstream and anime styles. It has a hud to change the change the textures of many separate texture zones. To add a little more of a vampire twist to the outfit, I used the bat barrettes by Cae and earring by Supernatural like medals for a vampire airman. Lol The eyepatch is from the Military Girl gacha by Silvery K. The pants are a gacha from Riot, Bird of Prey. I wanted a unform looking top to go under the jacket, and found a great solution in the Perseo Space suit by L’Emporio&SL. Adding a bit more DieselPunk elements are the headphone by the forge and belt by Deathrow. The Gloves are by Contraption, and undersuit by Blue Falcon Industries. I had a very hard time finding a plane, thats how I ended up with a Zero instead of a B-17 Flying Fortress. HaroMotors has a lovely Zero with well made insides and outsides, and a very hud with many capabilities.

MAY 4 UPDATE: After a week of waiting, a dead monitor was confirmed to be problem. However the replacement monitor is defective. A new new-monitor will arrive May 13th. Meanwhile, here is my attempt to power-on despite the woe... Enjoy some DeiselPunk from the Engine Room! Its Half-time now, with new releases and gifts!

On him, The Crimson Bat of Night Fliers:
Hat: Ungod Iron Legion Cap [mesh] (Engine Room)(149L)
Jacket: Krankhaus Airman Jacket, Jake [mesh](Engine Room)(200L)
Top: L'Emporio&PL Perseo Space Suit, Black [mesh](430L)
Belt: Deathrow DRD Steampunk Belt [mesh](175L)
Headset: The Forge Aviator Headset steel, Head Units gacha [mesh](75L)
Bodysuit: Blue Falcon Industries Armored Undersuit, light (300L)
Medals: Cae Trick or Treat Barrettes - Set 1[mesh](325L)
Pants: RIOT Birds of Prey pants black, gacha [mesh](50L)
Eyepatch: Silvery K Military Girl(Eyepatch Silver)13, gacha [mesh](80L)
Gloves: ContraptioN Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)
Boots: Lapointe Bastchild L&B Swear "Drift Mesh" Leather Jacket Outfit - Mens [mesh]
Medal: Supernatural Natasha Septum Silver #6, gacha [mesh]
Medal: Supernatural Natasha Septum Silver #9, gacha [mesh]
Eyes: S0NG Sublime Eye, Vampire Eye [mesh](50L)
Eyeliner: Lovely Disarray The Guyliners : Slept in [BOM](110L)
Scar: Usagi Cafe Usagi Cafe hunt item #4 [BOM]
Hair: Action Hair Base 04 Veganic - Snow [BOM](107L)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Noctis skin - bald -Tone 01[BOM]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)
Pose: [3M] standing2_m_001_1

Plane: HaruMotors HM A6M2b-Kaga [mesh](2500L)

Tulagi Seaport & WWII Central [VICE]

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Aenigma (Madness) : The Cheshire Cat

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STORYLINE: Alice: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"  Cheshire: "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." Alice: "I don't much care where."  Cheshire: "Then it doesn't matter which way you go." - Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

The Cheshire Cat in the The Bearded Guy's backdrop inspired this image along with the Tea Party Bento pose chair and table by Wet Cat. In the background, are the Whimsical mushrooms by Celeste. All times from the Madness round of Aenigma.  Over at Neo-Japan, is this awesome SUPER LONG hair by Raven Bell. It looks amazing. There 2 texture zones, inside and outside. And since it's mod, you can add a fun glow to the inside like I did here. The hair comes in fits for women, and fits for men. As you can see above, it can even tuck under you when you are sitting. I think I will be wearing it to death along with the L'Emporio&PL vampires claws. I loved them so much, I got matching Damned Claws for the feet.

On him, The Cheshire Cat:
Hair: Raven Bell Rain Hair, gradients [mesh] (Neo Japan)(250L)
Face chain: RichB Navia Face Chain [mesh](Aenigma)(350L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws Jake m. [mesh](Aenigma)(350L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Damned Claws For Feet-B. Jake V2.0.BENTO-V2 [mesh](340L)
Jacket, Pants: xJAx Jake Straight Jacket, Pants [mesh]
Fangs, tattoo: Gauze Nightmare  - Fangy [BOM](150L)
Ears: Murder of Ravens [M.O.R] scruffy cat ears [Bento][mesh](75L)
Collar: Artificial Hallucination +AH+ Belt Collar male [mesh](246L)
Tattoo: Catseye Tattoo "Tiger Print" + Omega Appliers  [BOM](99L)
Eyeliner: Lovely Disarray The Guyliners : Watchful Eye  [BOM]
Tattoo: Pink Fuel [PF] <All Tones> - BOM - Remove Nail Layers [BOM](1L)
Lip: random.Matter Glossy Chapstick - Mercury  [BOM]
Skin: Tableau Vivant Adam skin - no eyebrows - Tone 15 [BOM]
Eyes: FATE Oculi Cateye v1.0 [mesh](coming soon)
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)

Chair, pose, table: WetCat A Little Mad Chair Prop, Bento [mesh](Aenigma)(280L)
Mushrooms: CELESTE Fantasy Mushrooms Fatpack [mesh](Aenigma)(249L)
Skybox: The Bearded Guy This is Madness Backdrop [mesh](Aenigma)(199L)
Tree: The Looking Glass TLG - The Shrine Tree Tapestry Tree Pink [mesh](350L)
Tree: The Looking Glass TLG - The Shrine Tree Tapestry Tree Teal [mesh](350L)
Tree: The Looking Glass TLG - The Shrine Tree Tapestry Tree Green [mesh](350L)
Tree: Lunaria Garden Party Tree [mesh](150L)
Skybox: Vicious Decay Down The Rabbit Hole [mesh](45L)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Aenigma (Madness) : Off with their heads!

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STORYLINE: The Prince of Hearts was furious with his mother. The Queen never listened to him. He warned her there was a swarm of Jabberwocks coming to infest Wonderland. He offered simple solutions to deal with the problem, but she refused to listen to him. She cared more about her popularity with the card soldiers, or how many heart-shaped rubies she amassed. He accused her in front of the entire court of being blind. For his crime, she had his left eye plucked out. In a fit of madness, he took out his wrath on her prized roses.

I know these times are tough during the pandemic for everyone. It seems odd to return into SL and try to refocus, but here you go! The image above is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the Shears, and Rose Blindfold at Aenigma (Madness). I used the Animesh shears by Maru Kado. They can be worn to trigger the animation, or used as a prop. It has singles poses and multiple texture options. Matching the shears, is a scraps tattoo texture by The White Crow for face and body, in light and dark, and also lips only. The Blindfold is the next of Silvery K's Cursed Rose line. You can buy it several headband colors, and each comes with a hud to change the textures of vine, rose, and metal.

On Him, the King of Hearts:
Blindfold: Silvery K Rose curse Blindfold black [mesh](Aenigma)(300L)
Shears: Maru Kado snip off the ends Animesh [mesh](Aenigma)(350L)
Tattoo: The White Crow -[TWC]- Need Therapy (Aenigma)(450L)
Hair: RavenBell Azren Hair, Solids [mesh](350L)
Earring: MINDS Playing Cards Earring heart, gacha [mesh](50L)
Collar: Junbug The London Ruff Black [mesh](295L)
Collar: Silvery K Neck Corset Mesh Black [mesh](150L)
Coat: Curio Obscura Luxurious Fur Coat Dalmatian RARE, gacha [mesh] (100L)
Pants: RIOT Syrio Men's Leggings - Belleza Jake [mesh](199L)
Gloves: APHORISM Leather Gloves Finger Black unrigged, RARE, gacha [mesh](50L)
Crown: Violent Seduction Madame Chevaliere Crown Red, gacha [mesh](75L)
Crown: SWaGGa Crown of Thorns [mesh]
Eye makeup: Izzie's Eyelid Changer Monolid LAQ [BOM] (149L)
Skin: KOOQLA The Knight of the Rose (BOM)
Ears: Mandala STEKING_EARS_Season5 [mesh](697L)
Eyes: FATE Oculi v0.9.7 [mesh](coming soon)
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)
Pose: [3M]**_chair5_1 (40L)

Chess: Apple Fall Apple Fall Garden Chess Board [mesh](350L)
Hedge: Botanical Seasonal Boxwood Hedge [mesh](500L)
Roses: Mesh Plants Rose Bush Pack [mesh](280L)
Roses: Mesh Plants Climbing Rose Pack [mesh](180L)
Petals: Luna Rosarie L+R petal storm, gacha [mesh]
Sign: Enchant3D Which Way Sign Post, WAMH [mesh]
Sky: Wess4u Rose Garden 5 stock