Saturday, January 31, 2015

First Contact: Nathaniel York

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STORYLINE: There were a lot of romantic ideas about First Contact. But the truth was far from it. Nathaniel York was no Marco Polo, no Christopher Columbus, or Neil Armstrong. Who he was is the jerk who seduced the Director of Exploration’s daughter. It got him a one way ticket to Mars. “I’m doing you a favor, Nathaniel.” he said, “Instead of the newspapers reporting your body floating in the river, they will be celebrating your bravery as the first man to make it to Mars.” Nate used to think going two weeks without getting laid was unbearable, but 4 months in total isolation locked in a tin can in space? He was climbing the walls! He prayed as hard as he could for God to just kill him now. And then strangest thing happened. The timid voice of a woman replied. She said she too prayed for the Great Firebird in the Sky to come take her away. He didn't know how to tell her he was no god, angel, or whatever. He was just some schmuck down on his luck. But if he played his cards right, the Martian girl might be able to help him find fuel for a return trip to Earth.

And introducing the reluctant astronaut Nathaniel York. He's sporting some badass creations from Swagga at Totally Top Shelf's scifi round. For the upper body is the Evolution 1 fitted mesh chest armor. The pants are Evolution 1 fitted mesh pants. Both chest and pant include a color hud for glowing parts. On the top of the armor is Flyboy pad white/silver from the OMG Gacha. The headvisor is the rare. It also comes with a hud to change the colors of the glowing parts. (I made the grill semi-transparent above, and the image below I hid the face parts.) Sitting over on the monitor is the adorable Zorgie midnight. He's rigged to sit on your shoulder (but I put him on the set). He's one of the rares from the Zorgie gacha at Totally Top Shelf. Love him! The desk, laptop, and chair Spaceship Junkjard Debris Set are by 22769 [bauwerk] on sale at Tattered Page. The complete set is 9 land impact, and the chair has 12 poses.

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And now some more great news for the guys!  Tableau Vivant has released appliers for the Mesh Project Body and Head. For the head, you have two choices of Rays II and Felix. To add the appliers, wear them, click the hud to install. Then wear your MeshProject Stylemode hud. Look under the skintone number yours is named after. For example, above I used Tone 1, so I click on the Tone 1 Skin button and in that menu I could see see an icon with the words "Tableau Vivant." Click that to apply the skins. The head has blond, brown, red, black, and no brow options.  .. We have so many options now. Think about it. You can get your Mesh Project body to match your regular default head skin, or under your clothes you can match the Mesh Project Head with Slink hands or feet. WIN!

On Him, Astronaut Nathaniel York:
Hair: Tableau Vivant Keiran hair male [mesh](We <3 Role Play)(250L)
Chest Armor: SWaGGa Evolution I - Chest Armor v2 [mesh](Totally Top Shelf)(199L)
Pants: SWaGGa Evolution I Pants v4 [mesh](Totally Top Shelf)(249L)
Visor: SWaGGa Flyboy Headgear v2 RARE, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)
Chest Pads: SWaGGa Flyboy Pads white/silver, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)
Head skin applier: Tableau Vivant TMP Head Felix applier - Tone 1(600L)
Body skin applier: Tableau Vivant TMP body applier - Tone 1(400L)
Hair base applier: Unorthodox Carter Hair Base Pack (550L)
Head: TheMeshProject (BETA) Head(m) - Anime (Deluxe) [mesh](5000L)
Body: TheMeshProject (BETA) Deluxe Body [mesh](5000L)
Eyes: S0NG Winter - Sky Eye [mesh] (50L)
Pose top: momomuller / 3M [3M]**_CC4_m_2 (40L)
Pose lower: The Black Canary Miyavi Pose 7 (no longer available)

Desk, laptop, chair: 22769 [bauwerk] Spaceship Junkjard Debris Set [mesh](A Tattered Page)(350L)
Pet: SWaGGa Zorgie - Midnight (Rigged) RARE, gacha [mesh](Totally Top Shelf)(75L)
Spaceship: Fanatik Sky Tower [mesh] (3800L)

First Contact: Ylla K

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STORYLINE: Mrs K was what they called, "First Contact" between the people of Earth and Mars. From the mind of the spaceman flying to her world, she saw images of the blue tinted beauty of Earth. She saw how the people of Earth lived. They were so different. She longed for the freedom they enjoyed. Her life could be so much more than it was. Why should she remain imprisoned in the home of a man who didn't love her when she could become famous on Earth? She wanted to be talked about and admired. She wanted to dress in the finest Earth fashions. But most importantly, she just wanted to be loved.

This round of a Tattered Page is the The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. I was not familiar with the novel, so I got a copy and read it. It's a very different from what I expected. It's more like the Twilight Zone than a novel. Each chapter is a mini story and there's a very loose overall structure to it. It's very much from another time period. Our science, knowledge, and technology has advanced a lot since the 1950s. But I think the best way to view the novel is a series of metaphors about what happened in the past (such as when Europeans invaded the Americas, and Manifest Destiny) to scary realities of Nuclear War and what the mind set of the people was back in the 1950s. For my blog posts, I want to focus on an early chapter and expand on the story, the telepathic meeting of the minds between Mrs. K and Nathaniel York.

Mrs K above is wearing the skin by Fallen Gods. It comes with appliers for Slink hands, feet, nails, body and head as well as some others appliers. Nice! Her dress is the gorgeous design by Pale Empress. I love the raised surface of velvet bats on the skirt. Every goth girl in SL needs to RUN get this dress! It's awesome. The handheld mask is also by Pale Empress. It comes with a hud to change the colors, and it triggers a hold pose when worn. Her Martian eyes are by the Chop Shop. And her billowy hair is by Exile available at Collabor88. This weekend is the last for both events, so don't miss them if you haven't checked them out already!

On Her: Ylla K:
Skin, Slink All Appliers: Fallen Gods Mrs.K +FGInc. (A Tattered Page)(990L)
Dress, mask: Pale Empress Usher II Gown [mesh](A Tattered Page)(395L)
Dress, mask: Pale Empress Usher II Mask [mesh](A Tattered Page)(195L)
Eyes: Chop Shop CS! Martians [mesh](A Tattered Page)(150L)
Hair: Exile Windsong, naturals [mesh](Collabor88)(88L)
Choker: Silvery K Choker Lace, gacha [mesh](past, RMK Halloween)(80L)
Eyelashes: Gaeline Mesh Lashes Divina [mesh](180L)
Tattoo: Swanky Almost free freckles (1L)
Lip: Random Matters Chapstick - Crush (130L)
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands - Casual, bag [mesh](450L)
Body: Slink Physique Mesh Body [mesh](1250L)
Pose: R.icielli Fashionista 01 (179L)

Insilico Mars

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STORYLINE: The Great Firebird came, and he would take her away to the stars!

This picture, a retro scifi/romance pulp magazine cover from the 1950s, is my original idea for The Tattered Page Martian Chronicles. The lovely Mrs K is wearing some more goodies from A Tattered Page: The Ylla dress by Senzafine. It comes with main dress and semi-transparent overskirt. She is wearing in her hair the golden spider hairbow by Aftershok. On her arms are the Peregrine masks by Luminary. The right arm is a male mask, and the left is female. For the stylecard on her love interest, see First Contact: Nathaniel York

On Her: Ylla K:
Dress: Senzafine "Ylla" Halter Overskirt, Sheath Skirt [mesh](A Tattered Page)(350L)
Hair Bow: Aftershok Gold spider toy head band (no band)[mesh](A Tattered Page)(50L)
Paldrones: Luminary Peregrine Pauldron  Gold[mesh](A Tattered Page)(150L)
BootsBliensen + MaiTai Kosmonaut Boots -Slink- gold[mesh](A Tattered Page)(329L)
Skin, Slink All Appliers: Fallen Gods Mrs.K +FGInc. (A Tattered Page)(990L)
Eyes: Chop Shop CS! Martians [mesh](A Tattered Page)(150L)
Hair: Exile Windsong, naturals [mesh](Collabor88)(88L)
Eyelashes: Gaeline Mesh Lashes Divina [mesh](180L)
Tattoo: Swanky Almost free freckles (1L)
Lip: Random Matters Chapstick - Crush (130L)
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands - Casual, bag [mesh](450L)
Body: Slink Physique Mesh Body [mesh](1250L)
Pose: Del May Alley Catch (past group gift)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Big Ben Bats

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STORYLINE: It started out as a joke. He was drunk and the music at The Batcave was horrible that night. He complained loudly. Okay, maybe he shouted and threw a beer bottle. And well, long story short, the guitarist of No Talent called him a tosser, so he bit him live on stage infront of a stunned crowd of black-clad concert goers. In that moment as he looked out at the crowd in a fuzzy daze, the lights shining in his eyes, something clicked in his head. "This," he thought, "Right here. Right now." He didn't know how to play guitar, but with the blood of his defeated enemy coursing in his veins, he didn't let it stop him. He wailed on the blood splattered guitar as if the devil himself had just taken the stage. He became a legend of sorts in the London Underground. Part of his schtick was biting people live on stage. "Mess with the Bat, and you get the fang!" That's how the music career started of the guitarist of infamous Big Ben Bats.

Two great events going on right now. Leaf on the Wind is a fund raiser for the 29 year old Scarlet Chandrayaan (owner of Alouette). Her cancer has returned and she expected to have only 2 more years. At the top of her bucket list is a dream to see London. Designers on the grid have rallied and created Leaf on the Wind to help her dream come true. This is a wonderful event with a mission and has many fun London items for sale. The sim itself is decorated with an England theme. It runs until the end of January. More information here: In the image above, I'm showing the gacha of the plates and shelf by Zanzibar creationZ, the ottoman by 22769 bauwerk, and the cool UK stomper boots by Forsaken.

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The Creators Collection Box is a brand new event featuring Japanese content creators. Don't miss this event, it's huge and the deals are sweet! There's something for everyone: girls, guys, decor and gadgets. Above is the fun guitar by Namine which plays like a real guitar! Touch notes on the hud, and you are playing live inworld! It has 2 playing styles, and a total of 66 notes. (I wasn't able to record the sounds it makes in the video, but you can demo the guitar at the event.) Also shown from CCB, is the table and chair by La petite fleur. The chair has 4 animations for the girls, and 4 for the guys. Touch the lamp to turn it on and off. The man holding the records is a gift at the La petite fleur mainstore. Shown below are two stools from the No Concept Creators Collection Box. They are part of a gacha for only 40L each!

I'm wearing an awesome new coat with shirt, vest, and tie by FATEwear. For the first time, FATEwear has included Fitted mesh along with the standard sizes. The fatpack comes with a hud to mix and match the different colors for the jacket, shirt, and tie. I added a slightly darker red tint to the tie, and darker grey to the void color jacket. I came close to using the KoKoLoReS Kazu hair for my yearbook picture but I'm glad I didn't now. It's perfect for an early goth Robert Smith type of style. The Goth Buttons are by papermoon. You can also buy Goth Patches and add to your coats and shirts for a touch of retro punk. The Cropped Sarrouel pants by Chronokit work perfect with the Forsaken boots. The plaid belt by :Sey I edited to make it thicker in a retro style. Because it's mod, it was no problem to tuck it within the coat, and overlaping the pants. The gloves are a gacha rare from last month's Men's Department. Yes, if you look close, that hand gesture is not a fist, it's something a bit more rude. lol

From the set, the EliBaily Recycled Planks Bed is from a past gacha at The Men's Department. The Cello Coffin Box is by Souzou Eien. I showed the cello in the past, but this time I am showing the awesome coffin box that comes with it! love it! The Big Ben prop is actually the box for the From Hell gacha by Never Totally Dead. And by favorite red rug by Senzafine is from a past World Goth Fair.

This is a collaboration project with Aarya Phantomhive of the Dark Phantom blog. She is always a joy to work with. Her idea to make a band and have an album was so much fun, and for a good cause too! To read her report, storyline, and stylecard for the Big Ben Bats, head over to the Dark Phantom blog.

On him, Guitarist for the Big Ben Bats:
Coat, shirt, tie: FATEwear Jordan Coat Long - Fatpack fitted mesh, hud [mesh](1000L)
Boots: -=FORSAKEN=- Union Riot boots (Leaf on the Wind)(200L) 75% donation
Gloves: APHORISM! Leather Gloves -Finger- black Rare, gacha [mesh](50L)
Pants, suspenders: Chronokit Cropped Sarrouel Pants White, Suspenders [mesh](350L)
Tongue: CheerNo Tongue_Silver_piercing [mesh](225L)
Buttons: Papermoon Oi! Britannia Buttons - Goth [mesh](150L)
Belt: :SEY Double-Hole Belt_B (Stars./.A) [mesh](250L)
Hair: KoKoLoReS Hair - Kazu male [mesh](250L)
Tattoo lip: LE:MON bloody lips (1L)
Eyes: S0NG Winter Vampire Eye [mesh] (50L)
Eyeliner: CL-NINE CL9v2l_HeadEyeline01C(bk)(free)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Nathan - Tone 03 blond (990L)
Guitar, pink: Namine guitar D-250 CCB Special Edition_r for male (Creators Collection Box)(250L)
Guitar, black: NS Like a Star [mesh](100L)
Pose: The Black Canary Miyavi Pose 7 (no longer available)

Stool 1: No Concept wood high stool, gacha [mesh](Creators Collection Box)(40L)
Stool 2: No Concept iron low stool, gacha [mesh](Creators Collection Box)(40L)
Table, chair: La petite fleur Wooden table(black) and chair [mesh](Creators Collection Box)(150L)
Record shelf: La petite fleur  Recordshelf (gift)
Plate: .: Zanzibar creationZ :. Kitschy London Plate Shelving RARE, gacha [mesh](Leaf on the Wind)(50L) 50% donation
Plate: .: Zanzibar creationZ :. Kitschy London Plate - I Love London, gacha [mesh](Leaf on the Wind)(50L) 50% donation
Plate: .: Zanzibar creationZ :. Kitschy London Plate - London Calling, gacha [mesh](Leaf on the Wind)(50L) 50% donation
Plate: .: Zanzibar creationZ :. Kitschy London Plate - Look Right, gacha [mesh](Leaf on the Wind)(50L) 50% donation
Plate: .: Zanzibar creationZ :. Kitschy London Plate - Cor Blimey, gacha [mesh](Leaf on the Wind)(50L) 50% donation
Ottoman: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] cube poof Union Jack [mesh] (Leaf on the Wind)(150L) 75% donation
Bed: EliBaily Recycled Planks Bed ukUnion Jack, gacha [mesh](100L)
Cello, coffin box: Souzou Eien The Master's Cello Box (Full) Decorative [mesh](400L)
Big Ben: Never Totally Dead From Hell *London Map*, gacha [mesh](50L)
Rug: Senzafine "Evendim" Area Rug in Crimson (no longer available)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Low Land Impact Mesh Chairs

Over on plurk, we have a Linden Home makeover challenge going on. Also I am searching for pieces from my inventory that might be useful for the mini version of RMK Gothic (coming soon!) The purpose of this post is useful information. It's no frills raw images taken without advanced lighting and shadows with CalWL windlight on a 50% grey background. NOTE: My inventory does not reflect all the content that is available in SL, these are things I have picked up along the way from shopping, gachas, blogging, hunts, and gifts. I have lovely chairs that go beyond 3 LI but since I am looking for Low Impact awesomeness, I will be only showing those.

If any of you have recommendations for great low impact chairs, please let me know it, or make a post too! Or join in with the Linden Home Makeover Challenge! Have fun, live low impact in style!

1 Land Impact Mesh Chairs: (left to right)
One land impact chairs are VERY rare. Here are the few I found in my inventory. Trompe Loeil's Cobble Hill set is pretty much what I use in my own Linden home since it's overstuffed roomy goodness for tall avatars like mine, has a lot of animations, and very low land impact. All chairs here keep their shape even from a good distance away.

Trompe Loeil - Cobble Hill Chair Linen, Male and female, 20 animations
House of Fox - Color.Me.H.O.F Mesh Cosmetic Chair, (past, gacha), Unisex 4 animations
floorplan - aden kitchen chair / mint, Male and female, 8 animations
Breno - Bunny Chair w anim (Lavendar Hunt prize), Male and female, 7 animations
Noctis - Magus Professor's chair, Male and female, 11 animations
Ohmai - Pigpunzel Salon Chairs (Hair Fair gift), Male and female, 4 animations
KGM Design Creation - Marilyn Movie Chair, (Mad City gift), Unisex and female, 6 animations
RH Design House -Wooden chair Postcard Natural, (Japan Fair gift), Unisex 6 animations

2 Land Impact Mesh Chairs, part 1: (left to right)
Can you believe these chairs are only 2 land impact? There are some beautiful designs created by experts who know how to get land impact low without sacrificing too much style.

Dysfunctional Designs - Carved Wooden Throne, (ROMP) Male and Female, Cuddle, Adult, 35 animations
Death Row - ebenezers relaxing chair, (gacha), Unisex and Male, 16 animations
Isil - Europa Chair, Male and female, 28 animations
Aisling - Louarn Chair, Male and Female, Cuddle, 57 animations
Floorplan - throne chair black, Male and Female, Cuddle, Adult, 67 animations
Noctis - Enlightenment Parlour chair, roses (Low LOD), Male and Female, 23 animations
Cheeky Pea - So Gray Chair (Low LOD), Male and Female, 13 animations
22769 [bauwerk] - Graphic Chair Octopus (Low LOD)Male and Female, 16 animations

2 Land Impact Mesh Chairs, part 2: (left to right)
Part two of the 2 land impact chairs shows some traditional and creative styles.

Aisling - Big Wood Chair, (gift)Male and Female, 14 animations
Kalopsia - Leather Chair (Low LOD), Male and Female, Adult, 17 animations
The Loft - La Sina Lounge Chair Grey (Low LOD)Male and Female, Adult, 18 animations
La petite fleur - Halloween BatChair, (RMK Halloween prize), Unisex, 4 pose
Yasum - Desk Chair 7th Advent, (Advent gift), Unisex, 1 animation
Kaotic Distortions - Date to Remember Dining Chair, (Madpeas hunt) Male and Female, 9 animations
DIGS - Engman Chair - Ash, gacha (Low LOD)Male and Female, 6 animations
Death Row - lonely chair green, (gacha)Male and Female, 13 animations
Alouette - Wicker Chair, (gacha)Male and Female, 9 animations
Kusshon - modest victorian chair, (hunt)unisex, 9 animations

3 Land Impact Mesh Chairs, part 1: (left to right)
Now we are at three times the details, and these sets of 3 LI chairs really show put those LIs to good use. Wonderful creations! Note, the Angelic chair used is the Low LOD version but it passed my distance test just fine. On the Mission chair I removed the bonus  pillows, they are not linked to the main chair. And dial M chair is cleverly disguised to barely look like a chair at all!

Artisan Fantasy - *AF* Mission Armchair Set(ROMP) Male and Female, Cuddle, Adult, 19 animations
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Angelic Chair white LOW LODMale and Female, 16 animations
we're CLOSED - dial M chair, (Madpeas hunt), Male and Female, Adult, 30 animations
DIGS - Tenby Deck Chair (gacha), Male and Female, 19 animations
Kalopsia - Red Riding Hood Chair, (Enchantment), Male and Female, 9 animations
MiChiGaNs ShAcK - Revenge Love Throne, Male and Female, Adult, 16 animations, poseball

3 Land Impact Mesh Chairs, part 2: (left to right)
And here's the end of my collection of low impact chairs. I debated about including the last chair on the right because after I got it, I discovered it was ripped from the video game Duke Nukem. BUT since this is an educational post, I included it in a big red box for "NO!" to let you know this chair is stolen content. I don't think the designer who used it knew it was ripped, so I won't include their name. Just stir clear of this chair if you see it. Please support the talented designers of SL who make things for us in SL. They need our love and support. Thanks!

Noctis - Miss Mourning dining chair, Male and Female, Dining, 25 animations
22769 ~ [bauwerk] - Pop Art Armchair Pink (Eloquence gift), Unisex , 6 animations
Kuro - Declan chair PG, (ROMP), Male and Female, Cuddles, Vampire, 22 animations
Art Dummy - wintertide chair, snowflake three, (Four Walls hunt) Unisex, 8 animations
22769 ~ [bauwerk] - The Pawn White / Gold (gacha), Unisex, 2 animations
Viona Halim - This tall leather wingback chair is ripped from the video game Duke Nukem Forever. Designer Violna Halim created it. Proof here:

P.S. If any one reading this post spots a ripped chair, please let me know about. I try to always avoid ripped stuff. Thanks.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lair of the Phantom

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STORYLINE: He had been a promising music prodigy when tragedy struck. His mentor, the conductor of the Paris Opera, stole his composition, murdered him, and set their workroom on fire to hide his crimes. But the young Erik did not die. Flames covering his body, he dove for nearest body of water he could find, the sewers of Paris. His survival was a secret to the world above. His life, career, and face were stolen from him. Hearing his own music being performed by that traitor drove him mad. The thirst for revenge burned deeply in his soul. He bedeviled the production as often as he could. People began to believe the opera house was haunted. And then everything changed. The voice of an angel brought light to his gloom. Suddenly, his heart remembered its love for music. He lured her down to his domain. With his tutelage, she would bloom into the best soprano in the world. He would compose a masterpiece for her and to reclaim his name. His salvation was in grasp. 

When I was kid, I saw an old black and white movie Phantom of the Opera. I was captivated and have loved the Hades archetype ever since. So when I saw Death Row made a Phantom of the Opera set, I was ecstatic! It's an awesome skybox role play environment. There are 19 pieces to the set. Head over the OMG Gacha to play the gacha. The event runs from the 10th to the 31st.

Details on the animations in the set:
Boat: 21 female animations, 10 male animations with boat oar attachment, 4 cuddles, 
Bed: drd phantom bed RARE, 4 solo animations, 10 action animations, 8 cuddles, 8 kisses, 6 adult, 9 F/F
Sofa: 1 male, 1 female, 5 solo unisex, 10 cuddles, 12 adult, 7 F/F
Suitcases: 3 animations
Pipe Organ:  3 animations

Cave skybox: Death Row drd phantom cave, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)
Pipe organ: Death Row drd phantom organ RARE, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)
Chandelabra set: Death Row chandelabra 3, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)
Hanging mirror set: Death Row drd phantom hanging mirror, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)
Covered mirror set: Death Row drd phantom covered mirror 3, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)
Cluttered cabinet set: Death Row drd phantom cluttered cabinet 1, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)
Giant curtain: Death Row drd phantom giant  curtain left, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)
Trunks: Death Row drd phantom trunks, gacha [mesh](OMG Gacha)(75L)

On him, the Phantom:
Mask: Yasum Venezia*MALE*Nato*, gacha [mesh](50L)
Hair: Wasabi Pills Erik Mesh Hair - Night shadow [mesh] (250L)
Cape: JunBug Heathcliff The Lord's Cloak in Onyx Fur RARE, gacha [mesh]
Suit: Adam Edelstein Couture !AEC! The Count - Cloak + Collar [mesh] (1199L)
Gloves: FATEwear Dextor Void with materials (300L)
Eyes: S0NG Frost~ Cold Eye (50L)
Eyeliner: CL-NINE CL9v2l_HeadEyeline01C(bk)(free)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Sean Skin - Tone 03 G (990L)
Pose: Kuro in Motion Softly (125L)

On Her, Christine:
Guest appearance: Gia Nikai Juliesse
For stylecard and more images, visit Giaslilcorner blog, and flickr.
Thanks for your help, Gia!

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Conservatory 2

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STORYLINE: On his way to rendezvous with Lady Edelweiss, the Black Baron became suspicious he was being followed.

The outside of the Trompe Loeil Iona Conservatory at night with the street lights is just phenomenal. The materials and lighting work together to create awesome depth like the shiny copper roof, and sheen to the tile floor. I added scaled up Noctis paperweight Gargoyles out front. They're from the from the Gothmas Tree and Gargoyle set. Inside I created a lush plant grouping with a fountain I hacked. The serene looking mermaid has been replaced by a gargoyle spitting out blood. Hey, a blood fountain is way cooler. lol ...But you may be looking at this fancy guy. He's wearing the beautifully detailed Richelieu gold glasses by AIR. They come with chain either the left or right side, and a resize script. The pipe is a group gift by Epia. Hair is a new release by Tableau Vivant available at the main store. And the warm red Aran Knit sweater is a Men Only Hunt hunt prize by ::K::. It comes in male and female, with under shirt and without out. The head is the new TheMeshProject Anime head, it's perfect for villainous bishounen styles! (I will make a separate post about it to tell you more if time allows.)

On Him, The Black Baron:
Glasses: AIR Air_Richelieu_gold (Left)_C (700L)
Sweater: ::K:: Aran Knit Homme Red with Shirts [mesh](MOH5 hunt)(free)
Hair: Tableau Vivant Neve II - Blonds [mesh](250L)
Coat, metals, necktie, shirt, vest: Mr.Poet Military Drape Great Coat Set [mesh](The Men's Department)
Smoking pipe: Epia Mister Pipey [mesh](group gift)(free)
Gloves: O.M.E.N Black Cruising Gloves [mesh](190L)
Pants: Junbug Heathcliff Rake's Trousers - Black Tweed [mesh](150L)
Shoes: PixelFashion Bradford Shoes Black V [mesh] (390L)
Head: TheMeshProject (BETA) Head(m) - Anime (Deluxe) [mesh](5000L)
Eyes: S0NG Winter Snow Eye [mesh] (50L)

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STORYLINE: After an enjoyable evening with Lady Edelweiss, The Black Baron got down to business. Shipments of Royal Blood were being attacked by a criminal gang calling themselves The Wrath of Horus. The disruptions of the blood supply were unforgivable. He reviewed the latest military gadgets, such as the biplane bomber, and drew up a battle plan to ambush the crooks. Unknown to him, a raven listened closely to his plans, then silently disappeared up into the night sky.

The cozy Mission Armchair set by Artisan Fantasy comes in either warm or dark wood. It has 2 solo unisex animations, 4 female, 4 male, 5 cuddles, 3 adore, and 5 adult. The ottoman has 4 solo animations, 5 adult, and 6 punishment. To the left is the Roawenwood Sleek Bondage chair. It comes in either light or dark, with RLV or non-RLV, and 18 animations. On top of the ottoman is the Biplane RARE from the NOMAD diesel punk gacha at OMG Gacha. When you touch the radio controller, the plane will take off and fly and then drop temp rez bombs before landing. Fun. The London Map by Never Totatally Dead is from the Jack Ripper inspired From Hell gacha. The lamp and rug are part of the Noctis Baron Von Scarlet Soft and table set.

Chair, ottoman: Artisan Fantasy Mission Armchair Set ~ Warm ~ Adult [mesh](750L)
Chair: Roawenwood Sleek Bondage & Training Chair - Traditional [mesh](450L)
Airplane, controller: NOMAD "R.C BOMBER" RARE, gacha [mesh](OMG gacha)(80L)
Map: Never Totally Dead From Hell *London Map*, gacha [mesh](50L)
Floor lamp, rug: Noctis Baron Von Scarlet Sofa and table [mesh](295L)
Plant 1: C-Outlet Sunlounge Plant [mesh](10L)
Plant 2: C-Outlet Mariu Potted Plant [mesh](10L)
Plant 3: Terrashop Green Orchid GIFT [mesh](1L)
Conservatory: Trompe Loeil Iona Conservatory [mesh](Collabor88)(188L)
Street Lights: Trompe Loeil Trompe Loeil - Iona Path Lights [mesh](Collabor88)(88L)
Gargoyles: Noctis Gothmas Tree and Gargoyle [mesh](155L)

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Conservatory

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STORYLINE: Among the Children of the Night, the Black Baron was considered a military genius. But after one too many defeats, his enemies finally discovered his weakness, Lady Edelweiss. The Baron's secret rendezvous with his human mistress did not escape their spies. They were licking theirs fangs with delight. What a shame it was for the mighty Baron to love to such a fragile, easily manipulated creature.

Time for a ROMP!  You have until midnight SL tonight to scoop up the excellent sales on these delightful romptastic creations. To get a list of the stores and links, go to:

You know I love a good throne, and the Carved Wooden Throne by Dysfunctional Designs is a must have! I love the style on it. You can change the color of the fabric and the wood. It has 7 solo poses for girls, 8 for girls, 12 cuddle poses, and 8 adult poses. The setting was inspired by the Iona Conservatory by Trompe Loeil on sale now at Collaboe88. Also at Collabor88 is the cute corset by Junbug. And another Must Have is this excellent Military Drape Great Coat Set by Mr Poet. It's a steal for how much awesome stuff comes with it! (coat rigged and unrigged, vest, shirt, neckscarf, aiguilette, medals and watch chain) I used the unrigged one here, I like it better unrigged. (btw, Girls can also wear this unrigged version.) Everything is mod, so i adjusted the tints, sizes, placement, and materials. The hair I have on works great with the coat. It's longhair pulled to the front so no pokes on the upturned collar. The Neve II by Tableau Vivant is one sale now at We <3 Roleplay. And a special thanks to Fulli for her return to the blog after a ten month absence. Welcome back Full!

On Him, The Black Baron:
Hair: Tableau Vivant Neve II - Blonds [mesh](250L)
Coat, metals, necktie, shirt, vest: Mr.Poet Military Drape Great Coat Set [mesh](The Men's Department)
Gloves: O.M.E.N Black Cruising Gloves [mesh](190L)
Fangs: [ni.Ju] Fangs, edit tint (past, free)
Pants: Junbug Heathcliff Rake's Trousers - Black Tweed [mesh](150L)
Head: TheMeshProject (BETA) Head(m) - Anime (Deluxe) [mesh](5000L)
Eyes: S0NG Winter Snow Eye [mesh] (50L)

On Her, Lady Edelweiss:
Model: Fulli
Corset:  Junbug Betty's Bouddior - Ruby Brocade [mesh](Collabor88)
Hair: Truth Vixen [mesh]
Blindfold: AIR Air_Blind11_Red1_TM, gacha(40L)
Shoes: The Sugar Garden Jellybean Wedgies - black [mesh]
Gloves: Adam n Eve AE for SLINK Appliers Hands - Opera Glove (150L)
Hands: Slink Hands Relax [mesh](450L)
Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) Mid [mesh](675L)

Throne: Dysfunctional Designs Carved Wooden Throne [mesh](ROMP) SALE ends at midnight, 1/12
Conservatory: Trompe Loeil Iona Conservatory [mesh](Collabor88)
Coffin: Noctis Ethelton Casket and HUD [mesh](255L)
Table, Bottle: Noctis Baron Von Scarlet Sofa and table [mesh](295L)
Curtain: {anc} cirque de reverie .4/ blanc / curtain 2Li, gacha [mesh]
Plant 1: C-Outlet Sunlounge Plant [mesh](10L)
Plant 2: Noctis Miss Wu's Opium sofa set [mesh](355L)
Rug: Noctis Versailles aubergine octagonal sculpted
Thanks for your help Fulli!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

MEME: Yearbook Smile

An accidental purchase led to a joke that turned into a meme. That's right, Berry is back in fine form and she's introduced the first meme for 2015. Her challenge is to recreate the awkward Yearbook Smile with your avatar, and submit your creation to the flickr group here.

I had a hard time making up my mind how to do this: spoof my RL yearbook picture or try to make my avatar look like a high school student. I ended up with a mix of both. The expression here closely mimics my RL yearbook picture, and the rest is an attempt to take my avatar back to high school. lol

On Him, Devin Vaughn student:
Hair: Dura Dura-Boys&Girls*54 - White  [mesh](120L)
Shirt: *Edelweiss* School-Line Shirts Mens [mesh] (250L)
Tie: *Edelweiss* School-Line NeckTie Mens - wine [mesh] (80L)e)
Fangs: Cain Realistic Vampire fangs II (50L)
Eyes: S0NG Winter Violet Eye (50L)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Nathan - tone 1 (990L)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Retro Game Adventure 2

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STORYLINE: The sender of the email claimed to be a character inside the game he had been seeking. She insisted he rescue her before it was too late. There were only a few copies left of her in the world. A vicious hacker was determined to destroy her!

My friends Kariritaisho and Mystina were so good to say yes when I asked for their help blogging Retro Games. It was tricky to coordinate three people's schedules, and LevelUp has now ended. Nevertheless, we all wanted to continued on with this idea for the series. Items shown here should be in the mainstores or added soon. Thanks guys! Shown above, Myst is wearing an outfit she put together and posed with the fun Cubic Cherry Chompychain tails. Adorable. The picture is taken at the fun Electrobit City sim. You can reach this level by taking the teleport near the bunnies at the main landing. Just be sure to accept all the experience keys when you land. You only need to accept it once, the sim will remember it after that.

On Her, Myst
Model: Mystina
Tails: Cubic Cherry Kre-ations Chompychain tails [mesh](Level Up)(250L)
Hair: Magika [03] Today [mesh](250L)
Head: Utilizator M3 Mesh Anime Head [mesh](500L)
Body: Utilizator Kemono Body [mesh](900L)
Ears: Mandala Female Fantasy Elf [mesh](777L)
Eye Mod: Puppy M3 Reflective Eyes Gray (49L)
Skin Mod: POMF Little Hime (250L)
Outfit: Mikazuki Mika Reach Complete Outfit for Kemono (re-textured) [mesh](899L)
Wings: Second Legends Angel HUD + Wings [mesh](free)
Bow: Primus Petiole Bow [mesh]
Pendant: JasX Unconvincing Armor Outfit Part of BG Feline F [mesh](free)
Pose: Ulrika Zugzwang Superhero Landing

Electrobit City - 8-Bit and Retro Pixel Utopia

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STORYLINE: Of course Dino didn't believe a word of it. I mean, seriously? A game character is alive and claims a hacker is destroying all copies of the game? It made no sense. But, it was true the game was damn hard to find. Dino didn't know what to think about this, but since he had nothing better to do for a few hours, he followed her link and logged in as his favorite character, Lina the Guardian of Helios. Who knew what strange things might happen next? Maybe if he was lucky, he would finally get a copy of the game, right?

Kariritaisho is modeling several cute Link-like goodies from BluPrintz, the tunic, boots, and the weapons are part of a gacha. Her hair is Mario Hair by Ayashi. It comes with a Mario hat you wear or hide. The Graham's Adventure Cap is by Unrepentant and comes in 5 different colors. You mod it and scale it for the best fit. Her bunny sidekick is part of the Electrobit City sim. Just touch a bunny and he will ask if he can attach to you. Say yes, and you have a new pet who will follow you around. Cute.

On Her, Lina Guardian of Helios:
Model: Kariritaisho
Hair: Ayashi Mario Hair [mesh](Level Up)(250L)
Weapons: BluPrintz Sword & Shield RARE, gacha [mesh](Level Up)(50L)
Armor: BluPrintz Hero's Bracers, gacha [mesh](Level Up)(50L)
Necklace: BluPrintz Hero's Medallion, gacha [mesh](Level Up)(50L)
Outfit: BluPrintz Hero Tunic [mesh](Level Up)(199L)
Boots: BluPrintz Hero's Boots [mesh](Level Up)(199L)
Hat: Unrepentant Graham's Adventuring Cap - Thief [mesh](Level Up)(23L)
Head: Utilizator M3 Mesh Anime Head [mesh](500L)
Body, stockings: Utilizator Avatar 2.0 body, stockings [mesh](400L)
Skin: POMF M3 Head and Avatar 2.0 Innocent Skin V2 (no blush)(150L)
Eyes: POMF M3 Another World Eyes - Blue (100L)
Bunny: Electrobit City (free, sim attachment)
Pose: StunT Sword and Shield - Crouching Ready (100L)

Electrobit City - 8-Bit and Retro Pixel Utopia
Thanks for your help, Kariritaisho and Mystina!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Retro Game Adventure

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STORYLINE: The leader singer of a California punk rock band, Dino had a passion for video games. The bright colors and happy 8-bit bleeps made his child's heart glow. He repaired old arcade machines and game consoles as a side business to supplement his income in-between gigs. But there was one game he longed for that he could never find. Until one day he got a mysterious email.

This gamer room makes me feel stupid happy, like a cozy hideout where your buds come over and you shoot the shit for hours. lol You can get the Retro Game goodies at the new round of Level Up, but you need to be fast, the 5th is the last day. From Level Up: The little green hair elves are wearable pets gacha by swagga. The Tossing Barrels Arcade game by Nomad is a wearable backpack and it is animated! (I scaled it up larger for the picture and hid the backpack straps.) The Pac Man Ghost wall art is by Frogstar, and the black art poster is by Unrependant. On the table are the brick cube, coin, and question mark box are by Mien. The Gamer bracelet and ring are a gacha by Nomad. It's non-rigged so you can adjust it for a good fit. The Headgear is by Swagga and it's also editable non-rigged mesh. The glass elements on the eye piece are animated and you can change the color with a hud. Other things I am wearing: The new years group gift hair from Tableau Vivant comes with all the color huds and it has fits for girls and guys. The piercings are by Haus of Darcy and were on sale at the last round of Tengoku-no-rakuen. (Also by Haus of Darcy on sale at Creation.Jp are nipple piercings with several styles of piercings.) The jean vest by 7 Mad Ravens is on sale right now at the Cosmopolitan Sales Room. You can get it in Punk like above, camo, or rebel styles. The Wasted jeans are also by 7 Mad Ravens. The New Rock boots are subscriber gift from Hoorenbeek. To get them, join the subscriber group and wait 15 days. Then go back to get the gifts. Now, perhaps you are noticing how nice the details are on they arms and hands here. You didn't? Look again. That is a fitted mesh body for men by Kauna. It's on sale right now at FaMESHed. (In a later post I will tell you all about the new fitted mesh bodies for the guys.) Happy New Year, Game on!

On Him, Dino:
Bracelet: NOMAD Silver Gamer Bracelet // RARE, gacha [mesh](Level Up)(50L)
Ring: NOMAD Silver Gamer Ring .001, gacha [mesh](Level Up)(50L)
Headset: SWaGGa Half-Dead Headgear v3 [mesh](Level Up)(199L)
Watch: NOMAD Retro Game Watch [mesh](Level Up)(100L)
Piercings: Haus of Darcy .HoD. - TV Piercing 8 - Razor [mesh]
Hair: Tableau Vivant Hatsuhi hair male [mesh](group gift)(free)
Shirt: 7 Mad Ravens DirtyDog-Black [mesh](Cosmopolitan Sales Room)(100L)
Pants: 7 Mad Ravens Wasted-Grey [mesh](175L)
Boots: Hoorenbeek New Rock Boots - Red Demon [mesh](subscribers gift)(free)
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes - Denim [mesh](150L)
Body, hands: Kauna Tauso - [A1 v1.0] [mesh](FaMESHed)(2999L)
Skin: Kooqla Knight of Rose (990L)

Setting, Game Room 1:
Art: Unrepentant Keep Calm And Omnom RARE [mesh](Level Up)(25L)
Art: Frogstar Shiny & New Pixel Ghost (Blue, Pink, Orange[mesh](Level Up)(150L)
Pet: SWaGGa Follower - Right Leg[mesh](Level Up)(50L)
Pet: SWaGGa Follower - Left Leg[mesh](Level Up)(50L)
Game: NOMAD "Tossing Barrels 3D" Backpack [mesh](Level Up)(250L)
Watch: NOMAD Retro Gamer's wristwatch [mesh](Level Up)(100L)
Props: Mien One Up Coin,  Plain Block, Question Block[mesh](Level Up)(150L)
Chair: CheekyPea OmNom Chair [mesh](200L)
Cube 1: [tea.s] Puzzle Cube Chair - Fixed [mesh](250L)
Cube 2: [tea.s] Puzzle Cube Chair - Mixed [mesh](250L)
Table: beach street game controller table[mesh](no longer available)
House: Epia Workshop Attic Skybox [mesh](500L)

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In this 2nd view of the game room you can see the Vintage Gamer set on the right by Fetch. it includes a retro game console, table, and flat screen tv. To the left is the Gamer Living room by NOMAD. It includes couch with single and couple animations, tube table, and barrel toss wall shelf. The little guy by the sofa is Mr Molimar by Monster Slayer. on the backwall are a series of framed art from the Frogstar gacha Art Prints. Each artwork is a theme game style. On the table top is one of the board games by Hopscotch, "Don't get angry, avatar." In this image, Dino is wearing the NOMAD Retro Gamer's wristwatch. The face is a pong-like game and it keeps real time! I set mine to the SL PST time and the 12 hour cyle. 

Setting, Game Room 2:
Table, console, tv screen: Fetch Vintage Gamer Set [mesh](Level Up)(295L)
Wall Art: Frogstar art prints, gacha[mesh](Level Up)(25L each)
Board Game: Hopscotch board games [mesh](Level Up)(150L)
Shelf, coffee table, couch: NOMAD Industrial Gamer living room [mesh](Level Up)(250L)
Plushie: Monster Slayer  Mr. Molimar [mesh](Level Up)(100L)
Key holder: Wimey Take This Key Holder [mesh]
Laptop: MESHWORX Loztech_Laptop With 5 Animations [mesh]
Pizzabox: Neurolab SPACE PIZZA [mesh](3L)
PacMan shelf: Cheeky Pea Chomper Comic Shelf - Yellow [mesh]
Pose: Embody F BROWSER 3 (39L)
Thanks for your help on the set Kariritaisho!