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Bakes on Mesh / BoM, part 2

Bakes on Mesh is live on the main grid! Before you read my post, I recommend reading Aems Bakes on Mesh post to learn about BoM and what products you can buy to make your mesh body parts BoM-ready.

I only started using BoM yesterday, when I updated my viewer to the latest SL Viewer. I’m not dying to wear system skin or system makeup, cos I think the newer skins are much prettier and more high-res. Old skins and makeups typically used 512 size textures, cos SL limited the size of uploaded textures. It’s still fun to try out this new feature while waiting for brands to update and deliver me better quality textures to wear.

Bakes on Mesh Genus
Genus Mesh Head + System skins

What am I wearing here?
Left: Genus Baby mesh head + system Pink Fuel skin + default Genus lashes (with applier added)
Right: Everything above + system Blush + System Eyeshadow + Applier lipstick

The reason I can mix system skin and system makeup with my mesh head appliers right now is cos Genus has NOT updated their head to be BoM-ready. With a BoM-ready product, you should not be able to use applier makeup, cos all those extra layers will be removed. All of your makeup needs will be done through wearing layers inside your inventory. You can re-arrange your system tattoo layers by going to the Appearance tab, clicking on the Edit this outfit button, then use up/down arrows to re-arrange layers.

Bakes on Mesh Genus
What it looks like when I’m wearing all of my layers plus mesh head

Did you know that you cannot use BoM with an applier skin? You must use system skin. I will wait for my applier skin to have an accompanying system layer, to truly enjoy BoM. I’m not sure why SLers want to wear OLD system skins, but they seem to want to, LOL.

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Dragon

LAQ Lulu

Isn’t this new head by LAQ cute? This is the Lulu mesh head, which is great for users who want a more doe-eyed look out of their avatar. If you want to see how Gogo looks with this mesh head, just scroll back one entry or click here.

This head is going to be very kind to hand-drawn skin makers! Lulu is expressive and perfect for painted textures. It’s also wonderful for dollish skins and youthful brands. In fact, this head is so nice that I want to make more skins for it!

A note for skin devs: the creator’s package at LAQ’s store contains a lot of helpful UVs to help you make custom looks for this head, including eyelashes and teeth. There’s also a texture map that shows where the lipstick area begins and ends, so you can simply select the section and texture away.

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Friend me on my new Flickr account! I made a new one because I forgot the password to my old one, lol.

What I’m Wearing:

LAQ Lulu Bento Head
[ a.e.meth ] – Eris Skin
Exile – Cold Sky
konpeitou – Rose Moon (black lady top, ball choker, jewel tears, and tiara set)
Velvet Whip – Soul Collector Dress (skirt only)
Aii Creations – Single Dragon (RARE/Arcade)

LAQ BENTO MOTION CAPTURE MESH HEAD, Lulu

Laq - Lulu

Meet Lulu, the newest mesh head from LAQ. On my last review of Gaia, the first bento mesh head from LAQ, I did not mention my thoughts on the shape tweaking process for the head cos it was still in the beta stage. The sliders are on Lulu are improved, so editing it is a breeze compared to Gaia. Some people said that the eyes looked sad on my shape, but I have yet to figure out how to fix that. I don’t even mind the sad eyes, it gives Lulu a sweet appearance. If you’re a fan of cute youthful faces, check out Lulu!

I am wearing the default skin included with the HUD, and the Fresh Lip Tint gloss from Pink Fuel.

What I’m Wearing:

LAQ Bento – Lulu
Exile – Tether
Teefy – Emily Sweater Onepiece (Lavender)
Pink Fuel – Fresh Lip Tint

LAQ Bento Motion Capture Mesh Head, Gaia 1.0

Laq - Gaia 1.0

It’s raining mesh heads! I’m wearing Gaia 1.0, the newest Bento Mesh Head from Laq. I’m excited by bento editing capabilities and motion capture animations. I spent hours obsessively tweaking this head to look like me, but lately I’ve been more flexible with my looks. I wore the skin and makeups included in the Laq HUD, so this look is completely achievable right out of the box!

Laq - Gaia 1.0

The Laq HUD is comparable to other mesh heads on the market – full of features and customization options. I particularly liked the Moods tab, which includes 4 default animated moods that you can play continuously, and 12 animated expressions (includes the option to play continuously or as poses).

My favorite feature on this HUD, is the Looks tab to save different skins & makeup options. With one click, the HUD saved my entire look, and even created a preview pic. The preview pic feature is amazing, cos I tend to forget what I have saved.

Laq - Gaia 1.0

Watch Mallory’s video showing the motion captured  animations, and tell me those are not the best animations you have ever seen! I like that each expression includes a few poses and plays in a continuous loop.

Now comes the critiques, which surprisingly isn’t much. What I want added to the HUD is a CLEAR ALL button, for when all of my makeup layers are wonky and I want to start over. This head is new, so there are not a lot of skins available for it yet. I would probably like it even more if I could try different skins. Thankfully, it is OMEGA-enabled, so there are some things that will work with it, but OMEGA is terribly slow.

Try the Laq bento mesh head and let me know what you think! How does this mesh head compare with your favorite? What feature do you want to see in future updates?

What I’m Wearing:

LAQ Bento – Motion Capture – Gaia 1.0
Truth Hair – Lisette
Teefy – Sophia Top Lacey (Bloom)
Empire – Jean Shorts

Remember Me

Remember Me

Just when I think Second Life content can’t possibly get any better, it does get better, and that is the most exciting thing about being a consumer. This is the first time that I’ve seen bento animated hair, and I’m already craving more! I’ve seen animated hair from other brands, but I don’t know if they were bento or some other scripted method. Exile just released a few bento hairstyles, add them to your must have list! Watch the videos (Palace & Over the Edge) to see the animations! The hairstyles are even more stunning in-world cos the animations are so smooth.

Remember Me

How darling is this Vintage Blouse from ANE? I love the front of this blouse, it’s pleated and very pretty. Then I turned around, and I love the back even more! Vintage with a twist!

What I’m Wearing:

Exile – Palace (Bento)
ANE – Vintage Blouse @ The Vintage Fair
The Secret Store – Yulia Flare Skirt (Navy)
Ingenue – Lisbet Heels (Navy) @ Collabor88

LeLutka Chloe Bento Mesh Head

LeLutka Chloe Bento Mesh Head

In December, LeLutka released the Simone 2.0 Bento Mesh Head and I have worn it exclusively since. I’m even more enamored with Simone now cos LeLutka continually updated the HUD to include more features that makes wearing it even better. Even though I have worn Simone for a little over two months, I truly feel like this has always been ‘my’ face. Being able to tweak is so nice.

I didn’t expect LeLutka to release another head so quickly, but this is a pleasant surprise! The new LeLutka Chloe Bento Mesh Head is more youthful face than Simone. The lips are y, and the face shape is slightly rounder with more chubby cheeks. Speaking of shape, be ready to tweak. I basically made an entirely new face for myself cos the nose, chin, lips, eyes, are entirely different.

LeLutka Chloe Bento Mesh Head

Will I wear Chloe? Yes! Will I still wear Simone? Yes! I’m having a hard time deciding what is ‘my’ face these days, since I make shape edits and choose skins that are always in the style that I like, they usually end up looking somewhat similar. My friends always says “this looks like you” which always makes me laugh cos they’re referring to default head Gogo, which makes me cringe now! I LOVE MESH HEADS. If you haven’t moved on to mesh heads, why not?

LeLutka Chloe Bento Mesh Head

Do you know what feature I’m most excited about on the latest HUD update? ReroutingEnables redirecting appliers to a layer of your choosing. I played with it a bit, and still getting the hang of picking the right layer for certain things. The tattoo is the easiest layer to use, cos that layer applies all over the face – so I can put lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, pretty much everything any applier I want on it. The other zones are more restrictive, for example, I can’t put lipstick appliers on brows zone, or eyeshadow appliers on lips zones.

What I’m Wearing:

LeLutka Chloe Bento Mesh Head
Magika – Fool for Love
ALT by Truth – Paddington Sweater

Water Horse Riding Horse

Water Horse Riding Horse

EDIT: These horses are limited availability for now, so only about 40 of them are released to beta testers. You must wear the Water Horse group tag to purchase the horse. Water Horse will sell horses freely again when they iron out the bento head deformity bug.

Bento has been pretty fun so far! I’ve purchased a few things, such as the Medhue Elephant and Red Remora’s Fennec Fox avs. Both are Bento-enabled and add a lot of fun to playing SL.

So, here’s a new creation to add to this list: Water Horse has released their Riding Horse for beta testing. It’s a wearable vehicle but uses Bento bones to animate the mesh. No more claymation texture cycling! Your avatar will look like it’s riding a real horse in-game.

Check out this preview:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEQAg12jSk]

Seriously. This exists in SL now. And currently, the horse is going for about 3500L. Less than a mesh head! That’s a steal.

A few caveats if you buy the horse: it’s still in beta so there are bugs. They’re currently fixing a bug that deforms Bento heads when you ride the horse. They’re also looking for users to report anything else that’s wrong so the devs can fix it.

But in return?

https://gyazo.com/02f606a277865c51ef59fedc3a230f76

https://gyazo.com/fc1df93ef6c81d629cd1c993adb7ba49

I still think it’s worth it.

Visit Water Horse in-world here.

About Face By Elle Couerblanc

About Face - The Skinnery Park Shin

Hello Second Life!  My name is Elle Couerblanc and I will be joining Gogolita and Aems here at JuicyBomb!  I am thrilled to be a part of this team and happy to be back in Second Life.  I have been away from the grid for a while (damn RL) and finally have a bit of breathing room to start enjoying gaming once again.  It has been close to almost two years since I was around regularly (only popping in now and then to say hello to everyone) and so much has changed!

You might be asking what dragged me back into SL (besides my friend of course) after all this time.  Well the answer is simple my friends – BENTO!  When mesh heads first came out, I hated them…..HATED…..THEM and felt like the uniqueness of avatar creation was gone forever.  But Bento has changed this perception for me and I cannot wait to start exploring SL again.

So join me friends on my adventures in Second Life and of course with a bit of fashion sense along the way.  A little about me and my photos:  I do use some Photoshop techniques – largely using Actions to enhance rather than to take away.  I don’t edit facial features though when I post about skin, such with this photo featuring Park Shin from The Skinnery found at Collabor88.  I also enjoy reinventing Elle fairly regularly:  meaning I am not tied to a specific ethnicity, hair color, size etc.  Also, I am bit slow to the latest trends and releases so I might post about something that might be OMG a MONTH OLD!  Furthermore I am a bit lazy about SLurls (LOL) but I will do my best to change this nasty habit.

Anywho, enough of chattering – details of my look can be found below. So in closing, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!

Edited to add:  Excuse my renoobness in my forgetting to bump up my antialias in this photo. It is not as crisp as normal.  I will do better next time folks!

.Shi Hair : Discorded / Unisex . E-Bronde for Shiny Shabby
CATWA HEAD Catya
[theSkinnery] Park Shin (Catwa Applier) champagne for Collabor88
[theSkinnery] The Lyre Brows 4 (Catwa Applier+System Tattoo) 4
IKON Spectral Eyes – Coffee
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara

Maitreya Lisbon Top * Champagne
Kunglers Anete necklace – Aquamarine for Shiny Shabby

Pose – marukin

Beanie

Beanie

If you bought a LeLutka Simone Bento head, how do you like it? I love it of course, but I’m still waiting for some of my favorite skin brands to release skins. I am wearing an older Lara Hurley skin today, and the fit is pretty good, except for the lips. I’ve noticed that most of the older LeLutka appliers that I have fits okay around the face but the eyes and lips are slightly off. I wore a lipstick applier over this skin and changed my lip shape, but I still want a skin made specifically for the Simone Bento head. It’s difficult to get a unique face when we’re all wearing the same two skins.

I almost never use Omega appliers, cos one size does not fit all. I prefer makeups and skins made for a specific head cos the fit is so much better. And Omega script is slow, so to me it should be a last resort. It is frustrating when a skin I like is not available for my head, but I would rather wait for one that does instead of buying an Omega skin and hope that it works alright. Have you tried your Omega skins on this head? It does not work.

Beanie

What I’m Wearing:

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head
Truth Hair – Irena (+Hat)
Foxes – Party Dress
Blueberry – Show Time Coat (Angel)
Ingenue – Anja Heels (Creme)

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