Pages

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Busty Valentine: part one

(Originally this was posted on the Train Wreck, here, on 12 February 2012. It had no comments.)

Cats can fit anywhere.

From here on, I'm afraid, this one's entirely concerned with one particular hunt, namely: the Be My Busty Valentine Hunt. It's run by (or at least, the starting point is at) the unfortunately named Tw@ttyC@ke, and it seems to be entirely clothing and/or accessories for the...over-endowed, shall we say.

Only one problem--I don't even own one prim breast, let alone two.

So, I've spent the last several hours researching on the Marketplace for more information. And believe me, the Lindens have made this a nigh-impossible task, with several search terms used by the various makers themselves coming up with no revealing options. It's very, very odd, and also very frustrating.

Still, we're going to start with "mused", which sells a prim breast pack for L$975 (ouch), butfor that near-thousand, you get:
  • four different piercings
  • simple nipple tape
  • three different lactation options plus 'fluids' layer (and cow spots, but we move on)
  • seventy-six different nipple/areaolae tonestwo hundred and seventeen different skin tones (!!!)
  • hide/show options for most of these, plus recoloring/retexturing allowed
  • HUD menu controls
  • light oil, heavy oil, or no oil options on the varying shades of skin
  • leash/owner options
  • breast physics settings (basically on or off, but still)
  • and, after all that, if you want to use a different clothing company's HUD/applier set-up, this pack supports most eCorop, eBoobs, iBoobs, and Lola's appliers
  • comes with three basic clothing layers (plain white tee-shirt, plain white bra, and plain white tube top, all of which can be retextured and tinted)
  • and it comes with a developer pack, if you decide you want to make clothes for it after going through everything
That's kind of a lot of boob for your buck, to be blunt.

Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed with the "mused" demo, for two reasons, but only the first one is the maker's responsibility. There's no setting for a plain white skin to be tinted different colors, just default flesh tones; there should be an option for a 'blank slate', so to speak, and there's not. (Keep in mind part of my frustration can also be laid at my door--I was a lavender catgirl throughout all of the testing today.) I still think with as popular as 'gothic' pale skins are, and as big a push as SL is doing behind the whole 'vampire' angle, it's almost criminal not to have fully tintable breasts. (Though again, maybe it's just the demo, with crippled features, and the actual purchased scripting is better.)

What's not the maker's responsibility: the Tw@ttyC@ke HUD applier geared for the Universals breast pack would not stay on the HUD, no matter where I attached it. This seems an odd bug, so I'll try again later, but right now, I can't test out how either upper 'cup' layer of Tw@ttyC@ke's corsets look like on the "mused" breasts, because the HUD won't stay on my screen long enough to click it!

Next up, eBoobs sells three different versions of their prim breasts: the "Natboobs", the "Overfilleds", and the "Anime Overfilleds". What's the difference?

The "Natboobs" apparently have a more "natural" look for the breast shape, and feature "normal" nipples, plus:
  • two HUDs offered; one fully scripted with "very easy" controls, another "lightweight" with just the most commonly used settings
  • comes with skins, plus tinting options
  • nipples can be pierced with included piercing settings
  • can be used for 'forced growth' roleplay, and even come with a save new size/restore old size option
  • "realistic bounce" (I have fear)
  • "milk control"
  • copiable and modifiable, and comes with "lifetime" updates
  • RLV compatible; also allows multiple owners
  • and they say they're compatible with most "busty" clothing shops (the ad lists "1000+ outfits")
The eBoobs "Overfilleds" are listed an an "overfilled" shape with "normal" nipples, plus everything that comes with the "Natboobs", and the "Anime Overfilleds" are listed as the "overfilled" shape of the prior release, but with oversized, 'folded' anime-style nipples. (If you've seen any large-breasted hentai films, you know what I mean. If you haven't, I'm certainly not going to be the one to explain why they look like that to you.)

All three of these retail for L$1000, per style.

I found the eBoobs demo curiously perplexing--it was a tad tricky to tint (but again, consider what I'm trying to match it to), but all other options gave me a good idea of how the system works. The problem? They don't seem to be able to shrink smaller than "You poor woman, how your lower back must ache". Which is disappointing, to say the least. I suppose there just aren't many prim-breast fanciers whose strongest desire is...smaller breasts!

iBoobs seems to have two separate options--the "Busty, and the Natural". They retail for L$600 apiece.

The "Busty":
  • full menu control of growth/expansion/shrinkage
  • lactation options, including milk 'squirting' and dripping
  • the option to flash your prim breasts to the room at large
  • the option to hide/show your top
  • the option to hide/show nipples and nipple rings
  • touching emotes included
  • nine separate tops in the package, each of which can be tinted in three different layers of sheer and twenty-five colors
  • skin textures included
  • and free updates
Also, apparently Implant Nation and eCorp top textures can be used on iBoobs breasts.

The "Natural":
  • everything listed above, but a deeper cleavage shadow, essentially
My only problem is that, yet again, I could not track a demo down for love or money. I'll keep looking.

Next up: ICON, with, oddly, only one entry: the Bra Busters Nutrient Pack. The features as listed:
  • lactation effects from 'slow drip' to 'gush'
  • changeable clothes (some built-in with this pack, others will need to be purchased)
  • growth buttons
  • tops described as 'closest fitting', which also offer minimal clipping even when these breasts are expanded to their maximum dimensions
  • a menu-driven system
  • color-tintable prims
  • copyable and modifiable
This system retails for L$595, and again, I could find no mention of a demo to test out for these.

Again in the L$1000 range, Essentials, sold through the "Bad Kitty" brand, has two main variants, the Tammy and the Katie. The "Katie" offers:
  • only two scripts and three prims, making them very low-lag
  • ten preset skin tones ranging from "vampire white" (yay!) all the way to Drow black, it sounds like
  • thirty-two preset skin tints, and if what you want isn't there, there's a color picker
  • six piercings that can be worn individually, or as sets
  • applier support for tops, bras, skins, and oddly jewelry
  • resizing on touch, or by the provided HUD
  • "easy to read, illustrated" HUD users' manual
Katie in addition offers a "perky nipple" that is "slightly upturned".

The "Tammy" offers all of the above, but it's listed as having a fuller, "puffier" nipple (that is also slightly upturned).

I tried the "Tammy" demo, and unfortunately, I found the Essentials demo difficult to use, impossible to tint, and forget about resizing it. Again, maybe these are options that are more freely available in the pay version, but I wasn't at all interested in struggling hard enough to find them, eight minutes before they told me that particular demo would "expire".

I finally tracked down Implant Nation's Universal Implants. They'll set you back L$800, but for that, you'll get:
  • a built-in menu system which allows change of the implant size (as well as a size dial, to go quickly between sizes)
  • bouncing (or not bouncing) settings
  • full "milking" options (including thin spray, medium stream, and slow drip)
  • rapid switching between four layers: "fluid" splash, bra, clothing, or bare skin
  • full RLV integration (including nipple leashing)
  • 'excitability' options
  • and full security features for other people to 'take over' your implants, should you so choose
  • skin browser/tinter option, with over fifty-eight skins installed on the HUD included
That's not too shabby for the price. (There's also an add-on pack for L$300, that apparently features more 'natural' shapes for the implants, and comes with an additional fifty skins. But you have to own the original Universals pack first.)

The Universals demo was easy to use, easy to understand, and actually easy to tint (considering I was still in the lavender neko skin for the testing). The only unnerving thing about it was the "bounce" setting. It's far too easy to go from 'gentle movement' to hysterical laughter-inducing jiggling in just a press of a button. I will admit, having bright pink, glowing, rotating signs saying "DEMO VERSION!" on top of each breast did make it slightly more difficult to evaluate, but there were no other restrictions on testing them out, as far as I could see.

Now, HKM United, Crumb Camel, Tiny Things, RS Designs, Bad Kitty, PS Designs, PerfectSyn, Big Breasted Slaves and PixelParadigm, new maker of mesh breasts, also don't seem to be supported by at least the Tw@ttyC@kes corset gifts, at the start of the hunt. Still don't know about gifts found later on. And I still haven't found Lola's, VStrings, or Aphrodite for evaluation.

I'm hoping pictures are coming; I'm also going to do my best to actually acquire a set of prim breasts, to see how the rest of the hunt goes. Wish me luck; covering this one, I suspect, is not going to be easy.

2 comments:

  1. Possibly the reason your "HUD" applier for the Universals thing wasn't working is that it's not a HUD, it's an attachment that should attach, apply the texture, then unattach itself. That's how they work :) If you aren't seeing the texture either enable a shirt layer on the breasts before wearing the applier "ball" (ie: the applier script in an object) -- or check and make sure that the applier works with the brand of breasts you're using. Hope this helps, although this comment's a little late :p

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Remember, even at this point, it's still a wide new world for me. I'm still figuring it all out, company by company. And I will check that out, though--as I recall dimly--the problem was that the applier only worked part of the time, even when the model said it supported Universals retexturing. It could be user error. :)

      Delete