Sparky's products at HiveWire

Discussion in 'Show Me The Honey' started by Sparky, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. carmen indorato

    carmen indorato Ambitious

    Yes...in US...Virginia to b exact.
     
  2. carmen indorato

    carmen indorato Ambitious

    Just curious as to why your discs have been going bad?
    Are they stored in paper sleeves or plastic jewel cases....in sunlight or in darkened room?
    Dry environments or damp?
    I thought they have been manufactured to last longer than 5 years? So, Manufacturers have been lying to us? How can we tust M-Disc manufacturers nt to be doing the same and charging u so much more than previous technologies?
    I miss my tech pens and #2 pencils! :(
     
  3. Hornet3d

    Hornet3d Distinguished


    Basically the dye used on some of the earlier ones tended to degrade over time which produced the errors. As you suggest keeping them out of sunlight and in paper sleeves could extend their life. Also some plastics were known to react with CDs and, unfortunately, some of the CD storage systems used that plastic. People also have the idea that plastic does not age or and the recent concentration on the indestructible nature and the waste produced has supported this. Truth many plastics do age as they leach oils throughout their life and thus become brittle. If you have ever had a car stored in a garage for a long time you will see a film built up on the inside of the windscreen, that is due to the plastic. It is also the reason it becomes increasingly difficult to repair laptops as it becomes harder as they age to strip them down without the plastic breaking.

    The M disks do not use a dye to burn the data they use a rock type structure but of course there is no way you can prove they will last for hundreds of years but rock sounds a little more permanent than a dye. I was being ultra cautious with my five year rewrite and many would have been fine I just did not want to take the risk. Even with M disks they are never my sole copy or medium for any of what I regard as important data.
     
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  4. Sparky

    Sparky Monster Maker Contributing Artist

    Hey, guys! I am tentatively back. My difficulties were not easily resolved, especially as I was unable to publish any of the five projects I was working on before my hiatus.

    For the past few days, I've been working on a project I've long had the idea for, but I was never sure whether it was viable. The issues with the dog projects gave me a little incentive to try it out. That is, an animal figure designed to be as flexible and interchangeable as possible. Here's a little look at a demo of several species I've tested so far. (Yes, I do have the rigging adjusted for each of them so that the joints move as you would expect).


    I've been trying to make separate morphs for each of several individual aspects of each species, i.e. face, ears, front feet, back feet, tail, body. That makes room for the ability to make some pretty wild, fantastical, or weird critters.

    ZXmorphtest01.jpg
    human face, human hands, horse hooves rear, lion ears

    If this project makes it to release, it would be for both DS and Poser. Claws, whiskers, teeth, etc. would all be conforming addons to avoid excess geometry in characters that don't use them, which would also allow users to mix and match the different details.

    I would also like to look into the possibility of adding clones to the package. I know it's been established that it is not kosher to distribute clones of another figure you don't own. However, I think it's fine to provide clones of a figure you do own for other figures. If I created a clone for this figure on each of several figures that (DS) users might want it to share content with, that should work, right?

    Question being, is this project something you guys could get behind, or am I living in crazy town? Do you prefer the dedicated animal figures? Is everyone content to just kitbash the weird stuff?
     
  5. Dreamer

    Dreamer Dream Weaver Designs Contributing Artist

    Yay Sparkys back! Been worried about you.
    Oh now that looks amazing and Sparky if you are living in crazy town I must be right next door lol. I can see so many cool fantasy critter being made with this!
     
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  6. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    Welcome back Sparky!! Good to see you here. :)

    As far as your project goes, I've not tried kitbashing human or animal characters, only clothing sets, so have no idea how I would accomplish something like that, so a multi-animal might be nice for folks like myself who can't do it on our own. As Dreamer just mentioned, I too can see something like this for those who like doing fantasy renders.
     
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  7. Sparky

    Sparky Monster Maker Contributing Artist

    Hey, guys! Thanks for the welcome ^.^

    The last few months were an experience. I'm glad to be back to working in 3d. ;-)
     
  8. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    Oh, and we're glad to see you back working in 3D. :D
     
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  9. Rae134

    Rae134 Distinguished CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    Yay! We've missed you Sparky!

    I'm all for kitbashing, looks very interesting!

    Edited to add: I've been searching for a Sphinx, I think one could possibly made from something like this
     
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  10. LisaB

    LisaB HW3D Vice President & Queen Bee Co-Founder

    Happy to see you back, Sparky! You've been missed!
     
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  11. Sunfire

    Sunfire One Busy Little Bee QAV-BEE Contributing Artist

    Oooh… Wyrsa! I see the possibility of Wyrsa, from Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series.
     
  12. Dreamer

    Dreamer Dream Weaver Designs Contributing Artist

    :happyflip: Oh wow you are so right! I had forgotten I had tried kitbashing one of those ages back, failed big time lol. Ok now I really really want this :lol:
     
  13. pommerlis

    pommerlis Busy Bee Contributing Artist

    Yay! Good to see you back!
    We sure have missed you here!
    I can see the Gorgons of Olympus emerging there, and the ancient Gods from the Veda's, and, and, and.....
     
  14. mininessie

    mininessie Dances with Bees Contributing Artist

    welcome back! a great idea!
     
  15. JOdel

    JOdel Extraordinary HW Honey Bear

    All sorts of monsters (in the heraldic sense). Sounds great! Would be lovely to be able to just dial up a griffon or a hippogryf. Even if the wings had to be added on separately.
     
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  16. rampa

    rampa Inspired

    Oooooh........That is cool!
    a universal creature creator would be so useful.

    Glad you're back Sparky.
     

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