Bonnie Knees, Plaid, and the Regimental Zen

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I know there is only one question on your mind when you see this photo.
“Yeah, but is he wearing any underwear?”
No, not really.  This is one aspect of this outfit I seem to have forgotten.  If you ask Homer Simpson, he’d say, “I have misplaced my pants.”  While that may be true, the real reason Scots (or any man wearing traditional Highland garb) prefer to let the tackle swing free has more to do with tradition.  Historically speaking (and from what I was once told by a dude in Edinburgh, so take this with a generous portion of salt), it was illegal for Scottish men in the British army to wear anything under the kilt.  Stories claim that officers would actually perform a Regiment check by passing a small mirror under the infantry’s kilts, and those who had on magical protective underpants were summarily punished.  And that, my faithful droogs and devotchkas, is a reason for the term “Regimental”.

This may all be complete bunk, since that practice is fairly unhygienic.  But it is nice to have an alibi, I guess.
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It has been a long (heh) standing tradition for men to free Willy under the sett, as it were.

Avatar Bizarre prides itself on making traditional outfits as true to form as possible, so this particular outfit lacks an underpant layer.  This is just as well.  The alpha will likely hide the dangly bits of a Second Life male avatar.  Well maybe.  Unless the guy is wearing his meat and two veg, Regimental kilts are more or less just for fun anyway.

The Scottish Kilt outfit now available in about a dozen of the more popular and well-known clan tartans, is 100% original woolen plaid-encrusted mesh.  Okay, I tell a lie.  The shoulder cloak includes some flexi prims, because it’s way more fun when cloaks swirl behind you as you walk.  And the Ghillie shirt (tux shirt) is a system layer, but everything else is the meshiest mesh you could ever ask for.

The Prince Charlie Jacket, Kilt (with sporran and belt), Vest front, Hose, and Ghillies are all rigged.  Though the outfit is all modify and copy, these pieces cannot be resized.  The Tam, Collar and Bow Tie, and Shoulder Cloak are all unrigged, so they can be resized, repositioned, retinted, or whatever else you may wish to do.

That’s all the good news.  The even gooder news is you can order your own clan tartan from Sredni Eel.  Simply IM him in Second Life (or send an email to ferrethunter@gmail.com) with the name of the tartan, and the STA or STRW Reference numbers from http://www.tartanregister.gov.uk.  Please await a reply.  I really prefer to make sure I have the right sett before I begin any custom kilt project.  I also require a 50% deposit with the order, and the rest to be paid upon completion.  The cost for the outfit is 699L.

I would advise trying the free demo, which (like the ready mades) is available inworld or on the marketplace.

If the mesh kilt outfit does not fit your avatar, there is a prim, sculpt and system layers version available as well.
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Wow, so Shibe

If you aren’t up to date with your Internet memes, Doge is sort of like the Shiba Inu version of the LOLcat.  Evidently, “doge” was a misspelling that happened sometime in the last decade or so, and just sort of caught fire and went viral, like so many other things making the rounds on the “tubez”.  And, like most animals on the Internet, even the intrepid little shiba must be subjected to LOLSpeak.

Doge is so wow. OMG hi!  Much pixl.  So avatr.  Much mesh.  Awesum.

The Doge avatar was a lot of fun to make.  No, seriously.  It was.  I know you think I’m lying, because Blender is the Devil, and nobody can possibly have fun working with it, ever, but it’s true!  There aren’t many Shiba Inus in Second Life, and learning how to model (and rig) in Blender presented a golden opportunity to make all those avatars I’ve been aching to create since I logged into that addictive Virtual World.

Having said all that, and you still being in abject disbelief (how d’you think I feel?!?), this little shiba avatar is roughly 1/3 the size of a normal human avatar, and comes with its own little red collar and a tag that says “WOW”.  You also get an optional shape (it helps, trust me), and the ubiquitous full body alpha.

Doge, like the real Shiba Inu, comes in a variety of colors.  Unlike the real Shiba, Doge not only comes in the Breed Standard colors (Red, and Black and Tan), but also Wasabi, Purple, Blue, and Teal.  While I’m sure these little guys aren’t going to win Westminster any time soon, they are great dancers, have an infectious smile, and wear hats rather well.

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So where do you get your very own Doge Avatar?  At Avatar Bizarre’s main store location, and the Marketplace, of course!

Dragon Myself All Over Second Life

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At some point, dragons have to happen.  While I realize there are a ton of dragons in Second Life, thanks to the likes of Grendels and such, you can never have too many.  Particularly of the Asian variety.  Not only are Asian dragons good luck, but they’re shiny, they smell nice, and they know where to get the best Pocky.

https://i2.wp.com/grabilla.com/03c18-14aec4e1-d6bf-4c83-b919-cedd8a5243c3.pngSo, as bereft of dragons as Second Life isn’t, your humble narrator spent a couple of days mired in the Evil That Is Blender™ and pulled this avatar out of a very, very tattered hat, much like a tired zombie rabbit.  The hat was housing my brain, which is now a dead, lifeless grey mass of goo sitting in a jar on the corner of the computer desk.  Be that as it may, there still ended up being seven strikingly jeweltastic colors, and there may be more if the Gods approve.  Okay, so black isn’t exactly jewel tone.  Sue me.  But the rest of the colors definitely fit the profile:  Red, Green, Sky Blue, Dark Blue, Teal, and Purple.

Originally, I made a quadruped dragon, which looks freakin’ amazing.  Only problem is it doesn’t move the way it should in Second Life, and apparently I have to make an animation override with all my own animations.  There may be sacrifices and volcanoes involved.  They really don’t approve of people tossing things into the nearest active volcano, for some reason.  It will be finished at some point. I’m just not sure when.  It’s rather a daunting project at the moment.

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As such, the biped was born.  I was playing around with the idea of making a more female shaped dragon, but dragons really don’t have breasts, and I was advised against the idea by a number of people, including those with breasts themselves.  I’m okay with this.

This particular avatar was built using my own human avatar as the base shape, and then made a bit thinner, because Dragon.  Some mesh clothing may fit it, by some miracle.  It’s always a good idea to try out demos and things to be sure.  As far as I can tell, medium and large items will probably fit pretty well.  It all depends on what you’re trying on, because nothing really has a standard size, in spite of the label.

The Shen Dragon (also known as Shen Long) Avatar is available at the main store location inworld, and on the Marketplace.

God of the Underworld – Anubis Avatar Sneak Preview

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As Egyptian Gods go, our Jackal-headed friend Anubis is probably one of the best known.  In the Pantheon of desert deities, he gets the dubious duty of taking care of people in the After Life.  He is also the patron god of embalming and mummification. He was originally said to be the son of Ra, but later mythology suggests he was the son of Osiris and Nephthys.  He mummified Osirus and received Osirus’s organs as a gift.

Avatar Bizarre is pleased to bring you the first in its line of Egyptian mesh avatars, which will eventually include Bast, Sekhmet, Sobek, Horus, and Amunet.  Anubis is 100% original mesh and includes the avatar with loin cloth and headdress, plus separate neck piece, wrist and ankle guards, which can be resized, since this avatar will size up or down, depending on your normal avatar’s settings.

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Anubis will debut as part of Gothmas by Gaslight this year.  Gothmas by Gaslight is an annual shopping event put on by Cursed Events.  The landmark will be forthcoming when the event opens on December 15 at Noon.  Till then, it’s Christmas time.  Instead of shaking all the presents and trying to guess what could be in the box, why not set your sights on something you can see and really want?  Although rigged mesh cannot be modified, apart from a bit of tinting, this avatar is listed as Modify and Copy.  All of the separate accessories are Modify and Copy, just in case you need to tweak them a bit to fit.  The full body alpha is full perm, so feel free to share that if you want.

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Avatar Bizarre is also a sponsor and organizer of Twisted Krissmuss. Please feel free to check out the brand new 100L transferable gryphon avatar, starting December 15.  And don’t miss out on the gachas!  Your ride to the shop:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burmilla/207/203/38