Iron Monkey Chats Up the Bartender

Poser SteamPunk posted on Mar 28, 2022
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Iron Monkey tries out a few of his best lines and feels a spark of hope when he manages to make the SteamBetty bartender smile. ==AMY’S NOTES== I came across an "inventory render" of this tavern, in which I had evidently put V4 in the SteamBetty character, and I decided to take another look and see if I could turn it into a scene to share. Iron Monkey graciously offered to help (once he caught sight of the pretty shiny lady, that is). I love this tavern set and didn’t end up showing much of it here, so perhaps some of my other steampunk themed characters (or humans wearing steampunk outfits) will visit it again some time! I used structure’s handy EasyDOF script, but an odd thing about it is that it shows you a bunch of actors to choose from as a focus point but doesn’t tell you which figure they go with. Since I had two "heads" in this scene, I ended up just choosing the beer glass. Because a glass of beer should always be in focus, even when you can no longer focus on it :-) Rendered in March 2022 using Firefly in Poser Pro 11.3 for Mac at 2048 × 1152 pixels. View full size on my blog. ==CREDITS== SCENE: Saunders Steampunk Tavern by Nightshift3D; beer glass from 2nd World’s Everyday Glassware (with beer darkened b/c Iron Monkey likes the stout stuff). CHARACTER: V4 with IN SteamBetty by winnston1984; Iron Monkey by The AntFarm.

Comments (15)


MollyFootman 12:09PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

I love both of these characters, Amy! =)

The setting is perfect and it was a nice touch to use a pretty shallow DoF in order to leave them in sharp focus and deemphasize the tavern (even though it's a wonderful setting, it's the character interaction that's the THING!). Thank you for sharing.


perpetualrevision 1:11AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thanks, Molly! I'm finding that most of what I've learned about f-stop settings in actual cameras doesn't really apply to Poser's cameras, so I've had to scrap that knowledge and focus on what Poser's actually doing. I'm starting to get the hang of it, but Poser still sometimes scratches its head and refuses to play along when I use really weird camera settings (which I did not do in this scene, thankfully). I love Iron Monkey and have used him quite a few times, but this was my first time using SteamBetty -- but not my last! :-)


A_Sunbeam 1:02PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

Splendid sci-fi concept!


Diemamker 1:03PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

Great work!


Flint_Hawk 1:08PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

Now that I've read your comment about keeping the beer glass in focus, I can't stop laugh! But I think you made the right choice! I really feel drawn into the conversation between these characters!

perpetualrevision 10:55AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thanks for the comment, Flint_Hawk! I'd love to overhear this conversation! Although given the Iron Monkey's slightly "always running some kind of scam" personality, I hope SteamBetty doesn't take him too seriously :-)


RubyTuesday70 Online Now! 2:21PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

hahahah I LOVE the beer glass pun!!! And seriously, you can make even robots look cute!!! I love this scene, and like Molly said the DoF works nicely here. What you can do when you have 2 (or more) heads that are not on the same plane is slightly increase the f/stop. It will still blur the background (and foreground depending on where the subjects are) but you will have a larger area in focus. In any case the monkey is also pretty much in focus, only slightly "fuzzier" than the other robot. Or maybe I've just had one too many, lol!!!

perpetualrevision 11:07AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Ha ha!! If I can't make it cute, I'm probably doing something wrong :-) (Heck, I've even tried to make some of Summoner's scary creatures cute!) But the Iron Monkey is cute out of the box, and quite the mischief maker, as you can see in previous scenes featuring him. I was delighted in how well the SteamBetty character rendered, given how old it is!

Thank you for the DOF tip! I think in this case I lucked out b/c the beer glass is in the right spot between the two heads (on the z axis), so the heads are also mostly in focus. DOF is definitely fun to play with, but I've found that it often does NOT like the weird things I do to the camera, even with structure's script. Thankfully the camera's settings here weren't too weird :-)


poser4me 2:25PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

It looks great, and V4 steam Betty is smoking. :-) It's a nice touch with the exhaust pipe coming out of the back of her head. Hold she doesn't get caught out in a big rain.

perpetualrevision 11:09AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thanks for the comment! Smoking, eh? Good one! Next time I use her perhaps I'll add a bit of steam coming from that pipe! And yes indeed, let's hope she doesn't get caught out in the rain or she'll need a pint of Rust-oleum :-)


CoolDimension Online Now! 8:22PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

Very great scene! Great posing and expression!


MeInOhio 8:41PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

Great scene. Very realistic poses. The bartender looks so relaxed. And your lighting is superb!

perpetualrevision 11:11AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thanks so much for the comments! There's something kinda fun about making a robot-like figure have a "just chillin' with the customers" kind of pose :-)


Radar_rad-dude 8:45PM | Mon, 28 March 2022

I don't suppose he ordered the house special, the 'rusty nail?' LOL! A very cute scene and marvelous image. Most excellent interactions between the characters!

perpetualrevision 11:12AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

The "rusty nail" is indeed the house special!! How did you know? :-) But I think Iron Monkey's having a pint of Rust-oleum, because he's been feeling a little creaky lately :-)


Paulienchen 1:30AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

das sieht ja super aus gefällt mir


uncollared 7:02AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

This is so cool. Love the bartender. Great textures and tones


gerberc 12:05PM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Cool scene with great DOF. As you commented earlier I suspect a glass of mineral or silicone oil would be healthier for Iron Monkey :)


kelchris3 6:44PM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Fantastic scene. Love that monkey!! I think she is out of his league though. LOL

rps53 7:30PM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Betty is one of my favorites.


Inawati 6:40AM | Sat, 02 April 2022

No monkey business here :-). Love this image.

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