On An Island Long Ago.... by RodS ()
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… There lived a society of warriors – all of whom were women. One of them – this one – is someone’s ancestor. I will leave you to guess who it is (she's in the story..). By the way, her name is not Diana. It’s Electra. She was the captain of the Royal Guard, and Trainer of Warriors. Beautiful and deadly, none who stood against her survived.
Electra is a combination of face morphs, and body morphs by Illusions Designs. Her outfit and swords are from the Soul Warrior package by my pal, Jenny (Pixeluna). The background is a photograph by me taken several years ago in Arkansas.
I have to apologize to you my friends, for a couple things. First, I’m way behind in commenting, but working to catch up. Second, every time I say I’m going to speed things up on the TNA story, it seems like all hell breaks loose and slows me down again. I am working on Page 32, and hope to have it posted soon.
Things have a been really busy here, but hopefully are beginning to slow down. The last couple of days I’ve been in kind of a blue funk, almost feeling like I’m coming down with whatever the latest creeping crud is. Thankfully I’m feeling better – at least in that regard.
On the other hand, I sometimes feel like I spend more time troubleshooting and managing these #$^#& computers than I do actually using them for creative purposes. I’ve just spent about a week getting DAZ Studio set up on the new computer and reinstalled on this computer, since DS 4.10 can't use the RTX2080ti GPU in the new machine - at least not yet. I'll be DL-ing the 4.11 BETA which supposedly does work with the 2080. In addition to that of course is migrating all the DAZ content to two different places – plus a backup drive – so everything matches. That was a lot of fun. Not.
Then just as I was wrapping that little bit of enjoyment up, Microsoft decided now was a really good time for another update. I don’t usually mind the updates, I know they address things like security and performance, and so on. But this last update hoarked up my network connectivity on two of the computers. They can still get on the Internet fine, but they won’t communicate with the other computers. Thanks a lot, Microsoft.
This network has always been a hodgepodge of “this computer can connect to that computer, but that computer can only connect to one drive in this computer, but it can connect all the drives in that other computer.” GAH! I know just enough about networking to be dangerous, and this malevolent group of computers that are always plotting against me just proves it! LOL I really need to get someone out here that knows what the hell they’re doing with networking…
Anyway, thanks for stopping by and reading this epistle… I haven’t quite surpassed Mark in sheer length of these meandering stories, and I’m sure they’re not as hilarious as his – but I keep trying. And I’ve been told I’m very trying… LOL
As always thank you all so much for stopping by, and all of your comments and support over the years! You all are awesome!
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things happen that take our time whether we like it or not. stellar scene and foxy warrioresses. I hope you can resolve your issues. I currently have two desktops and one has not been on for months. the other never gets turned off. I have been wanting a new desktop, but not able to find one specifically for use with Poser
On a island long ago, some is getting their azz kicked. Cool bg action and great model in front Rod. Love how you compiled this image. Never no need to apologize Rod. Even if you miss images it don't hurt my feelings. U take care of yours needs and issues first my friend. Will be waiting next TNA wirk. I'm still in the ditch for ideas for mine.computers are a nightmare, but with your multitude of them I bet it makes you pull hair out. One reason I wear military cut boot camp style. Half bald anyway. See yoyr gals around the bend.enjoy the weekend my friend.
Yeah.... Trouble is it's not doing me much good at the moment.... Buuuut, there's always the 4.11 beta.. And I'm sure DAZ isn't going to sit on their hands.. They keep upgrading as technology continues to advance. And I'll be ready when the next release comes out.
Very cool scene RodS - I remember when using a compute was fun! I agree the setup can take all your time now - I only want one system for that reason. On a good note the beta versions from DAZ are usually stable enough - hope you see a big improvement in render speeds! Good Luck!
wow this is really well done, Rod, and thank you for the mention too (and believe me, it's to your benefit that you don't write meandering pieces as long as mine...you'd probably lose half your readership!) In addition to the many expert facets of your art, your writing is always right on the money, and paced perfectly, shaping each installment just right, and moving from the subject in one page to another in the next page, with total ease. You come up with an endless stream of stories, all strong characters, always suspenseful endings, and composed and pace just right. And I like the unwritten tale for this...waiting to be fleshed out...
In full zoom the detail on Electra is beautiful, esp considering a lot of it is on black (where it's harder to bring out detail). I confess ignorance of who she's ancestor to, though she does look like one of your current characters. (It brings to mind all kinds of possibilities, like having her visit her descendent as a 'spirit' to give guidance. Or she becomes her descendent's double, to mess up the enemy...) She's very imposing, strong, stylish and sexy. And I love how you melded her into this photo of Arkansas---with two warriors in the background (practicing? fighting?) It's so well composed. Really well done, Rod. And she looks like she could really be in that photo...
As for your computer issues, I thought I had it bad breaking in a new mac, I can't imagine what you do. I can't imagine working on more than one computer! No wonder you're losing a few marbles. (They'll show up...) I hope you get it sorted out, and thank you so much for leaving your comment when you've been under the weather and so tired from work (and for all you said, and for a piece as crazy as that--many thanks!). I hope things work out with your 4200 computers and drives, and your health. My father used to say, "you're not getting any younger, take more breaks..." (I don't.) Take care, and get better. And tell the computers to get in line. They should issue an upgrade the size of Cleveland that takes care of all upgrades for 20 years. You install it, and boom: That's it. It morphs with time. Ah well. Can't believe that's Arkansas. It looks like the banks of time...terrific job with this, Sir R!
Warriors... come out to play-aaay!! ... wait... I need 3 empty bottles of beer. I'm stunned by your artistic skills and the way you immerse the viewer into your scene. It just makes this render truly come to life. Outstanding as always, my friend!
I wonder if the lights start flickering in your neighborhood when you power up your $1,200 video card... it probably makes a nice space heater too.
Certainly does sound like you've been up to your eyeballs with computer problems...as for MS updates, I have decided to only update the Defender...not too certain that thing actually works though. My system works fine--if it's not broken, etc. Oops, almost forgot--really like your scene--nice looking gals and a great compositing job...
Excellent integration of scenes. I should do more of that some time.
I hear you about the technological mayhem in the last few weeks.I too have had to move everything to a new temporary computer as my old one finally gave it all up. And I will do it all again in the spring when I I can get a new system.
Then there are the other challenges like making Windows 7 screen mirror to a Roku stick Or Making PowerDVD screen mirror Blu ray movies to the same Roku stick. Or getting VLC to play my Blu rays properly.
And then I have to try and make this all function at work. Only then at the bidding of surly managers who do not care that the movie studios are behind their frustrations over copy protection. They're always one step ahead of me.
these woman are awesome! they look strong and very capable in those poses. they fit perfectly into that great photo of the river bank/beach. your light and shadow work looks very natural.
sorry about the computer stuff... weren't computers supposed to make life easier?
Trying or not, your episodes are fantastic as is all you art work! Fingers crossed for you to get everything working well together again! What a frustrating mess and then the evil microsoft idiots strike again. One of their stupid updates knocked out excel 2003 for me and for awhile I had to use my old computer with windows 7. But after a few more updates, I see excel is working again, knock on wood aka my dense head. See how long that lasts! LOL! Well hang in there buddy! I will try sending positive energies your way!