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Here's the Library of Intellectum again. Most of it is Block 17 from the Dystopia City Blocks series by Ajax, billyhome and Moebius 87. I changed the diffuse on almost all the elements to achieve Intellectum's peculiar grungy, yet perky and pastel, look. I also added a Poser primitive for the dome and shade it with George Haze's freebie metal shaders for Daz.
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Instead, there are many options for more European dragons in wired and felted versions on Etsy. This stuffed felt dragon, made by TheUselessCupboard, for example, is adorably pissy. I like the long serpentine body and the slim clawed legs, though I would ask for a wire armature, delete the wings and make the eyes half-closed.
Our protagonist was originally a library assistant, but now I'm thinking that she's a library volunteer [like me!]. That would give her much more of an excuse to wander, poke, get lost and go on tangents. I'm still hung up on the idea of getting a Dollmore Melissa Hon for her, although I don't know how I'd do that, as I can't support them as a cheatin' BJD co.
The head librarian, originally the protagonist's ultimate supervisor, was, in last iteration, a Lumedoll Lucas head on a masectomized Lumedoll female body. Now I'm thinking of an Obitsu Slender Male body and any old female action figure head -- because I can mod it with Sculpey.
The special collections assistant, the protagonist's friend, remains a Lumedoll Koit -- with eyes modded to be larger.
The ghost, another of the protagonist's friends, remains an Elfdoll Doona Ryung head, but now on an Alchemic Lab Unoa Light Azurite body.
The book wyrm is still a felted Chinese dragon with wire inside for posing.
Scanty Sophie is [given the unavailability of silver Takara Cy Girls] any old female action figure spray painted silver.
The "little fucker" is [given the unavailability of DreamHigh Squee] whatever goblinish limited edition BJD from DreamHigh I can get my hands on at that point.
The doll is a Takara MicroLady Material Force figure in white with microscopically painted features.
Sets have changed a bit too:
Stacks are still bookshelves facing each other, making a corridor. I'm thinking at least four bamboo silverware drawer dividers would make good shelves, two to a corridor side.
Any places needing pillars can be provided with some from the wedding cake supply section of the craft store. Resin columns are also available in craft stores and the like as planter stands or just decorative elements.
EDIT: I just discovered that battery-powered tabletop fountains can be had for under $25.00. Thus I think that the Pierian Spring should be played by one with a simple design.
EDIT 2: I have decided that the reading tables in the stacks are lit by miniature lava lamps -- USB power optional -- and little articulated lamps [available under "Tiny Tim book light" search terms].
Dost thou remember Intellectum? I do. It was a city that I created with the help of Daz Studio in August of last year. The focus of my creation was on the Library of Intellectum, which combined advanced technology such as interlibrary loan transmats, with myth in the form of a book wyrm, even the supernatural in the form of ghosts and magic. I even created a cast of characters and assigned them 1:6 dolls:
- The library assistant, our protagonist, is a Dollmore Melissa Hon. EDIT: Since Dollmore is a cheatin' BJD. co. that I cannot, in good conscience, support by buying directly from them, the library assistant may have to be a Lumedoll Arine with a small bust and sharpened face.
- The head librarian, her ultimate supervisor, was originally an Obitsu W-03 head on an Obitsu slender male body, even though she is an old woman, but now I think she should be a Lumedoll Lucas head on a Lumedoll fem body, breasts removed.
- The special collections assistant, our protagonist's friend, was originally an Elfdoll Doona Ryung head on a resin 1:6 male body, but now I think he should be a Lumedoll Koit.
- The ghost, another of our protagonist's friends, is an Elfdoll Doona Ryung head on a Notdoll 25cm fem body. EDIT: For ease of use, the ghost could also be a Lumedoll Elin with a small bust and shortened legs and torso [just to be younger/smaller than the library assistant].
- The book wyrm is a felted Chinese dragon with wire inside.
- Scanty Sophie, the statue on top of the library, is a 2003 ComicCon Takara/BBI silver Cy Girl.
- The "little fucker" is a DreamHigh Squee.
- The doll, another of our protagonist's adventures, is unassigned.
- Various patrons are also unassigned.
- the stacks [two shelves of books forming a corridor and facing each other, grey foamcore background]
- the book wyrm's lair [grey foamcore background, cardboard tube pillars]
- the Pierian Spring [ditto, plus painted Styrofoam fountain]
- the Discard Bin [grey foamcore background, cardboard tube pillars, balsa wood coffins]
- the ILL center [grey foamcore background, plastic bank of computers]
- the exterior [computer rendered 3D scene from Daz Studio]
Now, over a year later, I'm living in a small apartment with no room for my 1:6 stuff: dolls, clothes, sets and accessories. I have some 1:3 dolls to keep me company, but I greatly miss my 1:6ers. I also miss writing fiction, something I haven't done for the past six months.
My longing for both 1:6ers and stories prompts me to think about returning to the world of 1:6 photostories that I left with Love Has Fangs. I wouldn't go back to LHF; instead, I would return with the Library of Intellectum.
Maybe I'll start working on some character sketches and plot ideas, just to satisfy my desire to be writing again, and I'll see where it goes....
If there’s one thing that the ABJD world lacks, it’s truly 1:6 mature male BJDs, i.e. with the size and proportions of GI Joes. 1:6 mature female BJDs exist in quantity, from Soom’s Mini Gems to DollMore’s FMDs to SoulDoll’s Soul-Littles, but they have no male counterparts. SoulDoll at one time did make a male Soul-Little, Kimmy, but he has gone out of print.
After quickly glancing at Koit, I really like him. The seriousness of his mouth and the shape of his eyes reminds me favorably of Chow. Koit would also be the perfect mold for the special collections assistant of my Intellectum project, though nothing with probably come of said project.
I hope that Koit remains in print for a long time so that those who wish to have 1:6 resin guys can do so. Actually, I would really like for Koit to inspire Soom, DollMore and SoulDoll to make 1:6 resin dudes of their own so that the possibilities for 1:6 people could be even greater than those supplied by plastic forms.
The ghost and the library assistant are very interested in the doll. The ghost likes the doll because...well, she wants a dolly, and she's rather indiscriminate about what kind. The library assistant thinks that the doll is alive, possessed or cursed and somehow trying to communicate with people, but people keep banishing it. The library assistant and the ghost conduct experiments on the doll, and they've pretty much established that it moves on its own, even though they haven't seen it do so. The library assistant thinks that she can teach the doll how to write, since the doll's mouth is stitched up.
The doll is a V3 base with free Classic Elegance hair and a creepy, compelling texture by samildanach, Dulari Doll. Picture of naked doll below.
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Scanty Sophie is a ComicCon 2003 special silver CG01. $20.00 at Echobase Toys.
The book wyrm is a felted Chinese dragon. $200.00-$300.00, probably commissioned via etsy.
The library assistant is a Dollmore Melissa Hon BJD. $234.00 at Dollmore.
The head librarian is probably a square-jawed Obitsu head [W-03] on an Obitsu slender male body. Head is $6.99 and body $20.99 at JunkySpot.
The ghost is a Elfdoll Doona Ryung with the open-eyed head, preferably on a Notdoll Miriam body. Elfdoll Doona Ryung is somewhere between $340.00-$380.00 on the secondary market, while Notdoll Mariam is $310.00 at Notdoll.
The special collections assistant is a Elfdoll Doona Ryung squinty head, preferably on a resin [SoulDoll? Alchemico Labo?] 27cm male body. Prices for resin 27cm male bodies are unknown, as they are very rare.
The "little fucker" would be a DreamHigh Squee. $160.00 from Luxour Academy.
The sets would probably be comparatively cheap and easy!
The digitally rendered scene would serve as the exterior.
The book wyrm's room could just be a corner of grey foamcore, maybe with some painted cardboard tubing for a few pillars.
The Pierian Spring would be more grey foamcore for the backdrop, more cardboard tubing for pillars, painted pie tins and other shallow vessels for the fountain tiers.
The Discard Bin could just be suggested by one coffin and ye olde grey backdrop with a rose window drawn on it.
The ILL center could be ye olde grey background with colorful, grungy window frames drawn on and some computers added.
A set of stacks could be made with two large bookcases full up, facing, making an aisle between them. Making each book out of paper and wood would take the most time.
Why am I spending so much time on this idea? It'll never reach fruition.
The special collections assistant is a Victoria 3 base [with male morph], V3 basic texture and V3 Morphing Fantasy Dress. The wheelchair is a free download by ziggie.
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Modeled after Soom's Mini Gem Garam, the library ghost is standing in the Discard Bin. She is made using Poser Girls' free Alina character for Victoria 2 [login needed] on the free Daz Millennium Girls base, with the Capsces Litl'uns morph package [formerly sold at Renderosity]. The hair is Kozaburo's free Alice hair, while the beautiful outfit is Daz' Story Time.
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No one knows much about the head librarian's past. She might be older than the library itself, maybe even as old as the book wyrm. Some say that the library started with her personal collection of books, and she certainly seems to be on a first-name basis with the volumes now housed in special collections. It is known that she has apartments somewhere in the corner of the Magenta Monstrosity. The head librarian treats patrons like tiresomely necessary intruders into her private home. She has a special room somewhere to detain those who are caught defacing library property.
She is made with the Rayne morph package and standard V3 textures, wearing Laques hair and Daz' Morphing Glasses, along with V3's Morphing Fantasy Dress and Daz' free Cyberhead for V3 [login required]. Her pose is one of V3's standards. Apparently Andrea was right; the librarians at the Library of Intellectum all wear neutral blue robes that they call librarian's blues. ( Read more... )
This scene is made up of Aery Soul's Gothic Prison 4 for the walls [free], Aery Soul's Well Room for the beams [free] and Daz' Dystopian Console Station [currently free, but may not be in the future]. ( Read more... )
"A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring...."
Everyone forgets the next two lines:
"There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again."
...Which imply that a long, strong drink of Pierian water would do no harm. Anyway, like the book wyrm, the Pierian Spring remains a legend among library denizens, most of whom don't go belowstairs [for fear of getting lost in the many passageways!]. There are rumors, however, that certain drinking fountains in the library are fed by the same spring, although no one can specify quite which ones.
This set was made from pieces of Caligo Fanum [the floor and back walls], Daz' free Mansion Staircase [the pillars around the spring] [login needed] and Daz' free Fonte Aretusa [the fountain and cobbles around it] [login needed]. Caligo Fanum is getting quite a workout these days. I never thought I'd use a product that I downloaded for free [many months ago] so frequently. ( Read more... )
This scene is made from elements of Caligo Fanum with the Eastern Dragon. I had to fight with it to get it to curl up sleeping, but I think the beautiful results are worth it. Doesn't it look like a welcoming book wyrm, even in its sleep? :D :D ( Read more... )
Grass is a texture from somewhere on sharecg.com. Trees are from Daz' Days of Cider. Park bench is a Renderosity freebie by 3dpmr. Trash cans are cylinder primitives made green. Info kiosk comes from Daz' NeoStop.
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Anyway, old-timers at the library always tell newcomers that Scanty Sophie comes down from her pedestal and lurks around the fashion section, trying to find something to wear. Some people swear that they've seen her, but they're also the same people who are certain that a dragon -- a book wyrm, to be precise -- slumbers below the library's foundation.
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The Library of Intellectum occupies the whole block in the center of the picture. I don't know very much about it yet, but I do know that the green building with the pointy dome is the earliest surviving library structure. It is easily 200 years old. When the city was small, it originally housed the entire library. Over the years, additions and other buildings have been erected. The large wedge-shaped building behind the green one is known as the Magenta Monstrosity. Still controversial, even though it was finished over 50 years ago, the Magenta Monstrosity excites revulsion because of its color and because it's kind of out of scale with the rest of the smaller, older library buildings.
The Library of Intellectum fronts on one of the city's parks, partly shown, but currently undeveloped. Intellectum Common still needs trees, paths, benches, trash cans and a sculpture garden. It has a long, interesting history that I haven't made up yet.
Daz does have its strong points, namely in the rendering of peopleless scenes and beautifully constructed buildings. I'll never again use it for people, though, no matter how diverse their body shapes, because they all end up posing unnaturally. Besides, I can't touch them the way I do with my dolls.
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