Hey guys, I know I haven’t posted in a while but I will try to start posting again! I got caught up with a lot of stuff irl and didn’t have a chance to write out big long reviews of stuff. But anyway, here’s my first post in a while, inspired by the fact that I can’t decide which mesh body to wear.
Edit: added a review for each body’s Alpha HUDs at the bottom.
So mesh bodies have always been hit or miss with me. I liked how they looked but I hated the hassle of trying to find appliers for them, and plus I didn’t really feel like I was in Second Life, and more so felt like something else. Not sure what, but not SL. After the release of my latest Zoe skins, I’ve been wearing my TMP (The Mesh Project) body a LOT. I did appliers for it for Zoe, and I don’t think I’ve taken it off since, although for the sake of the review, I opted to wear the same skin on both bodies (Scarlett in Milky by Lara Hurley). I’ll say from the start though, that my main gripe about the Slink body is that it warps the cleavage into a weird unnatural shape, regardless of your boob settings. You can see it below in comparison to TMP body.
But anyway, I’ve grown really attached to my TMP body and I really really love it. The curves are all in just the right places, the legs are nice and thick and not toothpick-y, and I won’t lie; It has a truly magnificent ass, something I’ve found the Slink Physique body to be lacking. TMP seems to have a much perkier and rounder bum, while Physique is flatter and quite a bit less perky but also more realistic. Slink has a more visible pelvis shape and the top of the thigh where the legs connect to the pelvis also has a more realistic/true-to-life shape. TMP is definitely more round in that area (to the point where it’s literally impossible to NOT have a round bum with the body, since even at 0 it sticks out a bit) but I also really like the smaller waist and the perky bum.
When it comes to boobies, people are truly obsessed. There are mesh boobies, shirts with big boobies, mesh bodies with big boobies and about a bazillion designers make appliers for them and because of that, NOT having appliers for your mesh boobies is a huge dealbreaker to a lot of shoppers. Anyway, it only seemed appropriate that I do a review of the boobies as well. TMP seems to have again, a perkier shape while Slink is a bit rounder.
I really love the shape of TMP boobs, but my biggest complaint is that they’re SO projected. I have them at a smaller size for the photos, but when they’re made larger, regardless of your breast-gravity setting, they will stick out a TON and seem to only get longer with size rather than fuller. Slink boobs at a larger size are just all sorts of weird. I don’t particularly like either of them at larger sizes but I think they both look nice smaller. I really don’t like mesh boobs in general, mainly because they always seem to completely defy gravity. Boobs this size should be hanging far lower than they are sticking out. Tangos are the biggest offender of this, imo. They look great but for their size I don’t think the nipples should be pointing up. I wish Lola would make some smaller mesh breasts (like maybe a true C or D cup instead of HH).
Over all my preference is TMP body but I do also really like Slink. My inspiration for this post was my considering to switch to the Slink Physique body because of the fact that sooo many more designers make appliers for it than they do TMP. I really do wish both of these bodies would become standard practice for appliers, but I understand that they can be a pain in the ass, especially with having to apply for kits, and the way that TMP does theirs with StyleMode. When I briefly switched to the Slink body, I still had trouble finding appliers for the body and not just the hands and feet. I’m always covered in tattoos in SL, so I really hate not being able to wear them with my mesh bodies. Thankfully some designers are starting to do appliers for both, but I really hope to see more in the future.
The biggest reason I am considering switching to the Physique body, is because it’s way more versatile and has so much more clothing, tattoos, and especially shoes available for it. Slink hands and feet are the standard right now so there are about a billion shoes for the Slink feet, whereas TMP has only a handful available and so far not a single damn pair of simple ballet flats (hint hint guys, come on). Shape and aesthetics wise, I definitely prefer TMP body. It’s really a tough choice, and I know I can always switch between the two but that’s a pain and I really want to stick with just one. Hmmm..
On Flickr I got a few questions about the alpha HUDs for each body and I realized that I completely forgot to cover those! So here I am, editing my post to include reviews about the alpha HUDs for both bodies. First off, here is what each one looks like. The left is Slink Physique and the right is TMP (I put their logos above them so you could see, but they are not on the actual HUDs).
As you can see, the alpha HUD for Slink Physique is way more complex than the one for TMP. In a way it’s nice because you have control over not only your body alpha but also individual layer alphas. For example, on the bottom where it says tattoo layer, underwear layer, and clothing layer, you can turn off portions of it without hiding that part of your body. So if you had some kick ass tattoos on but only wanted the sleeves to show, or even only wanted ONE sleeve to show, you can toggle off one arm, or both, or the chest or legs portions of the tattoos. It’s really nice for customizing because I have some really awesome tattoos but sometimes I just don’t want them covering my entire chest (cleavage, nips and all) so I can just hide the chest section of the tattoo while still wearing the arms and legs. If you look at the diagram at the top, you can see things labeled as well as each section outlined on the body. I noticed that some of the sections are a bit large, such as the waist, thighs, chest, and upper back. I ran into trouble trying to wear a corset with this body, because the waist section was just a tad too low and some of the invisible part showed outside of the corset. I also imagine if you’re wearing some bermuda shorts, you may run into that issue as well. I personally like having rather thick legs rather than really skinny ones, so that’s the problem I run into most with mesh clothing, either with mesh bodies or even with the default body. It’ll fit everywhere but my thighs will be sticking out. With the Slink body I am a little limited on the lengths of shorts or skirts that I can wear without them poking through or showing the alpha outside of the clothing. Also, if you look at the top left there’s a “neck fitting” set of buttons that I really find to be invaluable for my shapes. I almost NEVER have my shapes body fat set to 0 because I think having just a little bit of body fat tends to fill out the shape a bit better and get rid of some of those blocky edges, plus give her a little curvier of a shape. I have my Slink body set to 15, which makes the neck just a tad bit wider in order to accommodate for the body fat slider. Body fat of course affects the Slink body as well, but because the morph targets are different, increasing the fat sometimes makes the neck not line up with the default head, so these buttons being there are truly awesome.
For TMP, they have way more sections for the alphas BUT you can’t hide layers separately like you can with Slink. If you’re wearing applier (non-mesh) clothing with TMP body and you click one of those sections to hide, it will hide the clothing, your tattoos, and the body. What I do like though is that if you hit that troubleshoot button in the middle below reset, you can turn your tattoos/clothing layers on or off. Sometimes this is required if your layers are acting funky. I had issues with tattoos with both layers being on where they wouldn’t support semi-transparency and only showed up in big solid black chunks. That troubleshoot menu lets you fix this, so that’s helpful. Although I am wearing the Deluxe body, so I’m unsure if the basic body has this feature or not, since it only has one layer for each while deluxe has two of each. TMP alpha HUD is certainly way simpler than Slink, but that is both good and bad. It’s more user-friendly (which is more than I can say for most other mesh-project-related things…. *ahem* shop mode/style mode) but the simplicity is nice. But I really do wish they had more options like the Physique HUD has.
Hair: Elua – Arissa (Xiasumi School Festival Exclusive)
Bra&Undies: Blacklace – Briony – Wine
Mesh Ears: Mandala – Steking Ears
Skin: Lara Hurley – Scarlett – Milky
Lips: Pink Fuel – Harley Lipstick <Ivory> – Base Lip
Mesh Bodies: TheMeshProject Beta Body (Deluxe) and Slink Physique Mesh Body V1.4