Placeholder entry to be updated sometime after the sun rises and the prices settle. (Actually, likely sometime Wednesday or so.)
At the moment, all I can say is: so much money is about to be spent. SO MUCH MONEY. And I will not regret a second of it.
. (This will make sense when you see the additional items being sold in the store today. Or it won't. But it probably will. Please note: NSFW for Language, which I did not remember before. Really QUITE NSFW in places, which I really did not remember -- then again, I'll bet nobody remembers anything but the chorus.)
I will just note that I'd like to like Trystan, I really would. But dear lord, those hands.
And I am currently somewhat on the fence about Alexander.EDIT/UPDATE 1, 10:00 pm.
I want to find whoever it is at Daz that developed their current shader model and yell at them, very loudly and for a very long time, until they develop some sense.
First: they are using the same settings for every character. Every single setting -- color, values, everything -- is the same. No wonder light skinned characters are coming out orange or tan; the settings are simply too strong for them with this model. Sadly, that means that if they're going to stick with that shader model, the settings they're using are probably almost, but not quite, right for darker skinned characters ... up to a point.
Second: their attachment to this model led them to ruin the textures for Darius 8 and Monique 8. They artificially darkened the hands and feet to keep them from glowing orange, as they would have with this model otherwise. I haven't tried it, but I'd be willing to bet that either Darius 8 and Monique 8 look very very strange in 3Delight, or their Subsurface settings are just as wonky as their Iray settings.
(EDIT 2, 10:30pm
: After looking at the textures for Darius 7 and Monique 7, I'm no longer certain that they substantially
darkened the palms and soles for Darius 8 and Monique 8. I do think that something was likely done, because Darius gets a lot of red artifacts on his palms during render, and I think this model required that they darken the texture somewhat to tame them so that they weren't present when the render completes. However, Darius 7's palms aren't actually that much lighter, so it may simply be that they selected a texture from a donor who had naturally darker palms and soles -- possibly the same one. The management apologizes for the previous rant, and we now return you to the rant currently being transmitted.)
One of the things that Daz has been excelled at is making textures for dark skinned characters that are very very good. Rob, Marie, Darius 6-7 (apart from 7's shiny lips and permanent mustache), Monique 6-7, Kimo -- they were all absolutely excellent textures. However, they're so attached to their misbegotten shader model that they allowed themselves to make absolutely stupid, STOOOOPID decisions about Darius and Monique 8.
I'm hoping that I can do a map transfer to Base Male/Female that doesn't make their palms go weird and shim in the hands from Darius and Monique 7 for Darius and Monique 8. (EDIT 3: Nope. Goes weird. These are the hands and feet we got.)
Which I should not feel the desire to do for a Daz flagship character.
AND THEN FIND A SHADER MODEL THAT ISN'T ABSOLUTELY IDIOTIC.