Nada Nix (my goth girl avatar) I have decided to leave to Jenn (a.k.a. Xiola Linden), the Community Manager for Second Life at Linden Lab.
Rose Queen (my Caledon/steampunk/Victorian older woman avatar) is going to Blush Bravin of the Second Life brand Blushed (a.k.a Debi Baskerville in SL and Sansar).
Scarborough Fair (my medieval roleplay avatar) I am leaving to Solas NaGealai, co-owner of Silvan Moon Designs in Second Life.
Vanity Fair (my fashionista avatar) I have decided to leave to Strawberry Singh. I know that she will take good care of her!
And, if you are hesitating because you don’t really know me, except through this blog, please don’t. I still need to find homes for most of these avatars before I shuffle off this mortal coil! Don’t get me wrong—I plan on living a long and healthy life, and reaching a ripe old age, but you never know what can happen! And I would hate to think that all my creative work will go into the pixel bin….
All I ask is that we have at least one good, long, in-depth conversation (via phone, chat, or IM). I simply want to know who you are (and what you plan to do with my avatar) before I leave you one of these avatars, on which I have spent a great deal of time, energy, and (in some cases) money.
And, if you don’t want me to publicize your name, I can certainly honour that request too; just let me know in advance. I’d much rather leave these lovingly-created and outfitted avatars to people who actually enjoy and appreciate Second Life, as opposed to people who never use SL. And I know from my blog statistics that I do get a lot of visitors from SL. Thank you for your consideration. Here’s my contact page.
By the way, cancer is still very much a part of my life. My best friend in real life recently underwent surgery for serious prostate cancer, and he has learned that this cancer has spread and that he will soon have to undergo testosterone suppression therapy and radiation treatment. I feel afraid, angry and sad, and I also feel guilty that I’m OK and he’s not. He was back in the hospital for a couple of days due to blood clots in both his lungs after his surgery, but he is at home resting and recovering now. Please keep my friend John in your thoughts and prayers.
(This picture came up on my Facebook memories today, and I wanted to share it with you. Those of you who know me well, know that this captures me and my personality, absolutely perfectly! As journalist Hunter S. Thompson said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” I am now, officially, a pro weirdo!)
First, I wanted to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all the people who reached out to me yesterday (and today) with best wishes for a successful outcome after I made my recent blogpost. Some of you are people whom I know in real life, and some of you are people I only know through Second Life, Sansar, or another virtual world.
Among the many well-wishers was the CEO of Sine Wave Entertainment, Adam Frisby (the company behind the virtual world Sinespace), who told me:
Pre-emptively, since your blog post hinted (and good luck btw!); we do allow transfer of accounts to an estate, with appropriate verifiable and official documentation. Generally though we consider accounts non-transferable in other cases without official exemption.
I’ve spent the evening thinking about how best to undertake the task of matching up my friends (both offline and online) and family with avatars from my Second Life avatar collection.
I have only made one firm decision so far: I am leaving my Scarborough Fair avatar (a medieval roleplayer with a huge inventory of medieval clothing collected over the past decade) to Solas NaGealai, the co-owner of Silvan Moon Designs, from whom I have bought many a beautiful historical gown in the past. (I’m also a blogger for Silvan Moon Designs.) Here’s what Scarborough Fair looks like:
As for the rest, well, I thought I would start off by posting an alphabetical list of all my avatars by name. That way, people can let me know if they are interested in inheriting an avatar with a particular name.
(I’m sorry, but I honestly couldn’t think of any easier way to do this than via blogpost. The communications involved in this whole process are going to be a bit of a nightmare, especially since I don’t know how to reach many of you, except through Second Life, Sansar, etc. And I do know that many of you follow and read this blog.)
Here’s the complete list, with a brief description of the purpose of each avatar (these avatars all have legacy first names and last names):
Clay Loam (originally created as a satyr/faun; freebie Altamura Max mesh body)
Coffee Philter (unisex; either male or female)
Coupon Clip (one of my main avatars, currently a 1950s-styled dancer for tips at the Pino 1951 bar; Akeruka Maia head and Belleza Freya body; this avatar has also has been Alice in Wonderland; she also is the avatar embodiment of Winter/Christmas, with lots of snowy/winter/white/ice blue outfits)
Diana Huntress (originally created as a medieval archer; Altamura Giselle mesh head and Altamura Jenny mesh body)
Elizabeth Queen (historical roleplay avatar, Queen Elizabeth I of England)
Elvis Popstar (Elvis Presley look-alike avatar, complete with white jumpsuit, microphone and wearable spotlights!)
Escher Rembrandt (originally a neoVictorian/steampunk avatar)
Eve December (originally created as a Cabaret singer/Liza Minnelli look-alike)
Evil GossipGirl 😉 (Genesis Lab mesh head and Afrodite mesh body by LUCYBODY)
Faerie Moon (male fairy)
Fairy Queen (female fairy; has a Yabusaka petite mesh avatar)
Fidelity Constantine (young Victorian woman)
Fire Bird (Firestorm phoenix/warrior superhero)
Fortune Telling (originally created as a fortune teller; gypsy)
Gene Pool (Asian- or Indo-Canadian)
Glee Delight (this is the avatar that got all the pink clothing! I think I will leave this avatar to Torley Linden of Linden Lab—all he has to do is add some green clothing and he’s all set!)
Good Read (currently a very old man with a pipe and a smoking jacket)
Grace Westland (old woman; Grandma)
Happy Delight (unisex; either male or female)
Hearts Delight (1960s hippie chick; harlequin)
Heath Applemoor (Ennis Del Mar avatar for Brokeback Mountain roleplay)
Heath Homewood (my main male avatar; Catwa head, Stray Dog skin and Belleza Jake body; owner of most of my non-clothing inventory assets, such as trees, houses, furniture, etc.)
Heilige Nacht (Seawolf dragon avatar)
Ilsa Svenska (blonde Swedish avatar; Altamura Giselle mesh head and Altamura Jenny mesh body)
Indigo Blue (male Na’vi from the movie Avatar)
itinerant Scribe (medieval scribe)
Jacqueline Laville (Victorian maid; housekeeper for Prim & Proper Cleaning Services; as a joke, I like to put her in various unexpected spots, like random stores or Frank’s Jazz Club, where she busily dusts or vacuums; “Lift your feet, hun.”)
Jake Greenwood (Jack Twist avatar for Brokeback Mountain roleplay)
John Peacock (pirate; Johnny Depp look-alike avatar)
Joy Delight (this is the avatar that got all the purple clothing!)
Karin Vasser (one of my favourite avatars, named after my mother; princess; geisha; she has all the kimonos!)
LadyGaga Inventor (Lady Gaga look-alike avatar)
Ledba Loon(get it? “lead balloon”? Piggu June fat girl avatar ; also a witch; has all my assorted witch outfits, brooms, etc.)
London Bridges (British male avatar)
MARlLYN Monroe (Marilyn Monroe look-alike avatar, with a lowercase-L instead of an I in the first name; her nametag looks like “MARILYN Monroe” in-world)
Mary Fang (Bloodlines role-play vampire; owns an Infinity amulet to avoid the Bloodlines blood curse, on which I very stupidly spent L$7,999!!!)
Maya Sass (Indo-Canadian; has my entire sari collection; Bollywood actress; Maia Akeruka mesh head and Afrodite mesh body by LUCYBODY)
Michael Sixpence (Elizabethan courtier)
MichaelJ Moonwall (Michael Jackson look-alike avatar)
Morden Winkler (my gay clotheshorse avatar, named after a pair of towns in Manitoba’s Mennonite Bible Belt; Catwa head, Stray Dog skin and Signature Gianni body)
Nada Nix (my goth girl avatar; she wears only three colours: white, black, and red; I think I will leave this to Jenn, the Community Manager for Second Life at Linden Lab, since I know she has a thing for goth!)
Notecard Writer (my professional librarian avatar)
Oceana Waters (my mermaid avatar; has a complete collection of mermaid outfits and AOs)
PARlS Hilton (“The Paris Hilton of SL”; Paris Hilton look-alike avatar, with a lowercase-L instead of an I in the first name; her nametag looks like “PARIS Hilton” in-world)
Peace Dove (the avatar embodiment of peace)
Pepper Salter (originally created to be Red Riding Hood or Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz)
Prayerful Vigil (female angel; currently has the Altamura Giselle mesh head and the Altamura Jenny mesh body)
Richard Lionheart (King Richard historical roleplay avatar; knight)
Rose Queen (one of my favourite avatars, a Caledon/steampunk/Victorian old woman; LAQ Vivien mesh head and Maitreya Lara mesh body)
Rose Rage (originally created as a female drow/dark elf)
Santa Rudolf (my Santa Claus avatar; I pull him out every Christmas and he travels all over the grid, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!)
Scarborough Fair (Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan England, 1920s Berlin & Chicago historical roleplay avatar; Akeruka Lulu mesh head and Maitreya Lara mesh body; owner of various Mikki Miles musical instruments such as lutes and harps; I am leaving this avatar to Solas NaGealai, the co-owner of Silvan Moon Designs)
Schnitzel Wiener (Bavarian German in lederhosen)
Silver Quick (originally created as an elf or troll; now unisex/both male and female)
SisterMary Blister (short, fat Catholic sister; comes with an Abranimations HUD to rezz a flock of penguins to follow her around)
Sitcom Writer (butch lesbian; fitness model with DEV mesh head and body)
Sternen Nacht (wizard, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings)
Summer Fall (the avatar embodiment of Summer)
That Guy (“Yes, I’m that guy.”; Akeruka Aron mesh head and the freebie version of the TMP male avatar mesh body, with all the free clothing that now comes from TMP)
Treehugger Cliffhanger (unisex; either male or female)
Unusual Delight (Queen of Hearts avatar; Akeruka Lulu mesh head and the dollarbie Classic eBody mesh body)
Valentina VonBaum (redhead; the avatar embodiment of Valentine’s Day; Altamura Giselle mesh head and Altamura Jenny mesh body)
Vanity Fair (my main female avatar; Catwa Kimberly head, The Skinnery Daria skin and Maitreya Lara body; over 216,000 items in her inventory, mostly clothing)
Velcro Zipper (drag queen; clown)
War Hawk (warrior; Roman gladiator; avatar embodiment of war; has an Aesthetic mesh bodybuilder body)
Winona Sweetwater (First Nations/aboriginal Canadian chief)
Woofie Roffo (wolf; TWI Timber Wolf avatar; also a German Shepherd dog)
Xena Kleb (originally created as a court jester; also a harlequin)
Yvonne Leblanc (*DOLLCOCO* doll)
Almost all the female avatars have the three free group gift Bento mesh heads from Akeruka (Lulu, Kumiko, and Maia). They also have all three free Altamura mesh avatars (Jenny, Valentina, and Emanuelle). They may also have the dollarbie versions of the Classic and Curvy eBody mesh avatar bodies and the freebie Afrodite LUCYBODY mesh avatar body.
Almost all the male avatars have the three free group gift Bento mesh heads from Akeruka (Aron, Keiji, and Leon). They also have all five free Altamura mesh avatars (Robert, both versions of Max, Tommy, and last year’s TeleportHub.com group gift Aaron). All male avatars also have a complete set of the freebies from Kauna men’s clothing.
All the unisex avatars have both the male and female mesh avatar heads and bodies listed above.
If you are interested in inheriting one of these Second Life avatars, please contact me via email at ryanschultz [at] Gmail [dot] com (or via the Contact page on this blog). You can also approach me and talk to me in-world in Second Life, Sansar or another virtual world, or talk to me on one of the many community forums or Discord channels for the various virtual worlds of which I am a part.
I must have your legal (real life) name for my will, and a reliable means of contact (telephone number preferred; email address is acceptable). I will NOT be giving any avatars to anybody that I do NOT know, or with whom I have NOT had at least one good, long, in-depth conversation! I do want to know who you are (and what you plan to do with my avatar) before I leave you one of these avatars, on which I have spent a great deal of time, energy, and (in some cases) money. I will be in touch with you by phone (or email, or chat) and I alone will make the final decision as to whether or not to let you inherit one of my avatars, and which one(s).
I know that many of you already have significant investments in your own avatar(s), but if you are interested in one of these avatars, let’s talk. It would give me great pleasure to know that somebody will appreciate and use Second Life avatars which I have lovingly created and designed, and for which I endlessly shopped for freebies! 🙂
And, I apologize in advance to the staff at Linden Lab for the work that this will likely create for them at some future point. Please understand that I am only doing this because I love Second Life, and I want my creations to have a life beyond my death, and continue to give enjoyment and pleasure to people after I am gone. I do notplan on dying soon, but it pays to be prepared for any eventuality!
And I realize that by publishing this list, I may get into trouble with Linden Lab for having so many avatars. You know what? Fuck it. I might have cancer, and nothing else really matters right now.
UPDATE 7:06 p.m.: I have added a few more pictures to my list of avatars, so you can see what they look like. I also had a nice long chat with my psychiatrist today, and she made me realize that what I am doing here is simply trying to assert some control in a situation where I am notin control. This is apparently a very normal, human response to a situation like a health crisis.
UPDATE Sept. 27th: I couldn’t sleep, so I updated this blogpost with more pictures of my avatars.
WARNING! This is a long, looong blogpost, which I constantly keep as up-to-date as possible as I come across new products.
PLEASE NOTE:For a current, up-to-date list of free options for male mesh avatar bodies, please see this blogpost.
Mesh heads can be very expensive! This blogpost is my attempt to summarize all the options available to you if you can’t afford a pricey Bento mesh head, but still want to replace your old system avatar with a fully mesh one.
First, let’s just recap all the options for free or inexpensive mesh avatar bodies for women:
the Jenny Altamura mesh avatar head and body at the Freebie Megastore at London City (free; one skin tone; has Bento hands and head; more information here); you can remove the head and replace it with any other head,only if you got the freebie Jenny body from last year’s Women Only Hunt; however, you cannot remove the head if you pick it up now at the London City Freebie Megastore)
the Valentina Altamura mesh avatar head and body at the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil (free; one skin tone; has Bento hands and head; more information here); note that you cannot remove the head on this particular free body
the Emanuelle Altamura mesh avatar head and body at the Altamura mainstore (free; one skin tone; has Bento hands and head; more information here; to get this free group gift you must join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for L$50); you can remove the head and replace it with any other head UPDATE: This gift is no longer available at the Altamura mainstore, sorry!
the dollarbie versions of the Classic and Curvy eBody mesh avatar bodies (L$1 each; 12 possible skin tones; vendors are available at the freebie stores at Ajuda SL Brasil and UniHispana Crea, and also at the eBody mainstore; these mesh bodies do not have Bento hands, and they have “thick” alpha selections on the included HUD, which means you have to be somewhat careful what you wear with them)
the Afrodite mesh avatar body by LUCYBODY (free Midnight Madness gift; 256 possible skintones; has Bento hands; you must join the Lucyshoes group for free to get this gift; more information here) UPDATE Nov. 4th: It has been reported to me that the Afrodite mesh body is no longer available as a Midnight Madness gift at the LUCYSHOES/LUCYBODY mainstore, and I can confirm this. It costs L$1,000 now. Thank you, LittleMe Jewell!
UPDATE Oct. 21st: There’s a new free Kim Altamura mesh avatar head and body available at the UniHispana Crea Gateway Community sim (more information here); note that you cannot remove the head on this particular free body
UPDATE Nov. 3rd: Altamura has graced us with yet another free body gift in the First Annual SL Frees & Offers Hunt: the Estephania Altamura mesh avatar head and body! (more information here; note that you cannot remove the head on this particular free body.)
UPDATE Dec. 11th: Another free option for a mesh full-body avatar is the Ruth Too RC3, scroll down to the end of this blogpost for more details!
UPDATE Dec. 28th: Altamura has released yet another free mesh avatar head and body package, called Clodet (more information here)
UPDATE Feb. 14th, 2019: If you were on the ball, you were able to pick up the free, fully-featured Juliet mesh head and body package as a Valentine’s Day gift from the Altamura booth at the eBENTO Event. More details here.
UPDATE Feb. 20th, 2019: I have found a new inexpensive mesh body I had not heard of before, called the Sahara Mesh Avatar.
UPDATE April 25th, 2019: I talk about the inexpensive Ocacin Standard and Voluptuous mesh bodies.
UPDATE May 3rd, 2019: I talk about the custom full-body mesh avatars by NI9HT at the very end of this long blogpost!
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to remove the heads from the Altamura freebie bodies:
Attach the included Altamura HUD.
Click on the white head in the HUD once to remove the head (this only works on the Juliet gift, the 2017 Women Only Hunt version of Jenny, and on the Emannuelle gift formerly available at the Altamura mainstore, but noton any of the other free Altamura bodies);
Remember to also click the eyelashes, teeth, and hairbase buttons to remove those as well!
Then everything from the neck up should be removed, so you can add your own mesh head.
Now, let’s talk about free or inexpensive mesh heads to go with those bodies!
If you haven’t yet joined the Akrueka group (called [AK] Heads News & Support) for L$150, you should really consider it. If you had joined the Akeruka mesh heads group a year and a half ago, you would have picked up no less than six fully-adjustable Bento mesh heads (three female and three male), all for a single group join fee of L$150. That works out to only L$25 per Bento mesh head, a truly outstanding deal! So join the Akeruka group and keep your eyes peeled for announcements of free mesh heads every six months or so 😉
UPDATE Feb. 11th: Unfortunately, the two mesh heads from Curves are no longer available.
Now, let’s look at freebie non-Bento mesh heads. First up are two free mesh heads from Curves (here’s the SLURL):
If you join the Curves Shapes & Skins group for free, you can pick up the following free mesh head by clicking on the panel at the entrance (I have paired it with the eBody Curvy mesh avatar body):
And if you join the SL Frees & Offers group for free, you can pick up this mesh head for free:
(Note that you cannot adjust the Curves mesh heads or change the makeup. They are static mesh heads.)
Now, here’s a mesh head from from Boatoam for only L$10, which comes is six different static versions with different facial expressions, and which you can change the lipstick, blush, and eyeliner on, using the included HUD:
(It’s got a bit of a Japanese anime look to it, which is not exactly to my taste, but it might suit your needs perfectly!)
Eve & Adam
Another option for a static mesh head is the dollarbie Eve mesh head (model N1new) from Eve & Adam. Join the EVE *New SL Avatar* group for L$1, and buy the head for L$1, for a total cost of L$2:
The Eve head comes with a HUD with 6 skin colour options, 2 hairbases (blonde or brown), 3 eyelash choices, 10 eyeshadow options, 4 lipstick options, and 3 cheek blush options:
There’s also an option to custom-tint any of the head, eyebrows, eyelashes, eyeshadow, lips, blush, hairbase, and neck. Here’s a look at the Eve head in one of the darker skin tones:
Now, I am not overly familiar with the Eve head, but Genna (of the blog SL Freebie Addiction) uses this head for many of her pictures, and she reports:
Limited HUD and no updates. Omega compatible (must buy relay kit), but not all make-up works.
If you go to the Genesis Lab mainstore and join their group (called GenesisLab, all one word) for L$99 (there is a group join panel on the Group Gifts wall at this SLURL), you can pick up three lovely mesh heads as free group gifts: Makena (an albino head), Lara, and Kenna:
The Lara head comes with a HUD to control the included mesh eyes (4 different eye colours), plus 4 options for the eyebrows and hairbase (red, blonde, brown and black), 4 options for eyeshadow, 4 options for skin tone, and 8 options for lipstick. Here’s what she looks like:
The Kenna head, which is probably my favourite static mesh head, comes with a HUD to control the included mesh eyes (8 different eye colours), plus 8 different eyebrow and hairbase colours, plus 8 choices for each of the head’s lipstick, eyeliner and eyeshadow. Here’s what she looks like:
The Makena albino mesh head from Genesis Lab comes with mesh eyes, but it does not have any other options. As you can see, she’s quite striking:
Perhaps the best option for a free mesh head is the Maya head, available from the Altamura mainstore. This is a totally free gift (you do notneed to join the Altamura group to get it), but it’s kind of tucked away in a remote corner of the store, so use this SLURL to locate it (just use the Map feature in your SL viewer, click on the Show Selection button, and follow the red arrow). This is a static mesh head with one HUD to change the skin tone to one of four options, plus two HUDs for makeup options (again, I have paired it with the Curvy eBody mesh avatar body). This is the Maya head with all the makeup options turned off, so you can see the features more clearly. I think it’s quite attractive!
So there you go, all your best options for free and inexpensive Second Life mesh avatar heads and bodies! You do not need to spend a small fortune to have a good-looking mesh avatar in SL!
So, have I missed any bargains in mesh heads? If so, please leave me a comment, thanks!
But when I tried it on, I found that it wouldn’t work with the default system avatar eyes. And (despite the assertion on the product listing that it has Copy/Modify permissions), I found I could not resize the head to fix the problem. So you will have to use the Amra head with a complete body alpha which removes the system eyes, and use mesh eyes instead (such as the ones which are part of the Genesis Lab mesh head packages). Make sure you take a copy of the mesh eyes first and use the copy, as you will have to adjust them to fit this head. The free Amra head comes with a HUD with six static facial expressions, but it does not come with eyelashes, so you’ ll have to buy those separately. Here’s the result, with the mesh eyes from the Kenna head and the Curvy eBody mesh body:
As you can see, it’s quite a striking look, and definitely an option for those of you who wish to have a darker-skinned mesh avatar but don’t have a lot of Linden dollars to spend.
Someone on the official Second Life community forums sent me a message:
Safybelle has a mesh head you can “earn” by playing her in-world traffic game. All you would need is some time, a group slot, and L$99 for the Omega plugin.
So I went to the Safybelle store in-world (here’s the SLURL), joined her group for free, and started playing her game:
You can play the roulette-wheel game up to 10 times every 24 hours to earn points:
You can find other locations to play this game on the Safybelle website. (There only seems to be the one location at the moment.)
Once you earn 30,000 points, you can get this Jessy 3 Bento mesh head for FREE! (I only earned 2,110 points in my first ten tries at the roulette wheel, so it’s probably going to take about 15 days of playing to earn 30,000 points.)
If amassing 30,000 points seems like too unattainable a goal, there are also two other prize vendors within the store itself (here’s the SLURL), where you can get the Jessy 2 model Bento mesh head for only 16,000 points, or the Elwing elf Bento head (with animated ears) for only 19,900 points:
After that, all you will need is the Safybelle Omega relay applier (available on the SL Marketplace for L$99), and you will be able to use any Omega-compatible skin with your Jessy 3, Jessy 2, or Elwing Bento mesh head!
Thanks for the tip, Fionalein! 🙂
UPDATE Oct. 7th: Well, I finally collected the 30,000 points to get the free Jessy 3 Bento mesh head from Safybelle, and it is definitely worth all the work to earn those points! Here’s what the head looks like, along with the HUD:
The Jessy 3 head comes complete with:
12 hairbase tones
9 skin tones
8 eyebrow styles and colours
5 styles of eyelashes
mesh eyes in 27 different colours, with a reflections option
a choice of human or elf ears (with an elf ear animation)
a choice of angry, sad, sexy, happy, or standard facial animations
and it even has 8 different settings for eyeblink animations!
For a free, fully-adjustable, Omega compatible Bento mesh head, this is truly a super deal! The Jessy 3 head compares quite favourably with Bento mesh heads costing L$5,000 or more! So head over to the Safybelle store and get that roulette wheel a-spinning! And, even better, if you’ve already used up your 10 turns for the day, you can still play the sploder pig to earn more points!
UPDATE Oct. 9th: Well, I’ve had a few more days to play with the Safybelle Jessy 3 Bento mesh head, and I am going to have to retract my statement that the head is “fully-adjustable”. It turns out that many of the head appearance sliders (particularly those under the Head and Chin sections) do notchange the features of this head, as they would with a fully Bento mesh head by Catwa or another maker. You can still make some adjustments to the eyes, nose, and mouth, though. I still think that this is a great deal for a mesh head, I just wanted to add that clarification to my earlier enthusiastic comments.
Here’s a picture of the Safybelle Jessy 3 head with the elf ears enabled. The ears can be animated, and it’s fun to watch them move and twitch!
UPDATE Oct. 23rd:
This last head is a true case of lost and found!
Earlier this year, I had found an inexpensive Bento mesh head called Alice, from a store called .xxx (that’s right, the name of the store consists of a dot, followed by three “x”s), but then I lost the landmark and couldn’t find the store again, so I decided to forget about it.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, the blog SL Freebie Addiction came to my rescue with a working SLURL! (Thank you Genna!) So now I can tell you all about the free Alice Bento mesh head, which you can pick up along with 26 other group gifts from the .xxx store.
Here’s the SLURL. Join the .xxx group for L$50 (there’s a black group join panel at the entrance desk), and then head over to the far black wall where you can pick up the Alice Bento mesh head as a free group gift:
Here is what the head looks like (I tried, but I could not get rid of the rather pouty lips):
This head comes with a HUD with 4 different hairbases, blush, and 5 lipstick colours:
The sign says that the Alice mesh head will only be available until the end of this year. For only L$50, this is a pretty nice, fully-adjustable Bento mesh head with a rather distinctive (almost petulant!) look.
UPDATE Dec. 11th:
Another option for those of you without Linden dollars to spend is the entirely free, open source female mesh avatar head and body package, called Ruth Too RC3, which is available on the SL Marketplace by Heavy Industries. There are three packages available, which include not only the mesh head and body, and HUDs for 9 different skin tones and alpha selections, but even starter hair, a dress, and shoes! Heavy Industries also sells
With the included alpha HUD, you can pretty much make clothing designed for any other mesh avatar body work with Ruth. Here is Ruth wearing the free Clover dress from the Baby Monkey capsule wardrobe available at the Free*Style store (more details here) as well as the free Sonnet pumps from the freebie store at Hilly Haalan (more details here). I had to adjust the pumps a bit to feet the feet, but it worked out okay. I added the free Alli & Ali Marilyn hairstyle from the selection at The Free Dove, and here’s the final look:
UPDATE Dec. 19th: The 8th day Advent gift at Altamura is a fully-adjustable, Omega-compatible, female Bento mesh head called Leila (you do have to join the Altamura group for L$25 to pick up this gift; more information here):
This head is only available until Christmas, and then it’s gone, so hurry down!
I discovered that I had overlooked yet another option for an inexpensive female mesh avatar, called the Sahara Mesh Avatar body. At this SLURL (warning: adult-rated sim), you can pick up the following items:
the Sahara Mesh Avatar for L$29;
a Basic Mesh Head for L$1; and
a package of 5 skins for L$1
The sign indicates that the Sahara Mesh Avatar is Maitreya Lara compatible, and I found that clothes and shoes designed for Maitreya did indeed work well with this mesh body. The Basic Mesh Head is non-Bento, and it does have some flaws around the neck seam area, although an included facelight seems to fix the situation somewhat. (You can replace it with any other mesh head, as I did in the second picture below.) Not that the body is not Omega-compatible and it does not have Bento hands.
Here is what the final result looks like, along with the HUD to select alpha sections:
Actually, not a bad result at all for a Maitreya-compatible body for only L$31 total! Here’s what the body looks like with the Akeruka Maia Bento mesh head that was available last June as a group gift:
The hands on the Sahara mesh body are particularly lovely (especially compared to the hands on the freebie eBody mesh bodies), but they do have one small problem: although there is a fingernail texture applier HUD included in the package, there are no fingernail textures! So the default fingernails on this body are a grey colour.
However, I was able to use the fingernail texture applier HUD with a light pink texture already in my inventory, and it worked out okay.
The Ocacin mesh bodies come in only one skintone, and they have only one HUD, to control the alpha selections, which are arranged rather strangely. While both Marketplace listings say that these bodies have Bento-compatible hands, I found that neither would work with my Bento AO. In this picture you can see the alpha HUD and the Ocacin Standard body, paired with the Akeruka Lulu Bento mesh head (a choker hides the slight seam at the neck):
I did find the toes on these bodies to be a bit ugly. You can use the HUD to hide the default high-heeled feet, and replace them with four other kinds of the feet from the Add Ons folder: flat, mid heels, and killer heels, plus a pair of feet which are compatible with MAP brand feet. Oddly, when you remove the default feet and replace them with another pair, the red toenails of the original feet are not removed! Adjusting your avatar’s hover height should fix this irritating bug, though.
I can’t figure out how to change the toenail or fingernail colours, or adjust the fingernail length (which by default is rather long).
When I first came across the Mrs. Philips avatar in-world, I did a complete double-take. She looked so real! The texture work is amazing!
And when I discovered that you could buy the Mrs. Philips full-body mesh avatar for only L$300, I snapped one up right away! The body comes with Bento hands, and includes the outfit, jewelry and hairstyle. All I did was make the arms a little longer, and the head a little smaller, and I added a free purse, a group gift from Belle Epoque at the 7th anniversary of the FaMESHed event on now.
Of course, there’s a catch. And that is that the clothing is part of the avatar mesh and cannot be removed. (The nacklace and bracelets are a separate attachment.) So if you’re not too fussy about what your avatar is wearing, but you want a completely different look from all the young-looking people around you, this might be your thing. It’s my new favourite avatar to slip on when I wander around the grid exploring!
NI9HT also sells custom full-body nude avatars. Again, you won’t be able to dress them (no clothing will likely fit the custom mesh bodies and there’s no HUD with alpha selections available), but if you’re just wanting to use one for dancing/stripping/escort work in SL, or you only hang out at nude beaches, they might be perfect for you.
All my life, from childhood on, I have struggled with my weight. At the moment I am at my heaviest, and it does bother me a great deal. Losing weight is so hard; keeping it off is even harder! I need to haul my raggedy ass back to Weight Watchers…
I want to make this very clear: everybody has the right to choose the avatar that they feel best represents them! In no way do I want to tell people what to do with their own avatar appearance. You do what you want!
In Second Life, there is a mesh avatar body and clothing store that is unashamedly up-front with its negative opinions about fat people (I’m not going to post a SLURL, although you can probably figure out the store from the photograph):