Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Sweet’s Ruth 2.0 Bakes on Mesh Bento Mesh Head and Body for Female Avatars

If all you have to your name is a couple of Linden dollars, you can still get yourself an attractive, fully-adjustable, Bakes-on-Mesh-enabled, Bento mesh female avatar head and body for only L$1 each!

Here is the SL Marketplace link for Sweet’s Ruth 2.0 BoM Bento Mesh Head (for sale for L$1):

The Sweet’s Ruth 2.0 BoM Bento Mesh Body (with Alpha HUD) is also available from the SL Marketplace for L$1:

Cat Pink SL has done her usual excellent job of explaining how these products work in the two YouTube videos below:

She explains that most clothing and shoes designed for Maitreya Lara mesh body works well with the Sweet’s dollarbie mesh body.

SL vlogger NovataSecondLife also has a YouTube video on the Sweet’s mesh head and body (note that most of her voiceover is in Spanish rather than in English):

So I thought I would try out the Sweet’s mesh head and body myself, just to see how well they work. Here I paired them with a lovely free system skin gift from Genesis Lab, the Ade Hurrah hair gift from last year’s Hair Fair, a green clover dress from Baby Monkey, available for free from the Free*Style store, and the free Sonnet pumps from Hilly Haalan:

This Bakes-on-Mesh body allows you to use both the alphas that come with the clothing you buy, or if you prefer, there is a separate version of the body that comes with an alpha selections HUD, which you an use instead to alpha out parts of your body that poke through your outfits.

The detail on the hands and feet is particularly nice, and the hands work well with Bento animations. I did also test the Sweet’s mesh body with some Maitreya shoes and they fit the feet well.

There is a slight seam visible at the neckline between the head and the body, which is easily covered with one of the two tintable chokers included in the mesh head package. The mesh eyes I used here are also available from Sweet’s on the SL Marketplace for free, or you can use your regular system avatar eyes if you prefer.

The package even includes an ankle lock and a facial animations AO!

All in all, for only two Linden dollars, this is quite an attractive avatar! Even more proof that you do not need to spend a lot of Lindens to pull together a high-quality, full-body mesh avatar!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Multicolour Skins for Male and Female System and Mesh Avatars!

Dressed in my zombie outfit from yesterday, I decided to explore a few monster haunts by searching on “monster” under Places, and I discovered a great place to get skin appliers for your mesh avatar body, in a wide variety of otherworldly hues, at the spawn point for a roleplay community called The Old Road. (The packages include system skins for older, classic avatars.)

Two warnings: First, this is an adult-rated sim, but if you stay in the welcome area, you should be fine. Second, The Old Road sim is dimly lit by default, so you might need to adjust the lighting setting to something a little brighter (see Tip 3 in this blogpost for instructions on how to do that in Firestorm).

Just teleport in, and turn to the right, where you will see several rows of vendor panels, by a store called NM or Nephilim, which I had never encountered before:

You must join The Old Road roleplay group to use these vendors (the group is free to join). Just click the panel and select Deliver from the blue pop-up menu. You can also pay the vendor L$1, and your Linden dollar is automatically refunded.

Please read the symbols on each vendor panel carefully before you buy, as they indicate which mesh bodies and heads each package of skin appliers will work with. For example, some of the men’s skin appliers will only work with ADAM and Slink mesh bodies (and there is no Omega applier). All of the women’s skins do seem to have Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink appliers in the package, and about half of them have Omega appliers as well. Some of both the men’s and women’s skins have appliers for Catwa heads, Akeruka heads, Signature bodies, and Altamura bodies (but, strangely, not Altamura heads). The packages include system skins, so you can also use them with Bakes on Mesh-enabled mesh heads and bodies.

Here’s a zoom-in on a few of the male and female skins, to show you the subtle colour variations, something you can’t get just by using the skin tint HUD on your mesh body. The packages also include system skins for older, non-mesh avatars.

Here’s the male Drink Me system skin, shown here on an Altamura Romeo mesh body and head, which does require a couple of additions to support Bakes on Mesh:

  • A Bakes on Mesh relay for Altamura mesh bodies (which is available for free to Altamura group members at this exact SLURL in the store; please note that this relay only works with full versions of Altamura bodies, including the Romeo body which was a Valentine’s Day group gift earlier this year)
  • You do have to buy and install the Omega system kit on the body before you can use the Altamura Bakes on Mesh relay (it’s for sale for L$99 at this exact SLURL)

The skin comes in three versions of body hairiness (waxed, limbs, and hairy) and in versions with or without eyebrows and a beard. Lots of options! I tinted the mesh fingernails and toenails blue in the Altamura Romeo HUD to match the skin, and wore a pair of blue eyes as well.

The skin maker, Nephilim, does have an in-world store at this SLURL. They appear to have the same skins as those available at The Old Road in a special dollarbie (L$1) skin vendor in their store, as shown here on the right:

The other vendors in the Nephilim store appear to be newer skins, for sale for L$500 each.

So, if you are looking for a special skin colour for your Halloween outfit, or for roleplay purposes, drop by The Old Road or the Nephilim store!