The Mesh Project Releases New Male and Female Mesh Bodies for Second Life Avatars: Why I Won’t Be Buying One

The Mesh Project (TMP for short) was among the first companies to offer mesh male and female bodies in Second Life, releasing their first products back in 2013. However, they were expensive, in part because they essentially had the mesh body market to themselves and could get away with charging high prices.

Also, their shopping experience was truly horrible, requiring the extensive use of HUDs both to purchase and style items (read this blogpost for an example). You also had to buy credits in blocks to make any purchases, instead of paying for things directly. And that meant you often had unspent credits left over, which was irritating. Although they were among the first to offer mesh avatar bodies, over time most people moved to other vendors, such as Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and Signature.

Many people were expecting The Mesh Project to eventually fold. Hence my surprise when they announced new mesh bodies for male and female avatars recently. I decided to visit their sim and take a look.

One thing that I did like about the TMP male body was that it was not overly-muscled, as you see on so many other male mesh bodies. Here is the old, freebie version of the male TMP body, paired with an Akeruka mesh head (this picture is tastefully blurred to keep my blog PG 😉 ):

I took this avatar to the new version of The Shops, just to see what the new Legacy body looks like. Here’s what the demo version looks like, with the included shape, from the front and the back:

Again, this is a very attractive, not overly-muscular male mesh body. The detail on the hands and feet is particularly well-done. The body comes with Bento hands, and you get a HUD with many different skin tones and a large number of alpha selections to make just about anything fit. Which is good, because none of the older TMP clothes are compatible with these new bodies at all.

HOWEVER.

I will not be buying either the new Legacy TMP mesh bodies or the refreshed original (so-called “Classic”) version. Why? Because they are L$5,000 (about US$20.00) each. Yes, that’s right. They are almost twice as expensive as most of the other, much more popular male and female mesh bodies on the market (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and Signature). If they are trying to break into the market again, they aren’t going to succeed a this price point.

While The Mesh Project may finally have gotten rid of their horrible shopping system (hallelujah!), their high prices make absolutely no sense when there are cheaper alternatives out there which have much, much more designer support. While charging high prices may have worked back when TMP were the only game in town, that strategy is not going to work in today’s competitive mesh body marketplace. Sorry, TMP. No sale.

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Night Out at Frank’s

I still get an incredible amount of personal satisfaction from styling a really good-looking Second Life avatar for as few Linden dollars a possible. (Hey, don’t judge! We all have our little hobbies!)

My litmus test for how successfully I can pull together a female avatar look in Second Life is to take her to Frank’s Place Jazz Club and plunk her down at the bar next to the dancefloor. If I get random male avatars hitting on me within minutes, I know I have succeeded! 😉

So, today I present to you a look that, from the top of her head to the tips of her feet, is all freebies or cheapies, including the mesh body and the Omega skin applier! I was able to do all this for only L$150.

This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head and Body: Juliet by Altamura (Valentine’s Day group gift; Omega compatible with the L$99 Omega System Kit; the Altamura group is L$50 to join)
  • Skin Applier: Mitsu by !OS! (L$1 gift from their Easter Egg hunt)
  • Hair: Amy in mink by Firelight Hair (from The Free Dove freebies store; the Free Dove group is free to join)
  • Mesh Eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier (from the men’s section of the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil; no group required)
  • Dress: Stretch Tube Dress in berry red (free group gift from COCO Designs; group is free to join)
  • Jewelry: Valentina Special Edition necklace, earrings and bracelet by Lazuri (from The Free Dove freebies store; the Free Dove group is free to join)
  • Shoes: Jai classic pumps by Rowne (comes with a HUD with 15 colour choices; free group gift; group is free to join)
  • Animation Override: Chubby Girl AO by [ImpEle] (free from the SL Marketplace)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: Only L$150!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Get the Altamura Marcus Full-Body Male Mesh Avatar for Only L$343!

Clodet is not the only special deal for members of the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group at the 2019 Skin Fair in Second Life! There’s also a bargain on a fully-adjustable, Omega-compatible male avatar, called Marcus (here’s the SLURL to take you directly there):


Marcus has a more mature, weather-beaten look about him. For only L$343 you get a full-body mesh avatar with two sets of skins in four skintones each: one set for a middle-aged man (the top row in the included HUD), and one set for an older man. Please note that you must join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for L$50 in order to get this deal.

Here’s a look at the included HUD, along with the lightest skintone of the old man skin:

This is what the middle-aged man skin looks like (note that there are separate shapes and eyebrow shapers for both the middle-aged and older man avatars:

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Altamura Marcus (from the Altamura booth at the Skin Fair 2019)

System Eyes: Dream eyes by YS&YS (old gift; no longer available)Hair with Scarf: Chella hair by Analog Dog

Shirt: Vivien shirt in coral from A&D Clothing (old hunt gift)

Jeans: Shea jeans by Belleza

Shoes: Jumpov sneakers by Versov (free group gift; group is free to join)

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Get the Altamura Clodet Three-Ages Female Avatar Package for Only L$360!

I have an old woman avatar that I like to pull out every so often and use while visiting popular places in Second Life such as Frank’s Jazz Club, the Lesbian Teahouse, Fog Bound Blues, Muddy’s Music Café, and other spots where people like to congregate. I do this deliberately in order to demonstrate that, in a place like Second Life, where everybody seems to be young and beautiful, old age can (and should) be represented as well.

I was anticipating that Altamura was, once again, going to have a special deal for group members at the 2019 Skin Fair (here’s the exact SLURL), and I was not disappointed. You can pick up the Altamura Clodet full-body female mesh avatar package for only L$360! (You do have to join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for L$50 to get this deal.)

Here’s what the vendor panel looks like in the Altamura store at the Skin Fair:

And the best part is, you don’t just get one avatar. You get three! There’s a young woman avatar, a middle-aged woman avatar, and an older woman avatar. Three different ages in one package! That works out to only L$120 per full-body mesh avatar!

You use the same HUD for all the avatars. There is one mesh avatar for young Clodet, and a second one for middle-aged/old Clodet. Note that while the young Clodet comes in 8 skintones, the middle-aged and old woman versions only have 4 skintones each, which you select as shown on this diagram:


The young woman avatar looks like this, straight out of the box (I just turned off the head and ear tattoos):

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Altamura Clodet (from the Altamura booth at the Skin Fair 2019)

System Eyes: Dream eyes by YS&YS (old gift; no longer available)

Hair with Scarf: Chella hair by Analog Dog

Blouse: Cream embroidered peasant blouse by Petite Mort (from the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil)

Jeans: Skinny jeans by Mara’s Mysteries (old hunt gift; no longer available)

Shoes: Jumpov sneakers by Versov (free group gift; group is free to join)


This is what the middle-aged woman avatar looks like:

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Altamura Clodet (from the Altamura booth at the Skin Fair 2019)

System Eyes: Dream eyes by YS&YS (old gift; no longer available)

Hair: Aria hair by D!va (free group gift; group is free to join)

Dress: FDH 3 dress by Virtue (free group gift; group is free to join)

Shoes: Amy ballerina flats by KC Couture


Here is what the old woman version of Clodet looks like, right out of the box (all I had to do was select a skintone, tint the eyebrows to match the hair, and adjust the mouth a bit to make her smile):

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Altamura Clodet (from the Altamura booth at the Skin Fair 2019)

Mesh Eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier (from the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil)

Hair and Outfit (Except Shoes): from the *LBD* Older Lady Complete 60 Year Old Avatar on the SL Marketplace

Jewelry: Daphne choker, earrings and bracelet from Beloved Jewelry (old hunt gifts; no longer available)

Shoes: Deborah flats by Baby Monkey (located in the Sales section)


The Skin Fair runs from March 8th through to March 24th, so you have plenty of time to get down there and take advantage of this special offer (right now, the sims are jam-packed with shoppers, so you might want to wait a week or two before you try to get in).