Updated: 20th May 2020
These pages are mainly focused on what I find works well with GA.EG bento heads. Along with a new page dedicated too BoM Layers they are aimed too assist other GA.EG owners.
Thanks Elle, for the link on the GA.EG Website.
Click here for the GA.EG in world store
You can view the main appliers or BoM layers I currently use for Barbara, Lily, Mia & Morgan here (NSFW).
For the men who read this, it is geared towards women, mainly for two reasons. 1), I only review this page 2 times are year and barely have the time to research what is available for women. And 2), the only time I demo male body/head combos is when I personally get involved to actively assist someone. You will however find useful tips and often some of the skin stores I have listed also sell Male skins. I have also added additional comments throughout the page shaded in Blue that specifically relate too men.
Mesh Bodies & Heads
I cover the process I went through upgrading from Classic Avatar to a Mesh Avatar on my Updating to Mesh Body & Heads page. It goes in-depth at the process so although its written from a perspective of a female, its also relevant to males.
I have stripped this down since most people should be familiar now with Omega. For those who aren’t, in essence, its a universal applier system that allows you to use a single applier across a large variety of bodies/heads that support Omega. For more info I suggest you head over to the Omega Solutions website.
Purchasing the various Omega System kits can be done at stores via affiliated vendors. For example the GA.EG one is available at the GA.EG in world store. You can also purchase the kits for any body/head direct from the Omega Solutions Marketplace or at discounted prices from the Omega Solutions in-world store.
Due to the relative newness and nature of BoM Layers along with the extensive details I ended up writing. I decided it was best to create a dedicate page covering BoM Layers. Click this LINK to read those pages
I also provide some basic details on the more popular Head and Body brands on pages 2 and 3 of my BoM Layers page.
Skin Options – GA.EG & 3rd Party
As you will have discovered there are many 3rd party skins to choose from, this can often lead to a feeling of been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of offerings. The process of selection can be time consuming and frustrating. I have therefore limited the list in the 3rd Party Skin Brands section on page 2, to focus on a maximum of 25 brands.
Before you even look into 3rd party skins, the simplest option in most cases is to buy the body applier packs from the store you purchased your head from. It is generally a cost effective way to obtain 8 or more tone options for your body, either as Specific/Omega Appliers and/or BoM Layers. Previously, I used to buy skins that sold specific appliers for body and Omega for head, I have now migrated to BoM so for me, I will only buy skins that include BoM Layers.
GA.EG sells body skins for all their head products, three for women and two for men, it is by far the cheapest option.
For women, there are 3 skin options. There are two older skins, the original Kirsten body skin and then the Mia body skin that was released alongside the Mia, head, this 2nd skin is a younger more soft looking skin. These are available as Maitreya, Omega and BoM packs. The newer skin is Divine and comes in three breast variations, Small, Cleavage and Regular, these are available in Legacy, Maitreya, Omega and BoM packs.
For the menfolk, there is Handsome and Hugo 2.1. I also highly recommend guys look at the Magnificent Stache and Beards range by Elle, some are available at the GA.EG store. Most are at the new Magnificent main store.
What if you want to go with a 3rd party skin. Personally, I recommend you buy matching body/head appliers as this will generally resolve any issues with your neck line. For example buy Tone 4 for both body/head from the same brand, don’t expect to find a perfect match if you mix brands. If you do mix, this is when you do need to use neck fix/blenders.
Some skin brands sell combined body/head tone sets while others sell body tones as one pack and head tones separately. Once again you can either buy Specific/Omega Appliers or BoM Layers. More often you will now find BoM Layers are included in most new skins and more recent ones are seeing updates. If you are considering the move to BoM, then before you buy a new skin its worth checking to see if a redelivery includes BoM.
Neck Line & WindLight
When working with your avatar you should use a windlight setting that does not cast shadows on your skin or other environmental artifacts, here are a few that are optimized for skin.
- Nam’s Optinam Skin and Prim
- AnaLutetia – AvatarOpt (Black Dragon)
- AnaLutetia – AvatarOpt2 (Black Dragon)
In terms of neck line issues, if your using a good quality skin and its the same tone from the same brand it’s unlikely you will see one. If you are having an issue then your likely doing something wrong. I find these steps often resolve the issue when I help others.
- Are you using matching body/head appliers/BoM layers? Yes or No, If NO then resolve this before going any further. (Alternatively use a neck fix/blender and live with your decision to use different tones and/or brands. If this is the case there is no point continuing).
- Do you have neck fix toggled “ON” in one of your HUD’s, don’t assume you, its best to check. Zoom in close to your head/neck and toggle making sure it toggles “Off”.
- Do you have a neck fix/blender object attached. Yes or No, If Yes then detach it.
- Is it a Fat value issue between Shape/Body/Head? Check the NC that came with the head to see if they say to set certain values. If not then set them all to matching values then adjust till it looks correct.
- Check your neck size against your body, adjust till its in proportion.
- Skin quality, some brands have more knowledge and skills than others when it comes to creating textures. Purchase a skin from a brand that create better quality skins. Quantity of available options may not translate to quality.
- Body/head combos, some just don’t work as well as others. This one tends to be more an issue with older heads.
- Has this recently started to happen? Sometimes things go a bit wonky in SL. Re-apply your skin, if BoM, detach/attach a layer to force the baking service to bake the layers again. If still an issue, try relogging. If nothing seams to work, unpack a fresh copy of your body or head.
- Finally, I know I mention BoM in previous steps. If your not using BoM then consider moving to BoM for both body/head as this effectively takes you back to using a system layer (Skin, Tattoo & now Universal) were the baking service bakes these as a single UUID. If you still see a persistent issue with BoM then its probably a texture difference.
I cover 3rd Part Skin Brands on page 2 and Cosmetics, Eyes, Hair Base, Nails & Tattoos on page 3.