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Sun, May. 20th, 2007, 08:14 pm
Revised rat on Second Life

As should be obvious, I just love Second Life. Part of what I find so appealing about it is the amount of control you have over how you look and it's not that hard to grasp the basics of how to do it. Over the past few weeks, I've done my latest round of changes to my avatar and probably have reached a temporary point of stasis. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share the latest fruits of my labour. The main changes are I've finalised my whiskers (yes, I'm meant to have more on the right side than my left), added ventral fur and added texturing to my tail.

EDIT: Added a close up of my tail so you can see the texture.


Haal Ratner full body
I've taken to wearing jeans (also of my own design) when going about in Second Life. It seems to me a reasonable compromise between personal freedom (I much prefer wearing nothing at all) and social acceptability. I also think the jeans go well with my ventral fur, sort of teasing you because you see the lighter fur almost ends there but not quite.

Haal Ratner head and chest
The whiskers I "borrowed" from a mouse avatar I bought.

Haal Ratner full body naked
I've subtly recoloured the balls to have slightly pinkish shade.

Haal Ratner full body naked side view
What a cute belly he has!

Haal's tail
And a tail at the end. I drew the texturing on paper, then scanned it in and gimped it until it looked like a rat's tail.


For a comparison, this is what I started with back in July of last year.

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
peromyscus

Do the character's eyes wink or are they always like that? He's also got the chubby tummy and long tail just like your fursuit.

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

The character's eye do blink and I can even tell them to close entirely. The chubby tummy in my fursuit comes from me. :P And I like long tails, even though they're inconvenient sometimes. My tail on Second Life swishes from side to side in a rather fetching way.

Mon, May. 21st, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
peromyscus

Well you are definitely agile enough to exercise without tripping over your looooong tail as seen in Rattus' video on youtube ^.^/\/

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
starpaw

That's very cool! Jeans are neat too, I wear nothing but although my avatar is now sporting a rather fetching pair of Daisy Dukes ;P

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I had to look up Daisy Dukes. Google knows all! Now that I know what they are I want a pair for myself, with "RAT!" emblazoned on the butt!

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
starpaw

ahh guess you were never a big Dukes of Hazzard fan then? ;)

Mon, May. 21st, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

We got that in Australia, but no.

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
forgottencoon

LOL Looks good, maybe I should go on and show you mine.
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Mon, May. 21st, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Thank you very much. I do value your opinion. There are several tough-looking rats on Furry Vermin Island (true vermin) but I've always aimed for a cute look. I suppose cute in the way that makes you want to take that rat behind the garden shed and...

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
blazger

mmmmm Yummy rat bits ;) *pounces ya on SL*

Sun, May. 20th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Hmf! You didn't pounce me at FC when I was in Rattus! Of course, it probably wouldn't have been acceptable to do that right in the hallway. ;) Anyway, I'm Haal Ratner on SL. Look me up!

Mon, May. 21st, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
foxwell

foxcoons need to learn!!!

Mon, May. 21st, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Foxcoons can learn too! Learn the basics on building (and editing objects) here, make a copy of your avatar's folder (very important), then pull individual objects out into any convenient sandbox and get cracking! (Hint: Tick "Edit linked parts".)
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Mon, May. 21st, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat: Re: On a related note..

No, I didn't know that. At first I thought you mean a group on SL but I think the number of Australian rat furries on Second Life would be very small. I see you're referring to an LJ community.

Sun, May. 27th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
xellos2961

My friend plays this, I used to be into "Active Worlds" before it was fee-based. Does it have a fee...

Sun, May. 27th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

It used to, but not any more.

Mon, May. 28th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
savant_da_rat

Wow, this is coming along very nicely! I love the overall design, it's a great avatar. Looks snuggly :)