Whew! I can’t believe it’s Part 3 of this series already! So much information – and I still think I missed some points, but covering everything would make this series even longer, so I’ll just stick to the plan.
This time, I’d like to take a look at how BOM works with hands and feet. As I mentioned in the previous post, it’s a known issue that BOM can cause problems with hands and feet, particularly around the area of the fingernails and toenails.
Original system skins were created using the system avatar. (Remember the hideous club feet and the permanent jazz hands?) Because of this, when you apply old system skins to mesh hands and feet, they don’t usually match up.
Here’s a picture of the Glam Affair Margot skin and how it looks with the Maitreya mesh hands.
You can see the nails of the skin under the mesh fingernails. Not a great look. There are some workarounds, though they are not all perfect either. One option is to buy tintable BOM layers (usually gloves and socks) that you can tint to match your skin. There are a ton of them available on Marketplace, so just do some searching. I bought the fix from SmitCo and tried them.
Here is a pic of the fix layer around the fingernails before I tinted them. You can see that the nails look slightly better, even though the skin isn’t the right color yet.
Here is a pic of the fix after a quick tint (I didn’t take the time to go find the RGB value of the skin I was wearing, though of course your match will be better if you do that). Not bad, and certainly not as noticeable as in the first picture.
Since I had already purchased the SLink Redux body bundle, I knew that a nail fix was included. I decided to try it, knowing that it was made for SLink mesh hands, not my Maitreya ones. It was better, but still not great, because the nail beds didn’t line up on the pinky or index fingers.
So I still need a better fix if I’m going to use my Maitreya body with BOM and old system skins. Keep in mind, as creators begin making new skins specifically for BOM, this issue will hopefully be addressed.
The same issue occurs around the feet. Here’s a look at my Maitreya feet with just the Glam Affair skin using BOM.
Not attractive. So I tried the tintable layers from the SmitCo fix I bought. However, I could not get them to tint. They were a grey color and I couldn’t get them to change to anything else.
I’m not sure if it’s an issue with the layers, or if it was user error. I should have tried the SLink fix on the Maitreya feet, but I neglected to do that. Again, however, as new BOM skins are released, it should become a non-issue.
In the last post of this series, I’ll take a look at how the SLink Redux body bundle works, along with the fixes for the hands and feet. Finally, I’ll also try on some system layer clothing and see how it works with BOM.