I've been silent lately... only because I was busy. I have been working hard on three projects at the same time, and today is the time to release the first one : my new Sassy Ponygirl Animation Overrider.
Wait, what ? An AO ? A ponygirl AO ? It is true that my business, restraints, is only remotely tied to ponyplay. Ponygirls (and ponyboys) do often require restraints for training, but not all of them, and not at all times. However, I am very much fond of ponyplay myself, and have been training seriously for years. And although the pony gear you can find in SL is high quality, I can't say the same of the animations (with the notable exception of the MD pony boots, that I like a lot). I have a big gripe particularly against that freebie pony walk you see everywhere. With its overly arched back, its arms swaying at the beginning of the anim, its heavy walk and... its twitch at the end... aaargh. Sorry but I just can't stand it, and I know I am not the only one.
So, here is my attempt at making something nice for ponygirls. And ponyboys, to an extent, although this project is clearly aimed at female ponies.
Firstly, a word about the Animation Overrider (AO) itself. I am using the ZHAO-II scripts, which are full perms, open-source scripts created years ago by Francis Chung, then modified later by Ziggy Puff. It has been passed around and modified by some people, including myself, over the years. You are allowed to use these scripts and modify them at will, even resell products containing them, but the Gnu General Public License requires you to keep them full perms if you do so, and credit the previous scripters in the code.
The animations themselves are copy/mod/no-trans, which means you can copy the AO at will but you cannot transfer it. The sounds themselves are full-perms because of an SL limitation with playing sounds, but I do not grant the right to use them in your own projects, unless they are private and not meant to be distributed. You would not find them very useful outside this AO anyway.
Yes, you read right : sounds. This particular AO uses modified scripts that offer support for sounds, for example when you walk. Each walk has its own sound, and each sound is synchronized with it. To be able to play the sounds, you must wear the secondary attachment that comes with the AO, because SL does not let a HUD play a sound that must be heard in-world, it must come from an object attached on the body.
Another nice feature of this AO is blending animations, ala Vista AO. Since the walks are quite natural, your arms will be swinging back and forth. Most ponies and trainers don't want that, and prefer the arms to stay above the chest, behind the back, what-have-you. Some ponies do not even have arms at all ! So with the press of a button, you can force your arms to stay in one position, whether you walk, fly, jump, sit, run or whatever you can think of.
But enough talk ! Let's show you some eye candy, starting with the look of the AO itself :
I have used my old Divine Girl AO from Vista as an inspiration for the look of this HUD.
This Pony AO is good not only for ponyplay. You don't really like to have to switch your AO all the time, and you might not be always in your pony tack. So the first stand and walk of this AO are not actually pony-like. They are sexy and feminine, but work very well in everyday life :
After the effort, ponies like to rest. But how can you sit when you have a big plug up your... well, you know. That's why they usually kneel on the ground instead :
This AO can be found in any vendor of mine that sell products from the Marine's Goodies brand, like my Riding Reins HUD or my Diamond HUD. It is not sold like my restraints in the RealRestraint brand, because it has nothing in common with restraints. The price is L$600, which for a product of this quality, is very inexpensive.
And as a bonus, I also include a copy of one of the stands and one of the walks as full-perms freebies. Feel free to redistribute them at will, just do not rip them off, please. All of these animations have required hard work and a lot of time. But if it can help getting rid of that awkward-looking freebie pony walk with the twitch, the one nobody can stand, the better.
At the time of this writing, there are only 2 Marine's Goodies vendors. One at my shop in Pak, the other in Lineside. I plan to add more, specifically at pony sims.
My shop : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pak/76/61/105
Little Shop of Kink : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lineside/102/146/77
Have fun !
PS 1 : There are actually more anims and sounds than those that are used in the AO, I left them there in case you had different tastes. For instance, a variant of the heel click, or a slightly different run, with the legs less extended. Try them out !
PS 2 : Since some people focus more on what I wear rather than on what I show off, here is how I assembled my pony tack :
- Hybridz horse hood, minus the hair
- Juliana hair by Truth
- A mix of Tish Celt's hooves and Julia Faulkland's ankle ballet boots
- A black catsuit from Hugo Designs
- My Vixen collar on the 3rd pose
- And of course my RR armbinder
And for the non pony gear :
- Latex corset dress by KaS
- Mesh Classic heels by Skifija
PS 3 : In the video, you may catch a glimpse of the other projects that I'm working on. No further comment for the moment though :)