Adding a second feline avatar to their catalogue, Kinzart has decided on recreating this mid-sized cat. In this review we check out the spunky Serval from Africa.
- Scripted ears that twitch, and turn on typing when twitching is active/ 3 Default position settings
- Dynamic dual color blinking eyes with Dilation controlled via a Slider on the HUD
- Talk Jaw controlled via Voice or Text, with a manual rotation override.
- Stick your tongue in or out
- Hands with 7 expressive poses
- Hands and feet have retracting claws
- Solid tail that goes up or down, and a Flexible tail that wags
- Male and female skins, Mature Female skin
- Male and Female Shapes
- Tintable male and female hairstyles, separate from the heads to make modding easier
Build and Skin:
This avatar follows up on Kinzart’s ability to create believable textures on their skins and attachments. The textures over the skin and attachments are mostly just spots and stretched spots, but there are some series of arm and upper-leg bands that circle from the back to the front. The stripes and spots are varied in size and intensity, with the markings most detailed and patterned on the back of the torso. Otherwise, the colours are warm, and in areas devoid of spots, such as the chest and belly, there is sufficient muscle tone and colour variation.
This avatar comes with both the male and female shape, skins, and hair. Female users receive both a PG and an Adult skin. Both are different from the male skin in that there is extra detailing around the breasts, with the Adult skin obviously containing more adult features (i.e. nipples and a female genital texture). The male comes with a short and trendy haircut, while females would get hair tied back into double-ponytails.
Take Notice: The pictures under this link are rated Mature – Click here to view the Female Adult Skins
Moving to the attachments, we first observe that the feet are generally smaller than most avatar feet; the creator has opted to use a sculpted invisiprim to hide the avatar foot and make a more rounded and completely feral-looking Serval paw. This makes the foot more proportionally sized to the body and creates a smooth visual transition from the foot paw to the digitigrade leg. The digitigrade legs reflect the same style as the earlier released Kinzart Fox, but have some spots on them which taper off towards the foot.
The hand-paws are similar to the feet, and reuse the Animation Overriding method to bunch the fingers of the hands under the attachment together. This means that without using invisiprims, full-prim paws can be used without any clipping of the shape hands. The claws on the hand paws as well as the foot paws can be sheathed and unsheathed through the HUD. Finally, the tail comes in two forms; one sculpted and one made of flexi prims. The sculpted tail curls slightly upward with well-textured stripes, while the flexible tail uses the same texture but with flexible prims.
At last we reach the head. Kinzart has taken a different approach to their eyes, building on that of their Fox once again. This avatar again features the ability for the user to choose two different colours for their eyes; one for the main iris, the other for the highlighting colour surrounding the pupil. We address this more in-depth later. For now, we will mention that the eyes are wide and draw attention to them. Their placement in the head avoids some of the occasional issues with the Fox eye movement.
The muzzle is relatively flat and boxy with a steep incline from the forehead to the tip of the well rounded nose. The muzzle on this avatar is different compared to earlier avatars like the Tiger or the Wolf particularly because the muzzle expression is more neutral and further from a frown. While on the mouth, it should be mentioned that the interior of the mouth is well made, with teeth, tongue and even a uvula. It seems that the uvula is quickly becoming a body part of concentration for certain av creators.
Perched atop the head are very prominent ears as are indigenous to the species, with sculpted fur tufts on the interior of the ear to create an illusion of fluffiness. These attract a lot of attention as well, a successful part of the avatar’s ability to channel its inspiration species. The cheeks are framed with three rows of textured torii for fluffiness themselves. A final detail of the head are the obligatory whiskers over the eyes and on the muzzle. If the user opts not to wear a third-party hair, users can see the stripes and spots along the back of the bare scalp. A small issue with the head is that sometimes the slightest wrinkle of the head prim occurs only during blinking. Fortunately, this is not particularly noticeable unless one is anal-retentive (like myself).
Features and Heads Up Display (HUD):
The avatar’s functions are entirely commanded by the HUD, though a large degree of them are available through text-commands as well. These text commands are listed in the Instruction Manual notecard. The HUD is basically a square with soft edges, a Serval drawing staring at the user in the foreground over an African savannah at dusk.
The functions are separated in rows, users can directly modify the hand state of the left and right hand-paws, Ear position, Toggle Ear Twitchiness, Modify Eye State, Toggle the Tongue, Tail state, Tailwag toggle, and choose whether to sheath or unsheath both the hand-paws and the foot-paws. Also available are the abilities for the user to use touch-drag mechanisms to set mouth wideness, change the eye colours (both iris and iris shadow), eye glow, and Pupil size. These are clearly marked out so that people an see them more clearly.
In general, this avatar comes with a few new features that compliment the avatar compared to previous releases by Kinzart. However, these added functions mean that the HUD is more at risk of clutter. The new HUD accommodates all of this better than previous ones, though for users with a very high resolution screen, the writing can seem a touch too small.
Like most avatars these days, this one is customisable with both mod-copy settings. The hairs offered are among some of the best that we have seen included with an avatar, but users may enjoy using their own third-party hair. Thanks to the steep slope between forehead and nose, third-party hairs are relatively easier to fit on the head.
This avatar is a strong representation of a Serval, and has many features that make it fun for anyone to wear. The head in particular is a nod to some of the modern techniques of avatar creation while taking a step towards more pleasant facial expressions on the face. With personality and catty eyes, the avatar is a complete package.
Before I leave this avatar, I should mention that I have become aware of allegations that the design of this avatar has been a theft of other creators. As Editor-in-Chief I would like to express that as an objective publication, we have dedicated ourselves to reviewing avatars with an unbiased eye regardless of issues between competitors. Any concerns pertaining to such issues should be left in the comments or directly addressed to the parties involved.