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MMD Gothica 2 Stage + Scarborough Fair motion by Trackdancer MMD Gothica 2 Stage + Scarborough Fair motion by Trackdancer
I tend to avoid models with long dresses as usually, long dresses have physics that either derp like hell or else they have enough physics on the skirt to make the model bullet proof (and slows my system down to a crawl). However, I was browsing through Xoriu 's blog the other day to see what nice new models were out there to add to my collection. To be honest, I don't collect many models these days. There are a lot of nice ones available to be sure but models that don't get used just take up disk space - so the model really has to be 'special' to be a keeper in my collection. However, I did come across this model of Rayneshia and she caught my attention straight off so I downloaded her.

Downloaded her and left her unpackaged for quite awhile to be honest as I had other things to do and didn't have time to sort her out before adding her to my collection. But I got around to it eventually and she turned out to be ... AMAZING. She looked great and she has superb physics. Also, and this is important for motion development work, she has beautiful lip facials and a very sound bone structure and weighting. She looks like a porcelain doll, and in actual fact, I do collect porcelain dolls - well at least old ones which I find at swap meets and garage sales. They're not quite antiques, just nice curiosities which catch my fancy.

For some reason, although I suppose she's supposed to be a fairy tale type character, she reminds me of the ladies in the Sun King's Court in France. Minus the stupid head dresses they wore in those days.

So I was thinking, why not build a stage for her? She won't fit in on one of my sci-fi/techno themed stage at all now would she? For quite awhile, I've been thinking of building a fairy tale castle / Cinderella palace type stage, but I took a closer look at Snow White's castle in Disney Land and the compexities of that design looked like way too much work. I did some scribbles and everything ended up looking like they could top a wedding cake; so scratch that idea for now.

I listen to music when I'm working, preferring soft rock and folksongs as they are the least distractive. One piece of music caught my attention: Scarborough Fair by Hayley Westenra (Celtic Woman). So just out of sheer curiosity I opened up Mogg Face and Lips, added the tune and Rayneshia. Did one verse and was hooked - it looked ... how should I put it? It was touching - nearly bought a tear to the eyes. But Hayley's voice was a bit too 'mature' for Rayneshia so I rehashed the tune in Audacity and it was a perfect fit for Raynesia so I finished the lip sync but left it at that.

Nothing to watch on TV as usual so I opened up SketchUp and started doodling and ended up with a rough form of this stage set. Put Rayneshia in it because, I wanted to use her for a LOTR animation skit that you can see here: youtu.be/TLfv42BF11k

Anyway, I finally had a light bulb moment and it looked like this: Rayneshia + this stage + that motion.

To cut a long story short:

1/. I rebuilt the stage using classic proportions but styled it in the Norman style. But it does have some modern elements. Preview images of the stage can be seen here: fav.me/d7riqp6
2/. Finished off the motion.

The motion actually took more work than the stage. The music is only 3 minutes long but it was hard to figure out what movements to incorporate. In actual fact, Rayneshia could have just stood there to sing the whole song and it would have worked fine but that would have made for a boring video, so she had to move. Moving her was harder than I first thought as she's wearing a hooped skirt and that made me have to go watch some period dramas just to see how a woman actually moves wearing one of those things. I didn't want to take a short cut by just having her hover across the floor - that doesn't work - you really need to know what the legs are doing and how her body has to adjust for the hooped skirt.

Then she had to have "character", otherwise it'll just looked like canned motion now wouldn't it? Besides, that's always the fun part of creating performance motions - making the character believable, likeable and giving them 'personality'.

Well anyway, the stage is on offer for download for you to use in your own projects. It is a nice stage in itself and a little different from my more conventional designs. It's actually very 'basic' but that in no way detracts from its versatility and its design allows for some really nice visuals to be created with it. It does have a 'classical', Middle Ages and fantasy architecture feel to it.

As for the motion, since there isn't any motion data made specifically for a MMD model wearing a ball gown, it is included with the download; so do have a look at it if you have a chance. Do note, however, that the motion was made specifically for Rayneshia so some degree of modification will be necessary if the motion is applied to another model. The performance is different from most MMD videos and the song is in English. It has a different flavor and texture as the song itself is centuries old, but it does capture well a more nostalgic view of the past and in itself is a beautiful piece of music.

Also, in case you're wondering why I designed Rayneshia's MME suite to look the way it does, please see my reference to collecting old porcelain dolls above - but it does work and it works a charm.

Cheers.


D/L (Bowlroll): bowlroll.net/up/dl43068
Demo Video: youtu.be/-ep0ModF2JM

Notes:
1/. Credits and the download PASSWORD are on the video page.
2/. If you do download it, please do respect the fact that the design does include Christian symbology so please don't be using it for things like black magic rituals and such. There are other MMD stages out there already which can be used for that sort of thing.
3/. If you want the Rayneshia model, the link to her download is listed on Citrus-Smoothie ( citrusmoothie.tumblr.com/searc… ). The model is based on the character from the Log Horizon anime series.
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:iconnightcorerocker:
NightcoreRocker Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Student Writer
dl but how to get the song though?

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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Buy it.
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:iconmizukinoru1310:
Mizukinoru1310 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Student Interface Designer
I dowloaded
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:iconmoonlightmariee:
MoonlightMariee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
Awesome motion, i love that song 🙂
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For something written centuries ago, it certainly has withstood the Test of Time.
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:iconmamiru7410:
MAMIRU7410 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
ココで使わせて頂きました。素敵なステージをありがとうございました。
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for using the stage. Nice video!
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teampikachu9945 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
dl'd, thanks for sharing ^w^
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:iconmamiru7410:
MAMIRU7410 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
www.youtube.com/watch?v=37QVLM…
ココで使わせて頂きました。素敵なステージをありがとうございました。
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ご協力ありがとうございます
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:iconsorajakeblade:
SoraJakeBlade Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student General Artist
wow i loved the song 
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it's one of the better versions of this song.
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:iconwineinanopenwound:
WineInAnOpenWound Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the stage!
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks !
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:icondondeloro:
DonDeloro Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Have used your Stage, the inside Motion, and the Music was You Tube blocked for my Country.
dondeloro.deviantart.com/art/E…Hearts In Colour 
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The music was a remixed version of Hayley Westera's interpretation of Scarborough Fair. Her original version of the song also works with the motion, it just that I altered it slightly for Raynesia so that the voice sounded 'younger'.
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:icondondeloro:
DonDeloro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
here is my reconstruction from your video was Youtube blocked:happybounce: 
sta.sh/0sygstpaxwz
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:iconhukiolukio:
Hukiolukio Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so jealous of how good you can make stages. Q^Q
I'm going to try and find some use of this as soon as soon as I can~
I feel like I only use your stages *Free Icon/Emote* Pusheen (So exciting!) I kind of do, tho..
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your support - happy to hear that you like my work. :)
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:iconhukiolukio:
Hukiolukio Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:icontastytunes2000:
Tastytunes2000 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Another beautiful job. Great stage and the video is fantastic. your my main hero of MDD :)
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much - appreciated!
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:icontastytunes2000:
Tastytunes2000 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome my good friend :)
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:iconlisathevocaloid:
LisaTheVocaloid Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't know which Log Horizon character the model is based on.
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same character: Rayneshia El-Arte Corwen
log-horizon.wikia.com/wiki/Ray…
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:iconannadavies16:
AnnaDavies16 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this motion data possibly work with Megurine Luka's version of this song?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably not.
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:iconannadavies16:
AnnaDavies16 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok ^.^
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:icondondeloro:
DonDeloro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
The example video is blocked in my country through YouTube.
The example video is blocked in my country through YouTube.
Maybe you can do it for a short time on your sta sh then load can I download.
(O__O)
for the Stage thank youNeko Emoji-38 (Music) [V2] 
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The music rights belong to UMG so I have to respect that. Unfortunately, for some unknown reason almost all my videos using UMG managed materials are blocked in Germany. Trying to circumvent their legal rights is illegal so I'm afraid you'll just have to accept my apologies to the fact that I cannot comply with your request.
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:icondondeloro:
DonDeloro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Neko Emoji-40 (Ok Okey) [V2] UMG -SME-Disney- Universal Studios----all is blocked in Germany! (It would be better perhaps any general music for the sample video) all User can show your samle Video's...

and your Material : read here on the right side ---- gm34.deviantart.com/

and me my Vimeo account? Vimeo has executed me for the little Overall Konko video (the Inscreen video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryY3pK…. Vimeo is not fair. I offered to remove the offending video without discussion. Vimeo have not even told me what the video was wrong. Vimeo just wanted to KILL me.Sparta Emoji-16 (Head smack) 
but privately if you a friend of one of your video give is nothing forbidden. so you will aprivate fom me...1drv.ms/1qYWAK6
you can load and look , i can not load my Video on YouTube i become a warning and as next a Strike (and you have become Warnig Message from YT? i think yes! and the next is NO MERCY and YT close your channel)
I would be interested for info me if you can download from my 1driveNeko Emoji-40 (Ok Okey) [V2]  and sorry for my bad englishFp 
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Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My policy with regards to copyrights is very simple. I respect other people's copyrights. That's why I seldom, if ever, get into issues with claims for copyright infringements and I have a good standing on all my online accounts.

I did get a 'strike' one time from YT over the use of a single piece of music which was featured in multiple videos on YT, but rather than ask 'why me', I just changed my policy and it's very, very simple:

For the most part I will not use Japanese sourced music, unless it is something that is already in general use elsewhere in the MMD community or the Internet as a whole. I have had a video, for example, that was OK'd by YT, was up for about a year and then suddenly it was muted. Obviously, the Japanese music industry has an inconsistent policy on the use of their music; but it's their problem, not mine as my policy is to avoid using Japanese sourced music if at all possible.

So I focus on Western originated music which under US Law at least I have some usage rights. The music I select are pieces I HAVE PAID FOR, that I personally like, and in using it in my own work I am hoping to spread the pleasure I get from those works so that others will like them too and BUY them for their own pleasure.

MMD is for fun. I am not a lawyer. I actually do respect the copyrights of other artists including musicians. So far, none has made any complaints over me using their materials because I am operating within the Law as I understand it. When I upload stuff to YT, and they scan the material and find that I have used potions of work from others they offer me the choice to:

1/. Acknowledge the copyright claim and continue to allow view access to the video with whatever restrictions are in place for that claimant.
2/. Change the song.
3/. Dispute the claim.
4/. Withdraw the offending video.

So my legal options are very clear - I choose one and stick to it. I don't need a lawyer for this. By the same token, I am honor bound to adhere to my agreement with YT and by extension the claimant of the copyrights. So I am not going to go around their backs and upload to some other site something that has restricted views in some countries due to whatever legal reasons there happens to be. Like I said, I'm not a lawyer, I don't know nor do I care why somethings are blocked in some countries. What I do care about is not breaking the Law, especially in the conduct of what essentially is just a hobby.

So I do apologise that the video cannot be viewed in Germany or wherever. But at the same time I have no LEGAL remedy for the issue. Uploading the material to another site in an attempt to circumvent the legal restrictions is illegal, pure and simple. In addition, I'm tech savvy enough to remove most security encryptions and signatures from music data files but it's against the Law to tamper with these so I never do it.

Instead, I use YT as a legal shield. It works for me, for YT and the copyright claimants - so everyone's happy and I don't get strikes anymore.


In answer to your other question. Yeah, I can access your Skydrive. I have one too: onedrive.live.com/?cid=348825B… . I used to distribute my models from there, but it's a lot simpler to use Deviantart and Bowlroll. Both of whom also offers me some of the same legal protections that YouTube does, plus both have reasonably reliable servers. 
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DonDeloro Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I wanted to just see the videoI think I've fainted. 
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I understand ... but sorry no can do.
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:icondondeloro:
DonDeloro Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
yeah sorry from me to you i m would not your onedrive, thats all your personally and i m respect you I think I've fainted. 
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