What is an OX? A miserable little pile of SECRETS!

(Hopefully not miserable; I just needed to match the reference ๐Ÿ˜› )

Hellooo! Merry Christmas! And happy New Year! Both of the New Years, that is! ๐Ÿ˜›

It’s been a little while! How’re you? I’ve been super-busy on a little very large Secret Project for the last half a year or so, as I mentioned offhandedly in the previous post, hence why I never posted anything for Christmas like I normally do. I had to sacrifice that render to gain more time on the secret project. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ However, I’m glad I did that, because I would have missed the deadline otherwise. What’s the deadline? Two days from now! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The thing is done, just need to give it a once-over and then get some other bits ready like the blog post. I’m kind of nervous and excited at the same time; I really hope people enjoy it! Or, y’know… even look at it. It friggin’ took long enough. ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway! Today’s the beginning of a new Lunar New Year, the Year of the Ox! Yaaaaay! And I’m still a bit confused about it! ๐Ÿ˜› I always thought an ox was an animal. Well, yes, it is, but what I mean is that I thought it was its own thing, the name of a species of animal. Like… you could go to a farm and see cows and bulls and maybe some oxen.

But after realising I didn’t actually know what made an ox an ox, then after doing some initial research and struggling to find a model of an ox, I realised: an ox is basically just a job description. An ox is any cattle over the age of 4 that has been trained to work, so oxen are cows and bulls! Most commonly bulls. Sort of. Usually bulls without balls. I think that’s known as a “steer”. Having no balls makes them calmer, apparently. ๐Ÿ˜› But according to the Ox (zodiac) Wikipedia page, and the meaning of the Chinese word niรบ (็‰›), from this Wiktionary page, it can also mean buffalo, yak, and bison. It was difficult to get the facts straight because there are sources all over the Internet that incorrectly imply that an ox is a totally different animal to something like a bull, or incorrectly spout something partially/totally bullshit (no pun intended ๐Ÿ˜› ), like… “ox is a male cow and that’s it lul”. (Yes a male cow can be an ox but a male cow that isn’t an ox is a bull or a steer, and female cows are sometimes trained to be oxen too so a male cow isn’t always an ox, arrrrrrgh see how I’m so damn confused? ๐Ÿ˜› )

So, it took me ages to figure out what damn animal I needed, but it left me with a pretty wide choice in the end. I had access to a cow, a bull, and a bison. The bull model was 483 years old and looked like shite, the cow looked like a dairy cow (a Holstein Friesian), which is fine because they can be used as an ox but most people who see it would go “lol that’s not an ox that’s a cow” and I will say “but a cow can be an ox” and they’ll immediately say I’m wrong but won’t do anything to prove otherwise (happens to me a fair bit, I find it both infuriating and hilarious ๐Ÿ˜› ). As for the bison, I felt that was a bit too much of a stretch. “็‰›” may include “bison”, but it doesn’t match with the meaning of “ox” because bison are wild animals and don’t work on farms AFAIK… even though the meaning of “็‰›” is “ox”. Also, there’s something called a “musk ox” which looks a little bit like a bison and is part of the same family as both bison and cattle (Bovidae) but is in a totally different subfamily (Ovibos, as opposed to Bovinae (which both bison and cattle are part of)) and can’t be an ox in the other sense because it isn’t used as a draft animal, as far as I can tell.

Seriously, do you see why I was so damn confused? This is the worst lunar new year. ๐Ÿ˜†

Anyway, eventually, I was both so tired from my secret project and so confused at the vague definition of this zodiac animal that I kinda stopped caring and tried rendering both the cow and the bison, deciding on which to use afterwards. ๐Ÿ˜› And after not much deliberation, I decided that while the cow was probably the closest match for Year of the Ox, I would have been completely embarrassed to post that, as opposed to only slightly embarrassed to post the bison. And then quickly changed my mind again because a bison isn’t an ox even though it technically is in one defini… oh I don’t care. Here, just have a working bovine! ๐Ÿ˜›

Available in these flavours:
(1080p) (1080p Dark) (2K) (2K Dark) (4K) (4K Dark)

Happy Year of the Cow/Ballless Bull/Yak/Buffalo/Bison/Other Bovine That Has Possibly Been Trained To Work Depending On Which Definition You Use And Is Either Female Or Male Without Balls Unless They Haven’t Been Trained To Work!

I hate this day ๐Ÿ˜›

Sorry, this isn’t my best effort, and I don’t think it came out particularly well, either. ๐Ÿ˜… Quality feels around about as good as the Year of the Goat render I did about 6 years ago… actually, nah, let’s be fair, it’s at least a li’l bit better than that. ๐Ÿ˜› I only had about a day to do this, and honestly, it feels like I’ve been posing and rendering almost every day for the past six months and I really need a break from it. ๐Ÿ˜›

There wasn’t much to the creation of this one, really, nor did any notable things happen during it. Apart from that one time where I did a minor tweak of the bison’s right eye and DAZ Studio completely locked up and forced me to restart it and made me lose about half an hour of work and then took another 5 minutes to load the scene again. Which I then found out hadn’t actually saved the last time I asked it to save, making me lose another 10 minutes of work. Because this scene was so much lighter than the ones used in the secret project, I’d hoped DS might start behaving itself a little bit, but nope, it’s still a shit eater! ๐Ÿ˜ก

Anyway, now for the RENDER STATS! And… well, the render was very fast. At Quality 2 and with the caustic sampler on, it took 6 minutes 19.10 seconds to reach 98% convergence on a 1080Ti and 1070Ti. So… yeah. ๐Ÿ˜† Postwork was pretty much the same as every other Lunar New Year render: a custom background and some glow effects around the ox cow bull bison. ๐Ÿ˜› As for a timelapse, I didn’t bother this time, because it wasn’t really worth it. The scene didn’t take long to put together, and it went pretty similarly to Year of the Rat, apart from that I didn’t need to do any major model adjustments, so there was even less to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the post title, that’s a reference to this scene from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. I’ve never played it, although I probably should get around to that at some point. ๐Ÿ˜€ The only reason I know of that scene is due to a Flash file once served to me when visiting thebest404pageever, a now defunct (and probably non-existent) website due to Adobe Flash’s end of life (mixed feelings about that, so I shall say both RIP and good riddance :P). Thankfully, someone’s converted that Flash file to a video, which I shall leave you to enjoy. Meanwhile, I will go and play a game for the first time in what feels like ages, and have a mega sleep. ๐Ÿ˜†

Hopefully see ya in a couple days for something much better! ๐Ÿ˜€

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s