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  Architecture: A Bit Steep and Conexion Extra Recolours
Posted by: maxon - 25-03-19, 06:23 PM - Forum: Build Mode Objects - Replies (1)

So, as an extra thing, I thought I'd like to add some value to the fact I'm starting to transfer my files here from MTS, starting with the Conexion Quarter-Height roof pieces I made (see here).  I thought some extra recolours might be fun.  Here are a selection of the recolours on all three of the Conexion pieces that are available (the original EAxis ones, WhiteWaterWood's half height versions over at MTS and my quarter height versions.
   
I made 10 new recolours using the EAxis textures as a base.  That is there are brown, orange, purple, turquoise and magenta in both tiles and the metal plates design.  So the tiles:
   
And the metal plate design:
   
Mind you, I didn't stop to think whether I should make these, just that I could.  That magenta is a bit much really.

As the textures are the same, I also made a set for the A Bit Steep Roofs as well - tiles:
   
And Metal Plates:
   
Just for the LULZ really.



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  Architecture: Quarter Height Conexion Bohemia Roof Pieces
Posted by: maxon - 25-03-19, 04:34 PM - Forum: Build Mode Objects - No Replies

This was originally posted at MTS.  The files are still there but are no longer supported.  There are some new recolours for these here

I was trying to make a suitable roof over a bow window in a new house build (Lansbury House, which is forthcoming - that's it in the picture) but none of the Maxis roofs really work over bow windows - they look wrong and parts of them tend to stick into your bedrooms and they can make a hash of your lot imposters in neighbourhood view.
   

I went looking for alternatives and came across Whitewaterwood's half height AL roof deco- nice idea, but even these were too high and blocked the windows above them. Soooo, I had to make my own....

I took the original Maxis Conexion Bohemia Roof Pieces which came with AL and reduced them to a quarter of the height. It isn't just a straight shrink - bit more involved than that - the original 'frame' for the roofing is the same as the original, while the actual slope of the roof is the one that has come down to one quarter of the height. There were originally three meshes for the roofs and there are three new meshes at a quarter height just the same - a straight piece, an outer corner and an inner corner. There are three rar files available: in the first are the three meshes; then there are two types of recolour in the other files (see below), one for the frames and one for the surface of the tiling. Here's all three versions of the roofs together. 
   
Mine also fit pretty nicely around a stage which you can use on a flat roof.
   
Catalogue
You can find them in Build Mode>Architecture
Cost
Straight Piece $185
Outer Corner $187
Inner Corner $190

These new meshes are slaves to the original roof pieces and so any recolours you have of those will work with these. They had to be remapped which turned out to be something of a challenge (and I HATE mapping*). There are still some slight issues with the mapping of the textures which you can see if you look closely. In particular, in order to get the tiled recolours to work properly, the plate metal recolours have suffered a little, particularly when you place corner pieces together with others of the same type. With the outer corner, as you can see, the mid-point has no rivets (imagine it's been welded please), while the inner corner has two rows of rivets (a tricky spot, needs extra support). But, as you can see with the tiles, they work nicely together. 
   
   
   
*This is because the original EAxis texture has a mis-match fault in the tile pattern - you can see it in the picture of the original-size roof pieces with the tile pattern (below)

Mapping across pieces works just fine: 
   

Mesh Views
Here are 360 degree views of the meshes:
   
   
   

Recolours
I also, while I was at it, made some recolours. First I recoloured the tiles and the metal sheeting. I have a tendency to think that I need recolours of things in all the primary colours (well, primary colours plus yellow). Hence I made tile recolours in green, blue, red and yellow and then metal sheet recolours in green, blue and red (there is already a 'striking' yellow recolour so I didn't bother with that. 
   
   
Then I made a couple of 'frame' recolours of sandstone and red sandstone (because I make a lot of sandstone buildings). 
   
And then, and I have no rational explanation for this, I just had to make a recolour that was a chevron wood pattern. I have no idea what that is about, I just had to do it and absurdly pleased with myself I am too. I made a wooden frame for that as well because the sandstone and concrete looked funny. Maybe you can make a shed with it. I dunno.
   
I got the original texture of the chevron wood design from Chewton Wood Design 


*distant sound of teeth grinding

Polygon Counts: Same as the original
Straight 60
Outer Corner 138
Inner Corner 138



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.rar   max_QuarterHeightALRoofDecoConexion_MESHES.rar (Size: 21.55 KB / Downloads: 24)
.rar   max_QuarterHeightALRoofDecoConexion_RECOLFrames.rar (Size: 329.23 KB / Downloads: 23)
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  Beautifulnerdkitty Brown Row House
Posted by: maxon - 20-03-19, 10:40 PM - Forum: CC Fixins - No Replies

I loved these neighbourhood row houses originally posted by beautifulnerdkitty (linky) 
   
but the brown recolour (at right), at least for me, either had an error or got corrupted.  The windows were flashing pink indicating that the internal referencing was off (you could see the issue in SimPE's scenegraph - and here in the picture). It might be something to do with the Better Nightlife mod from Criquette, though I have that (it's needed) and that didn't prevent the problem.
   
So I remade the file and it's working now.  You can see all three houses in lot view:
   
And they light up at night:
   
Hurrah!

I have only uploaded the fixed brown recolour here.  There is some repository thing going on with the files so you will need the base master mesh (the white colour) from beautifulnerdkitty's page - link above.



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  Decorative, Rugs: Nengi65 Recolours - Pastels
Posted by: maxon - 25-02-19, 05:41 PM - Forum: Buy Mode Objects - No Replies

Herewith, three pastel recolours of Nengi65's rug collection because you can never have too many recolours of this mesh and besides, these textures were begging - begging - to be made into three stylish rugs for the game.  
   
There are three recolours, R-L in the picture: Ombre; Amelia Pink; Amelia Blue
   
Meshes
Nengi65 has long since disappeared from the Sims 2 community and, unfortunately, the original upload of the meshes has disappeared too.  So, I offer my own version of the meshes here though these are NOT EXACTLY the same as the original meshes as I edited them to suit my own tastes.

The original rug meshes were made before the EP which brought us a rugs section in the catalogue (hence they are in Miscellaneous). I have therefore categorized the rugs into the rugs section of the catalogue (i.e. they can be found under Decorative>Rugs). I have also edited some of the parameters of these files to suit my personal preferences: I've changed the wants satisfy score to Rug (rather than Sculpture) and I've also increased the price to match better Maxis rugs of more or less equivalent size. The prices for this version of the meshes are: 3x4 master $350; 2x3 $220; and the 2x1 runner $110.

You might also be interested in these larger versions of the mesh by Huge Lunatic: here - these recolours will work with these larger sizes too since HL slaved the textures to the original master mesh.

There are also, somewhere on MTS, copies of the original mesh files though I can't remember just now where they are.  If you already have them, these recolours should work with those or you can go over there and search for them yourself.  You can't have my version of the meshes and the originals in your game since I didn't change the GUIDs.  In the case of the original meshes, the rugs can be found in the catalogue under Decorative>Miscellaneous and cost: 3x4 master $50; 2x3 $30; and the 2x1 runner $50.  Personally, I prefer my settings but ... yanno, YMMV.



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  Garden Flowers Visible in Neighbourhood - DEFAULT replacement
Posted by: maxon - 21-01-19, 06:29 PM - Forum: Game Mods - Replies (5)

There have been a few instances of people improving the appearance of lot imposters in neighbourhood view (or when on another lot) just recently.  So I thought I'd join in and actually release these - they've been hanging around in my Downloads folder for well over a year (if not longer).  

Don't you find it irritating when you build a lovely garden on a lot like this:
   
And then this is what you get when you look at the lot from the neighbourhood view.
   
With these default replacement mods, you get this instead:
   
I mean, it's not fixing the lot imposter issue, I know, but I think it looks a lot better.  

This is what the lot looks like when viewed from other lot:
   
And close up you can see what's happening:
   
What these little defaults do is force the game to use the on-lot mesh (i.e. the regular mesh) of the basic flowers in neighbourhood view so you can now see the flowers in the imposter.  The files are tiny and can be dropped in your Downloads folder.  To see the effect though, you need to go into a lot, make a small build change and save - to force the game to update the lot imposter.  I usually either place a floor tile or build a segment of wall.  You can undo the change immediately - it doesn't matter - all you are doing is convincing the game there's been something changed and it needs to overwrite the last save and make a new imposter.

There are 18 files here: defaults for the half-size flower beds and full-size flower beds for the 9 basic flowers that come with a full version of the game:

  • Daisies of our Lives 
  • Dandy Daylilies
  • Grand Gerberas
  • Iris Surprise
  • Merry Marigolds
  • NoPalitos Prickly Pear
  • Papavers Poppies
  • Perpetual Pansies
  • Top Tulips
There are a few caveats to this:

The first thing is that the game, for some mad reason I have not been able to fathom, has issues displaying all the instances of a plant if you use the same colour all over a lot.  Have a look at the following:
   
On lot you can see it spells NOPE but in neighbourhood view, the game misses out some of the flowers (and now spells Nni).  I don't know why (and if someone can help me solve this, get in touch).

Using different colours, even when you use the same flower, obviates the problem:
   
Other issues:
  1. The flowers will be visible all year round - they won't change with the seasons because lot imposters don't.  Lived in lots will update but empty lots or community lots won't.  Personally, I don't care.  I like to see my gardens (see next post).
  2. As these are default replacements, you can't use these with other defaults for the flowers.  However, it might be possible to combine these with any other default replacements you have.  The default here only replaces the CRES and the SHPE part of the file.  Ask me if you have something like this.
  3. Be warned, as these defaults force the game to use the on lot mesh, if you have issues with memory management for the game, this might add to your computer's load.  If you have problems, remove the files (sorry but there it is)
Last of all, here they all are:
   



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  Decorative, Wall Art: Flatiron Recolours Monmon Cats
Posted by: maxon - 14-01-19, 11:29 AM - Forum: Buy Mode Objects - Replies (1)

This is the second upload, as promised, based on textures from Monmon Cats, these images being of CATS! this time.  I love the style of these.
   
These are recolours of the IKEA Flatiron Building picture (landscape) or my portraitised version of that mesh which can be found here.
   

Edit to note: I realised, btw, that when I took the pictures of these, I was using the version of the mesh I made before I centralised the placement of it. The version of the mesh in the file on the other thread is the properly centred version. I didn't want to retake the pictures! As a consequence, the appearance in the illustrations in this thread is a little deceiving - the mesh does place symmetrically over the two wall panels.



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  Decorative, Wall Art: Flat Iron Portrait Monmon Cats Bulldogs
Posted by: maxon - 12-01-19, 08:56 PM - Forum: Buy Mode Objects - Replies (1)

I discovered this amazing Japanese site, Monmon Cats about a year ago with lovely original images of cats (and some dogs) done in a modern, yet 'traditional', Japanese style.  I think the images are very attractive and I truly recommend visiting the site for a pleasurable interlude of browsing (not to mention shopping!).  

Having said that, I have since selected a few of my favourites and made them into pictures for my game and I thought I'd share.  I particularly liked these French bulldogs but needed a portrait mesh for them.  I wanted something like the Flatiron building poster without a frame but that's a landscape.  So I took that mesh and made a portrait version.
   
So this is a new mesh based on the Flatiron Building Premiar Painting from the IKEA stuff pack - BUT I made this Base Game compatible instead so if you don't have IKEA it should still work.  The pink bulldog picture is the original mesh and there's a green bulldog picture as a recolour.  (also, I made some cat recolours too - those to follow shortly).

The new mesh can be found in
Decorative: Walls for $289 (same as the original so you should find this new mesh next door to the Flatiron painting in the catalogue)
Poly count: 142

Edit to note: I realised, btw, that when I took the pictures of these, I was using the version of the mesh I made before I centralised the placement of it. The version of the mesh in the file here is the properly centred version. I didn't want to retake the pictures! As a consequence, the appearance in the illustrations in this thread is a little deceiving - the mesh does place symmetrically over the two wall panels.



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  Fruit Cremes
Posted by: maxon - 05-01-19, 09:51 PM - Forum: Food - No Replies

This post and upload was originally released on my tumblr. 

So I made the first of these fruit cremes a while ago - fiddling about with desserts for sims after discussing it with Charity over at MTS.  Aaaand… as usual I went over the top and made 6 flavours instead of just the one.  
   
They’re cloned off this Chocolate Pudding by Morague so they’re just recolours really.  You need the pretty custom crystal bowls (files included in download) in order that the desserts function correctly.  The six flavours are blackberry fool, banana creme, peach mousse, raspberry cream, lemon mousse and gooseberry fool (my all time favourite dessert).
   
They need cooking level 2 and have a preparation stage and half eaten stage.  
   



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  Architecture: A Bit Steep - Mansard Roof Recolours
Posted by: maxon - 05-01-19, 09:44 PM - Forum: Build Mode Objects - No Replies

This post and upload was originally released on my tumblr. There are some new recolours for these here
   
So I was trying to help someone over at MTS with something SimPE related and had a look at the Mansard roof pieces called A Bit Steep.  I rattled off a few quick recolours because that roof piece, in fact, uses the same textures as the Conexion Bohemia roof pieces which I rescaled (made quarter-sized) and recoloured here and I still had the recolour textures.  That was easy and a bit of a cheat really but I thought I’d put them up anyway.

There are four tile recolours (red, green, blue and yellow), four steel plate recolours  (red, green, blue and yellow) and a wooden chevron pattern that I just had to make when I fiddled with the Conexion pieces - don’t ask me why.  Also frame recolours in sandstone, red sandstone, dark (black I guess) and wooden (for the chevron pattern).  The dark frame and the yellow plate are from the Conexion EAxis textures.



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  Decorative, Curtains: Cafe Curtain Recolours
Posted by: maxon - 05-01-19, 09:35 PM - Forum: Buy Mode Objects - No Replies

This post and upload was originally released on my tumblr. 

I’ve been looking at fabric patterns, patchwork and embroidery from Kaffe Fassett with a view to making some bedding and other household fabrics.  I just tried out a couple of patterns on the Stewart Mourning Cafe Curtain and they turned out, I thought, rather nice so I uploaded them.  I doubled the texture size to get a better definition on the pattern - so the file sizes are larger than other recolours for this mesh.
   
Nothing major but I like them anyway.  Thought they might do nicely for bathrooms though I guess kitchens and cafes might work too.

Also, as a bonus for this upload, I also include here (so this is not on tumblr) a couple of recolours for the same curtains using textures from the ever reliable Fat Strawberry.  
   
These are older recolours but they're bright and cheerful.



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