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Featured upload! Build Set - DIY UPDATED 10th Sept. 2012!

by armiel Posted 1st Jul 2011 at 6:34 AM - Updated 10th Sep 2012 at 1:22 PM by armiel : Added FIXED file for the beams
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
THIS UPLOAD HAS BEEN UPDATED, PLEASE SEE NOTES


One should never touch meshing programs!

This set got started when I wanted to make a proper fullwallheight column to use in my game, that would tile seamlessly when put on top of itself. That one was relatively fast to make, but was I happy? No! I needed to make other heights, that would work with CFE'd walls.

So I made those variations. Then it hit me. Beams! I have always loved how you can shift stuff up and down on walls, so I made a beam that could do the same, to go with the columns. Was I happy with what I made again? No! I had to make two other sizes. So now I had 4 columns and 3 beams to go with them.

I wasn't still satisfied, something was missing, and then I thought - Why not make fences, I have never made any. So I took a dive to mysterious world of fence making. It took a few tries, but soon I had a nice counterheight fence, that worked nicely with both the columns and the beams. So once again, I had to make more variations - Resulting 2/3- and fullwallheight fences.

As a stubborn person, I had to make more fences of course, but this time with horizontal planks. So I made 3 fences with thick planks. Then I wanted ones with narrow planks, and made those too.

About half the time I was Skyping with Tom and Kayla, and occasionally also Qbuilderz. Tom was bugging me all the time with requests for roofing fences and different columns, but I told him that I might do them at some point. Then Q started talking about roofing fences too, so I thought, I guess I can make some.

So I started exploring how to make the roofing fences, and to make it more difficult, so that they would be floor level and -height. I made one version, showed it to the guys, and they liked it, so I made 4 other versions too, to make it more interesting. Then I thought, why not make Tom the columns he so much wants, so I did those too.

I also tried to do a gate, but I have to say, that was too much for my nerves... ...Stupid joints... So I decided, 30 objects for a set is quite enough for one Finn to make at a time. The set was done

Now cause I have a lousy memory, I can't remember at which point Lee told me about linking all the objects to one texture package. So after a little while of investigating and testing, I figured how to do it. Actually, at that point I had 11 objects, each 2MB of size, and after linking the textures, I had reduced the total package sizes to little under 3MB. I can't count how much the total reduce for all items is, cause I'm bad at maths :P

Then, at the end when I had all the packages done, Dal and Lee poked me about combining the packages. So I did so, thanks to them for the idea!

I hope that you managed to read this tldr-text, and I wish that you enjoy the set! I know I will

Now if you just have enough strength left, please carry on reading about the objects

Build Set - DIY
Also know as "Do it yourself - Bitches!" (a lovely name by Dal xD)

Information!
Please press the button to show all object information!


Please also see first comments for more pics and info about the object types individually!

Games required:
All of the items are Base game compatible. To be able to shift the beams up and down you also need patch 1.17/2.12/3.8/4.5/5.2/6.0 or higher.

What to download, please read carefully!
If you want all of the items, download both armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack1 and armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack2. These include all the objects and texture files. You can also choose just one of these.
Contents of packs:
1. Basic beams, -columns and -fences
2. Basic columns rectangular and thick, -fences horizontal narrow and thick, -fences roofing.
Should you want only some of the items, pay attention to this:
- There are 2 texture files. Without these items WILL NOT WORK, cause the textures are linked to reduce filesizes.
- The rars have a number at the end of their names. These tell you which texture packs you need to download.
- The texture packs are: armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures1 and armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures2




Additional credits:
Not in any specific order...

Lee, for poking me to make all the items to use same texture files by linking them.
Inge and OrangeMittens for helping with changing the names and descriptions afterwards.
Kayla and Tom, for hours and hours of listening me whine.
Q, for listening that above some of the time ,and for all the ooh's and aah's
Tom also for making me the cute cottage picture for upload using my items!
Kayla, Dal and Traelia for testing.
Dal and Lee also for mentioning combining packages.
#create, Whitey, HP, heaven, levini, adrisole, and everyone else that might have commented on them. Terribly sorry if I forgot someone.

Programs and programmers:
Inge and Peter for S3PE and S3OC Delphy, for Dashboard (where would my sanity be without it, when having to delete the caches all the time!)
TSRW
Milkshape, Blender
Obj.Tool
UVmapper, Lithunwrap
Photoshop and Paint.NET
and finally Skype, a great place to whine!!

NOTES
10.9.2012
Woooops, the beams had the white issue too. A FIXED file has been added. Same instructions as below. Sorry 'bout this hassle.

30.8.2012
I FINALLY fixed the basic columns, which had some -whiteness- issue when you viewed them off-lot/in edit town/in CAW.

I added a new file containing the fixed columns: armiel_FIXED_columns_normal.rar

Download it and extract it to the same folder you put the original files. It will ask you to overwrite - do so. Then clear your caches, and you're ready to use them! When you load the game, every basic column you had placed has been replaced with fixed pretty version.

Please note that the combined part1 containing multiple parts of the set is still the same, so you need to get the columns fix, too!

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
armiel_beams_1.rar | Description: This is outdated, do not download! 69.2 KB 15,679 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack1.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the beams, normal columns and basic fences (_textures1 included) 354.2 KB 42,077 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack2.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the horizontal fences, roofing fences, rectangular and thick columns (_textures2 included) 407.5 KB 39,674 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures1.rar | Description: Download this, if you got any individual rars ending _1.rar 36.0 KB 21,903 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures2.rar | Description: Download this, if you got any individual rars ending _2.rar 4.0 KB 21,075 1st Jul 2011
armiel_columns_normal_1.rar | Description: This is outdated, do not download! 89.3 KB 14,374 1st Jul 2011
armiel_columns_rectangular_2.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the rectangular columns (make sure to get _textures2 also!) 78.2 KB 18,084 1st Jul 2011
armiel_columns_thick_2.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the thick columns (make sure to get _textures2 also!) 74.2 KB 17,996 1st Jul 2011
armiel_fences_horizontal_narrow_2.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the horizontal fences 4-6 (make sure to get _textures2 also!) 83.8 KB 17,724 1st Jul 2011
armiel_fences_horizontal_thick_2.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the horizontal fences 1-3 (make sure to get _textures2 also!) 86.6 KB 17,418 1st Jul 2011
armiel_fences_roofing_2.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the roofing fences (make sure to get _textures2 also!) 80.8 KB 18,262 1st Jul 2011
armiel_fences_vertical+small_1.rar | Description: Download this, if you want the basic fences (make sure to get _textures1 also!) 159.7 KB 17,800 1st Jul 2011
armiel_FIXED_columns_normal.rar | Description: Fixed basic Columns, please download THIS file instead of original (has been marked). Remember you also need this if you get full set part 1, and you also need to get textures 1 if you get just this file! 89.2 KB 13,981 30th Aug 2012
armiel_beams_FIXED.rar | Description: Fixed basic Beams, please download THIS file instead of original (has been marked). Remember you also need this if you get full set part 1, and you also need to get textures 1 if you get just this file! 69.6 KB 13,527 10th Sep 2012
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Veteran Finn
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#2 Old 29th Jun 2011 at 11:04 AM Last edited by armiel : 29th Jun 2011 at 1:19 PM.
Default Basic Fences - normal
There are 10 normal fences on the set. They are grouped to sets:
Basic Fence 1-4 (vertical planks)
Basic Fence Horizontal 1-3 (thick planks)
Basic Fence Horizontal 4-6 (narrow planks)

The fences are partially clones of each other, so they all work together next to each other.

All fences have 3 channels, except Basic Fence 1 that only has 2. Cause of some weird reason, that one didn't co-operate with me, so the channels are also the wrong way.

Wood patterns (beige, brown, grey) are the objects preset patterns.
Screenshots
Veteran Finn
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#3 Old 29th Jun 2011 at 11:20 AM Last edited by armiel : 29th Jun 2011 at 1:19 PM.
Default Basic Columns and Beams
There are 12 columns in the set, grouped as follows:
Basic Column 1-4
Basic Column Rectangular 1-4
Basic Column Thick 1-4

And 3 beams:
Basic Beam 1-3

The columns are made so, that you can stack any other height of the same type on top of the fullwallheight one, seamlessly (please make sure ones on top of each other face same way). They are also slight thicker than the fence poles, so you can use these with the fences.

The beams are shiftable, and also require moveobjects on-cheat.

All of these items have one recolourable channel.

Wood patterns (beige, brown) are the objects preset patterns.
Screenshots
Veteran Finn
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#4 Old 29th Jun 2011 at 11:26 AM Last edited by armiel : 29th Jun 2011 at 1:20 PM.
Default Basic Fences - Roofing
There are 5 roofing fences on the set:
Basic Fence Roofing 1
Basic Fence Roofing 2
Basic Fence Roofing Narrow 1
Basic Fence Roofing Narrow 2
Basic Fence Roofing Narrow 3

These are meant to use only on second floor up from ground, and higher!
They are floor level and height, so placing them to ground will make them disappear underground. If you do place them on ground and can't delete afterwards, don't come complaining at me, I have warned you!

There are plenty of ways and combinations on how to use these, I took a few pictures to show it better. Ideal for ceiling windows and terrace roofs.

The roofing fences have 2 channels, but due to linking textures of all items, only the second one is usable.

Wood patterns (beige) are the objects preset patterns.
Screenshots
Veteran Finn
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#5 Old 1st Jul 2011 at 9:39 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elexis
OMG, this is so cool! :D
One question: do you allow to include this set (or some parts) with lots? There will be plenty people using it, and it would be hard for downloaders to recreate everything that lot builders have shown in their pics if it won't be included.


You can use these items on an upload, as long as the upload is free. Then just link the downloaders to this thread so that they can download my objects.
You are not allowed to actually upload my files with a lot, that's a nono.
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