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Board & Batten Siding

by iCad Posted 24th Nov 2013 at 11:57 AM - Updated 24th Nov 2013 at 3:29 PM by iCad
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You know, Maxis really ticks me off sometimes. These walls, for instance, which I need for a very particular building project that I'm about to start. It's a nice texture. Sure, it needs more/better colors but...Hey, that's my job. So I extract the texture, futz around with it to grain/weather it up a bit, dump colors on it, make the files, pop them into the game, go to take pics for uploading purposes...and discover this:

Yup. Trust Maxis to make a "barn panel" texture that doesn't actually tile vertically. How many one-story-tall barns are there in the world? Yeah, not many. But I guess in the end it was OK because as it turns out I didn't really like how I'd blended the colors with the textures, anyway. So! Scrap those, go back to the original textures, fix Maxis's (lack of) tiling, futz around with weathering/graining again, dump colors on the texture, make the files, yadda, yadda, and we end up with this:

I made this wall in 13 of my wood colors (skipping the weathered versions) and 19 real-world board & batten (That's what it's actually called, and it's not just for barns) colors, for a total of 32 colors. Plus, because I sometimes pretend to be nice, I fixed Maxis's three original colors, too. Mostly because if I didn't, that tiling was going to bug the crap out of me. So, the colors:

Plus there's the three Maxis colors, a pic of which is attached. They're Maxis's exact textures, just fixed to tile properly, but they're still custom and DON'T replace the originals. Why? Because I'm lazy. If anyone wants to make defaults, have at it.

The above pics were made from in-game pics on a sunny-side wall, taken fairly close-up to show detail. I should note that the "Glacier" color is actually whiter than it looks there, though; it was yellowed a bit by Maxis's "seasonal" lighting.

Anyway, you'll find these in the "Siding" category and they cost $6, same as the Maxis originals. I uploaded them in three separate zips, one containing my wood colors, one containing the colorwashes, and one with just the three fixed Maxis colors/textures. So, pick and choose as you will. All the files are Compressorized, clearly named, and there's a copy of the collage images in each of the zips to help with weeding out colors you don't want to keep.

And that's all I've got for now!

Mastic Home Exteriors, from whom I stole a very nice color palette to make the colorwash colors of these.
Homecrafter & Photoshop CS2
jfade's Compressorizor
But NOT Maxis because they ticked me off and made me do double work for these. :p

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Tags: #board and batten, #siding, #icad wood, #wood siding