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Featured upload! Servo - Complete Conversion

by Qahne Posted 25th Dec 2015 at 4:05 AM - Updated 14th May 2016 at 2:28 AM by Qahne
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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.
You may have seen this floating around on the forums here a few months ago; I started this project way back when in May (and teased it in one of the screenshots here), but computer issues kept me from finishing it off. Now, at last, my Christmas gift to you:

New, from Shiny Things Inc., meet Servo!

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Gardening? Check. Cooking? Check. Periodic bursts of wanton destruction? Indeed, check. This friendly humanoid robot is truly but one step from humanity. The Servo Model has a gender-assignable artificial intelligence unit that simulates all the desires of a real human: friendship, success... even love. Just make sure you keep the Servo Model in a good mood, else you'll be the one cleaning up all the ash piles while your new friend lies sparking in the corner.




I have loved the Servos, our sims' delightful mechanical servants, since Livin' Large way back when. It only felt appropriate to convert them to the latest iteration of the game - but I wanted to make sure it was functional as well as pretty, which meant that sims with the Servo outfit could never not have it on - this meant not only when naked, but also while in career or special event outfits. This meant, of course, that I couldn't just go the easy route and make the Servo body a simple item of clothing that could be taken on or off at will - but I did manage it using some workarounds and some neat features TS4 introduced to the CAS system, with some help from the wonderful CmarNYC.

The key was the bear costume that came with Outdoor Retreat - it's an outfit that completely covers your sim, ignores their slider values and anything they might be wearing. I spent some time picking it apart, figuring out how it worked and managed to replicate the effect for my Servos.

Having accomplished that much, I thought to myself...what about if Servo has an elegant party to wait on?



And then...what if Servo gets bitten by a vampire? Or a werewolf?



And then...what if Servo stumbles upon an archaic tome?



And that is the story of how my OCD forced me to convert every single kind of Servo we had in The Sims 2. Plus some extras, like added recolours of female Servo's garishly pink dress!

You get a total of 9 items - 6 skin details, 2 necklaces, and a bonus buy object!

How To Use
  • Find one of three basic Servo bodies (normal, fanged, witch) under Skin details
  • Go to Necklaces and apply the formal outfit if desired
  • Done!



The meshes and textures are all from The Sims 2's expansion packs, and are completely vanilla and unchanged in any way, except for the hands - TS2 is a ten year old game, and the hands are very low poly compared to TS4. This means that, no matter how much I were to fiddle with bone assignments, the animations were never going to line up properly. So I gave the Servos the high-detail The Sims 4 hands to make sure that the animations line up perfectly, and then painstakingly traced the original TS2 hand texture using a vector image program and adjusted it to fit over the The Sims 4 hands' UV map. The result is something that looks like the original hands, but has the beautifully smooth movement the TS4 hands do.

The dress also comes in 7 extra colours, just in case eye-searing pink isn't to your taste - red, black, purple, brown, green, white and blue - the latter six colours are all matched to the witch hat, so you can use them together without fear!

The bonus Buy Mode object is a conversion of the deactivated Servo from The Sims 2: Open For Business. It can be found under Electronics / Misc. and costs §6210. It only comes with a male head, like in the original game, and this one doesn't have new hands. It's just a straight conversion, is purely decorative, and is cloned from a small plant, so it will fit on pretty much any shelf.

You are invited to create recolours and new outfits for these guys! You are free to use the textures and meshes as a base (I am particularly hoping someone gives the female Servo some nice new dresses, and maybe a new hat or two!), but please don't distribute these meshes with your recolours, link back here instead.

Known Issues

Some of the joints on the tuxedo shoulders and around the middle of the dress look a little strange when running certain animations. This is an issue present in the original Servos in The Sims 2 as well, and something I tried to mitigate as much as possible with very tedious and gradually changing bone assignments, but I could only fix the issues with the skirt of the dress. This is something that is due to the small number of vertices in these areas, and not something that can be remedied.

Additionally, certain necklaces will display their texture on the witch / warlock hats - this is due to a conflict in how I mapped the high-resolution TS2 hat texture. It's not a problem for the dress or tuxedo in this upload, but if you see the hat texture being weird, it's not a glitch! Just take off the necklace and it will be fine

Polygon Counts:

Each outfit has only one LOD, since they are from relatively low-polygon The Sims 2 meshes. The buy item has all three levels of detail, since it is very high-poly for a build/buy object.

Male:

Servo Basic - 4422 Polys
Servo Tux - 4325 Polys
Servo Fangs - 4450 Polys
Servo Warlock - 4592 Polys

Female:

Servo Basic - 4507 Polys
Servo Dress - 4247 Polys
Servo Fangs - 4535 Polys
Servo Witch - 4602 Polys

Buy:

Servo (Deactivated)
LOD0 - 3312 Polys
LOD1 - 1760 Polys
LOD2 - 805 Polys

Additional Credits:

Huge thanks to CmarNYC for helping me solve the many glitches that kept coming up!

Thanks as always to MTS for hosting and EA for publishing the game.

Textures made with Inkscape and The GIMP, meshes modified with Milkshape 3D and imported using CmarNYC's CASTools, package compiled with Sims4Studio. Meshes and textures modified from The Sims 2: Open For Business, The Sims 2: Pets, The Sims 2: Apartment Life and The Sims 4.

Very special thanks to scotch for keeping me from pulling my hair out, and a shout out to my perfectionism for making this take so long. Oh, and thank you for reading all of this. Here, have a robot cookie.
Tags: #Servo, #TS2, #Robot, #OFB, #SimBot, #PlumBot

Age: Teen Young Adult Adult Elder
Gender: Male Female
Clothing Type: Everyday Formal Underwear Sleepwear Swimwear Athletic Outerwear Party Wear
Clothing Style: Sci-Fi
Other Type: Not Applicable
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Outfit Type: Full Outfit

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 4
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Servo.zip 16.02 MB 18,107 25th Dec 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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#26 Old 18th Feb 2016 at 11:52 AM
Bickering between each other in a public post is not becoming of either of you. Please stop.

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#27 Old 27th Feb 2016 at 8:03 AM
This is awesome! For the moment this will settle my need for robots in TS4
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#28 Old 4th Mar 2016 at 10:39 PM
looks good
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#29 Old 16th Mar 2016 at 4:40 AM
I do not know what has happened to the servo I downloaded as it just sits there when bought from buy mode, how do you get it to get up and move?
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#30 Old 16th Mar 2016 at 8:14 PM
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I do not know what has happened to the servo I downloaded as it just sits there when bought from buy mode, how do you get it to get up and move?

You don't. If you go back and read the download info properly, you will find that the Servo found in the Buy catalogue is just for decoration. If you want one that walks around you will have to create it yourself in CAS. They are basically regular Sims dressed to look like Servo.

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#31 Old 21st Mar 2016 at 2:22 AM
I can understand the confusion, since that's how they worked in TS2

You can find the Servo outfits in CAS under Skin Details (the same tab where you apply wrinkles and freckles), and their formal costumes are under Necklaces.

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#32 Old 27th Mar 2016 at 5:31 AM
This'll be fun! Thank you!
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#33 Old 9th Apr 2016 at 1:05 PM
Thanks
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#34 Old 18th May 2016 at 4:49 PM
oooohhh cant wait to have fun with this! thank you!
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#35 Old 1st Jul 2016 at 11:34 PM
Wonderful! Brilliant! I've always loved those crazy Servos, so glad to see them back in Sims4. Thanks so much!
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#36 Old 8th Jul 2016 at 10:19 PM
Default Servo
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You don't. If you go back and read the download info properly, you will find that the Servo found in the Buy catalogue is just for decoration. If you want one that walks around you will have to create it yourself in CAS. They are basically regular Sims dressed to look like Servo.

Ok sorry yes , I just hope that the Servos turn up in CAS as the ones I downloaded from danother modder do not have the adult Servo properly. Thanks
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#37 Old 8th Jul 2016 at 10:22 PM
Default Cas Servos
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I can understand the confusion, since that's how they worked in TS2

You can find the Servo outfits in CAS under Skin Details (the same tab where you apply wrinkles and freckles), and their formal costumes are under Necklaces.

Okay thank you.
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#38 Old 13th Jul 2016 at 7:59 PM
You know...I saw this post and even though I don't have S4, I just HAD to take a look. This is really well done. I see nothing here that doesn't look like a S2 Servo. I gotta say, excellent job and I'm glad that something from S2 can now be appreciated in S4.
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#39 Old 6th Aug 2016 at 5:50 AM
This is what I love about the Sims community. Content creators are so dedicated to their work, and this one is a prime example of this. Kudos to you for doing this. Seriously. It's really well made.
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#40 Old 21st Aug 2016 at 5:32 AM Last edited by DarthVaderRevan : 21st Aug 2016 at 6:18 AM.
Question Regarding TS2 Mods for Servos...
Would it be possible for one to Take a ts2 Reskin of servo (such as http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=399777 or http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=294787 or http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=292827 Preferably the last one) and use it.Also how would one go about such a task.
Any reply is helpful and I appreciate your time
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#41 Old 22nd Aug 2016 at 12:12 PM
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Would it be possible for one to Take a ts2 Reskin of servo (such as http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=399777 or http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=294787 or http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=292827 Preferably the last one) and use it.Also how would one go about such a task.
Any reply is helpful and I appreciate your time


It would be possible, and fairly easy to do; since I didn't remap Servo, you can just take the TS2 textures and reposition them so that they are over my TS4 textures (make sure you leave the TS4 hand in place, though, since that is the only part that is remapped).
  1. Download SimPE and use it to open your TS2 replacement package
  2. Find the texture file and export it
  3. Download Sims4Studio and use it to open my TS4 Servo package
  4. Extract my TS4 texture
  5. Using your favourite image editing software, copy the TS2 texture over to the TS4 texture, making sure they match up nicely.
  6. Save the resulting image and import it into Sims4Studio; you can create a new swatch if you don't want it to replace my original Servo textures, just hit the "add swatch" button and replace the texture there instead. Save it to your mods folder.
  7. Open your game and have fun! : )

A little extra detail: TS4 textures are 1024x2048, and are all-encompassing, whereas TS2 textures are normally square and are separated by body part. So the TS2 Servo head texture is, in TS4, just the upper left 512x512 corner of the big texture, and the body is the lower 1024x1024 half of the big texture. The hands are in the middle of both of them, and you don't need to worry about those, since nothing in the TS2 textures will cover them up.

EDIT: Oh, I see you're talking about mesh replacements, not texture replacements. There really isn't an easy way of going about that, you'll have to follow the mesh conversion tutorials around here to convert them to TS3 and then convert them to TS4, fix the bones, the mapping, the textures, etc. But you can definitely use my Servo outfits as a base if you want to make sure your reskins work like mine (always on, head is hidden, etc.). I wish you luck, really loved having Cylon in my TS2 game looking after my little toddlers

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#42 Old 22nd Aug 2016 at 5:59 PM
Thank you so much. For now I think Ill try to find some nice textures for servo and just stick with that while I try and Remesh... I'll have to try and contact those authors if I ever finish such a project so that I could post it, And I probably would attempt to make it stand alone so one such as us could have a Servo and a Cylon. Thanks again!

Addition: Also do you know how I should go about finding a copy of TS2? Is there some hidden EA website? And Could it work on Windows 8.1?
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#43 Old 23rd Aug 2016 at 5:46 PM
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Thank you so much. For now I think Ill try to find some nice textures for servo and just stick with that while I try and Remesh... I'll have to try and contact those authors if I ever finish such a project so that I could post it, And I probably would attempt to make it stand alone so one such as us could have a Servo and a Cylon. Thanks again!

Addition: Also do you know how I should go about finding a copy of TS2? Is there some hidden EA website? And Could it work on Windows 8.1?


You don't need a copy of TS2 to use SimPE and such for extracting files, but if you want it, you can try Amazon, eBay or your local thrift stores. Origin has an Ultimate Collection, but I'm not sure if it's still available or if it was just a promotional item, you'll have to ask around for that info.

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#44 Old 23rd Aug 2016 at 11:35 PM
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Origin has an Ultimate Collection, but I'm not sure if it's still available or if it was just a promotional item, you'll have to ask around for that info.
I can't seem to find it now but thanks, maybe they'll bring it back (like ME3 Modding )
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#45 Old 4th Sep 2016 at 6:14 PM
Omg thank u!
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#46 Old 9th Sep 2016 at 3:30 PM
You've sent me several PMs requesting that, and I've already explained to you several times why I cannot do that. Please stop pestering me about it, the only thing that makes creators less inclined to create is pressure. I make the content that I want to see, and my suggestion to you is that you read some tutorials and download some tools and try your hand at it yourself so that you can do the same. It is perfectly okay to ask me if I am interested in making something, but if my answer is no, you should stop asking.

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