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Liberated Plastic Flowers (Maxis Flowers Minus Bases, Made Decorative!)

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 14th Sep 2007 at 2:37 PM - Updated 21st Sep 2007 at 11:59 AM by HystericalParoxysm
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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.
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So I've been, um, building recently, and I find myself at a bit of a loss to find plants that I want to use. I'm also annoyed every time I look at the Maxis plants, because I never have such stodgy, structured flowerbeds around my sims' homes.

So I decided to make use of the Maxis flowers and remove the bases. I'd seen something similar done with the daisies somewhere before but I don't think it was repository textured, and I wanted the other flowers and half tiles too, so I went and did 'em all.

Four Types: I "liberated" each of the four Maxis "flowers" from their bases so they can be used on any ground cover you like, to create whatever type of bed you want... The poppies, the tulips, the daisies, and the cactuses*. Each type comes in the regular full-tile version as well as a diagonal half-tile version (just as the original flowers do) so you can still put these in beds if you want... or just mix and match the two types to make things look a little more irregular and natural in a field.

Repository/Slave Textured: This means that all of my flowers will use the colours you have for the Maxis flowers. Any recolours you have downloaded for the original Maxis flowers will also work for my flowers. Neat, huh? Thanks go to IgnorantBliss for her great tutorial on using Maxis textures!

Plastic/Decorative Only! I run a pretty busy produce garden in Seasons, so my sims don't have time to tend flowers. These no-maintenance flowers are, well, only decorative. They don't have to be watered (and indeed can't be, nor can they be interacted with in any way). They will not draw butterflies/bees like normal flowers. They are cloned from Echo's Welcome Mat (1x1 rug) to make them decorative and also walk-through-able. Many thanks to Echo for her original rugs, and her generous cloning policy.

UPDATED: You will now find these recategorized under Build Mode, with the original plants. This is a more logical place for them as you would tend to use them outside, regardless of their purely decorative function. Please re-download if you would like them recategorized.

They all cost 5 simoleons apiece so they're quite affordable.

Of course you're welcome to include these in your lots for upload, as long as I can have a little link and credit in the description somewhere for it. Enjoy!

Polygon Counts:
Cactuses: 1156 polygons, 1174 vertices.
Cactuses - Half Tile: 700 polygons, 708 vertices.
Daisies: 1011 polygons, 2313 vertices.
Daisies - Half Tile: 591 polygons, 1353 vertices.
Pansies: 1011 polygons, 2313 vertices.
Pansies - Half Tile: 591 polygons, 1353 vertices.
Poppies: 1011 polygons, 2313 vertices.
Poppies - Half Tile: 591 polygons, 1353 vertices.
Tulips: 1076 polygons, 1013 vertices.
Tulips - Half Tile: 658 polygons, 622 vertices.

All of the above counts are lower than the Maxis originals (as I removed all the solid bases). However, they are still high enough that you should be aware of it before you go throwing a solid ground cover of daisies across a huge lot. They're meant to be used one per tile originally - if you jumble them up, try to do it sparingly. Shouldn't be a problem, just don't go too crazy.

* Yes, it is cactuses. The original root word is from Greek, so it's not pluralized with an i. For that matter, it's octopuses, not octopi, too - for the same reason.

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Test Subject
#2 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 2:45 PM
This is just great!
#3 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 2:47 PM
I like it, will be perfect for gardening.... oh the duh-ness. Anyway, very nice :D

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Lab Assistant
#4 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 2:51 PM
These are great - thank you so much!
Test Subject
#5 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 2:53 PM
These are so great! I always hated the ugly, unrealistic green base on the Maxis flowers. I will use these A LOT! Thanks so much!

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 2:56 PM
thx parox, this is wonderfull
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Lab Assistant
#7 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 3:14 PM
Oh, I was actually looking for something like this, thank you so much HP!
Field Researcher
#8 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 3:37 PM
woooooooooo now I can have a real cottage garden with daises standing ON the grass instead of being painted INTO it!

And another plus, No more ugly bases! I always try to make my gardens look as realistic as possible with rockery's and soil.. what was with maxis and the ugly green bit anyway?

Thanks for these HP, they will come in useful for my gardens.. as soon as I'm finished with the RSPCA rescue dogs and actually start playing that is!
Mad Poster
#9 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 3:49 PM
These are so pretty! Just like real wild flowers! Thank you for sharing.
Test Subject
#10 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 4:04 PM
These are great, I always hated having such a perfect square flower bed in my sim's front yard.
Now all we need are some dandelions and we've got realism! ^___^
Field Researcher
#11 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 4:06 PM
Oh, this is just too good to be true!!! I can't wait to use these. I hardly ever use the maxis flowers but I will use these a lot I know. Thanks so much for being so creative & for sharing your wonderful creations with the rest of us! You never fail to impress!

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#12 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 4:12 PM
Wow, HP, these are awesome! But I refuse to stop saying cacti. :P

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Lab Assistant
#13 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 4:43 PM
Well, except cactus itself is the latinised version of Greek, and the favoured plural (as both cacti and cactuses could be technically correct) is increasingly just cactus. Like sheep, but prickly?

More importantly - flowers without the base. I love them! No more freakish gardens~
Test Subject
#14 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 4:46 PM
I've been looking for this for so long...
Thanks so much.

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Lab Assistant
#15 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 4:56 PM
I adore you. Thank you.
Test Subject
#16 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 5:10 PM
Thank you SO much! It seems every time I think about something that I want changed in the game, you end up making it LOL!

Field Researcher
#17 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 6:36 PM
Aww so kewl !! I hated this maxis flowers too !
Thanks for making these ones ! It'll be useful for every lots.
#18 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 6:50 PM
I hate how maxis flowers never blend in with the rest of the garden unless you fence them in...thanks for liberating them!

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Test Subject
#19 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 7:31 PM
Just what I was looking for! Thank you sooo much!!!

"Liberated" lol
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#20 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 7:53 PM
michellebelly - I'm from the US originally... therefore allowed to stretch the word "liberated" to mean pretty much whatever I want.

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Lab Assistant
#21 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 7:46 PM
These are awesome. Thanks! <3

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Forum Resident
#22 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 8:03 PM
The flowers have been liberated, how kind of you Seriously, Maxis has some great ideas - they just don't execute them very well! Thanks.

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#23 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 8:53 PM
hooray! :D
thank youuuuu!!!!!!
#24 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 9:00 PM
Waow ! This is amazing HP !!! These flowers without base are beautiful ! Well done and a lot of thanks for sharing !

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Test Subject
#25 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 10:09 PM
I'm in love!
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