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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.

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

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Size: 184.9 KB · Downloads: 37,449 · 14th Sep 2007
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
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#26 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 10:16 PM
Let the liberation begin

Donka HP. :]
#27 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 10:19 PM
Luff luff luff it!!!
retired moderator
#28 Old 14th Sep 2007 at 10:22 PM
Run little flowers! You are free! RUN! Run to that open meadow you dream of!

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Perhaps someday I'll have leisure time back...
Test Subject
#29 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 1:04 AM
Thank you so soooo much! I always hated the base of the flowers.
#30 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 1:55 AM
Wow! These are cool and I can't wait to use them in my game and in a future lot-upload.
Field Researcher
#31 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 2:40 AM
Wow, you musta been peeking inside my head. Thank you!

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Field Researcher
#32 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 3:10 AM Last edited by gonkski222 : 15th Sep 2007 at 3:11 AM. Reason: Tautology
Add me to this list of people who hated the base. These will be especially lovely around trees.

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Lab Assistant
#33 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 3:25 AM
This is what you have to offer for a 101th download? Awesome. Downloaded!

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They've been looking for you,
Even though I told them not to.

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Test Subject
#34 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 5:05 AM
I can finally have my field of daisies! It's my dream home... white picket fence, wooden swing set (thanks to buying seasons from amazon), a willow tree, and a field of daisies..
#35 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 5:23 AM
This is such a great idea, thanks!
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 5:55 AM
HP, I sure am in love with you!!!

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#37 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 6:32 AM
Hehe I hear ya with that structured garden beds thing - I hate it unless its a formal garden lot. Structure in our garden at home pretty much means throwing a rock over your shoulder and planting where it lands :D

Thanks for making and sharing these wonderful and liberated flowers =)

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Top Secret Researcher
#38 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 6:46 AM
I am so happy that you made these flowers and so liberated from the ugly format of EA games.
Thank You
#39 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 10:18 AM
Wow. Your flowers are so amazing.

Update: July 2009-I am back now to make invisible and tranparent recolors again in sims 2. You can pm me if you want your objects to be invisible and transparent from now.
#40 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 1:32 PM
Whee! HP gets a gold star for this!
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 4:39 PM
Wow great, these look much better than the originals. Now they have agreater level of customization.
Field Researcher
#42 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 8:09 PM
Neat and sweet! Yeah, baby!

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Field Researcher
#43 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 9:45 PM
God - of your choice - bless you for doing this. Yay! Real cottage gardens are now possible!

is it can be sims tiem now plees?
Top Secret Researcher
#44 Old 15th Sep 2007 at 10:07 PM
Thank you, HP! What a wonderful and useful idea.

But, apparently, 'cacti' and 'octopi' are alternate spellings.
Lab Assistant
#45 Old 16th Sep 2007 at 1:16 AM
Not sure I can say thanks enough this is so wonderful!

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Forum Resident
#46 Old 16th Sep 2007 at 6:24 AM
Many Many Thanks for these HP, I've wanted something like these for ages, 10 Stars for brilliance.
Field Researcher
#47 Old 16th Sep 2007 at 10:50 AM
I really like to build lots with detailed landscaping and I have always just hated the base on those flowers, they just don't look right at. Yours will be perfect!

Thank you muchly!!
#48 Old 17th Sep 2007 at 2:35 AM
Thanks for taking the time to do this for us HP. They're very useful and without those plain vases. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Lab Assistant
#49 Old 17th Sep 2007 at 5:14 PM
These are wonderful! Thank you so much for using the repository method!! I have loads of recolors for the original maxis flower beds and now they will be even more useful! Best of all you only have to have one file for them to show up multiple places. This is great! Thank you
Field Researcher
#50 Old 17th Sep 2007 at 11:53 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I detest that silly 'plot' that the flowers are planted in. And also thanks for repository, as I have a billion recolours that I love and would hate not to use with these.

Did I mention.. THANK YOU.
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