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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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Lab Assistant
#51 Old 19th Sep 2007 at 9:51 PM
Awesome idea & implementation. As I mentioned before, I am progressively becoming a big plant addict, so these are appreciated. <3

I have only a small sidenote, inspired from your thread in S2C; these would be much more fitting in the build mode/garden catalogue.

Thank you once more!
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Original Poster
#52 Old 19th Sep 2007 at 10:10 PM Last edited by HystericalParoxysm : 21st Sep 2007 at 12:00 PM.
TheSuccy - A planned change, related to that thread, and other upcoming related projects. Soon, soon... I wanted opinions before I did too many.

Edit: Aaaaand, done.

The plants are now recategorized to show up in build mode with the original plants, rather than decorative in buy mode. Please redownload if you want them in the other category.

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Forum Resident
#53 Old 21st Sep 2007 at 5:47 PM
Thanks! This is so nice! Now our flower can actually grow in the gras. Much better. Much better..
Lab Assistant
#54 Old 22nd Sep 2007 at 12:25 PM
thanks HP :D
I remember some site did this a long, long time ago. But I can't find it anymore oO probably out of business anyway..
So. Awesome ^w^
Field Researcher
#55 Old 24th Sep 2007 at 12:43 AM Last edited by Quinctia : 24th Sep 2007 at 12:50 AM.
Oooh, more shinies. And now I can use them, if I ever get off my lazy butt, to build a sim version of my house with flowers sitting in mulch. They're also perfect for my "these flowers will look more irregular and natural if I throw more on top of each other" landscaping methodology! XD

Also, not to be pedantic but if none of the words that Latin borrowed from Greek were pluralized via Latin grammar, Latin would be incomprehensible!
#56 Old 4th Oct 2007 at 2:12 PM
Freedom! At last! Thank you *smooch!*
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 4th Oct 2007 at 2:32 PM
Pluralization (from non-Modern to today's English)
I'm a retired anthropologist, having mostly concentrated in the archæological/palæo-ethnological and linguistic sub-disciplines of that group---which had the nasty (but I don't think infectious) effect of having to be fluent in Classical Latin, Classical Hebrew, and three temporally-separated versions of ancient Greek.
Though the other one throws me at the moment (and the Superior will have me peeling potatoes for a month if I'm caught getting dictionaries from the Library only a half-hour before dawn mass), I'm fairly sure the plural for octopus is (or was originally) 'octopodes'.

There---that help confuse things even more??!!

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#58 Old 14th Oct 2007 at 10:35 PM
What cab I say? - Pretty nice idea and realization
Forum Resident
#59 Old 28th Nov 2007 at 5:51 AM
Hooray, liverated (er. liberated.) flowers! Honestly, who actually does have such perfectly manicured, square flowerbeds in their front yards? This adds so much more realism and freedom of expression! :]
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 30th Nov 2007 at 12:02 AM
Love it!!! Love it!!! Love it!!!
Hugs to ya!
Forum Resident
#61 Old 30th Nov 2007 at 3:33 PM
You said
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.

But I cannot but go crazy after them
daisies effect above all, but also poppies and pansies and cactuses... I am really in love
they bring spring and are emotionally impressive
at least to me :P
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 13th Dec 2007 at 7:01 PM
i love this, (as everything you do...) this is really going to cut down on those gardening cost. one question, will these help my 'perfect garden score' for my sims with the gardens, or is it just not counted?

either way you rock!

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Lab Assistant
#63 Old 8th Jan 2008 at 12:25 PM
LOVE. love. love. love. love... and er... Love! thanks for these, they're great. and for broadening my mind. i always said cacti : D

if you ask me what im thinking.... the answer is always the same.

girl with a one track mind over here.
Test Subject
#64 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 7:47 AM
These are fantastic, and really useful, thanks much.
I just thought I'd mention - I don't know if it's just me, since no one else has said anything - these didn't show up in my game until I installed Seasons, and you have them as base game compatible. So I don't know what's up with that, but I thought I should mention it.
Field Researcher
#65 Old 25th Jan 2008 at 3:44 AM
HP--there are actually three ways of using the plural of octopus--octopuses, octopi, octopodes. It may have originated from Greek, but language changes over the years, plus octopodes is the most amazing thing ever.

the -us/-i thing is Latin. Second declension nominative.

Lab Assistant
#66 Old 28th Jan 2008 at 1:14 PM
Wonderful. The screen shots look great-can't wait to use these.
And good to know they CANNOT be interacted with...I have a family with a teenager that
keeps stomping on all my flower beds, and my gardener doesn't replant them (what am I paying him for??)

Test Subject
#67 Old 27th Feb 2008 at 6:10 AM
i have been waiting for this for ages. thanks a bunches
Test Subject
#68 Old 22nd Apr 2008 at 10:58 AM
Thank you HP, this was a good idea indeed. The Maxis ones just look stupid most of the time. But...they tried...

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Test Subject
#69 Old 2nd May 2009 at 7:19 AM
Great! I love it
Lab Assistant
#70 Old 5th Jul 2009 at 2:39 PM
Thank you, very much, HystericalParoxysm, for saving my poppy field within a Land Of Oz that I am working on (experimenting?) for Wicked_Poppies' new characters.

It was just becoming much more like a Land Of Gardeners, instead of Oz, with some totally unreal and constant weeding, watering, etc, for days on end.

("Experimenting" because too many lovely flowers will sadly equal a very bad lagging with their poly-count "weight". But a "Red Poppy" paint might be one feasible solution? Also I found that rows of White Lillie made an excellent boundary as a transitional flower to the poppies, to my Scarecrow's field and to the Lion's and Tin Man's wooded areas but then, there might be a need for another very special "paint"?)

... Jim ...
#71 Old 1st Oct 2009 at 8:58 PM
My favorite thing about these is that I no longer have to water them! Yay!
Top Secret Researcher
#72 Old 8th Dec 2009 at 2:44 AM Last edited by StephSim : 12th Dec 2009 at 2:51 AM.
These are great and every once in a while I have to forgo the regular garden for artificial decor.

BTW - Have you "liberated" any other plants like bushes and other flowers?

I really NEED them for hotels for BV. The plants die after a few days and my current project looks so barren without it since the main lot is a lodge.


EDIT: Just found your shrubs. I will add them to my downloads as well. Thanks for the creations.

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Field Researcher
#73 Old 8th Dec 2010 at 8:55 PM
I didn't use flowers at all at first because of that newbie plot underneath. Thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#74 Old 23rd Feb 2011 at 4:58 PM
Originally Posted by Prosthetics
My favorite thing about these is that I no longer have to water them! Yay!

Agreed! Thing is, i am really going to miss the butterflies.

Still all in all though

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#75 Old 18th Oct 2013 at 8:02 PM
I use the Perfect Gardens mod, so my sims can concentrate on their edible crops. These will be useful because I like to make some of my lots pretty.
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