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Creeping Ivy (TS3>TS2 Conversion)

by mustluvcatz Posted 4th Apr 2013 at 5:24 PM - Updated 8th Apr 2013 at 8:54 PM by mustluvcatz : lunie rocks, lol
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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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This I made for me. No Mary's, no sims in cute little shacks. They can stomp their little simmy feet all they want. They've got their spiffy new plants, sinks and outlets. Okokok, you got me. I did make this for them- but after what I put myself through with this set, it's mine, all mine I tell ya! So. What did I put myself through making this set? Let me show you:

First I started out with a simple conversion of lemoncandy's Creeping Ivy. Simple enough. 4 meshes, done faster than the speed of lightning.



That's when I lost my mind. 4 pieces? That's it? Fine. How about 4 more that are upside down versions of the first 4.



It all went downhill from there. After those 4 I decided that some full wall versions were needed, so there are 3 full wall versions. Oh, and did I mention that diagonal walls look pretty with ivy on them too? They do! So 4 meshes became 8, 8 meshes became 11 and 11 meshes became 22 with the addition of the diagonal versions. Whew! That's good enough. Right? Wrong. That's when I got to thinking that the ivy looked a little strange with nothing behind it. I mean.. ivy grows on vines. So I added vines to all 22 meshes.





To further torture myself I made a bazillion recolors of all. Recolors? But of course! Have I ever uploaded anything without recolors? No? (At least I don't think I have, lol.) Since I'd already gone crazy, I kept on. These are the recolors you get:
Ivy- 3 recolors (different types of ivy/leaves) along with the default color. Those recolors have recolors of their own- there are 3 fall-ish recolors for each type of ivy. One has pretty colors and full leaves, one has not as pretty colors and not as many leaves and the last has a decidedly non-pretty color with a lot less leaves. (See screenshots!)
Vines- have recolors in different heights since the ivy comes in different heights. There are also upside down versions of the vines. AND all vines come in a green recolor and a brownish-gold recolor.
Did I mention that the ivy and vines also have invisible recolors? Well.. they do, for those times you might not want the ivy to show or the vines to show.

Hopefully you've read this far because I'm not quite done. (I'm done with ivy for a while, that's true! But I'm not done typing quite yet.) Now that you know all the boring stuff, here's the stuff you really need to know:
*MLC Ivy1 MASTER is the master of ALL the other meshes. So you have to keep that one in your game for any of the other 21 to work! Files are named to help you remember which is which.
*NONE of the meshes will shift if you can shift objects. Which should be alright since they tile pretty good from floor to floor. (See screenshot.) To make it up to you...
*NO cheats are needed to place any of the meshes. You can stack all of them on one tile if you really want to. But if you do that...
*Be sure to have the recolors you want chosen before adding another mesh on a tile- you won't be able to use the design tool on any mesh that's under another mesh. You will be able to use it on the top mesh just fine.
*Will go down with walls.
*All meshes can be found in 2 places. Buy Mode in Deco>Plants and in Build Mode, Garden Center>Shrubs- there is a Residential collection file included and the cost of each mesh is 1 Simoleon. Super cheap since these are like Lay's potato chips, you can't stop with just one. Well, maybe you could, but do you really want to?

PLEASE NOTE: Two of the full wall meshes are over 1,000 polys. I couldn't reduce the polys on those meshes at all. SO- if you're worried about those 2 meshes, you can delete them.

Hope you enjoy this set!

Polygon Counts:
1 and UPDN1 - 250
2 and UPDN2- 438
3 and UPDN3- 654
4 and UPDN4- 862
Full wall 1- 1298
Full wall 2- 1090
Full wall 3- 686

The diagonal versions have the same polycount as their straight version.

Additional Credits:
MilkShape, SimPE, s3pe, s3Objtool, PhotoShop CS2 and lemoncandy for the original TS3 meshes.

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 2
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MLC CreepingIvy TS3toTS2Conversion.rar

Size: 2.06 MB · Downloads: 16,046 · 4th Apr 2013
2.06 MB 16,046 4th Apr 2013
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#26 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 2:46 PM
IT'S ALIVE!!!! AHHHHH!!!! Amazing stuff!
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#27 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 4:22 PM
LOVE This!
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#28 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 4:44 PM
Awsome!
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#29 Old 8th Apr 2013 at 8:41 PM
You poor, poor, insane, little ocd driven person you.... THANKYOU! and I don't even like ivy in real life because it is such a destructive little beastie but it goes so well with the walls and all..... Good JOB!


.... Now.. if you could only get ivy in real life to behave as well and go down with the walls...
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#30 Old 9th Apr 2013 at 12:06 AM
I'm in the process of building a ton of houses, in one of my sub-hoods. So, these are quite timely. Thank you!
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#31 Old 9th Apr 2013 at 5:26 AM
Gorgeous. Gor-gee-oos. However, the poly minimalist in me wonders if these might still look fine, though admittedly probably not quite as gorgeous, if they were simply textures for the 2-triangle transparent wall overlay. Can the overlay be made to go down with walls? Could a faux 3d effect be achieved with bump mapping? Should I just get more memory and soup up my graphics card to support all those polys because, damn, that's some great looking ivy? Questions to ponder. Bee-yoo-tee-full.

edit: It's not that the individual meshes are super high poly... it's that I would go crazy and put ridiculous amounts of ivy all over every building in Veronaville... Plant sim domiciles would be all ivy all over the place everywhere... I am an ivy junkie.
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#32 Old 9th Apr 2013 at 7:03 AM
Wow! Ok, this is gonna be long, lol.

Marbi, zwerschekind, Lili975, LadyAngel, Kim, FranH, ShineShine, Twi, AmyLuthien, twinx86, Odessa, Debs, Sleepdrunk, Karlene Dachenhausen, lasallgal, ccmbarnes, PenelopeT - thank you very much for the comments and you're very, very welcome.

Nix: See Porky's comment about OCD and ignore the part about being insane. back at ya!

Porky: See above comment about OCD and being insane. Then note that I only admit to being one of those. Agreed about real life ivy- it's pretty, but it's a pita. I've only lived in one place that had it. It looked so nice on the outside when it was all leafy. Inside? Eh, it looked nice but I had a bad spider problem because of the stuff.

COEG: The overlay could be made to go down with the walls and I'm sure that ivy recolors of it would look half way decent if a bit flat. Not sure if a bump map would help that or not, I don't even bother with bump maps- have no idea how to do them. Now you've made me think- and thanks to Porky thinking I'm OCD, the thoughts I'm thinking aren't going to go away until I try them out. But that'll have to wait until tomorrow since it's 1 AM and what am I still doing up?!?

Thanks again everyone for the comments. It's awesome to know that my.. efforts.. (OCD? Ok, maybe just a tiny bit. Not that I ever thought it showed!) are appreciated. The response to this ivy has been a tad overwhelming, I didn't expect it!
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#33 Old 9th Apr 2013 at 10:54 PM
These are stunning; not only ivy and vines, but several different species of ivy. I'm totally blown away by your skill/obsession. My rich Sims get some lovely ivy on the south wall, and my poorer Sims get some kudzu on their trailers.
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#34 Old 12th Apr 2013 at 2:05 AM
Oh man, these are so awesome, especially the vines. I really really want these, but the poly counts O.O I know if I get them I will put them EVERYWHERE and those poly counts will like, eat my laptop. Because I like to use ivy as curtains for my fantasy sims.
I would kill for these as a flat wall overlay, even though they wouldn't be nearly as pretty. I have some different ivy that came with a lot that is more like an overlay but I am not sure who made it. BTW I love how you describe the process making this; "And then I lost my mind", "Then it went downhill". Reading the overview was hilarious because it just kept escalating. You are insane and awesome :D
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#35 Old 12th Apr 2013 at 8:27 AM
The bare vines look fantastic and are great for winter or creepy vampire castles. They'd make a great winter part of a Seasons enabled plant! I should learn how to do that, if/when I get back to simming. Ooh, russet and gold fall ivy on my college campus, good memory. Your green ivy looks just like what was all over student housing at another campus I lived on, in the summers. Ah, memories! Oh dear. Now I'll have to cover campuses with ivy, not just Veronaville.

You say OCD and insanity, I say energy, ideas, attention to detail, and thoroughness!
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#36 Old 13th Apr 2013 at 11:46 AM
These are gorgeous! I have a crumbling abbey ruin that will put them to excellent use.
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#37 Old 19th May 2013 at 4:40 PM
Could you please tell me where have you downloaded the doors from?
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#38 Old 19th May 2013 at 5:07 PM
magdalene5- you can get the door (and the rest of the set) here @ Garden Of Shadows
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#39 Old 6th Jun 2013 at 8:39 AM
Oh,my!Thank you so much,I love these creeping plants!
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#40 Old 8th Jun 2013 at 2:56 AM
This really looks wonderful.
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#41 Old 11th Jun 2013 at 10:07 AM
Ah, it seems perfect for my Tuscan walls! Thank you!
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#42 Old 17th Sep 2013 at 6:55 PM
Wheeeeeee! I missed saying thanks and making this a favorite.
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#43 Old 18th Jan 2014 at 12:37 AM
Thank you!
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#44 Old 27th Apr 2014 at 7:43 PM
This is great. Lol You made me laugh as i was reading through all of it. It looks awesome! Thanks so much, i've been looking for some creeper ivy for a while but you know i dont like looking for things. Thanks again c:
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#45 Old 21st May 2014 at 4:20 AM
It works perfectly! :D
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#46 Old 19th Oct 2014 at 2:01 AM
I badly needed good, thick wall ivy. THANK YOU!!!!
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#47 Old 10th Dec 2014 at 7:29 AM
Thanks.
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#48 Old 14th Jan 2015 at 4:10 AM
Oooh yay! I can't wait to use these EVERYWHERE. Thanks so much
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#49 Old 3rd Apr 2015 at 9:56 PM
Nice!
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#50 Old 27th Jan 2016 at 1:45 PM
Pretty cool
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