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Ashley Cataline Dresser/surface set w/ 11 recolors)

by suceress Posted 31st Jul 2007 at 12:14 PM - Updated 21st Nov 2008 at 2:22 PM by -Maylin-
17 Comments / replies (Who?) - 16 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
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.
Its finally here!

(Mirror NOT included-- please see my Ashley Cataline Mirror thread for that)

This is an approximation of my real dresser that is part of the Ashley Cataline Onyx furniture set. In addition to being a functioning 3 tile wide dresser, it also serves as a surface to place items on. Decorative items such as table lamps, small statues, plants, and even mail and newspapers can be placed on it.

It took me over a year to complete this. Granted I took time off to work on other things and quite a few real life issues interfered. During an internet outage I was very bored and suddenly had a breakthrough that enabled me to finish. Back before OFB and Pets, I decided that I wanted to make a dresser that doubles as a surface. I spent a lot of time going over tutorials and resources on footprints, slots, object placement, object creation, and all sorts of things. I also spent a lot of time in the create and help chats getting advice, information, guidance, and moral support.

My initial problem was with the footprint and clickable area. Echo and many others who posted in the thread on that guided me through the process so that I could manually define the footprint to keep sims from walking through my object. Fisheye, Atavera, Numenor, and others (sorry that I can't remember your names as I'm writing this) provided information that made it possible to add container slots to my dresser (allowing objects to be placed on the surface). Tiggerypum, HystericalParoxysm, Wes_h, Numenor, and Atavera helped with Milkshape, bounding mesh, and plugins. I learned to turn smooth groups off, make sure the bone weights were all 100%, and import the .5gd file rather than the .obj to get the bounding mesh and joints to work properly.

Frazzmesiter made it possible for me to reinstall my game after my computer's registry got wiped so without her I wouldn't have been able to continue working on the objects.

I ran into a snag with the way the Sims were interacting with the dresser. JohnB, JasanaBugbreeder, Stormwench, Wes_h, cokenasmile, and pretty much everyone at the create chat helped me with trying different methods to fix the problem. Ultimately it came down to the game thinking that my routing slots that I'd intended to be for the Sims interacting with objects placed on the surfaces were the parameters for where the Sims were supposed to interact with each tile of the dresser. By eliminating all but the 3 north routing slots for each tile and adjusting the x positions in the cres I got the Sims to stand in the correct position to interact with the dresser no matter where I click on the dresser to tell them to interact. This breakthrough allowed me to complete the armoire as well.

Tested with Pets and Seasons expansions but not with basegame nor the prior expansions on their own.

Known issues: Sims reach too high when opening and closing the drawer. This is an issue with the animation. We tried changing to a different game animation (a later expansion has an animation for opening the drawer on a child's dresser-- I think it has a space theme) but it didn't work. It just kept crashing. So until I learn how to do the animations myself (or figure out how to extract the animation and put it in), this one will have to do for the time being. When Sims interact with the mirror that comes seperately (ie. gussying up) they step into the dresser. That is because of the routing settings for the mirror. I'm not sure how to change it so they stand the proper distance when the mirror is with this dresser. If you know how to fix it, please tell me. Sims do not seem to autonomously place newspapers or mail on the dresser. Instead they seem to put it on the floor. I don't know enough about what would make them want to do this so I haven't messed with it. However if a newspaper is on the dresser, Sims will pick it up and interact with it.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this object. Feedback is appreciated. This includes reports of any bugs or suggestions on how to improve the object.

Recolor policy: I would love to see recolors of this but would really appreciate a note letting me know so that I can download the recolors to put in my game. Please do not upload my mesh to another site without permission. Under no circumstances are recolors of this to be uploaded to the pay section of a paysite.

This shows how the dresser looks when decorated with maxis items and with the mirror I made to go with it. It also has mini-images of recolors. They pretty much look like the end tables I made previously. The lapis gold, lapis silver, malachite gold, and malachite silver .rar files contain two packages each. The ones labelled with a 2 after them have black trim instead of the colored trim (you can see this on the end tables)

The second thumbnail is a side view of an adult Sim opening the drawer. You can see the wood texture of the drawer, and where the Sim stands in relation to the dresser (it was too large to paste full size here because I have a widescreen monitor with resolution set at 1600 x 1200)

This third thumbnail shows the open drawer which lets you see the clothes inside. (it was also too large and thus the full-size was removed from this spot in the thread)

su_ashcatdresserMESH4.6 -> Mesh file textured as onyx with gold accents

su_ashcatdresseronyxsilver -> onyx with silver accents

su_ashcatdresserqrtzgold1 -> marbled quartz with gold accents

su_ashcatdresserlapisgld -> 2 files within. 1 lapis with gold trim. 2 lapis with gold trim & black accents

su_ashcatdresserlapissilv -> 2 files within. 1 lapis with silver trim. 2 lapis with silver trim & black accents

su_ashcatdressermalcgld -> 2 files within. 1 malachite with gold trim. 2 malachite with gold trim & black accents

su_ashcatdressermalcsilv -> 2 files within. 1 malachite with silver trim. 2 malachite with silver trim & black accents

su_ashcatdresserwoodgld1 -> wood with gold accents

Dressers_all -> all files combined because QX is not working at the moment

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Additional Credits:
Thanks to Anna, Atavera, Cliff, cokenasmile, Delphy, djones, Echo, frazzmeister, Fresh-Prince, French Sim, GoldenSimmer, Hysterical Paroxysm, IgnorantBliss, JasanaBugbreeder, JohnBrehaut, Jon, Lady Darkfire, Lethe, LyricLee, missangelica, MissHollyBee, Numenor, Nurrah, Pfoenix, Sansui, simaddict99, sim_man123, SirEmino, Starbuck, Stormwench, teh_moth, teknofil, tiggerypum, whiterider, windkeeper, zicon and everyone I chatted with who gave me moral support. To anyone whom I left of the list or misspelled the name of, my apologies.

Also thanks to my brother for hovering over me and telling me to upload faster and referring to himself as deuchey mcdeuchebag-- as he is hovering over me right now....

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Forum Resident
#2 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 12:43 PM
Nice, really nice, thanks!

"I will gather my wounds forge the end of tragic comedy"
#3 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 2:31 PM
i like thi8s...this is like what was popular in miami in the late 80's and 90's...wasnt it? its really pretty. thanks!
#4 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 3:48 PM
I like them, nice work, thanks!

Please do not re-upload my houses or Sims anywhere, even if it is just refurnished.

Thank you for your consideration.
#5 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 4:14 PM
Yay! More to match your furniture! I love it, it is a really nice dresser! Fantastic recolors too! Keep up the wonderful work suceress. :D
Mad Poster
#6 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 6:29 PM Last edited by edejan : 31st Jul 2007 at 6:47 PM.
This is a really beautiful piece of furniture. I must track down your matching pieces. Thanks for all the hard work and for the gift!!

I have seen the rest of the set and it is STUNNING!! So unique. I must make Miami houses!!! Thanks again!!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 8:19 PM
Yay, you uploaded it! It looks amazing, suceress, good job! Thanks :D
Test Subject
#8 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 9:50 PM
I have this exact dresser in my own house. Though it is not used as a dresser. My mom converter it into a bathroom counter. Do you think you could make a bathroom counter look like the dresser? (One of the counter would have the door and the other would have the drawers.) I would greatly appreciate it if you were able to do that.

PS: I would download the set that you have but right now my computer is acting strange, so I don't want to risk it.
Space Pony
Original Poster
#9 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 10:33 PM
Thanks everyone!

edejan, you can look here to see more of my creations.

sim~obsessor, I'm not sure when this was popular but I got it from the naval exchange furniture store in Guam during the late 90s.

SerenaInuyasha, I've actually been considering making a counter out of this. I'm just not sure how well the patterned colors would do as countertops as I don't know how well the edges would match up. I'll give it a shot though! Thanks!
#10 Old 31st Jul 2007 at 11:15 PM
Wonderful Job, suceress! That you for this marvelous piece of work.
I always look foward to see your creations.
Slacker of Immense Slackness
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#11 Old 1st Aug 2007 at 6:25 AM
Wow very clever and attaractive! Slots slots slots I love 'em =) Thanks so much for sharing your work with us... I, although now 41, have a younger brother who is STILL - at age 40 - as annoying as your brother obviously is - a backwards amed pointy elbow should do the trick

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Field Researcher
#12 Old 1st Aug 2007 at 8:40 AM
Very elegant dresser. Thanks for sharing
Test Subject
#13 Old 1st Aug 2007 at 9:33 AM
So glad you finally finished it. I've been keeping my eyes peeled for this since I first talked to you when you posted the first part of the set at TSR ... was it really a year ago? Real life does tend to throw you a curve now and then ... glad you're back. Thanks so much for sharing this ... now my set is complete. Kate Tamblyn aka Kate139
Space Pony
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#14 Old 1st Aug 2007 at 11:07 AM
Originally Posted by Kate139
So glad you finally finished it. I've been keeping my eyes peeled for this since I first talked to you when you posted the first part of the set at TSR ... was it really a year ago? Real life does tend to throw you a curve now and then ... glad you're back. Thanks so much for sharing this ... now my set is complete. Kate Tamblyn aka Kate139

Thanks Kate! The set is *almost* complete. I just uploaded the armoire. I need to upload the clock before my time is up.
I've already started on the tvstand but that will take awhile.
Test Subject
#15 Old 4th Aug 2007 at 8:30 AM Last edited by Canoodle : 4th Aug 2007 at 4:11 PM. Reason: Is a 'thanks' post.
The Ashley Cataline set is wonderful, suceress. And I'm so happy that you keep adding more to the collection.
Test Subject
#16 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 4:22 AM
its perfect..i still have this set in my bedroom ty
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 21st Sep 2013 at 12:04 AM
Thank you so much!!!
Space Pony
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#18 Old 13th Sep 2019 at 3:11 AM
Commenting on my own post because I'm not sure where to post this. I just discovered there was a matching living room set made by Ashley. I saw it in a flea market. Sadly, someone had already bought it & it was crammed in a tight space so it was hard to get pictures. I'm trying to see if there are any archives of the furniture catalogs from the 90s. I know it would be mid-to-late 90s. There's an entertainment center with very short wide doors in the bottom middle that have the gold accents, it has glass doors on the sides, and multiple shelves. It looked fairly wide (not sure if it was as wide as the dresser or not). There were two identical side pieces which were tall narrow cabinets. Bottom had the solid doors with gold accents, then there were a couple of shelves, and then glass doors over the top shelf.

I am thinking of converting this whole set to Sims4 but am trying to figure out how. I haven't meshed in a loooong time & have never created any objects for Sims4 *yet*. I'm currently reading a tutorial on it but my brain is not cooperating.

If anyone has feedback, suggestions, or comments, please let me know. Also, if anyone finds the Ashley Catiline living room set in a catalog I would love to see pictures of it.

I forgot to mention that my original files from creating this set were lost in hard-drive failure & backup hard-drive failure. The TV stand as well as other projects were lost. :-(
I'll have to extract from the files that were archived here.