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"Dicke Berta" Stove

by plasticbox Posted 11th Feb 2010 at 6:34 PM - Updated 11th Feb 2010 at 9:27 PM by plasticbox
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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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Here's a simple, oldfashioned stove – technically it's a fireplace, but without bells and wistles. Sims can use it like a fireplace, i.e. light a fire and poke it.

It costs 480§ in game and is in the Build mode catalogue > Fireplaces.

It has three recolourable channels: body, top/bottom/frames, and top and bottom rim plus feet and handle. Berta is cloned from the cheap modern EA fireplace and has the same presets as that – they’re not uber fantastic, but they make sense. See the "presets" screenshot.

Made from 1.8.25 files. I'm told it works fine in newer games too, see the comments (thanks for letting me know!).

Known issues:
The stove is moved further back to the wall than the original one, so the fire is quite far in front now – flames will often appear to come out of the window, which looks a bit dangerous. (I know that a stove like this would normally have a door .. but sims can't very well poke a fire through a closed door, so I pretend that my sims are all slobs and have lost the door somehow).

There are two seams in the texture on the side and back of the body; this is because the entire witdh of the body wouldn't have fit on the map otherwise (without losing a lot of detail), so I had to cut the mesh somewhere. With more or less monochrome textures, it depends on the angle of light whether you can see it at all; with large floral patterns it's going to be more obvious. See the "tiling" screenshot below.

The UV map of one of the chimney parts is broken – I can't fix this with the tools that I have at the moment. See the "chimneybork" screenshot to see what it looks like. If this turns out to be fixable, I'll fix it; if not, I can live with it (I don't often study the chimneys of my sims' houses in detail).

Known nonissue:
There is a one-pixel line across all of the textures visible in some of the screenshots – I'm pretty sure this is my game, not the texture. If you look very closely on the "Berta-01" and the playtesting screenshots, you can see the same line on the wallpaper as well.

Made in blender with the help of s3pe, s3oc, Aorta, Photoshop, Milkshape, and S3 Object Mesh Tool.

Polygon Counts:
High detail mesh: 963F/1008V; low detail: 329F/423V, plus the chimney bits (those are identical to the EA ones – they're modular, so the total count depends on how many levels your house has).

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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 7:01 PM
Wow this is great! Thanks a lot!

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#3 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 7:05 PM
love it - thanks!
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#4 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 7:16 PM
I've wanted something like this for a while. It fits so much better with older style houses.

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#5 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 7:46 PM
Awesome! Thanks!!

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#6 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 8:01 PM
Love this stove.It looks so inviting and its so pretty.I'll try it tonight.Hope that its compatible with the newest patch.Thank you so much for sharing.
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#7 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 8:04 PM
What an awesome stove, and what a nerdy looking sim.... thanks for this.

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#8 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 8:08 PM
Mehrlicht, if you can, let me know how it works for you =). Not that I'd be able to do anything about it if it doesn't, but it would be good if I could put that info in post #1. Thank you!

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Test Subject
#9 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 8:36 PM
My God, this is fabolous! Thank you so, so much! *immediately hits the start-button of the game*
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#10 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 8:48 PM
cool stove!! thank you! :D
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 8:49 PM
I have the most recent patches, HELS and WA and I can confirm that this gorgeous stove works just fine with them. Thank you for creating it, it'll be perfect for starter homes that wouldn't work with the 'modern' look of EA's small stove. And cabins for that matter. <3
#12 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 9:24 PM
Wow, this is sweet! I really missed my wood-burning stoves of similar style from TS2. I'm glad it's working for patched games. Mine isn't fully patched to the very last patch but eventually will be. It's crazy, we used to just have to worry about keeping track of EP's and SP's for the sake of having certain meshes and functionality. Now we have to keep up not just with EP's and SP's but numerous individual patches. Sigh....
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 9:45 PM
LOVE IT! Thank you
#14 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 9:54 PM
Something called Dicke Berta just has to guarantee a cosy atmosphere
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11th Feb 2010 at 10:00 PM
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#15 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 10:58 PM
@Gabriel: I believe I'm capable of having ideas all by myself. If I'd want any input on what to make, I'd ask. Please don't post in download threads if you don't have anything to say about the actual download in question.

@jon: Hehe, I'm not so sure about that

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Test Subject
#16 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 11:22 PM
Looks great thank you! Is it possible to make this into an old fashioned stove like in the sims 2? That would be awesome for a country shack / shanty town...
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#17 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 11:24 PM
You mean a cooking stove? I suppose it's possible, although I don't know whether the fire and fireplace functions could be transplanted. Feel free to recycle my mesh if you'd like to try making one.

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Mad Poster
#18 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 11:25 PM
This is so cute and cozy-looking - very nice work, thank you!
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#19 Old 11th Feb 2010 at 11:39 PM
:O! x3! It looks so... old! And Victorian! And lovely! Gah, you're wonderful.
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#20 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 12:52 AM
This is an amazing fire place, it also looks nice in the game. SO, thanks!!
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#21 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 1:08 AM
This is gorgeous! I've been waiting for something just like this and I can't wait to try it out in-game.
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 1:12 AM
It looks WOW! Thanks for this lovely stove.
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#23 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 2:23 AM
Ohh, I have been begging for this, all over the community. Thanks so much for creating this cause now my antique homes can be complete. Love it.

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#24 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 5:17 AM
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#25 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 7:10 AM
well i'm fussy about my cc nowadays. but this is a shoo-in. well done PB.

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