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Lots O' Clapboard Siding

by iCad Posted 31st Oct 2013 at 2:01 PM
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I like the old "Simple Siding" from the base game. It's a good, basic width and has a good level of detail so that it looks nicely 3-D, yadda yadda. Thing is, it only comes in two colors, a nicely useful off-whitish, and a not-so-useful (IMO) goldy-tan color. Sure, there are other Maxis base game sidings, but I'm not as fond of their textures. They're...flat, Later EPs/SPs gave us different sidings which are very nice...but all too narrow for what I wanted. I've made custom siding, too, but it's a different style than what I want and wider than I want. I needed something in the middle. So, I took the easy way out and made new colors for Maxis's old "Simple Siding." I put 'em up on my LJ because they by themselves were really just too simple/unexciting to put here. And I thought that would be that.

But then I decided that I DO like and would like to occasionally use the colors of the other Maxis base game sidings. So, I plopped those colors on the Simple Siding texture, too, so that they'd have better, less-flat textures. And then I'm sometimes fond of whitish corner trim on sided houses, so I snitched and slightly edited the trim from the newer Unexpected Siding and made versions of all of the colors here, old and new, with trim. So, I ended up with a ton of siding and thought others might find them basic but useful, perhaps because they're so basic. Plus partly Maxis-matchy, for those who are into that sort of thing. So, although they're still not that exciting, there's a lot of them and...here they are.

First, there are the new colors that I added. There are 18 of them, all of which reflect my personal taste for muted and dark-muted realistic colors for exteriors while at the same time facilitating my obsession with covering a house in siding paired with complementary rock accent walls. The collage is made from in-game pics taken outdoors on a sunny-side wall. Each comes in an untrimmed, a left-trimmed, and a right-trimmed version.


Next, the brighter/lighter and perhaps more cheerful Maxis-match colors. There are 12 of them, which is all but one of the colors from Maxis's "Virtuous Vinyl" siding and "Shiver Me Timbers" wood siding. I skipped one color because it ended up being very similar to one of the colors above. However, I should note that for these colors I did edit the underlying textures a bit. Since the colors are generally lighter, I bumped up the contrast underneath so that it wouldn't end up looking flat. Anyway, the collage is also made from pics of the sidings on the same wall as above. Each also comes in an untrimmed, a left-trimmed, and a right-trimmed version.

Then there are the two original Maxis "Simple Siding" colors, Salt and Hamster, which I simply plopped the trim onto, leaving the original wall as-is so that the trimmed pieces would match the original pieces. They look like this:

You only get a left-trimmed and a right-trimmed version of each of those colors, since you already have the untrimmed version in your game, buried in the base game sidings. Also, the trim you see in this pic is exactly the same as the trim that's on all the other colors. My crappy netbook graphics mean that they'll look better, without nasty jagged edges, in your game.

Finally, here's one of the colors (The Maxis-match "Bionic Blue") on one of Plasticbox's little "Newbie Road" houses that I'm using all the time in this pared-down game of mine, to show how the pieces look put together on a house, again with craptacular netbook graphics:


So, in all, you can get 94 walls from this download, if you're so inclined. I've separated them out into a download for the Maxis-match colors and one for the new colors, in case you don't want both.They all cost $8, same as the original Simple Siding, and can be found, believe it or not, in the Siding category. All files have been Compressorized and clearly renamed so that you can get rid of colors you don't want. I've included a copy of the swatches above in each file to make that easier on you. And there you have it!

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Constant Contestant
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#2 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 3:09 PM
Very pretty siding iCad, thank you for sharing
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#3 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 3:14 PM
Love these! I'm grabbing all of them.
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#4 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 5:14 PM
Beautiful siding iCad, I'll be using these a lot. Thanks for sharing!
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#5 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 6:02 PM
You've done a fantastic job on recoloring Maxis Simple Siding, iCad.
Excellent choice of colors! Thank you for sharing.
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#6 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 6:11 PM
Oh, dear... I love them all. *DL folder snarls menacingly*
I must have them - DL folder be damned uh... here, have a treat *DL folder jumps and devours tasty Siding - burp* Yum!
Thank you, iCad!
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#7 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 7:44 PM
YAY!!!!! She adds the left/right trim!!!!! *HAPPY DANCE!*
Thanks iCad!!! And additional colors too!!! Thankies!
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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#8 Old 31st Oct 2013 at 7:54 PM
ohhhh lovely, can never have too much cladding!!
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#9 Old 1st Nov 2013 at 1:26 PM
I love wood wall coverings, and the base game just doesn't have enough, thank you!

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#10 Old 1st Nov 2013 at 3:04 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys. I very much appreciate them! And I'm glad people are finding these useful. Sometimes basic is just what you need. At least, that's how it works for me.

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#11 Old 1st Nov 2013 at 6:44 PM
I know

...or should it be


These are really beautiful in game, btw! Thanks!

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#12 Old 1st Nov 2013 at 7:13 PM
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I know

...or should it be


These are really beautiful in game, btw! Thanks!


Meh, no help needed. Just more goofy, please!

And I'm glad to know that these look good in a game with better graphics than mine. I'm almost thinking that I should contract out for picture-taking until I get my paws on a machine with better graphics. I'm going to attempt to recolor some stuff I want over the weekend, see if SimPE doesn't drive me too nuts with slowness, and if I succeed, it'd be nice to put recolors here with pics from a machine with better graphics than the one I'm stuck with for the moment. Wanna volunteer, anyone? PM me, if so!

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#13 Old 1st Nov 2013 at 9:13 PM
Those pastels might even work for inside walls... Hmm, perhaps I've found the walls for the new nursery in the Goth house...
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#14 Old 2nd Nov 2013 at 3:03 AM
Seriously Icad...I'm trying to slow down on my downloading thank you very much! Jeez...people nowadays. (:D)
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#15 Old 2nd Nov 2013 at 3:20 AM
new
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#16 Old 2nd Nov 2013 at 9:09 AM
I love you! Just as I am starting my Vicwardian hood too! These are all so beautiful! Every maxis thing you have ever recolored has been beautiful and constantly used in my game. <3
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#17 Old 2nd Nov 2013 at 2:01 PM
Yaaay more iCad stuff :D
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#18 Old 2nd Nov 2013 at 3:18 PM
I agree, I do love this texture. And the colors you chose to do Maxis-Match and create are lovely. Thank you I absolutely love these!
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#19 Old 3rd Nov 2013 at 4:25 PM
Love these! Thank you
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#20 Old 5th Nov 2013 at 5:57 AM
These are beautiful!
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#21 Old 9th Jan 2014 at 12:50 AM
Thanks for this! I'm getting back into simming and going for more simple, versatile looks this time. Nice job!
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#22 Old 21st Jan 2014 at 10:10 AM
Woah! I've been looking for siding bad and you've stopped the searching. Muchos Gracias!
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#23 Old 24th Jan 2014 at 8:24 AM
iCad! You are very awesome and good at re-doing the build mode catalog! It's just the actual best!
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#24 Old 7th Feb 2014 at 3:10 PM
These colors are beautiful. Thank you!
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#25 Old 2nd Jan 2015 at 2:59 AM
You have saved my life, as always. :lol:
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