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Fixes for Three EA Wall Sets from the Base Game and Ambitions

by Buckley Posted 4th Dec 2013 at 11:24 PM - Updated 5th Aug 2014 at 9:33 PM by Buckley
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As a builder, this always drove me crazy. I really like that paneling from the Ambitions expansion pack, but the mismatched left panel made it practically unusable to me. And the wall set with the columns? Five separate pieces (left, right, and center columns plus two plain ones with just crown molding) and no three sections matched each other. So, determined to fix it, I started poking around. And I poked, and I poked, and I poked some more. Turns out, some of the pieces from those wall sets are missing their bump map, which gives the wallpaper texture a three dimensional look and feel. However, adding a new bump map to an existing wall mesh is something I have never done before, but after a lot of trial and error I finally got it. =D

This mod fixes five separate walls, four from the Ambitions expansion and one from the base game, and will conflict with any other mods that override these same resources. The in-game names of the walls that have been altered are:
  • Simple Paneling with Crown and Baseboard Molding - Left Edge (Ambitions)
  • Brick Wall with Crown Molding (Ambitions)
  • Brick Wall with Left-Aligned Pilasters and Crown Molding (Ambitions)
  • Brick Wall with Right-Aligned Pilasters and Crown Molding (Ambitions)
  • Foundation Wall (Base Game)
A note about the base game wall- This mod only fixes the foundation wall (the one circled in the picture below). I did not touch the other plain, one channel exterior walls, as they actually share resources with the indoor walls found in the wallpaper and paint sections of the catalog and I wasn't sure if people would want that one changed or not. I can add a fix for it though, if there's enough interest in it, but for now I've only done the one foundation wall. So, if you use any of the other plain walls when building, you'll still get that weird discoloration when put next to walls with edging. Likewise, if you mix and match the foundation wall with the other plain walls, you'll have the same problem.




This mod was built with game version 1.57, although I'm fairly certain it will work on any other recent patch, including 1.63. However, please let me know if you run into any issues. I tested it fairly extensively in my own game, but you just never know. :D


Additional Credits:
I'd like to thank #create and all the lovely folks on tumblr for their encouragement and support. It was a very challenging project for me, but y'alls enthusiasm make it all worth it. <3

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 1.57
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Ambitions Wall Fixes by Buckley.rar

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mature minion
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#2 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 1:22 AM
Thank you so much, I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one bugged by this!
Test Subject
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#3 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 1:53 AM
Thanks 😏👌 I have been needing this!
Field Researcher
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#4 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 9:30 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I've avoided using all of these walls because of the stupid mismatching! Now I can build to my hearts content!

Thanks a Million!
Mad Poster
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#5 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 3:16 PM
Wahoo! Thanks for bringing a little more sanity to my game. These have bugged me no end.
Field Researcher
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#6 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 6:11 PM
Thank you!
Test Subject
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#7 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 8:55 PM
Thank you so much for this! Its a shame EA hasn't fixed that - thank God for modders!
Forum Resident
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#8 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 10:14 PM
THANK YOU. This always bugged me too!
Mad Poster
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#9 Old 5th Dec 2013 at 10:56 PM
:blink: I KNEW something was up with those walls! :lol: I thought it was a problem with my graphics or something. :faceslap: Thanks so much for going through so much effort to fix those walls! :up:
Instructor
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#10 Old 6th Dec 2013 at 2:14 AM
This has always bugged me too and trying to re-colour them didn't work because it would still look different in the shade or the sun. So, thanks for learning how to do bump maps!
Instructor
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#11 Old 6th Dec 2013 at 2:44 AM
Oh yay! This is something that has bothered me to no end too! And I suck at building! lol. Thanks so much for these fixes! Maybe I can finally use these walls successfully now.
Test Subject
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#12 Old 6th Dec 2013 at 6:34 AM
Just wanted to give you a huge thank you for this! I was really frustrated being unable to use these walls from the Ambition's pack.
Instructor
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#13 Old 6th Dec 2013 at 8:51 AM
So much love for you right now!
Site Helper
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#14 Old 6th Dec 2013 at 5:24 PM
I was "solving" the problem by working on my color matching skills to re-cast one bit to match the rest, even though the color -said- it should already be matching. Having walls that really do match will help a lot. Thank You!!!
Field Researcher
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#15 Old 6th Dec 2013 at 11:46 PM
thank you for taking the time to do this.
Test Subject
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#16 Old 14th Dec 2013 at 11:10 PM
Thank you for making this wall set useable! It always bothered me when I was building, and thought it was my game or graphic card or shading issue who was joking with me... But now I know it!!

Thank you again! :))
/wave
Forum Resident
#17 Old 2nd Jan 2014 at 3:09 PM
So, if I use this mod to create a build with these wallpapers and I upload it to share, will those who download the house see it with modification or without (assuming they do not have this mod)?
Instructor
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#18 Old 2nd Mar 2014 at 10:06 PM
This bugged me forever! Thanks Buckley :)
Test Subject
#19 Old 3rd Mar 2014 at 11:50 PM
This has been bugging me forever, so thank you so much for the fix.

Actually, there are a couple of other "matching" walls (ie. they similar placed crown molding and chair rails) from the base game that could also use a fix. These are the "full wall with chair rail, ornate crown and baseboard molding" under Wallpapers and the "wall with dado, chair rail, ornate crown and baseboard molding" under Paneling. I would love to be able to use these all together to create flow throughout a build, but the lighting always looks off.

I just wish I knew enough about modding to fix them myself.
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#20 Old 27th Apr 2014 at 5:54 AM
This sort of thing ALWAYS bugs the crap out of me! Thank you for the fix.
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#21 Old 27th May 2014 at 3:17 AM
i spent maybe 6 hours building a legacy house yesterday and ran into this problem- your mod was something I didn't know I needed, I thought it was just my graphics settings, glad to know I was wrong!
Field Researcher
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#22 Old 9th Jun 2014 at 10:26 AM
Thank you for this!
EA are pretty.. special when it comes to things that match :P
Guest
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#23 Old 2nd Jul 2014 at 11:13 AM
Great fix for builders
Test Subject
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#24 Old 26th Aug 2014 at 9:11 AM
Thank you so much for fixing these walls! You Rock! :D
Top Secret Researcher
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#25 Old 26th Oct 2014 at 1:32 AM
Great job, thank you.
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