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Thin Round Column in Fractional Heights

by The Shoveler Posted 15th Sep 2010 at 7:12 PM - Updated 2nd Oct 2010 at 2:44 AM by The Shoveler : Added link to square column version
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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.
This is a set of eight simple "columns" in quarter wall-height steps, from 0.25x to 2.00x. They are cloned from the base game ficus plant and therefore do not function as normal Build Mode columns (ie: they DO NOT automatically create support for floor tiles above them). I initially created them to act as columns when using the CFE cheat to create walls of different heights, but they could have all sorts of other uses.

Since these columns are decor items and do not automatically allow you to build on top of them like standard build-mode columns, you must use the CFE cheat to place your floor tiles first (at different quarter wall-height elevations), and then place the columns underneath afterwards. Sims will interact with them as if they were any other standard decor item, and that includes "viewing" them from time to time.

Each column contains 68/64 vertices/faces irregardless of height. They can be found in Buy Mode under Decorative -> Miscellaneous, and are priced according to their height (eg: the 0.75x tall column costs 75).

Polygon Counts:
68/64 vertices/faces each, irregardless of column height (with one recolourable channel; woodgrain, porous concrete, and crackled paint textures included in this upload)

Edit (18SEP10): I just discovered a relatively minor glitch in my meshes linked to tiling -- that being, any texture applied to the woodgrain version will tile correctly, but any texture applied to the porous concrete or crackled paint version will appear squished on the shorter columns and stretched on the taller ones. I noticed this immediately when I applied the checker pattern seen in the second screen shot and thought I fixed it, but apparently I only changed the tiling parameters for the first of the three. I have since fixed this in a fresh upload, but users of the original upload can still use that version, provided that any retexturing is applied to the woodgrain version only (unless you like squished/stretched textures).

Edit (01OCT10): For those who prefer square columns, I've created a matching set that can be found here. As a bonus, the square column set includes a small round concrete base that you can place at the bottom of either type of column to mimic the look of the pedestal-style foundations we had in Sims 2.
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You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Thin Round Column Set.zip 249.4 KB 9,978 18th Sep 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

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1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
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3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


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