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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:42 pm    Post subject: Winter Lord, Winter Lady Reply with quote




What's almost as good as discovering Simarillion has added new skins? The answer is making your own new skins for Simarillion meshes!

Mary Jean Holmes of Simarillion has given Simblesse Oblige permission to use 4 of her meshes for a Winter Lord, Winter Lady Challenge.

For your Winter Lord, choose either the Manwe or the Aule Winter mesh.

For your Winter Lady, choose either the Varda or the Yavanna Winter mesh.

This challenge will give you experience in working with excellent examples of integrated meshes. Mary Jean's genius at combining the base body mesh with cloaks, belt buckles, scarves, head pieces, etc. so that all can be beautifully texture mapped to a single standard size bmp is unparalleled.

Go to Simarillion Winter and download the zips of your choice. (hint: it's a very good idea to copy and save the preview pictures for your chosen meshes. Referring to them will help you find your way around these meshes.)

If this is your first experience in making a skin with a lot of textures other than those for the basic garment, make sure that you take a close look at MJ's original bmp, and at the uv map.

(For the convenience of mac skinners who can't use BodyWarp, the uv maps for all 4 have been attached.)

Don't get discouraged by your first look at the bmp and the uv map. These meshes are so well done that you'll find that turning out marvelous skins is much easier than it looks.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please show us your Winter Lord and Winter Lady skins, and share them as well, right in this thread.

We learned from an earlier challenge that it's the only way for people to be able to find all the challenge responses. laugh

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooooh, I am so in.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, here's my try with the Varda mesh (not buyable, just regular). She ended up Persian for some reason.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if, by any chance, someone out there would like to get a larger picture of it (someone who is for example on a PC not a Mac like me and so has access to a skin-posing type program) and post it here, well, that might be kind of cool... :whistle

Or, anyone who's interested can download it for their own game. At any rate, here's the zip of the bmp.

Updated: Added the readme to the zip.

Update to the update: It looks like when I rezipped it yesterday to add the readme I used a version of the bmp that was not saved correctly and won't work in the game. Do please download it again if you grabbed it before this update.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's beyond gorgeous, thalia. Is it a screenshot from the game? I never get anything that good.

I tried to make you a few preview shots, and discovered that I have almost no poses in the stripped down version of SimPose that I've been using to preview some new skins I've been working on.

Look for a pm with a couple of jpg's for you to look at. But I don't think they show the skin off as well as yours does.

And now you're working on your matching Winter Lord, to make the pair, right?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dear Thalia, that is a beautiful skin! In fact, I expect to be seeing it in my game very shortly....

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is just beautiful! (mouth drops to the floor)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, everyone. I kinda like it myself. :)

It's a screencap from the changing clothes window (with the dark blue background) put on a white background. And thanks, bruja, for the preview shots. It's nice to see it un-tiny!

It's a testament to the quality of Ms. Holmes's meshes that I finished the art, threw it in the game, and the thing instantly looked great. Usually I have to tweak something, but not this time.

Okay, on to Manw.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thalia wrote:
Okay, on to Manw.

What is this I hear? Another skin? hug

Will Manw match his wife? Or is it too early to tell, or perhaps I should shut up and stop meddling? angel

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Varda looks absolutely gorgeous Thalia!! notworthy I can't wait to see how Manw turns out!!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Siyankan wrote:
Thalia wrote:
Okay, on to Manw.

What is this I hear? Another skin? hug

Will Manw match his wife? Or is it too early to tell, or perhaps I should shut up and stop meddling? angel


Maybe you should shut up and start skinning! bang

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's Persian Manw (well, okay, that's Henry the Minoan's head, actually), and yes, he does match Varda. I think it's just too cute when couples dress to match, don't you?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the zip. Enjoy!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh the male skin turned out fantastic as well! notworthy

And you are fast! I'm still trying to get my l ady skin finished and I haven't even thought of a male version!

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