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They Came From The Deep!: CAStable Accessory Fins

by abufi Posted 12th Jun 2018 at 3:36 PM - Updated 13th Jun 2018 at 12:25 AM by abufi
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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.
Here are two sets of fish fins for your mermaid sims, or any sim you otherwise want to stick fishy parts on. One set contains a pair of cartilaginous fins like those found on sharks or chimaeras, and one set contains a pair of ray fins like those found on goldfish or seahorses. Did you know that we humans, along with all other terrestrial vertebrates, are grouped right together with ray-finned fish (Actinopterygii) in the clade Tetrapoda? Anyway, each set has a fin that goes on the sim's head and a fin that goes on the sim's back. The ray-fin set also includes an anglerfish-inspired glowing lure! The parts are all separate and can be mixed and match as you wish, BUT you may need the "multiple accessories per location" function from Master Controller for certain combinations (ie. the anglerfish lure and shark head fin both occupy the glasses slot).

These accessories are available for teen through elder, for both genders. The head pieces are unisex, while there's a different version of each back fin for each gender. You can find the lure and the shark head fin in the Glasses slot, the ray head fin in the Earrings slot, and both back fins in the Bracelet slot.

NOTE: These objects look like poo poo in CAS, but I promise they look fine in-game! Also, I'm aware only some of them have custom thumbnails, was having trouble with that, sorry

These items are fully CAStable! The ray fins have three channels: 1. the base of the bones, 2. the tips of the bones, and 3. the fleshy membrane between the bones. The shark fins have two channels, 1. the base of the fin and 2. the lighter underside of the fin.
The lure also has two channels, 1. the stalk and 2. the bulb. The bulb is emissive, and will glow in whatever color you set it to!

I've been 3D modeling for a few years now, but these are my first ever pieces of Sims custom content (well, besides super simple "adding logos onto T-shirts" silliness). I made them for a very specific purpose - I wanted to make Sims of two characters I created last month for Mermay, but wasn't satisfied with the CC I could find online, so these items were created specifically with these characters in mind:

...but I figured since I hadn't found any CC quite like this, maybe others would like to use it too.

Obviously these items aren't all of the CC you see on the Sims shown in the preview images. Here are credits for the other pieces of CC on these Sims:

On the anglerfish Sim:
Mermaid tail by 清霜童�*�(QingshuangTongzi
Merman ears by Ginko

On the shark Sim:
Wolf Claws by Camkitty
Lizard Tails by Camkitty
Lizard Feet included in this download by Camkitty

Aaaaand both of them use Arisuka's Simple Special Effects Eyes.

(I made the skins, but they're messy and incomplete (only for TM/YM) so I felt they weren't worth including.)

Anyone who ends up using these, I encourage you to post screenshots in this thread of whatever you use them for! I'd be stoked to see whatever anyone else might end up creating with these.

Anyone who wants to modify these in ANY way, go right ahead, but credit for the base would be nice.

Polygon Counts:
Shark Head Fin (LOD0): 346 verts
Shark Back Fin (LOD0): 301 verts
Ray Head Fin (LOD1): 336 verts
Ray Back Fin (LOD0): 414 verts
Anglerfish Lure (LOD0): 174 verts

Additional Credits:
Multi Sims3Pack Extractor
TSR Workshop
Wes Howe's plugins
Download files
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AccessoryFins.rar | Description: Shark fins and ray fins are in separate folders. Back fins of each type have separate files for female and male sims; head fins and the lure are unisex. 4.44 MB 945 12th Jun 2018
RayFins.rar | Description: Just the ray fin set, plus the lure. 2.45 MB 528 12th Jun 2018
SharkFins.rar | Description: Just the shark fin set. 1.99 MB 447 12th Jun 2018
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

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.).

For Sims3Pack files:

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.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
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.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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Accessory Type: Misc
Age: Teen Young Adult Adult Elder
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Gender: Male Female

Tags: #mermaid, #merman, #fish, #supernatural, #siren, #furry, #scalie, #fins, #monster