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Yay, Sparklies! (Animated Accessory)

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 6th May 2006 at 7:44 AM - Updated 1st May 2008 at 3:12 PM by HystericalParoxysm : Removing old TOU
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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 featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

So I was laying in bed going to sleep one night about a week ago and I was struck by this really awesome idea: SPARKLIES! A sparkle field, like an aura, for ethereal and supernatural sims. I'd seen Boblishman's animated accessories, and had been pondering other applications of the effect. Bob was nice enough to tell me how to make it work, and, well... I'm actually flabbergasted how EASY it was! It's really sad that with this stuff, I consider a 3-day project a tiny, easy, simple project. Hehehe.

Please click the screenshots to view larger versions... It's a very subtle effect, so it may not be obvious from a thumbnail. The animation shows it pretty well, but you'll have to see it in the game to fully understand my brilliance.



It is available for teen, young adult, adult, and elder, and for both genders. The poly count's pretty low, 453 polys, 907 vertices. It shouldn't have any major issues... a sim wearing the accessory, or another sim interacting with one wearing it, may end up colliding with some of the sparklies in animating, but they should stay put around the top of the sim's body (the sparklies concentrate around the head and face, fewer and fewer toward the waist, none on the lower body). I used the same mesh for teens, so it'll be a little higher above their heads than adults, but should still look okay.

This is waterproof (stays on with all clothing) and should be multi-wearable with all other accessories (I used one of my own GUIDs for the bin setting, so it shouldn't conflict).



The animation rate looks very nice in my game: the sparklies gently fade in and out in different areas around the head and shoulders. The animation rate will vary depending on the rest of the game's performance, frames skipping, and your computer's power, etc., but at a regular frame rate in my game, it looks lovely. The sparklies may not be obvious at much of a distance - they're most interesting close up, where they're just sort of subtle and shimmery. Most of my screenshots are nighttime shots because I think the sparklies are prettiest at night, though they're still quite lovely during the day, as seen above.



I'm REALLY intrigued by animated textures, and I have a lot of ideas planned, including some recolours for this mesh. If anyone would like to try to recolour it, it's not as easy as a regular recolour, but it's really surprisingly easy all things considered: if you would like to recolour this mesh, please PM me so I can tell you how.



Some ideas I had for recolours (some of which I'm already working on): Flies and bees buzzing around a sim's head. Snowflakes. Musical notes. Butterflies. Little flappy-winged bats. More colours of sparklies.



Known Issues:
  • Because the actual shape of the mesh resembles a field of post-it notes floating around a sim, and allows for all sorts of different shapes through alpha edits, shadows cast from a sim on the ground or the loading screen will reflect this, and look a bit odd. See attachments for pics. It's a small thing, not that big a deal.
  • Animated textures understandably are a greater strain on your computer to render. If you have a slower computer or experience slowdown using this (or any) animated accessories, try to moderate your use of it to a single sim wearing only one animated accessory.

Please don't comment if you're just going to request something; I don't take requests unless otherwise noted.

Model Credits: (if anyone cares)

Male:
Skintone: Louis @ SimCribbling
Hair: Mine (Cherub, available here at MTS2)
Eyes: Mine (unreleased)
Brows: Mine (unreleased)
Clothes: Plicka (here at MTS2)
Model: Mine (Corvus, the most beautiful male sim in the world)

Female:
Skintone: Louis @ SimCribbling
Hair: Sharona @ Simmetrical
Ears: Louis @ Simcribbling
Blush and Lips: Helaene
Lashes, Eyeshadow, and Eyes: Barcelonista (here at MTS2)
Clothes: Parsimonious
Model: Mine, heavily modified and gender-switched from a sim LyricLee worked on for me (Morrigan, my new favourite sim)

Thanks to:
  • Boblishman, for his wonderful (and very easy to follow!) instructions on how to animate accessories.
  • Jwoods, for the disturbingly easy instructions on animating textures.
  • Tiggerypum, for continuing and wonderful help with meshing in general, and help maintaining my sanity when things go wrong.
  • Wes_h, for the Unimesh plugins for Milkshape, used in the creation of this mesh.
  • Dr Pixel, for various critical bits of meshing info.
  • Digital Scrapbook Place, for a wonderful tutorial on creating sparkle brushes, which are way too much fun to play with in Photoshop with a pressure-sensitive tablet.
  • Nurrah, for playtesting it for me to check the animation.
  • Everyone who has contributed to the creation and development of SimPE and Milkshape.
  • MTS2, the rest of the staff, and Delphy, for creating a such a fantastic place to learn and share information, so I could figure out how to do cool stuff like this.

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

Sims 2
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Size: 95.3 KB · Downloads: 14,032 · 6th May 2006
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 6th May 2006 at 7:48 AM
This might be fun to use on my Armstrong sim from Fullmetal Alchemist. ^_^
Field Researcher
#3 Old 6th May 2006 at 7:56 AM
im confused what is it ? :S
world renowned whogivesafuckologist
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Original Poster
#4 Old 6th May 2006 at 7:56 AM Last edited by HystericalParoxysm : 6th May 2006 at 8:02 AM.
Um, it's an accessory. That makes it look like your sim has a sparkle aura around 'em. :D

I'm gonna see if I can try something different to capture it as an animation - I know it's hard to see from the pics, but... any single frame is very subtle. I'm gonna start up the game right now and see if I can make something more illustrative for you guys.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Field Researcher
#5 Old 6th May 2006 at 7:59 AM
;o oh now i see i could see in screen shot :S anyways really good job thanx HystericalParoxysm ^_^
Test Subject
#6 Old 6th May 2006 at 8:13 AM
Great idea! Thank you! Also, where did you get the white hair? It looks really cool! Thanks again!
Field Researcher
#7 Old 6th May 2006 at 8:23 AM
Cool idea, HP ) And I will be the first to say - this is one of the cutest couple I ever seen!

"...And if wishes were horses, we'd be knee-deep in crap."
-- Dr. Robert Romano, /'ER'/
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 6th May 2006 at 8:24 AM
I love the sparklies, you can really see them in the first pic. Can't wait to see them in-game. Thanks!!
Scholar
#9 Old 6th May 2006 at 8:43 AM
This is.... SO cool! Thanks!

"Life is just a chance to grow a soul" - A. Powell Davies
Test Subject
#10 Old 6th May 2006 at 8:45 AM
oh.. oh.. OHHH thats what it is O_o i thought thoses were smuges on my screen ^^; ph well,i will havwe to try this spakle thing out.
ARIGATO!~desu

btw, that ' dont upoad to the exchange' is realy usefull for the blind.. no realy, I think most posts should ahve a pictire or somethinglike that stateing that so...no confustion no one can say they didint know XD Awesome IDea!!
world renowned whogivesafuckologist
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Original Poster
#11 Old 6th May 2006 at 8:51 AM
Hehe, well, if anyone else would like to use that animated gif on their own creations, I don't mind, as long as they upload it to their own webspace (I'm hotlinking to my own site, so please don't steal my bandwidth) to use it. I'm livid over about half a dozen people having already uploaded my Cherub hair to the Exchange, all but one not even mentioning where to get the mesh. Buttfaces. Buttfaces, ALL of them!

Anyway, I went ahead and updated with an animated gif so you can see what it looks like in the game - it's actually very much like the animated gif. I'm gonna try to get a couple daytime shots, too. Sorry, I'm bleary today... normally I'm better at this whole uploading and sharing content thing.

jenny_dunagan: Full model credits are in my first post (because someone ALWAYS asks if I don't list every little thing). The hair's by me, and is available here. Just click on my name to see the rest of my MTS2 uploads.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Scholar
#12 Old 6th May 2006 at 8:56 AM
Great idea and wonderful job!
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 6th May 2006 at 9:03 AM
Well now there's something you don't see every day! This is a great, very creative idea. I'm jealous of your talent, no really heh heh. Thanks so much for this, can't wait to see your recolors!

Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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Field Researcher
#14 Old 6th May 2006 at 9:06 AM
This is amazing thank you so much
Test Subject
#15 Old 6th May 2006 at 9:19 AM
Very interesting! Thx!
Field Researcher
#16 Old 6th May 2006 at 9:42 AM
Sparkly tingies!! *squeeeels*... *ahem*.. I'm ok... but SPARKLY THINGIES!!! This is sooo cool! Absolutely brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing :valentine

I guess it's pretty obvious that I'm attracted to shiny objects, hmm
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 6th May 2006 at 10:21 AM Last edited by Ioana-sama : 6th May 2006 at 10:31 AM.
~I really must download it ! It's fantastic, HystericalParoxysm ! And the girl is absolutely beautiful ! Thanks !

~Ioana-sama~

P.S. : Are you going to upload Morrigan ? *puppy eyes*

.: Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising everytime we fall :.
– Confucious
Field Researcher
#18 Old 6th May 2006 at 11:16 AM
Oh what a gorgeous idea! perfect for spunky dreamy sparkly anime guys, Thank you!

Quote:
Originally Posted by troubledrose94
This might be fun to use on my Armstrong sim from Fullmetal Alchemist. ^_^


thats the first one i thought of too, now someone just needs to make a sim thats 3 times larger than any other sim :/
Test Subject
#19 Old 6th May 2006 at 12:09 PM
This is... interesting. Well done, good work!

It feels like you would dare yourself to work it out...
Instructor
#20 Old 6th May 2006 at 12:17 PM
Very interesting Thanx

Here are all of my works
Don't upload my Sims on the exchange!
I don't take requests.
Field Researcher
#21 Old 6th May 2006 at 12:40 PM
it's a really lovely effect!
can't wait to see more recolors of sparklies

visit my sims2 site: http://lliella.com
:::everyday fashion for your sims:::
Test Subject
#22 Old 6th May 2006 at 1:30 PM
I just aodre the sparklies! Thanks so much for making them.

I woke up this morning and I just hated everything!
Cult Leader
#23 Old 6th May 2006 at 1:36 PM
Me loves the sparklies. Thanx!!!
Scholar
#24 Old 6th May 2006 at 2:19 PM
These are amazing - thanks so much! pammats
Instructor
#25 Old 6th May 2006 at 2:34 PM
*grabs the spunky dreamy sparkly anime boys from Plicka and runs*

AWESOME! Nothing short of bloody brilliant!

xoxoxo
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