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UPDATED! Star Trek rank insignia as accessories!

by NixNivis Posted 14th Jun 2007 at 9:14 PM - Updated 27th Mar 2013 at 10:54 PM by NixNivis
11 Comments / replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 7 Thanks Posts
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.
UPDATE MARCH 28, 2013: With the exception of the rank insignia for NCO, all insignia have been updated - and I do mean updated.
  • the meshes have been updated; they now have a better shape and look crisper, but are lower in poly than before
  • all UV maps have been updated so that they actually make sense to other people, and the textures have been updated accordingly
  • the TXMT type has been updated so that the rank insignia no longer looks "garbled" from certain angles
  • and last but not least, all rank insignia now have custom thumbnails in CAS and in game so you won't have to squint at a nondescript head to try to figure out how many pips it’s wearing
The file names are the same as before, so if you already have these insignia in game the updated versions will overwrite the old files. However, if you have any Sims in game currently wearing my old rank insignia, you'll have to change their appearance in the mirror for the updated insignia to display correctly.


Well, I promised you rank pips for your Starfleet Sims, and here they are: Accessory pips for all ranks from ensign to captain, plus one insignia for non-commissioned officers. They are for adults (and young adults if you have University) and elders, and will appear together with casual and formal clothes and also with outerwear if you have Seasons. They can also be worn with other accessories.

Now, these pips are made to work with my turtleneck body meshes (which you find here for adults and here for elders), so if you use them with other meshes, they might look strange; for example, on a mesh that doesn't have a collar, it will look like the pips are floating in front of the neck. Just so you know that this isn't an error; it's impossible to make pips that look good with any and all collars at all times, so of course I've been selfish and have made a set that looks good with my stuff.

Polygon Counts:
MESH_nixnivis_onepip.package: polys=50, vertices=124
MESH_nixnivis_twopips.package: polys=98, vertices=245
MESH_nixnivis_threepips.package: polys=146, vertices=366
MESH_nixnivis_fourpips.package: polys=194, vertices=487
MESH_nixnivis_ncoinsig.package: polys=46, vertices=19

Additional Credits:
  • Tiggerypum, HystericalParoxysm and Dr Pixel, whose excellent tutorials have taught me everything I know about meshing for TS2 in general and accessory meshing in particular
  • WesH for the Unimesh plugins
  • Quaxi for SimPE
  • The creators of Milkshape
  • and, of course, Maxis
Image Credits:
Female model: Hair by Dustfinger, eyes by Phobia+Sahrah, makeup by Bybu, skintone by me
Male model: Hair by AlfredAskew, eyes by Phobia+Sahrah, skintone by Astiees

Don't forget: If you like my work, hitting the "thanks" button or leaving a comment is a great way of showing it.

Happy Simming!

Accessory Type:
      Young Adult
Maxis Flags:
      Not Applicable

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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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
14th Jun 2007 at 10:21 PM
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 15th Jun 2007 at 2:06 AM
Wonderful! Been waiting on this!

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Lab Assistant
#3 Old 15th Jun 2007 at 6:34 AM
TickleOnTheTurn, which insignias are you refering to?
The flag officer ranks from 2360:s and later?
Provisional line officer ranks from 2350 to 2799?
Cadet ranks?
If you specify them, Nixnivis maybe more inclined to make them.
Test Subject
#4 Old 15th Jun 2007 at 9:19 AM
Essential sim-accessories! Thanks a whole bunch!
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#5 Old 15th Jun 2007 at 10:22 AM
TickleOnTheTum and SIMale, I *will* be making more rank insignia; I'll be doing uniforms for admirals next, and for cadets after that, and of course I'll have to make rank insignia to go with them as well. (I love accessory meshing!) I haven't yet decided if I'll be doing Maquis insignia, though, mainly because I never really got the hang of them (I know, I should be ashamed of myself :P). Depends on how desperately people want them, I guess,,,
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#6 Old 15th Jun 2007 at 10:32 AM
The Seasons ones aren't necessary. Seasons doesn't have compatability issues. Should be fine in the base game.

Very very cute idea! I'd thought of doing the same thing with BSG ranks and stuff and got bored and didn't. Glad someone had a similar idea for something that so many people will use. Looks really nicely done, and low poly too! Yay!

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#7 Old 15th Jun 2007 at 10:52 AM Last edited by nixnivis : 15th Jun 2007 at 11:04 AM.
HP, thanks for the info (and for the compliments)! I thought it best to go with the "better safe than sorry" approach, since I wasn't sure if there'd be compatibility problems (and was too lazy to uninstall Seasons and check for myself). But now I know! Thanks! :D
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 16th Jun 2007 at 12:00 AM
B-E-A-utiful!!! I didn't even expect that you'd make one for a Chief and you did. I can't wait to see your next uniforms.
Test Subject
#9 Old 6th Aug 2007 at 9:15 PM Last edited by GillyH : 6th Aug 2007 at 10:38 PM.
Stunning, Nixnivis! Great accessory for THE best Trek uniform I think I've seen (which is wonderful in-game on my Janeway & Chakotay family ). I'd love Maquis rank bars too, btw as you wondered if anyone would. Many thanks for all your work on these. Off to add them to my J/C :D
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#10 Old 12th Aug 2007 at 10:38 AM
Very useful, adds a touch of extra realism to your brilliant uniforms!...

Thanks for taking time to create/upload/share with us!.
Test Subject
#11 Old 29th Aug 2007 at 11:37 PM
These are great, thanks.