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Adrasteia Natural Curls Hair Mesh for Females (All Ages!)

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 14th Aug 2007 at 5:32 PM - Updated 17th Aug 2007 at 9:40 AM by HystericalParoxysm
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Yay, my 100th upload!

I can barely believe I've made this much crap! But I figured I needed to make something special for my 100th, so I put myself to the challenge of making my own hair when I leave it natural: a big fluffy, frizzy, barely-tamed mess of natural curls, waves, and snarls. By far the hardest hair yet, but I'm pleased with the result and it was worth the ridiculous number of hours I've spent staring at it.
  • Adrasteia New Mesh: Completely new mesh for child through elder - layers of thick natural curls, parted to one side, flowing over the shoulders with a gentle sweep toward the back.

  • Toddler Hair: For toddlers, since I didn't think this very thick, longer style was appropriate, I've reworked the toddler version of Nouk's Own Hair to remove the bangs and used it as my toddler mesh (with Nouk's permission, of course).

  • The Texture: The texture for these is also from Nouk's Own Hair, used with her permission. The blonde textures are Lavsm's blonde recolours of Nouk's Own Hair, used with Lavsm's permission. What can I say, it's a lovely texture and Nouk's hair looks just like mine when I pull it back.

  • Animation: The hair animates quite smoothly, especially considering how much contact it has with the shoulders and around the face. It's not absolutely perfect (but then, watch a Maxis hair mesh sometime real closely) but I've done my best to get it to animate fairly naturally for the style (which tends to be a little stiff - curls kinda stick together). You'll get smooth head turns and it even looks good in back when a sim has their head tilted back. You may experience minor clipping into the body around the shoulders in situations of, err, heavy shrug (or into the face during a drastic head turn), but again, you get that with Maxis hair too, and I've tried to minimize it as much as possible. You may also experience some minor clipping on the little bit that crosses the forehead on certain face shapes - it is rare and only happens on sims with big ol' domey foreheads.

  • Binned/Unbinned: Binned recolours come in black (hey, check it out, it's not just dark brown this time!), dark brown, medium brown, caramel brown, light blonde, dark blonde, ginger red, sunset red, and burgundy red. Unnatural (*) custom recolours come in white (blonde brows) and wine red (black brows).

  • Minor Transparency Issues: Just so ya'll know, there's some quite minor transparency issues mostly on the underside around the neck. It shows up a bit more when the head's turned, but is really fairly minor and not that noticeable. You can see it about at its worst in this pic below... arrows are pointing to the transparency edges. Due to this mesh having so many layers and being so complex, it was pretty unavoidable, but is, again, very minor.

  • High Poly Alert: It's pretty impossible to make what looks like natural curls out of really flat pieces. Due to the lumpiness and complexity required to make this hair look right, this hair has somewhat more than double the poly count of the highest Maxis hair mesh I know of. I do not believe this will cause any problems for anyone - just don't put this hair on every sim in a big family if you've got a crappy graphics card. You don't have to be scared of it - it won't hurt your game or anything (many commonly-used custom meshes are much higher and cause no real issues)... just be aware of it and use sparingly.

Thanks To:

THANKS NOUK!!!

I seriously considered calling this the "Ripped Off Of Nouk" hair for a while, besides the fact that she let me use her toddler mesh, the 15 group cloneable to make this possible was from her, and the texture was hers originally, she also helped me tons along the way with tips, moral support, squealing, and generally being a totally kickass meshing buddy. With her help I'm starting to be able to get my hair to look a little more like actual body and volume, something I've always admired in her hairs.

So, again... Thank you Nouk!!!

Thanks also to Tiggerypum for constant moral support, opinions, and advice. To Wes_h for his beautiful set of plugins, including but not limited to Unimesh. Couldn't do it without you. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed to the development of SimPE, as well as the makers of Milkshape - couldn't do it without you, either. Also, thanks to everyone in the IRC chat and MSN (you know who you are) who offered opinions, encouragement, and talking me down when I was emo and angsty over it. Also also, thanks to Lavsm for giving me permission to use the better blonde recolours of Nouk's hair.

And as always, thanks to the rest of the MTS2 staff, especially Delphy, for giving me such a great place to learn how to make pretty things for pixel dolls.

Did I mention that Nouk deserves a big thanks? Well, in case I didn't.... OMG THANKS NOUKIE!!!1111einz

Model Credits:

The model is my sim Ella, who is an edit of Linuslover30's Cake Tiers sim. Ella is wearing:
Polygon Counts:
Toddler: 2112 polygons, 1309 vertices (high end of normal)
Child - Elder: 6684 polygons, 4011 vertices (rather high - use sparingly)

Additional Credits:
Did I mention Nouk?

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
HairRecolours_F_AdrasteiaNaturalCurls.rar

Size: 3.22 MB · Downloads: 13,464 · 14th Aug 2007
3.22 MB 13,464 14th Aug 2007
HMESH_F_AdrasteiaNaturalCurls.rar

Size: 561.0 KB · Downloads: 15,529 · 14th Aug 2007
561.0 KB 15,529 14th Aug 2007
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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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#2 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 5:45 PM
Damn it woman, stop putting non-existant bugs in your upload posts...
This is gorgeous!! *squee*

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Lab Assistant
#3 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 5:42 PM
Awesome job, HP! It's gorgeous! :D
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 5:45 PM
Love this hair Thank you, and congrats on your 100th upload
Inventor
#5 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 5:46 PM
Hurray! This is much closer to my own hair than the one I've used on my self-sim [ which means avatar editing, but well worth it! ]

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:02 PM
Beautiful! Thank you so much for all your hard work and all your high quality downloads.

You rock!!

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Lab Assistant
#7 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:06 PM
Whiterider said: 'Damn it woman, stop putting non-existant bugs in your upload posts...'

second that Those things couldn't be tinier


Drop-dead gorgeous, as always. Huge thank you for all the great stuff you create(where'd you got all the inspiration?) and congrats!


(My minor problem is a bit bigger.. File is corrupted?)

Inventor
#8 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:07 PM
Gorgeous thank you
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Original Poster
#9 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:15 PM
Nimi - They're coming up okay with me with a test download. Give it another try - that sometimes happens when the server's busy but another download should get it going for you.

As for where I get all my inspiration... the hair inspiration comes from individual people, the clothing usually from my own clothing.

I know they're tiny issues, but I figure some people would rather know beforehand so they realize it's not a problem on their end or something, or to report it as an issue since I already know about it. :D

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Lab Assistant
#10 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:13 PM
*dance*

Finally! It looks excellent! Came along way from the original stages, looks really nice.
Instructor
#11 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:25 PM
Scholar
#12 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:52 PM
w00t w00t there it is! I've been waiting and suffering and longing and there it is!!! Woeiiiiiii :D:D

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#13 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 6:53 PM
aawesome awesome
lol
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#14 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 7:05 PM
Oh My GAWD!!!!!!1111

Heh, Thankies lots HP. It looks great!
Test Subject
#15 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 7:31 PM
Looks gorgeous! But one thing: I download it, it downloads about 11kb of the colours, and then it says download complete, when it clearly isn't. Is it just me? Thanks x

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Field Researcher
#16 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 7:41 PM
Thank you! The hair does look fantastic; I absolutely adore the red colors. I appreciate you making several different shades, instead of something sun-blindingly bright. ;D

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Lab Assistant
#17 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 7:55 PM
Amazing Job! And Congrats to ya,thanks a bunch for all that you've made for us.
Field Researcher
#18 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 8:14 PM
It's sooo loverly and is going on my HP Dollie ASAP. Thank you oodles!

is it can be sims tiem now plees?
Test Subject
#19 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 8:29 PM
My prayers have been answered!
Thank you so much!

And congrats on your 100th upload. :]
Scholar
#20 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 8:48 PM
Wow HP! This is sooooooo special! You sure made it wondeful for your 100th upload! truely it's just outstanding! It is amazingly beautiful! I really love everything about it, the mesh, the texture, just the realism is wonderful! It's hard to find nice hair that is like this. This is no doubt one of the best non straight hairs out there,lol. Well Keep up the great work HP! I love it , i love it, i love it!!!

Thankies HP, you get some cake and a rating of 11 out of 10. Couldn't get any better than this!

Cheers!
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Lab Assistant
#21 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 9:07 PM
This is gorgeous! I can't wait to see it ingame. Many thanks for sharing all your hard work! Don't suppose you take requests?
Test Subject
#22 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 9:16 PM
you are the hero of all curly/frizzy haired people everywhere!! (myself included) i've been searching forever for anything that even remotely looks like my hair without much luck. this is the closest to mine that i've seen, so i thank you!!

mamerieoku

*Bree*
Instructor
#23 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 10:37 PM
This is a great addition to my game, congrats on your 100th. :]
Another hundred perhaps ?
thanks a lot. :D
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 14th Aug 2007 at 11:14 PM
Can't wait to see this on some of my sims! It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

~ Sam ~
Field Researcher
#25 Old 15th Aug 2007 at 12:19 AM
This is beautiful, HP. Big congrats on your 100th upload. I love your work and am so glad you decided to stick around! I never used to comment on uploads, but after reading some of your journal I realized creators need them! So now I spread the love with the "Post Thanks" button wherever I go, and this of all things deserves it! *punches "Post Thanks" button with all my might*
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