Vulcan Ears for All Ages

Vulcan Ears for All Ages!

Over at SimTrek (forum is gone now), Dominie wanted ears for her Vulcans – proper Vulcan ears, thank you very much, that angle forward like Spock’s. My Vulcan Sims and I thought this sounded logical, so I took her up on it. 🙂

And here they are: Vulcan ears for both genders and all ages. You will find them under Accessories – yes, that’s even for toddlers. They stay on at all times and can of course be worn together with other accessories.

All Times

Front View
Side View

Note: In the screenshots above, the ears for TM aren’t quite seamless. This happens only for TM and only with skintones where the faces for TM and AM are shaded differently, such as the pictured Maxis S1 skintone. For all other skintones, the TM ears are just as seamless as the others.

Now, as you probably know, there are 27 Maxis face templates. Some are narrow. Some are wide. Some have small ears. Some have big ears. Some are jug-eared. The only way to make ears that look perfect with 27 different face templates, is to make 27 different ears – and I’m sorry, but that won’t happen until the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. 😦 So while these ears will work for most Maxis face templates, they won’t work for all. They won’t completely cover the ears on the most jug-eared face templates, and they also won’t cover the Maxis elf ears (but there will be a second, elf-ear covering set later on). Also, with some faces there will be some clipping at the ear lobe, but this is really only noticeable if you zoom in closely and straight from the side.
 

Well, enough about that. Of course, Dominie wanted some recols for her Vulcan ears, and SimTrek’s resident Vulcan expert CarenRose wanted some, too. While I was at it, I threw in some recols for my own favourite skins as well. So, you’ll have ear recolours for no less than 47 (I swear that wasn’t intentional!) different skintones. 😀

We’ll start with the basics (that nobody asked for, but that I did anyway): recolours for three of the Maxis skintones:

Maxis Ears
 
Then we have the recols that Dominie wanted for her skintones:

Anva
Skintones found here

DivaJai

Corvidophile
Skintones found here (under Sirona Sims)

After that, we have the recols for CarenRose (actually, she didn’t request the Louis skintones, but I blame her thought she should have them anyway since I know she’s used them as a base for her own Vulcan skin):

Rensim
Skintones found here

Louis
Skintones found here

Caren's Own
Skintone included with Sim here

And finally, we have the recols I made for some of the skintones I like to use for Vulcans myself:

Astiees
Skintones found here

Trapping
Skintones found here

Lilith
Skintones found here

About Recolouring

The ears are mapped just like normal Sim ears, so if you want to recolour them you can use the face of your skintone of choice straight up, without any edits. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the recolouring process is slightly more complicated than it is for normal accessories. First of all, you’ll have to recolour the ears twice, once for females (i.e. using a female mannequin) and once for males (using a male mannequin). This isn’t just because I like to make your life difficult, but because on some skintones, the faces for male and female are shaded differently. Therefore, the ears can’t use the same texture for both genders like glasses do – then they’d look good on one gender, but not on the other. So, you make one recol for the gents and one for the ladies.

Second, when you look at your Bodyshop project files, you’ll see that you have three texture files (unlike for a pair of glasses, that would only have one): body, frame and top.

  • The body texture is used by toddlers and children
  • The frame texture is used by teens and adults
  • The top texture is used by elders

You have to update all three textures for the ears to display correctly! It is not enough only to update the texture for the ears your mannequin is wearing, even though that’s the only one you see in Bodyshop. Also, you have to use the right face on the right ear texture: your skintone’s child (or AF) face goes on the “body” texture, its adult face on the “frame” and its elder face on the “top”.

If you have problems remembering which face you’re supposed to use for which ear texture, I suggest you base your recolours off the Maxis S1 ears – those textures have labels to remind you of which face you’re supposed to use. 🙂
 

About Subfolders

Usually I don’t like to subfolder my files, but given the amount of recols I’ve made an exception this time. In the .zip file, the recolours are all in subfolders named for the creator of the skintone. That way, if you don’t want/need recols for a particular skintone, you can just delete that folder – but whatever you do, do NOT delete the folder called “MESH”. This folder contains the mesh (who would have thought? 😉 ), so if you delete it your Vulcans will just be wearing strangely coloured glasses.

Also, even though everything has been compressed this is a big .zip file – 16 MB. It might take a while to download if you’re on a slow connection.
 

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13 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Nonni said,

    Nixy, you have all my fav skintones!! This is brilliant! Thank you. XXOO

  2. 3

    I have no words. Thanks, Nix.

    • 4

      NixNivis said,

      You’re welcome! It’s all Dominie’s fault, really, I probably never would have got off my lazy behind and made ears if she hadn’t requested these. 🙂

  3. 5

    Dominie said,

    Nix, I can never ever thank you enough for all your hard work and sharing these. They are really awesome.

    • 6

      NixNivis said,

      Yay! I’m especially glad you like them, since it was your request and all. 🙂 And I’m so glad you requested this, I probably never would have got around to making it otherwise (and my Vulcans would have to keep having elf ears).

  4. 7

    Dominie said,

    I’m so glad I did too because there you were, perfect timing. 😀 I’m starting to feel better, so I am planning on repackaging and reuploading S’Angla and T’Sura sometime this weekend.

    • 8

      NixNivis said,

      I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling better. 😀 And I’m really looking forward to seeing S’Angla and T’Sura with ears! And you probably know this already, but for some incomprehensible Maxis reason, accessory meshes don’t package with the Sim like everything else (but accessory recolours do… yeah, that’s Maxis logic for ya), so you’ll have to add the ear mesh to the .zip/.rar file. with the packaged Sim (or link to it so people can pick it up themselves). 🙂

  5. 9

    I think these are brilliant, and I’d like to ask your permission please to convert them into a CAS/Bodyshop face template. I wouldn’t be able to do this myself, so I’d like to make a request at GoS for someone to do this for me. You would of course be given full credit for the original mesh, but I would understand if you would prefer me not to. Thanks!

    • 10

      NixNivis said,

      Thank you! I’m glad you like them. 🙂 But I’m sorry, I really don’t want people I don’t know using my meshes or parts of my meshes, especially not at GoS (I do not like that forum, for various reasons). So I’m going to have to say no to that.
       
      I really do appreciate you asking about it first, though. Far too many people wouldn’t have.

      • 11

        Thank you very much for your reply. I understand, and of course I’ll abide by your wishes. However, as it’s something I’d really love to have, I’d like to ask if you’d mind if I tried to make templates from them myself, purely for my own use? I wouldn’t share the results anywhere, although I’m pretty sure I’ll fail as I haven’t a clue how to do this! 🙂

        • 12

          NixNivis said,

          That I don’t mind at all. 🙂 When it’s for your own use, you can do whatever you please with my stuff – you can chop it up into tiny pieces and feed it to your cat if you want to. 😉
           
          If you do succeed, I’d love to see a screenshot (if you want to/remember/have the time). Because I think this is a great idea!


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