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May 27, 2014

Pendant Vault Ceilings

I haven't really seen this in real life, but I have seen it in some of the games I play. A vaulted ceiling that is a pillarless pillar .... kinda thingy.
It's hard to explain so here's some ingame pictures to give a better idea.

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With a diamond shaped finish as the bottom detailing.
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An ingame shot with the original mesh texture by Mio.

With a pearl/ball shaped finish as the bottom detailing.
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An ingame shot with the original mesh texture by Mio.

The new meshes are based off that magnificent treasure created by Mio0331, his/her Gothic Arch Pillars at MTS. I remapped the three pillars in the set in order to make recolouring easier. All recolours are based on the central column A. I had made some recolours earlier that you can find here. As in the original creation, there are 3 columns -- column A, the centre column; column B, the sidewall column and column C, the corner column. The new meshes follow along the same line. The new mesh is also double faceted so when you use the design tool you can see the recolour texture much easier. It will impede your view into the room from a bird's eye view (the top looking down button)however. And remember that the footprint of the "column" will still be on the floor so Sims may walk around the invisible column.

And to add some more panache to this project, a series of new recolours as well.

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Download the Meshes
Since I have edited the original meshes, please make sure to remove those originals by Mio from your download folder. They use the same guids.

Download Vaulted Pillar One Storied Meshes.
JadeSim mentioned in a comment at the PBK thread if these meshes were changed to reflect the new mapping. I had forgotten, but this will correct that. Make sure to remove the original one storied meshes from your download folder. They use the same guids as well. Thanks JadeSim!!

Download the Recolours
I hope you enjoy decorating your medieval halls with these new meshes. In my humble opinion, they look fantastic ingame.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is the support? This vaulted ceiling looks like it does not have a good support. I mean, seriously, in a normal vault, all the weight should be at the tip of the vault, held in place by the adjacent columns. Your vault looks like it's going to make the roof collapse, which means it doesn't look very realistic to me.

Wawa said...

Well, of course it isn't meant to be realistic. Neither is this game we all dearly love. Have your read the first sentence? It isn't intended for blueprints to an actual architectural project, just a wee bit of fun in our fantasy realms.

Anonymous said...

Um. Yeah, sure. Whatever. Suit yourself. In my game, I still prefer reality in the sense that things must obey the laws of physics.

Anonymous said...

I would argue that the Maxis lighting is not realistic, but that's a technical issue, not some sort of intentional issue.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,

I think the flaw in your sentence is "game". You are playing a game. It is not realistic at all, no matter how you decorate. Because you are PLAYING a GAME. Get over yourself. Go play with CAD if you want realism.

Anonymous said...

I think you all just can't handle constructive criticism. All I did was point out that the vaulted ceiling was unrealistic, and the response I got was "Well, it's a game." By the judgement of that attitude, that's just saying, "I don't care what you say about my game. If you don't like it, don't play with it." Sheesh. Apparently, the other Anonymous user and Wawa just expect me to say something over-flattering words about the work or something.

I am an American citizen, and I have freedom of speech, and I will exercise it. If you do not like what I have to say, please ignore me, or because this is a private blog, delete my messages.

Frying Dragons said...

These are gorgeous. They will go perfectly in the palace I am working on! I fully intend to download all of them as soon as I get to my other computer.

Is the carved wood recolor in the previews available somewhere as well? I didn't see it in the recolor pics.

Wawa said...

The carved wood column is available in the recolours I had made earlier. You can find it at the
PlumbBob Keep.

Frying Dragons said...

Thanks Wawa. I guess I must have missed that particular one when I was going through the slide shows. I'll take another look. I really like the red tile and carved wood together on this!

nixedsims said...

Ooh, they are beautiful! I haven't seen anything like it IRL, either, but I have seen something almost exactly like it in "The White Queen" (British TV series about Elizabeth Woodville) and the series seemed to be fairly historically accurate otherwise, so maybe this exists IRL after all. :)

I went over to the Keep and snagged the wood column as well, don't know how I'd missed it before.

Eleanor said...

Wawa these are beautiful, thank you :)

For those who aren't sure these are realistic - they are. They're called pendant vaults, and you find them especially in C14-15th French and English architecture :)

Wawa said...

Well, Thanks Eleanor. I guess I can change the title name to this post then!! :P

J Michael Shaw II said...

I have an old Church (1902) that I bought that has MANY of these vaults in its ceiling and it is still standing quite well!!! They were apparently quite popular at one time in Church architecture. The theory is that the arches push against each other to stay in place, as opposed to pushing down on the ground. If you would like to see pics of a REAL ceiling that is made of wood, covered with plaster, and still standing with no real repair after 112 years, please write to me at shawcorp@hotmail.com or look on FB under "Saving St. Pat's"

Wawa said...

Nice!! I just checked it out. Glad I wasn't crazy :P

Thanks J Michael Shaw II !

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful creation and the in game pictures are equally beautiful! Thank you!!

By the way: The Henry VII Chapel at Westminster has a particularly lovely example of the usage of Pendant vaults. Might give you ideas checking it out though!

Wawa said...

Thanks Anonymous II! I wish I had visited that Chapel when I had the chance. It looks magnificent.

Yeliva said...

Jeez, some people just don't know how to say thank you. It is beautiful, Wawa. You are really talented!!

Anonymous said...

Red Sonja from PBK here....

Wawa..... I, for one think this is just gorgeous. If people would look at detail from Gothic cathedrals.... these is, most definitely, detail like this... on a smaller scale, of course... but, it's there. Besides....this is what one would call..."taking artistic license".... absolutely acceptable. If that person doesn't want these.... no one is twisting his/her arm to do so...

I have a question..... are these available in 3 story columns???

Anonymous said...

Red Sonja from PBK here...

They do have similar architectural details in gothic cathedrals.... just not on this scale.... gorgeous, Wawa... is it available in 3 story ???

Wawa said...

Hadn't thought to do that Red, but I guess I could at some point in the future!