Indoor Arena Beams
Josie, beaming us up!
=> 2 new beam sets, both coming in 2 sizes: 10 squares and 20 squares, offering the possibilities to build 20 and 40 squares wide arenas (can i say indoor jumping courses?!). The 10 squares wide beam can be raised a full meter which should allow both 10 and 20 squares beams to meet up for a 30 squares wide arena if needed.
Although they were mapped properly (textures applied both vertically and horizontally), the use of wood (it'd probably look okay, but no guarantees) or anything dramatically patterned isn't recommended due to the sheer size of the beams. Indeed they were designed with metal in mind.
=> Ever thought using beams and making good looking arenas was a no go because you couldn't use CFE? Well, with Ariès beams, CFE is a thing of the past! I present to you fake ceilings! 10 and 20 squares matching up perfectly with my beams. Each ceiling panel is 4 squares long allowing for 56, and even 60 squares long arenas without a hitch!
"Oh yeah but once I place those, I won't be able to see anything underneath so how can I put in jumps or pose my sims in there without having to take the ceilings out every time?" No worries! I thought of that too! The ceilings have been set up to go on the level above so you will never need to take them out to make changes to the inside of your arena!
"That's great but what if I want skylights?" Fear not! I thought of you too, skylightaholics! My fake ceilings come in 3 forms, solid, high skylights (up to the roof peak) and medium high skylights (not quite in the middle but towards it). 20 squares wide ceilings possess 2 skylights and 10 squares wide ceilings possess 1.
And yes, matching window frames (for extra realism) have been provided. However, I am sorry to say, there are no glass panels because I didn't have the time to look into that (might be for later though)
=> "What about lights?" I've been told it's impossible to put visible lights in arenas because they never match up... well, this time, I'm providing you with 2 types! Mind you, they do not actually work and you will still need to plaster the arenas with invisible lights but you can now have the illusion of a credible light source! Both ceiling lamps are by EA, i simply multiplied and raised them up, as well as angled the canopies so they could be flush with the ceilings.
=> is this all you ask? Well yes and no! Given that the 20 squares wide beam is raised up to 4m (a regular sim wall is 3m high), I thought I'd provide a lot with a 40x56 squares indoor jumping arena so that those of you who can't use CFE to do a simple wall height change would still get to have an indoor jumping arena. The wood pattern and wall are custom content from other creators and aren't included but if you really want them, I'll track them down.
Another day, another gift. This one was highly requested! I had actually planned on making more beams, but time ugh... I will be making the others later though! Though these were created for arenas, they can also be used in stables (especially the 10 squares wide ones look great in shed rows).
A little disclaimer to those who will be using skylighted ceilings: these beams and ceilings do not match up with roofs. You will want to go down one level to hide the roof when taking indoor shots. For the shadows and skylights opening to show up on the ground, you will need to delete a wall on both first and second floors. Also for those of you who plan to brave CFE and make your own jumping arena, here are the 10 simple steps:
1. Put the walls up for the first floor (40 squares wide and a multiple of 4 in length. I recommend 56 or even 60 squares to get a lot of room).
2. Go up a level and put walls over your first level walls.
3. On the side off the arena, click one time on the ground using the "terrain elevation" tool with the medium or large square thingy.
4. Put some foundations on top of your small flat mound. The foundations on top of the mound will be exactly 1m
5. Go up a level and build a wall on top of the foundation.
6. Bring up the cheat bar and type
7. Open the terrain tools again and using the "terrain leveling" tool, drag from the wall on the foundation to the walls on the arena (depending on where you made the mound you might have to do this step twice).
8. Once you have all your arena 2nd floor walls made smaller, bring up the cheat bar again and type
That way you don't risk to accidentally destroy your handy work.
9. Remove your mound/foundation/wall
10. Decorate as desired, and enjoy!
Hope you all love these and that they were what you were looking for!