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Behind the cut lurk twenty-four hairs for your downloading pleasure.

Since there are a zillion downloads inside the cut, the boilerplate goes outside the cut, so...

NO PAYSITES. Mesh creators' policies may vary, my policy says I want a cut (like that would ever happen), but Pooklet says no and these are Pooklet's actions. So no paysites.

PRAISE BE UNTO: Melodie9, Trapping, Newsea, Martini, Helga, Aquilegia, Lidiqnata, and Callum for meshes (all included), Nouk, Pooklet, Trapping, and Helga for textures, Lyn for making sure I had a working copy of Photoshop, Pooklet for making sure Project Mayhem worked with my copy of Photoshop (and for their textures), my lovely donors who make sure I can keep my photos online (which lets me post hair dumps at all), and you lot for being patient when I go six or eight or ten months between content dumps.

HEY LISTEN! Meshes are included unless otherwise noted. Swatches are included in the zip files, everything is compressorized. Poly counts may vary; MAKE NOTES. Elders go gray, but you also get Time Bomb in the custom bin, just in case Primer isn't platinum enough for you. All female hairs are maternity-wear enabled from teen and up, and all male hairs from YA and up, to stop the weird hair disappearing act that happens if you don't have a Pregnant Sims Wear Any Outfit hack (but why wouldn't you?).

ANNOYING THINGS I DO: Because I credit everybody in them, my folder and file names are stupidly long. Feel free to shorten one, the other, or both as you please-- better you edit them to suit your needs than I just name everything [COLOR NAME] and cheese everybody off, right? Also, each hair color has an elder gray attached instead of only black. Feel free to re-bin everything and cut out the extra grays, or only use one family but swap out textures so your elders have some variety, whatever. Likewise, I bin using Pooklet's original scheme, because it's a nice easy default. I totally do not care if you re-bin things to suit your own tastes (but hey, every hair has a gray attached in case you need it!), and neither does Pooklet, so do whatever makes you happy, binning-wise.

EVEN MORE ANNOYING: Everybody sees a hair dump, so...







Anything helps, yo.


Should you donate, you are entitled to make a request-- something off my hair list or my to-do list or even just a straight-up request, and if I've got the skills for it, I'll give it a go. (Once it's done, it's free for everybody to download, of course, and I make no promises about just when I'll get to something I promise to do.) I will also happily barter stuff on my to-do lists or requests for things I wish exsisted that do not yet exist or in-game preview photos of some of these hairs so I can upload them to GoS once in a while.

Yes, if you want to do the unnaturals, please feel free to do the unnaturals. I have no plans to do so. Just remember to credit properly-- I tend to use Nouk's waves, FR's braid, and a chunk of curve I stole off Ja's Uni ponytail default.

If you spot any broken links or other idiocy, please let me know!

There are twenty-four large pics behind the cut, cats and kittens. Dial-up users beware.




Nice is Different than Good
Mesh/textures/Pooklet's actions
Trapping's All-Ages Witch Hat/Ja, Nouk, Maxis, and Aquilegia textures/Pooklet's actions
1265 Polys
Toddler through Elder
Female

REQUIRES APARTMENT LIFE

These were already posted to GoS's (lost but restored) Spit 'n Shine theme, because I had them mostly done-- but ah, I've added a little something special for the hair dump version! These are all-ages witch hats, in three versions: the first is a straight-up download, all textures included. The second is a SLAVED download, drawing witch hat textures from the Apartment Life files, saving a bit of room. The third versions (well, of Bad and Neutral, anyway, Good is the master) have all the hair colors slaved, too-- maximum hats in minimum space! Grab your Good Witch Hats here.
TURNAROUND
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DOWNLOAD AL SLAVED
DOWNLOAD AL SLAVED-AND-MASTER


Take a Third Option
Mesh/textures/Pooklet's actions
Trapping's All-Ages Witch Hat/Ja, Nouk, Maxis, and Aquilegia textures/Pooklet's actions
1265 Polys
Toddler through Elder
Female

REQUIRES APARTMENT LIFE

Having pretty, Medieval witch gowns thanks to Cynnix and Morgaine and an adorable Bonehilda spectral assistant thanks to FaeChangeling, really it only made sense to do the witch hats once Trapping released them. Someday, I hope for an all-ages conversion of the Sims 2 Store Long in Front hair and a robe-instead-of-pants version of the AL wizard/Warlock clothes, so I can have a full set. ... And really, I probably ought to bang something up for magical toddlers...
TURNAROUND
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Only Bad Witches
Mesh/textures/Pooklet's actions
Trapping's All-Ages Witch Hat/Ja, Nouk, Maxis, and Aquilegia textures/Pooklet's actions
1265 Polys
Toddler through Elder
Female

REQUIRES APARTMENT LIFE

And because I have three notes sections, of course I want to reveal where my names came from. The Good Witch has a line from Into The Woods, in Little Red Ridinghood's number I Know Things Now:
"And take extra care with strangers
Even flowers have their dangers
And though scary is exciting,
Nice is different than Good."
The Neutral witch's title comes from the trope of the same name (I apologize for linking to TV Tropes). And the Wicked Witch? Straight out of Wizard of Oz. (Though of course only bad witches are ugly. You should never call a witch who's any GOOD at witchcraft anything less flattering than 'handsome, considering.')
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Hush Little Baby
Raon F104/Pooklet textures/Pooklet's actions
13,716 polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
This is not a particularly Medieval or even period hair at all, but that's okay, it was a request. It's also alarmingly high-poly, but you know what, the requester liked it and that's pretty much all that matters. (I do take the odd request, I just don't always get to them in what a regular person would consider a timely fashion.)
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Que Bella
Lidiqnata Maxis Redo/Nouk textures/Pooklet's actions
1,370 polys
Child-Elder
Female
This one is mapped the same way as the Maxis Long hair (as seen on Bella Goth and the NPC maids)... but not only is it lusciously long, it only has one group, making it NOT a nightmare to recolor. I doubled the texture size so I could get curls on this one without losing detail, and there are three scrunched-up lengths of Nouk's waves on the back of the hair to avoid the texture stretching out in sad, unappealing ways.
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An Honest Face
Trapping TS3 Braided Long F/Trapping & Pooklet textures/Pooklet's actions
5,614 polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
Got some new models this time around, because I spent a couple of days in a Sim-making mood. The newbies aren't actually Medieval Sims (though I might, for entertainment purposes, give them personalities and turn-ons and such and throw them in a testerhood house with ACR on to see what happens)-- they're characters from an entirely unrelated project who I wanted to see as humans out of sheer whimsy. This is Bounce. (Their names are silly.) And the first use of Bounce's face sees Bounce's actual hair, even (in Safety Fuse, if you're curious).
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Captain's Mate
Martini's Newsea Nightwish/Pooklet's textures/Pooklet's actions
12,447 polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
And this is Echo! Echo is not actually captain's mate, she's captain. Bounce is first mate. Normally Echo wears much shorter hair than this, but I was playing around and stuck this one on her and went '... holy crap, hon, you're beautiful, what happened?' Yes this IS a high-poly mesh, but it's one of those high-poly meshes where I go "Yes, I can see exactly WHY this mesh needs more than ten thousand polys, GIVE IT TO ME NOW." There's a male version of this hair folks inclined could slave to or from, and Trapping's Newsea Siren Forest, which is also in this dump, uses the exact same mapping and could also be slaved to or from Nightwish. If you can't save polys, save space!
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Favorite Wife
Castaway Stories Native Big Hat F/Trapping's TS3 Twist textures/Pooklet's actions
1,554 Polys
Young Adult-Elder
Female
I've done this hair before, using Pooklet's V2 textures, but I was playing around with things and decided "Why not?" Just because this particular hairstyle will probably only see any use in the Tropics doesn't mean I don't need two versions. The hats are set up the same way as my previous Castaway Stories hats, one color selection per family. You can easily slave or texture-swap if you want things a bit more mixed up.
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Her Ladyship
Melodie9 All-Ages Longsimple Aquilegia Edit/Trapping TS3 Twist textures/Pooklet's actions
~980 polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
If you want to slave the hair textures on Favorite Wife to save a little space (they are large), slave 'em to this! Because if it's remotely possible, I will give you the hair both with and without the hat, and it's not unreasonable that elaborate woven grass, feather, and seashell headdresses are only really worn for special occasions.
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Helmet Hair
Trapping TS3 Wavy Afro F/Nouk's textures/Pooklet's actions
3,497 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
I am a madwoman. I did three versions of this hair for both sexes. This is the shiniest one, using Nouk's waves, and it still didn't come out quite like I'd hoped. ... Don't get me wrong, I like how it came out, but it's not what I was picturing. Like a lot of TS3 hairs, there are some slight alpha issues on this one... but unlike a lot of TS3 hairs, it's not bad enough to bother me, here.
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I'm Gonna Sack Your Town
Trapping TS3 Wavy Afro F/SAU MYOS textures/Pooklet's actions
3,497 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
You can slave male and female together on these hairs, if you want-- this is my second wavy afro, and although I really wanted some larger curls, I REALLY like how this one turned out. (Title is from an image macro of Queen Boudicca I found once upon a time on the internet.)
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Her Own Destiny
Trapping TS3 Wavy Afro F/Trapping TS3 textures/Pooklet's actions
3,497 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
And finally, with the original textures! The alpha issues are still present, but far less noticeable on these-- not that they're particularly bad on this mesh in general (at least if you really work to fill in as many gaps as you can). There are a lot of knights in this dump, because somehow some of the textures just BEGGED to be shown off with armor, whether on men or women.
TURNAROUND | DETAIL
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It Works For You
Callum All-Ages OFB Pixie/Pooklet textures/Pooklet's actions
900 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
It says OFB, but unlike a lot of other all-ages expansion pack hairs, this one does NOT require OFB. Also, despite this being a short female hair, which ordinarily means Dame Sir would wear it and confuse people, for some reason Echo ran away with it. She's normally got short hair, but she also normally keeps it out of her eyes. This hair, and the male version Cynnix womped up for me in the next post, are also request hairs.
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More Likely Than You Think
Trapping TS3 Dreadslong F/Trapping TS3 Dreadlock textures/Pooklet's actions
4,064 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
Considering the Ivory Bangle Lady, the whole of this blog, and Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England, I've been revising my ideas about what skintones should turn up where in my game, which naturally means I had to make some more hairs.

Because for some reason, my first reaction to adding ANY sort of new-to-me concept to my game somehow turns into 'and make some more hairs, too.'
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La Belle Au Bois Dormant
Trapping's Newsea Siren Forest F/Pooklet's textures/Pooklet's actions
12,697 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
There are hairs out there in Sims 2 Download Land that have twenty thousand polys for simple, straight styles... and then there's this mesh. This glorious mesh, which is about double what I'd consider to be a 'reasonable for any sort of style' poly count, but which PERFECTLY NAILS those glorious, long, ridiculous curls used as artistic shorthand for "This woman is beautiful" even when the artwork itself (due to being on the small side, or done by a hand better suited to elaborate lettering, or painted with uncooperative materials) didn't actually manage to be beautiful. The ladies in the Manesse Codex have those long curls, and the lady in the pink houppelande in April of the Très Riches Heures, and even Bellifortis, Queen of Sheba, whose features have gotten a little bit lost to time and dark paint pigment in the last six hundred years. When I saw this hair, I HAD to recolor it, loading up on the highlights and playing a long game of squash-and-stretch to get them onto the curls prettily, then warping the textures to make them meet up with the alphas.
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To The Fair
Trapping's Newsea Siren Forest F/Nouk's textures/Pooklet's actions
12,697 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
And then, of course, I did it again. Because why wouldn't I? Just to see how it turned out with Nouk's waves. In some ways, I like this version better; the long curls themselves are certainly richer and fuller. I think the upper part suffers a little from a sort of 'wet look' that was a lot worse before I fiddled with the contrast. You can slave the Siren Forest recolors to the Nightwish ones... but use Nightwish as masters, at least on the Nouk Waves versions. There's an alpha issue that doesn't show on this mesh but leads to some floating strands of hair on the Nightwish ones. It's not fixed on To The Fair because a) I did To The Fair first and b) it's not an issue on To The Fair. (The model here is Aerocorn, another newbie with a silly name like Echo and Bounce. Her normal non-hair-dump coloring is either Primer or Time Bomb (I lean toward Primer), and her face was an attempt at a long, ever so slightly horsey face while still coming off as both innocent and attractive.)
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Pirate Queen
Martini's Newsea Nightwish/Nouk's textures/Pooklet's actions
12,447 polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
Speaking of the correct master in a slaving situation, here's Echo again, again in Nightwish, again looking ridiculously stunning. Sure, Echo was intended to look nicer than she actually is-- not with Bounce's open, friendly face, but harmless. This was the first Nightwish recolor I put on her and it was like a punch to the gut. While Nouk's waves only improve part of Siren Forest, they look AMAZING on Nightwish and I'm so glad I tried it. So's Echo.
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Retired Shieldmaiden
Trapping's Newsea Orange Nami F/Pooklet's textures/Pooklet's actions
8,084 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
This one is actually much closer to Echo's actual style. It's short, it's practical, and it should've been on Dame Sir but Echo stole it. Because pirate.
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Seabird
Trapping TS3 ShortWavyMessy F/Pooklet's textures/Pooklet's actions
2,268 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
Dame Sir is back and reclaiming short hairs in full plate armor. This mesh was one I found thanks to a WCIF thread on GoS (which was more of a recommendation request thread; I knew meshes like what I wanted had to EXIST but I hadn't found 'em), and I tried something new on the shading. It particularly shows up on the back. I'm not sure anyone else will like that defined effect, but for why I wanted this hair, it works.
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Shaped Like Itself
Trapping TS3 DreadsLong F/Nouk's textures/Pooklet's actions
4,064 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
This was a grand experiment from a few months back-- I wanted to see if I could put Nouk's waves on a mesh originally intended for dreadlocks. With the alpha tightened up and a lot of little holes filled in, I'm pretty seriously pleased with how it turned out! If you're using my HP Adrasteia recolors for any of your Sims' looks, Shaped Like Itself makes a really good match for it in terms of length and how the waves fall, should your wavy-headed Sims want to shove their hair back for gym clothes or swimming or something.
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Summer Queen
Castaway Stories Native Feather/Trapping TS3 Dreads textures/Pooklet's actions
2,214 Polys
Young Adult-Elder
Female
I've done this hair before (called Plumage), with Nouk's waves, after proof of concept for me that the Basegame Halo mesh could be saved with some of the new textures we've been seeing. I said to myself, I said, "If Nouk's waves work, why wouldn't long dreads?" And since I'm finally able to warp textures, I tried it and I am well-pleased! Some of the dreads are ridiculously fat, because Basegame stretching, but I don't think it's too noticeable from most angles.
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To Market, To Market
Melodie9's All-Ages Basegame Halo Aquilegia Edits/Trapping's TS3 Dreadlock textures/Pooklet's actions
1,170 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
And speaking of dreadlocks on Basegame Halo! (And my poor Dreadlock Model's skinny eyebrows. They really stand out with this one.) This was a solid challenge for the Warp tool I get to play with in Photoshop now; the dreads on the crown of her head all had to be bent to look remotely plausible, and the one going around the head had to be curved and then sharpened because so much of the detail just died. From the back-- which is usually what you're focusing on, if you're a longhaired girl just pulling your hair halfway back-- Ithink it looks pretty impressive. Check out the turnaround view.
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Courageous, Redux
Trapping's All-Ages Helga 82/Nouk's textures/Pooklet's actions
~4,300 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
This one doesn't even get new pics-- it's the same textures as the original Courageous, but Trapping put out an all-ages mesh so I pretty much had to redo. (Toddlers look a little silly in a lot of these huge curly hairs. Kids? Kids look adorable.) These don't replace my originals; you can have both in your game at once, but I'm not entirely sure why you'd want to.
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Step Lively, Redux
Trapping's All-Ages Helga 82/Helga's textures/Pooklet's actions
~4,300 Polys
Toddler-Elder
Female
Sex
Another Redux! A couple of men's reduces are coming, too, but those all got shiny new textures, I think. Still, here we go again, more curly textures, and this mesh has a pretty gosh-darned reasonable poly count. If your computer isn't high-end or you're dressing townies, three of these equals one Pirate Queen, so choose wisely.
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Fantastic hair; Neutral witch link wrong?

Date: 2013-12-30 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jadesim
Love all the hairs! (as usual) My poor, poor, downloads folder is exploding again. Thank you for sharing the hair loveliness with everyone.

The link for the neutral witch fully slaved version seems to go to the good witch link though?

Date: 2013-12-30 05:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nailtek
Yes yes yes another hair dump, yay! I never even would have thought to put some of the textures that you've used on a few of these hairs but they look good - I'm surprised at how awesome those TS3 dreads look with the waves!
(btw, your links to download Captain's Mate, It Works for You, La Belle, Pirate Queen, and Shaped Like Itself all seem to go to various different places that are not the downloads. As does your DL link for Smoke Bomb.)

Date: 2013-12-31 01:14 am (UTC)
nailtek: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nailtek
Awesome, thanks! (And tell me about it, I've misplaced many a link while trying to post things late at night. I can only imagine the amount of urls you have to mess with for these posts!) And yes, my download folder is groaning with new stuff, as it does every time you make one of these. :D

Date: 2013-12-30 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
:O
Hairs! So many pretty hairs, with many texture options! Yayyyyy! Thank you so much!

Captain's Mate and Pirate Queen?

Date: 2013-12-30 09:45 pm (UTC)
shadowfell_sims: Sim!Shadowfell is a monkey. (Default)
From: [personal profile] shadowfell_sims
The Captain's Mate download goes to Pirate Queen and Pirate Queen's download goes to a turnaround of Step Lively. I must have all these beautiful waves. Please help!

P.S. Hat - you seriously rock. Now I'm downloading female hairs and I promised I would only get some for the guys. It didn't hurt to LOOK...

Date: 2013-12-31 02:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverbelle1220
Thank you so much for everything! Your hair recolors really are some of the best out there.

I'm still having an issue with the It Works for You hair; it's taking me to the download for the Harvest Time hair instead.

Date: 2014-02-22 06:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jeangreysummers
The link for the custom version of "Only bad witches" leads to one of the slaved versions of "Take a third option". Just thought I'd let you know :-)

Edit: Just realized the custom version of "Nice is different than good" leads to your "Antihero Redux". Btw, did you categorize all the hairs with hats as such or will they be recognized by the game as regular hair?
Edited Date: 2014-02-22 07:02 am (UTC)

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