Monday, September 24, 2012

Skyrim Upgrades

For those not aware (and the fewer still who aren't aware and play male characters), Apachii recently released a new standalone male hair pack, that added several new male hairs to the playable races.

Most of them follow the beloved tradition of shoving a female hair onto a male character; or as one /tesg/ commenter put it: "They told me I could be anything I wanted in Skyrim, so I became a pretty princess."

Don't get me wrong -- there are some fine, more-or-less masculine choices. Faux-hawks, that duck-tail thing Alistair rocks in DAO (personally, either one is a little douchebaggy Jersey Shore for my taste, but I'll grant that they're better than having your Nordic swordsman looking like he wandered out of a Pantene commercial); there's one that I've heard people derisively reference as a "Hitler Youth" cut that would be great if not for it being shaved down one side.

There was also, finally, after damned near a year; a short, slicked-back cut that was neither hippy-looking, nor metrosexual:

So, I updated Skyrim-me.

Still not perfect. Too long around the ears and in the back. Of course, one of the reasons I have such a hate-on for the look is that it's realistic -- if I don't keep it short, my real hair tends to frizz, poof, and all-round go wild around my ears and in the back if I let it get the upper hand.

But, it's not shiny; not flowing; and is up off the collar. Improvement: considerable.

Also: yes, I broke the holy lore and immersion and installed a mod that lets me put glasses on characters in the game. After a few years in them myself, I find that my avatars just don't look right without a pair. Plus, proper glasses can be smokin' hot when added to many female looks.

...Which reminds me. Hey, Maeva: step out here into the sunlight, would you?


I wanted to get a good look at your new hair mesh.

Oh? Is that a euphemism? I hope not; because I'm fairly sure you didn't give me a new body texture...

...The hair on your head you perverted damned demon... I installed a new mesh that should have corrected that transparency issue on the right side; and I want to make sure it looks in game like it does in nifscope.

Oh. You're still a horribly boring person, Master.

Yeah, I hear that from time to time. Now be a good demon, and look to your left.

You know; just like when you were in County.

I'll have you know: they've never built a jail that can hold me -- that shitty plot point of Master's from the story notwithstanding. But, fine.

Does it help if I look pensive?

Not really.

Good, good. Looks like the right side of your hair's not see-through anymore. Look to your right, now.

Looks like there are three, one pixel wide gaps over the left ear...

Another of the many advantages of having short, sexy hair.

Some of us can rock the flowing locks, and some can't...

You couldn't handle the glory that was my stunning-but-practical paracord ponytail. ...Also, I don't think anyone has made a Gamebryo mesh that properly replicates it.


Okay, knock it off or I'm locking you both in the makeout dungeon until you've kissed out your argument.

...I take back what I said about you being boring. So, is my hair okay...? ...Does this mean I'm still pretty...?

GAH! Back up! What did I tell you about doing that?! It isn't good for my heart, damn it.

Spoil sport. How's this, then?

...Decidedly disturbing?

More so if the screenshot wasn't taken under full sunlight, slacker-boy.


Not really.

That's some horror movie kinda shit right there, yo.

...That's pretty cool, actually. The way the bangs are passing between her fingers...

So is the new hair a success?

Let's go check under some other lighting conditions. Saddle up, Ladies; we're taking a trip.

Dungeon looks good. Convenient having one just down-river from the house.

Interior looks good too; aside from Skyrim's shitty excuse for dynamic lighting. Somewhat intimidating, too.


We'll just pop into Markarth then and finish off that quest to purchase the house...



Are you staring at my ass back there?


Why not? Is there something wrong with it?

You're, uh, wearing a knee-length cape. Can't really see anything, even if I was inclined to leer.

Oh, right. Forgot about that.

This fancy bear cloak is pretty spiffy, too. Thanks, Master.

Well, someone won't wear anything but black cloaks; so you were the obvious choice. Anyway, my OCD is satisfied after purchasing that shitty house here in Markarth and getting named thane for whatever good it'll do. Let's head back to our actual home.

...Okay, that's just about desktop worthy...

Why thank you.

And that one's not half bad, either.

I always was stunning in the light of a full moon.

Okay, this stupid little post has taken five days... no, looking at the Picasa upload dates it was actually six and a half... on and off instead of the thirty odd minutes it was supposed to have. Now that it's out of my system, I'm going to get to other posts -- if I leave one as a draft, and say "I'll do that one when the others are done" it tends to never get done and deleted a month later when I remember it's still languishing in draftlund.


  1. Thanks for keeping us abreast of this stuff. I haven't even looked at the Skyrim mod sites in months; I'm still just sitting back and waiting for the selection of quality mods to grow to the point that it will feel worth my while to spend a week or two customizing my install. The hairpack will definitely be among my first downloads.

    1. Well, I figure we've got another six to twelve months; before the rest of the horse armor packs are out, and the game is through being patched and about as good as it's going to get.

      Truth be told, I find the latest patch pretty stable all in all -- it's just that Skyrim is ridiculously sensitive to the quality of the mods you install. A bad mod is pretty much a death sentence for a set of savegames; and the worst of it is that the problems often don't manifest for ten or twenty hours by which point you've long since removed or saved over the old saves that were pre-bad-mod. Coupled with the fact that 90%+ of Skyrim "modders" have no fucking idea what they're doing whatsoever... and shit tends to get real completely at random.