Category: Decorative -> Sculpture
EPs Required: None – base-game compatible
Poly Count: (>2300 polys, but on 5x5x2 tiles)
So. The TSM orrery. You know, that huge thingamajig that sits high, high in the ceiling of the wizard’s tower and rotates in fifteen different directions at the same time. That orrery. I’ve been looking at it askance for some time now, wondering if I were brave enough to attempt animating it. Yes, it would require a bazillion joints, but it’s just going ’round and ’round, right? And if there’s one thing I’m good at animating, it’s things that go ’round and ’round… so I did. Like so:
When you’ve placed it, the orrery will start rotating automatically as soon as you go into Live mode, but you have a menu option to stop it (and start it up again) if you so prefer. Of course, your Sims can also view it – it is deco, after all – but when they do, if you have Free Time they’ll gain enthusiasm for science, not art as usual. It made more sense to me that way. 🙂
Compared to the TSM orrery, I’ve scaled this one down a little, but it’s still quite big. Like this big:
As you can see, it’s attached to the ceiling – but on the second floor. It was simply too large to be comfortable as a one-floor thing; your poor Sims would have had to crawl under it to get past (and risk being decapitated and/or deplumbbobbed in the process) and that just seemed… no. So two-floor orrery it is. A two-floor orrery with a footprint to match – it’s no less than 25 tiles (5×5) on each floor.
(Edit, May 2022: I might do something about the footprint at some point; it made sense to me at the time to make it zOMG huge, but looking at it now it really doesn’t need to be that huge… 😐 )
Speaking of getting away with things (I hope), between fourteen rotation joints and the Mother of All Footprints, by the time I got to making recols, I had quite run out of steam, not to mention that I was getting a little fed up with the thing. So this time, I’m afraid you’ll just get two recols, the original TSM wood and metal:
And now to something completely different. 😛 As I was fiddling with this, I noticed a lovely little detail that I think almost qualifies as an Easter egg. If you look at the size comparison pic above, you’ll notice that the second planet looks a little bit Earth-like, what with blue oceans and green continents. If you zoom in on that planet, you’ll see this:
A castle (and a little 3D one, at that!) with a wall around it, does that seem at all familiar to you TSM players? Like your kingdom in TSM, perhaps? 😀 Yes, they’ve actually marked out which planet it’s on! How’s that for cute?!