Friday, 2 January 2015

How To Install Skyrim Body Mods

Skyrim Nexus

This Skyrim Game Guide will help you install a Custom Body Replacer for both Female body and Male body, it’s important to follow the steps in the right order to avoid having to troubleshoot later. There are suggested Skyrim Mods for textures and Armour, the popular ones being CBBE and UNP textures; And of course the UNP and CBBE Armour mods. The suggested Skyrim mods are based on personal preference feel free to use the ones that suit your taste, if you download a mod from Skyrim Nexus don’t forget to Endorse, a lot of time and effort goes into making these mods... Cheers...

Step 1

Install a Skeleton that is compatible with the required Body Mesh Type and the respective Actor Animation.
XP32 Maximum Skeleton Extended is one the best since it supports almost all of the Body mesh types; it also supports BBP (Breast and Butt Physic), TBBP (Tender Breast and Butt Physic) and HDT-PE (HDT Physics Extension) enabled Bodies
After XP32 left the modding community Groovtama took over and the most recent skeleton is called Groovtama’s XP32 Maximum Skeleton Extended aka XPMSE

Step 1.1 

How to Install XPMSE

There are certain pre- requisites that need to be met for the XPMSE to function correctly; failing to meet these requirements will result in “Crash to Desktop” (CTD).
Install the below mentioned Mods before XPMSE

     b)      Fores New Idles in Skyrim

Recommended Mods to make use of all the XPMSE Features (For In-Game Weapon position switching)

a)      SKSE 1.7.1
b)      RaceMenu 2.9.6

Once the above requirements have been met Install the XPMS mod and choose the respective options depending upon your requirement.


Step 2

Install the HDT Physics Extensions – HDT-PE is a SKSE plugin that applies the existing Havok physics engine used in Skyrim. It facilities- Swishing hair, flowing skirts, Bouncing Pony Tail, BBP etc


Step 3

Body Mesh Replacer

This is essentially the body mesh shape that will overlay on the XPMSE.
There are a lot of body shapes available for both Male and Female actors, this can be confusing at times, listed below are some of the Body Shapes along with a basic description.

Step 3.1

FEMALE BODY REPLACERS

CBBE Body

    1)     CBBE - Calientes Big Bottom Edition
   
    CBBE – Vanilla
    CBBE – Slim
    CBBE – Curvy
    CBBE comes with BodySlide - An application that allows you to customize the body shape to  have pretty much any proportions you want.

UNP Body

    2)     UNP – UNpretend also called as Dimonized UNP
 
   UNPS – UNP – Slim
   UNPB – UNP Blessed (Bigger Breasts)
   UNPC – UNP Curvy (Bigger Hips)
   UNPB-BBP – UNPB with Breast and Butt Physics
   UNPB-BBP-x and UNPB Redux - UNPB meshes with extra weight painting to give bounce.
   UNPK - Gooboo’s tweaked UNP body
 
  DG - DreamGirl by Petrovichs
 
  7BUNP – Combination of SeveNBase Bombshell body with Dimonized UNP body


    3)    ADEC - Acdale EyeCandy - The body mesh consists of larger legs, hips, thinner waistline,    enhanced butt and modifications to arms and shoulder.

    4)      CHSBHC - Cherry Hotaling’s Super Busty H Cup

    5)    7B/ SeveNBaseSevennity's designed  Body shapes -  A custom body replacer    
specifically tweaked to emphasis wider shoulder, bigger breast and full thigh simulating a             strong (not too muscular) and sensuous Amazonian woman.

    6)   Manga Body - A Custom CBBE and ADEC Body – This is one of those out of proportion  
 body shapes IMO, large breasts, thin waistline and regular butt. Although these proportions        can be modified depending on one’s preference using Body Slide.

    7)   CNHF - Calyps and Nuskas Heroic Form – A body shape that looks the part of a Hero a  
         beautiful and muscular body replacer.


Step 3.2 

MALE BODY REPLACERS

Better Males Skyrim

    1)      Better Males – An all in one pack that contains body meshes from “FavoredSoul” and “Sundracon” also contains textures for Face and Hairstyles.

    2)      Males by Thegal – The body mesh contains minor modifications to the Vanilla Body mesh.

Step 4

Types of Skin textures

Skyrim Textures

The important thing to remember is that the Textures need to match the skyrim Body mod shape, for example a CBBE body shape will need CBBE compatible textures, failing to do so will lead to seams and other visible deformities.

Listed below are a few Textures with their compatible body Shapes.

    1)  Women of Skyrim female face texture and Companions  Supported female body mesh          CBBE,UNP,UNPB,UNPC,7B,Vanilla and DG

    2)  Mature skin texture and body Supported female body mesh
UNP, CBBE and ADEC

    3)  SG Female Textures Renewal  Supported female body mesh
UNP and CBBE

    4) True Daughters of Skyrim Supported female body mesh
CBBE, UNP and Vanilla

    5) CBBE skin texture  Supported female body mesh
CBBE and UNP

    6) Real Girls Realistic Body Texture  Supported female body mesh
UNP, UNPB and SeveNBase


    8) Fitness Body Supported female body mesh
CBBE and UNP

    9) Smooth Male Body  Supported male body mesh
Better Males by by Chris57 and FavoredSoul

    10) More Muscular Men texture normals  Supported male body mesh
Better Males by by Chris57 and FavoredSoul


Step 5

Skyrim Animation

Install Animations depending on your preference

    1)      Lifelike Idle Animations
    2)      Pretty Female Idles
    3)      Sexy idle Animation
    4)      Male Idle Animation Replacer   
    5)      Male Animation improvement


Step 6

Install Armour Mods

CBBE Armour Mods

UNP Armour Mods

    1)  Fur Huntress Armor
  Supports CBBE Body

  Supports CBBE Body and UNP Body 

  Supports CBBE HDT

  Supports UNP body

  Supports CBBE Body and UNP Body

  Supports CBBE, CBBE BBP and CHSBHC

  Supports SeveNBase and UNPB

  Supports UNP and UNPB

  Supports CBBE Body and UNP Body



Following the above steps should help you create a Custom Skyrim Body along with the respective skin textures and Armour.

Feel free to let me know what you think about the mentioned Skyrim Mods and if you would like to add to this list of Skyrim mod... 


7 comments:

  1. Great article. Quick question though, how would I apply all of this to a custom race to have it only apply to my own hero and not all of the npcs. Say I wanted to install some 4k textures for my character's skin, but don't want all the npcs having it due to performance issues it would cause.

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    1. You would need to replace the existing textures of "custom race" with the 4 K textures, this can easily be done using the Creation Kit....

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  2. So, I have a question as you seem to be much more knowledgeable than I about this body texture business. I have a mod that uses a fair skin body texture that I really like more than any other body texture I have seen, but I want to use the "UNP Blessed" mod. Is there a way for me to use this skin tone with the blessed mod? I tried changing the skin tome after I installed the blessed mod, but to no avail. I prefer Dark Elf and the lightest is still no where near what the fair skin mod does. Here is the fair skin mod link. Any help at all would be helpful, even if it is just a "no this wont work any way you try".
    http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/51602/?

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    1. Theoretically it should be possible to replace the existing "UNPB" skin textures with the "fair skin" textures and it should work ....
      The "fair skin" mod author has posted textures for Cbbe v7 and UNP his page notes mention that UnP variant meshes like UNPB are compatible ..
      So as far as i can tell all you need to do is find the "existing" UNPB textures and replace them with the "new" fair skin ones.... at the most you might get some anomalies or skin clippings.. but it should work ....
      P.S it a good practice to make a back up of the existing textures before playing around with them .. All the best...

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  3. im looking for racemenu for skyrim 1.8.51 patch, i installed the latest racemenu but it didnt work, the ui works but it doesnt give changes in editing the character, please give me solution :( thx before

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    1. The latest version of Skyrim is 1.9.32 which is compatible with the latest version of Racemenu 3.2.1 along with SKSE 1.7.2...
      If you don't have the latest versions of these apps you would face anomalies in your Game-play... updating is always better... Cheers...

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  4. In case someone uses standalone follower mods (with their own textures and meshes) when should be installed? Before or after the installations you've already mentioned?
    If I would like to install Schlongs Of Skyrim, when should be installed? Before and/or after what installations??

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