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rngdshep · an hour ago
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hi i'm about to get into that whole custom head business for mass effect (to cry about it of course), and before i get too invested i wanted to ask if u ran into any unfixable problems with ur shepard? like for example injuries not displaying properly, or weird seams and distorted textures. hope ur having a nice day!
yeah i’ve had issues like that, and even worse stuff back when i started modding lmao. but back then there was a lot less info about mesh modding in general so i was mostly just figuring things out on my own and hoping for the best. but the LE has made this whole process a lot easier tbh and nothing’s been unfixable so far. afaik there’s even a way to change default shep’s skintone in the files now, though i haven’t tried it yet so i cant explain how it’s done.
a couple quick ““pro”” tips to get you started tho; the asset database tool is your friend. it’ll help you locate the files you need to modify and any textures you need to edit, etc. default femshep also has some unique textures in le3 (spec map and the injured textures for the endgame section) so you should edit those as well. also i know the head shows up in a lot of files in le1/le2 but i’m only using two for le1 and three for le2 and haven’t had any issues with this setup, so it’s not necessary to replace the head in every file it’s in (unless there’s some extra special paragon content in those files i simply cant access lol). that’s it for now tho before this post ends up getting too long to scroll past quickly.
but good luck with the mod! and if you ever do run into a problem you cant fix (or just need to cry about it to someone lmao) feel free to pm me here and i'll try to help out.
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rngdshep · 3 days ago
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🙌🙏👌🤝🤲
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rngdshep · 4 days ago
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also testing some of my other LE2 mods atm and i’m obsessed with Lee’s face in the prologue actually
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rngdshep · 4 days ago
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“But she’s just one woman. If we lose Shepard, humanity might well follow.”
mod credits: [makeup] [hair - with my own mod setup here] 
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rngdshep · 5 days ago
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Mass Effect 3 Legendary Edition + New Armors for Femshep LE3 (mod)
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rngdshep · 6 days ago
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cute!
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rngdshep · 7 days ago
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yeah i love her a normal amount
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rngdshep · 8 days ago
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random mod update; added 5 new outfits to my le1 casual outfit mod. 
these are from my personal outfit mod for lee originally and both the hoodie and the uniform are ports of mshep’s outfits, so those will be larger in size than other buffshep mods. my bulkier intro outfit mod is probably a good comparison point, if that looked too big on your shep then these likely will as well.
science outfit is still a WIP so i might update it again when i’m done with the armor pieces and such, and the standard alliance fatigues mesh still needs some tweaking done on the arms so it wont be part of this update.
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rngdshep · 9 days ago
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hello! i was trying to figure out how you got your hair for your shepard and i was struggling big time (bc i'm stupid im sorry) but are they up for download or did you convert them to mele yourself? you prob get asked this like a million times but im struggling to find a good hairstyle for my shepard and i am quite literally in love with yours.
yeah the two new hairstyles i'm using for le1 and le2 i ported myself and those are for my personal use only, sorry. and while Lee's previous hairstyles were from the old OT ME3 hairmods i had to refit them for her head too bc it's shaped differently from other custom sheps so the look isn't exactly the same with those either, and i obviously can’t share the modified versions with anyone. 
i could probably put up a list of mods i’m using (or update my old list to include MELE mods) but like at this point her looks just aren’t realistically achievable bc i’ve either made the mods myself (headmesh, brows, face norm + any outfit i’m using) or ported/modified other ppl’s mods for personal use. 
if i can offer a quick mod rec though, this mod on nexusmods looks to have some less feminine haircuts for femshep. i'm not using it myself but going through the hairmods quickly this one had more shorter haircuts & such than the rest, you might find something that you like there. and if not then you’ll just have to learn how to port hairs by yourself. in which case if you ever feel like you need help getting started or have any other modding related questions or problems, feel free to message me here privately and i’ll try to help out.
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rngdshep · 11 days ago
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hi i absolutely love your Shep and recognize her immediately while scrolling through Mass Effect tag
i was wondering, since I saw you ported hair from TS4, if it's easier to do it with alpha hair or if it's possible with the Maxis Match (the Sims 4 look) hair too? i would like to try porting myself when I have time and there are a few hairstyles with this more Sims look that I love. I guess I'm just wondering if I should even bother or go straight for the Alpha/more realistic hair
well idk that much about sims meshes in general so a massive disclaimer here that i might just be talking out of my ass, but i think MM hair meshes are usually completely solid? i've seen a few MM hairstyles ported to dao where i feel like the look actually kind of fits but for MELE it probably wouldn't work out. aside from OT me1/me2 where the hairstyles were like that too.
from a technical viewpoint i don't think the meshes would be that different that you couldn't try porting them tho. it's the textures i assume that will lack an alpha layer, which is what makes the hair partially transparent and is needed for MELE hair textures to work. you can probably get past that by making the layer completely white but again you'd be dealing with the hair looking like a solid block in the game. texture quality will also be somewhat questionable, there's a lot less space reserved for the hair textures in ts4 and if it's not hq then i assume it's even less. and you cant swap the textures with vanilla textures either in this case, which is what i always do to avoid spending hours tweaking the red and green channels.
i'd honestly just stick with more realistic hair, sorry. ik how you feel tho, there were a couple MM hairstyles i wish i could've used but so far i havent found a realistic hairstyle that looked even remotely similar.
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rngdshep · 14 days ago
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Lee Shepard + my fave armor mod, now with some edgy headgear
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rngdshep · 15 days ago
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I just wanted to say that uhhhh I love Lee and whenever I see her on my dash I start singing Lee by Tenacious D in my head bc I think it fits in terms of how great your Shep is. That is all!
lmfaoo thanks 😂😂😂
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rngdshep · 17 days ago
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ahhhh i love lee's new headmorph!! you really outdid yourself!!!
thank u ☺ i've been really swamped with modding projects these past 6 months so she kinda got pushed aside for a bit but now she's back hopefully. really missed posting about her.
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rngdshep · 17 days ago
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so i’ve been working on a personal outfit mod project lately as well, porting more of mshep’s meshes (minus the scientist outfit) for Lee to use so she’d finally start to look more like the 6′3 tall bodybuilder she’s meant to be. 
i might turn this thing into a mod too if i ever finish it (”if” because i’m also doing this for the armor pieces 💀) but idk if anyone else would want to use it bc i’m mainly making these edits with lee’s body type in mind. so we’ll see.
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rngdshep · 17 days ago
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so i’m pretty much done with the le3 armor mod. going to wait a couple days until i release it though, for personal reasons. sorry.
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rngdshep · 25 days ago
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Hey! I have a mod question. I'm very new to modding and I was wondering if it has to be a certain sims I have to port from? Could it be any of the sims games or does it have to be from sims 3 or 4? So sorry for bothering you. You're just so good at modding and because of you, my new years resolution was to learn how to mod mass effect 2. Thanks!
tbqh i just learned how to port sims hairs as well, previously i've only worked with the OT me3 hairmods so i'm not sure if i'm the best source of information on this lmao. but the legendary explorer wiki has a very good tutorial for porting hairmods to le1, and the process is pretty much the same for all three games. it's only for ts4 hairs but i'm assuming porting other sims hairs isnt impossible either, you just need to find a way to extract the original mesh first.
but good luck with your modding journey and feel free to PM me here if you need any more help!
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rngdshep · 27 days ago
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still a WIP but we’re getting there 🥰 ft. an update i’m testing out for my le1 armor mod
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