Monday, 12 January 2015

Skyrim Mods: My must have body mod list

First off there are 2 must have lists. Those for male player characters and those for female player characters.

For Female Player characters

Body mod: CBBE. This my own personal taste. However CBBE with Bodyslide will allow you to mimic the body types SevenBase Bombshell and UNP or UNPB. Why is this important? Because with Bodyslide all bodyslide enabled armours can be batch converted to match the custom body shape you've designed for your play through. The best mod for this is the Skyrim Enhanced - High polygons- armours (although some of the armours from this mod will have gaps - e.g the Blades armour - most will be an excellent improvement on Vanilla armours).

For CBBE I recommend you use the XPMSE skeleton and the HDT physics extension (HDTPE) and RaceMenu (3.0 or higher). Use the RaceMenu pligin from the XPMSE mod not from RaceMenu for the best customizability of your character's body. Also the RaceMenu Overlay Compilation will add tattos, beauty marks, skin effects and makeup to your character creation experience.

The skin textures I use for females are SG Renewal. Other addons worth getting are SG Female Eyebrows, Smile in HD, XCE's HD Dirt and Warpaint, Feminine Hands,

For male characters

XPMSE, HDTPE, Smile in HD, XCe's HD Dirt and Warpaint, RaceMenu (3.0 or higher) and Better Males

There are other body mods but these are the ones I use. CBBE + Bodyslide are not simply reommend due to my taste but due to their built in flexibility.

Skyrim: Gopher's videos

For all your modding and mod organizing needs you MUST watch Gopher's videos. His tutorial are 100% necessary for safe, reliable modding. He explains SKSE (Skyrim Script Extender), Mod Organozer, ENB, Wrye Bash etc etc.

There are a lo of videos but I'm afraid you do need to watch as many as you can. All my future posts will take for granted that you've done this.

Gopher's Mod Organizer videos
Gopher's Beginner's Guide to Modding Skyrim
Gopher's Skyrim Tweaks and Fixes
Gopher's ENB mods

Other than these Gopher also does Mod reviews and lets plays these are great quality and I recommend them. You can see them all on his Youtube playlists.

Skyrim Mods: Mod Organizer

What ever mod manager you're using if it's not Mod Organizer stop using it. Mod Organizer is the ONLY manager you should be using. It's 100% safe and will save you days of work when mods go wrong (and mods will go wrong)