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The classic comes to SE! Completely new, digitally hand-painted textures, specular maps, and re-worked normal maps for all non-beast male races AND REAL FEET MESHES. True to vanilla style, extremely high detail, highly optimized. Includes both face and body textures, with alternate options for body hair, and dirt. 4K/2K/Performance.

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IT'S FINALLY HERE! I fine-tuned some of the tinting between the face and the body to work better with the new rendering/lighting in Special Edition, and am already working on some further refinements and higher quality normal maps.

Coming soon to Bethesda.net for PC / XBOX!

Upload screenshots!  I want to see these on your characters! :)




Completely new, digitally hand-painted textures, specular maps, and re-worked normal maps for all non-beast male races. True to vanilla style, extremely high detail, highly optimized. Includes both face and body textures, with 6 options for body hair, and dirt, as well as options for younger faces, less veins, and now REAL FEET MESHES based on FavoredSoul's Better Males foot meshes. CREDIT TO FAVORED SOUL AND CHRIS57 FOR BETTER MALES and their open permission to use the assets!

NEW IN V1.5!

- Installer wizard for much easier selection of options
- REAL FEET MESHES based on FavoredSoul's feet from Better Males!
- Younger Face option
- Less body veins option
- All new hi-res subsurface scattering maps
- All textures, spec maps, normal maps reworked and improved (less seams than ever)
- Performance version (HD-DLC sized but looks FAR better than vanilla, see images)
- Ultra version is REALLY ULTRA (screenarchers only, each NPC uses 136MB!)



These aren't 20-year-old, smooth, pretty boys, but rough-and-tumble Northmen of Skyrim. Available in ULTRA (4K), HIGH (4K/2K), and VANILLA sizes (2K/1K).

This started out as a personal project for learning experience, and I put a crazy amount of time and effort into getting it just right for my personal tastes. For example, every single body hair was hand-drawn (my wrist and pen tab hate me) and every mole placed by hand, then re-baked into the normal maps for full effect. I really wanted some textures that were very true to vanilla style, but highly detailed, and I think I've accomplished that.

The textures were hand-painted in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet, with some hi-res photos blended in for certain details (i.e. nipples, belly button, hair folicles, eyelids, ears.) I even took photos of my own feet as a base for the feet textures (LOL). While I was at it, I completely re-drew the male underwear as well, using vanilla as a reference, so that's now high-res.

All Non-Beast Races Covered: Nord, Breton, Dark Elf (Dunmer), High Elf (Altmer), Imperial, Old Man, Orc, Redguard, Wood Elf (Bosmer)

Your feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated, and always considered! <3


A review of the mod by Brodual in Classic Skyrim.


And many thanks to Hodilton and Slytra for their videos!




CREDIT TO FAVORED SOUL AND CHRIS57 FOR BETTER MALES FEET which I used as the basis for the new feet meshes here.



It's just a texture pack so it's fairly simple.

1) Download one of the installers: ULTRA, HIGH, or LOW.
2) Pick the options in the installer
3) Look at them sweet textures!
4) If you want to use a different mod that edits normal maps, such as Ethereal Elven Overhaul, install that AFTER mine and let it overwrite the files of your choosing.



Mods that introduce a new male body mesh with different UV maps will have some odd stretching, but patches for Better Males and SoS are coming at some point.  Now that I'm actually back in Skyrim, this will speed up considerably.

All males in the game, regardless of race, share the same base diffuse skin texture, so the texture isn't compatible with other male texture mods. However, each race DOES have its own normal map for the face only (shapes/bumps), so this is compatible with mods like Ethereal Elven Overhaul, which only change the mesh morphs and normal maps. If you want to use normal maps from another mod, just install them over top of mine and let it overwrite what you like.

This is also compatible with overhauls that only change the morphs/meshes of the NPC faces, such as Inhabitants of Skyrim (highly recommended!)

If you like my work, drop me an endorsement! It shows me you appreciate what I do! <3
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