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An Elven Armor that thieves, scouts and assassins can actually wear proudly. Lore friendly. Female only.

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Truly Light Elven Armor for SSE
An Elven Armor that thieves, scouts and assassins actually can wear proudly.
Lore friendly. Female only.
Pictures and comments in the Post section (button just up here) are very well-accepted. :D


Matching armors? _________________________________________________________________________________
Truly Light Elven Armor (MALE) for SSE
Truly Light Glass Armor (FEMALE) for SSE


What is it? _______________________________________________________________________________________
A replacer for the vanilla Elven Armor (heavier version, i.e. not the Elven-light one), including:
main armor, boots, gauntlets, helmet (1st person of armor, 1st gauntlets, 0-1 weight versions).
As for the Truly Light Glass Armor the mod points to the vanilla textures, that is, all mods replacing the vanilla female elven armor textures will work fine on this armor too.
A video of the armor was kindly provided HERE by AbsoluteAesthetic
This armor works with any body, texture mod, and animation skeleton.


Retextures? _______________________________________________________________________________________
This mod does NOT provide any textures.
However, most of the pics on the top of the page were made in Skyrim (i.e. NON SSE) and use the aMidianBorn Elven Armor by CaBaL retexture which, however, work for SSE too.
Moreover, for SSE elven armors I found (12-March-2017) some retextures, you have to check if they work on female armor too (male and female armors have different textures):
- Elven Alternative Armor and Weapons, Male and Female
http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/8711/?
- http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/8038/?
- Red and Silver Elven Weapons and Armor by Haladoon  (4 pictures "user uploaded" showing the TL-Elven in silver version)
- http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/3881/?
- http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/2268/?
- http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/1534/?


Versions _________________________________________________________________________________
Replacer - all the female elven armors of the game will have the shape added by this mod
Standalone - only the armors you craft will have the shape of this mod while the remaing armors will stay as before 

MISCELLANEOUS:
 -> CBBE slider files for bodyslide for version Standalone by vindicator1219 (replacer and standalone)
 -> instructions for the slider files by vindicator1219


Original Skyrim mod _____________________________________________________________________
Truly Light Elven Armor



Related mods _____________________________________________________________________
Lela - a standalone follower mod by Maydragon75 
True Light Elven Armor NuttyFit UUNP BodySlide by kagenutto 



Why are you claiming this to be truly light? _____________________________________________________________
- A heavy armor is planned to cover the body completely as it is needed for a field battle; no matter if it is bulky, heavy, noisy, and prevents some movements. In my opinion the vanilla elven armor is close to this kind of armor.
- A light armor should be planned to be silent, light, and avoid to prevent movements; no matter if some parts of the body are poorly covered. That is: rigid plates should not cover mobile parts (prevents movements), no jingling parts like chain
mail or rigid/hard parts skirt, caution with mobile joints (could be noisy and/or prevents movements). I tried to bring the vanilla elven armor back to this idea.


About the material ________________________________________________________________________________
All the TES Elven Armors seem to be made with a flexible metal, in the TES5 version (and mine too) the golden feathers are mobile, the bands on the body can easily twist, and the parts covering the thighs are bended and fixed on the back side. 
All these details were also in the vanilla version, even if mostly covered by the leather skirt.
That is, the material of this armor (mainly made of moonstone) is rather flexible, say like a thin carbon steel sheet: you can bend it easily but it is really hard to pierce or cut it. The metal could be quite thin and be covered in the inner side by leather, obtaining a light, flexible, and noise free armor. Smart those elves! 
 
 
Future developments ______________________________________________________________________________
- Standalone version in a few days (or something more).
- The Elven-light Armor, that in the vanilla version is the same as the elven one but without pauldrones.
Furthermore, I'm wondering on the dragon scale, and male versions, covering all the light armors of the game, what do you think about?
 

Questions and answers______________________________________________________________________________
Are you going to produce a male version?
   Well,this is not scheduled yet. If you will produce the mail version from this armor you are welcome (please cite this page). If I receive a lot of PMs asking for male version I can consider it as a priority.

How can I have the same color for the armor (texture) and why the color in the pics changes?
   My mod changes the shape of the armor, not the color. But it works perfectly also with the mods changing the color of the vanilla (i.e. original non modded game), called retextures or texture replacers. You have to install one of those. I suggest the one I gave the link above (I hope it works with SSE too).

Does it work with CBBE body type?

- The two types of body (UNP and CBBE families) are actually not compatible only if bare skin is shown. This because the two families have a different structure of their UV maps. Imagine to cut a journal for wrapping a cube, the UV of a side is the corresponding square you cut on the journal. More technically, the UV map is the map of 2D coordinates saying to each triangle of the 3D mesh where to find the texture (color) to show. The nude body of UNP and CBBE cut the jounal in a different way. So, if you use a CBBE skin texture on an UNP nude body, the UNP will point the texture (i.e. cut the journal) in a wrong place (way). This armor does not show skin, so NO ISSUES of UV type.
- CBBE-family and UNP-family also differ here and there in their shape, but each family has a body type close to the corresponding one in the other family. So large breast CBBE are quite similar to large breast UNP bodies, the same for the tiny ones, and for the medium size. If the body is covered by an armor or a not too tight-wrapping dress, the difference between the families disappears. In case of this armor, I expect only some very minor difference to be visible.
- Caliente (Author of the "Caliente Big Bottom Edition", CBBE) also provided a modding tool able to reshape armors and dresses, bodyslide. That tool, if correctly installed, can also automatically adapt armors and dresses that are especially prepared for that tool. That is the case of the UUNP-bodislide conversion kindly provided by Diablio. For sake of completeness Diablio said: "the armor doesn't have nude-body meshes, so its the same thing, if anyone want CBBE they can create in with the UUNP Bodyslide that I have done."

Does it work with UNP body type?
Yes. It is shaped on my personal body, which is based on DG_1 (which in turn is based on UNP_1 normal). Actually for weight_1 the stomach of my body is much flatter, and weight_0 is different from UNP and DG but for the armor the difference is really small. For other UNP-family Diablio kindly provided some conversions (UNPB, 7BASE and UUNP-bodyslide).

 
Tools____________________________________________________________________________________________
Blender 2.49b
Nif-Scope
Nif-Tools
Python
BSA browser
Bone weight copy Script
Mesh X Mirror for Modders Blender Script v1.3
Mesh_0 Generator Blender Script
Growlfs TES5 Blender Animation Chain by Growlf <<<<<<<<<< trust me, use it!

 
Credits__________________________________________________________________________________________
Growlf        for the “Growlfs TES5 Blender Animation Chain”, without this modder resource the fine-tuning
                  of the movement of the feathers have would been impossible.
Dimon99     forUNP body
Petrovich    for Dream Girl body
Bethesda    for Skyrim
The Nexus  for being there (thanks to the Divines!)
My friends  for the pictures you see on the top of the page and
                 for beta-testing and their sustain during the whole work for the production of this mod:
                      snelss0
                      OperatorCactus
                      Eiries
                      floydwanderer 
                      Diablio
                      BlindValkyrie
AbsoluteAesthetic for his video!
jchernandez      for the ESP added to the Standalone version
vindicator1219   for the CBBE sliders & instructions

 
To get the armor immediately ________________________________________________________________________
Type in the console (\ button while playing):      player.additem CODE 1
where the elven armor CODEs are:
Boots             0001391A
Armor            000896A3
Gauntlets       0001391C
Helmet           0001391D
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