Okay, so I'm running the latest version with every INI tweak I could find and the following mods:
Official HD Texture Pack
Detailed Faces v2
Enhanced Distant Terrain
Enhanced Blood Textures
Enhanced Night Skyrim
HD Furniture and Barrels
HD Textures DLC Fix
High Quality Eyes
Landscape Texture Pack 2048
No more Blocky Faces
Realistic Water Textures & Terrain
Skyrim Flora Overhaul
Skyrim HD - 2k Textures
Skyrim Sunglare V3
FXAA Post Process Injector
Anything good I've missed? I tried realistic lighting, but the game was impossible to navigate at night, even with a torch. Furthermore, are there INI tweaks I've missed to enhance distant tree rendering and increase foliage density? Cheers
I pretty much had all those and removed them...the HD DLC is actually really good. Some people prefer the exaggerated textures from mods though i guess.
Real lighting just makes night times more interesting, and the dungeons more spooky.
I kept lighting mods, foliage mods, distant trees, and enhanced clouds...as well as this new .ini mod:
So I'm still having fun with Skyrim thought I'd post with the mods I'm currently using. I'm amazed at how pretty the game can be with a bit of fiddling
I'm currently running these mods
Official HD Texture Pack
Detailed Faces v2 - Detailed_Faces-2_00
Dovahkiin Hideout - DovahkiinsHideout0_8
Enhanced Blood Textures
High Quality Eyes - High_Quality_Eyes-1_20
Lush Grass - Lush Grass 1-3
Lush Trees - Lush Trees 1-3
No More Blocky Faces - No_More_Blocky_Faces-1_50
Realistic Water Textures and Terrain
Skyrim HD - 2K Textures - Skyrim HD v1_5 FULL - Dungeons
Skyrim HD - 2K Textures - Skyrim HD v1_5 FULL - Landscape
Skyrim HD - 2K Textures - Skyrim HD v1_5 FULL - Misc
Skyrim HD - 2K Textures - Skyrim HD v1_5 FULL - Towns
Realistic Colors and Real NIghts 2.1 HDR Edition (RCRN)
And here is how my game looks apologies for the image rape but smaller res and less pictures don't really convey things as well
BOSS v2.0.0 was released today. I'm happy to report that it works once again, v1.9.1 stopped re-ordering my plugins (ESPs) a few weeks ago.
A "one-click" program for users that quickly optimises and avoids detrimental conflicts in their TES IV: Oblivion, Nehrim - At Fate's Edge, TES V: Skyrim, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas mod load orders.
BOSS will re-order your mods to their correct positions, putting any mods it doesn't recognise after them, in the same order as they were before BOSS was run.
BOSS is designed to assist in the usage of mods, helping mod users avoid serious conflicts. It is not a complete solution to load ordering issues, as there are far more mods out there than BOSS knows about. To properly place mods BOSS doesn't know about, a good working knowledge of mod load ordering for Skyrim is still necessary, for which some research and documentation reading will go a long way.
I have no idea why NMM doesn't BOSS' plugin one-click re-ordering feature, it already uses the BOSS masterlist but it doesn't seem to do anything with it.
Finally got Skyrim. What would you consider "essential" (using the term loosely) mods for a new player?
I've got SkyUI so far.
the HD pack is good & it keeps the look true to vanilla.
not long ago the "Unofficial Skyrim Patch" came out & its really the first thing you should get.
Realistic Lighting with Customization is well reccommended by those that use it. its great at giving you a game with some real brightness & darkness.
W.A.T.E.R also updates the entire look nicely
ive always used :
No More Blocky Faces
Weapons and Armour Fixes
Complete Crafting Overhaul
Smithing Perks Overhaul
Static Mesh Improvement Mod
Smelters for Riften and Solitude
World Map - Skyrim Hold Borders
Breezehome Enchanting Table. is also handy, but im not a fan of those house mods that completely kit out everything.
Peaceful Mudcrabs & MZ Peaceful Slaughterfish. i dont like having to deal with every single crab, or the slaughterfish.
SKREEE - Less Frequent Dragons. i also dont like dealing to Dragons as frequently as the vanilla puts them out.
Perks Unbound. also opens up the game a little for the person just doing one play-thru.
They even have a website for newer mods.
However, STEP doesnt give you a list of non-lore mods - those mods that add new items to the game: characters ; quests armo(u)r; hairstyles; body mods.....
Fark me! There are a sheet load of mods to download for STEP. I spent about 3 hours the other day downloading and installing the first section of graphical mods. Will have another crack at the next section on the weekend.
Personally I love STEP - it takes much of the work out of finding good mods. I go through the list and add the ones I feel will suit my style and then I add a few extras at the end to expand the game a bit further, time consuming, but relatively easy.