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FastestClassic #1 Posted Jul 08 2016 - 18:50

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Update (Dec. 31st): Early beta of Israeli Desert Base pack released! (12/31)

 

Hello again! Here is the hub where I'll be posting all of the skin mods/packs I make in the future. So far, I've done two color swap mods: one for all of the HD Japanese vehicles, and one for the post-war HD French vehicles. Download links for all of the packs are at the bottom of this post.

 

EDIT: ...or, if you don't want to scroll all the way down (since the OP's becoming a bit lengthy), here's the download link: https://mega.nz/#F!Y...sw1qBS1u2ikuVbA

 

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Japanese Red-Brown + Optional Flag Change

UPDATED Dec. 19th with support for Milkym4n's Type 74 remodel!

 

A while ago, I said in this thread that I was considering releasing a color swap mod for the Japanese tanks. And... well, I'm not one to disappoint on that front! 

This mod changes the default color for Japanese tanks from the dark green we have now to a beige/sandy color, bearing some resemblance to the pre-release color shown on the original Chi-Nu Kai & full tree on the 0.8.10 common test server (as described in the other thread). Additionally, I changed a couple of the camouflage patterns to fit the new color, and included new icons for all of the tanks which received the swap, as well as adding an alternate flag as an option (which doesn't appear to be historical, but I still like it, so I'll keep it in the pack as an option).

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only the tanks that are currently in HD have the color swap. The non-HD tanks still have their default green color. Since WG is going to rework them into HD at some point anyways, I'd rather not have to re-do the mod twice for those tanks. Plus, the color shows up weird since they use the old model/texture system. This means that the R. Otsu, Chi-To, Chi-Ri, STA-1, Type 61, and STB-1 do not have the color swap. Gladly, however, everything else (including the full heavy line) does have the color swap.

 

NEW Preview Images because pictures are worth a thousand words, right?http://imgur.com/a/TQHBH

 

Here's what's included in the pack:

- The color change for all HD Japanese vehicles (obviously) + support for Milkym4n's Type 74 remodel

- Custom Hangar & Tech Tree Icons (thanks to Avalon304 for the STB-1 icons to go along with the Type 74 recolor)

- Camo changes: White disruptive (winter) & Three-Tone Disruptive (desert) were modified to allow the color to show up properly (by default, it covered up the brown with the original green)

NOTE: I left the summer camouflage patterns as they were, since the green actually makes logical sense for most of the summer maps. that and they were a bit of a pain to work with 

 


 

French-Israeli Sandy-Yellow (OLD, see below)

By request of @bezrq, I also made a color swap for all of the HD post-war French vehicles to give them a similar sandy color to the one seen in this photoAs far as I can tell, this was the base color for Israeli tanks of the time, but since it was applied to a vehicle that was originally French (and it looked cool when I tried it out), I made it for all of the other post-war French tanks (in HD, at least). 

 

Preview gallery: http://imgur.com/a/1tT1s  

 

Here's what's included in the pack:

- The color change for all post-war HD French tanks(again, hopefully obvious)

- Custom Hangar & Tech Tree Icons

NOTE: No changes were made to the camouflage paints or emblems in this pack, since it only replaces the skins of some vehicles. 

 

UPDATE (12/31/2016): Please note that work on this pack has been discontinued, and it will not be supported in the future. The reason for this is the upcoming release of my Israeli Desert Base pack, which will include many vehicles historically used by Israel (and some similar variants to them, i.e. IS-3A or AMX 13/57 GF). See further down in this post for a beta release of the pack.

 


 

Czechoslovak Primer Grey

Here's something I did a while back (as my first big skin pack, no less), but never actually uploaded (since it was only really due to personal/clan preference). It's fairly straightforward, and changes the default Czechoslovak tanks' color from brown to primer grey (a little lighter and flatter than German dunkelgrau). This probably isn't a historical color at all; I only did it because I didn't really like the original brown. Didn't really think I'd upload this, but I ran out of space on my computer for it, and Dropbox/Google Drive didn't exactly have space for it either, so I just stuck it in the Box.com hub, and... the rest is history?

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/4jCYk

 

Here's what's included in the pack:

- The color change for all of the Czechoslovak tanks (I feel like there might be a pattern here...)

- Custom Hangar & Tech Tree Icons

 


 

British Olive Green

Okay, to be honest, I liked the default British sand paint, but... well, I liked the Cromwell B's olive green paint a little bit better. So, I had a go at applying that beautiful olive green color to the other British vehicles, and... voila! Here it is. It took a lot of tinkering (and spent a lot of time sitting in my mod folder untouched, tbh), but I figured it's about time I released it, especially since people were starting to ask for a pack like this :P 

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/0xKSe

 

Here's what's included in the pack:

- Color change for all HD British vehicles

- Custom Hangar & Tech Tree Icons for the affected tanks/SPGs

 


 

German Dunkelgelb

During my experimenting, I decided to take a stab at giving the German tanks some color, and this is the result, after plenty of tweaking. This color took a long time for me to get even close to correct, for some reason (and I'm still not sure if it's quite right)... but it's finally here! (That, and I'm kinda getting bored of looking at it, so I figured I'd put it on the download hub instead of just deleting it entirely). 

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/ZbUBI

 

Here's what's included in the pack:

- Color change for all HD German tanks* 

- Color change compatibility for @Milkym4n's HD VK 45.02 ausf. B model

- Custom Hangar & Tech Tree Icons

*Note: This excludes the Spähpanzer 1C, RU 251 Leopard PT A, Leopard 1, Kanonenjagdpanzer, and M 41 90 (and any other cold-war-era German tanks, in case I'm forgetting any), as well as the Turan III PT and Toldi III. This color was most likely never historically applied to these vehicles, and I have separate skin packs for these vehicles further down in this post anyways. :P Additionally, the Panther and Tiger have been excluded until Wargaming updates the models for those vehicles, as they are some of the oldest HD models in the game and don't quite look up-to-par with the new models. (That, and the color doesn't show up correctly on either vehicle, probably due to the outdated models)

 


 

American Dark-Olive

This one was made to replicate the dark olive-green paint seen on some historical American vehicles, but I wanted to make it with its own unique appearance compared to my British olive green, so I darkened it a bit. While this still may be considered historical, I have no idea if it was actually this dark or not. Either way, I thought it looked pretty cool (or at least a lot more interesting than the default drab brown), and a few people requested a pack like this, so here it is! :izmena:

 

More preview images: http://imgur.com/a/zIBZv

 

Included:

- Skins for every HD American vehicle (except for the M4A3E8 "Fury", for hopefully obvious reasons)

- Custom carousel & tech tree icons for every vehicle included in the pack

- Removed the T26E5 Patriot's ridiculous skin & icons (+ reverted to the default T26E5 turret model, as the Patriot's has several cool model details removed from the turret to make room for the original eagle, but I kept the Patriot's hull model with updated textures because it had several features [jerrycans on the rear, etc] the normal variant doesn't have)

- Supports Milkym4n's M551 Sheridan & T110E5 Remodels

 


 

French Dark-Green

I thought the default French color was one of the nicer ones, but it wasn't exactly historical, as far as I could discern. So, like with the American dark olive pack, I went for a more historical color. This can be seen on a couple vehicles, including the real AMX 50 B prototype and surviving ARL 44. It isn't exactly the same, but I got it as close as I could, and, once again, I don't think it turned out too bad. And so, a pack was created!

 

More preview images: http://imgur.com/a/eisGK

 

Included:

- Skins for every HD French vehicle 

- Custom carousel & tech tree icons for every included vehicle

 


 

Israeli Desert Base (BETA-0.1)


 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a very early beta version of the pack, and does not yet include all of the vehicles planned for the pack (see this post for a list - my hope is to have all of the mentioned vehicles which are in HD included at some point). 

 

Here's what's included so far in BETA-0.1, as of 12/31 (the vehicle names in bolded orange have black muzzle brakes/tips):

- France: Renault R35, AMX 13/75, AMX 13/57 GF, AMX 13/90, M4A1 Revalorise

- USSR: T-34-85SU-100ISU-152IS-3IS-3A

 

Gallery of included vehicles thus farhttp://imgur.com/a/FCVbS (except for the 13/57 GF, since I forgot to take pictures of it before heading out, sorry)

 


 

Bundeswehr Green Mini-Pack

The default German grey was a little boring for me, so I made the Dunkelgelb pack. However, Dunkelgelb just wouldn't suit the post-war German vehicles, now would it? Hence, I made this: the Bundeswehr Green pack! This covers the post-war vehicles that weren't repainted in the Dunkelgelb pack (SP 1 C, M 41 90 GF, Leopard 1, Kanonen[edited]panzer, etc.), and gives them more of a historical color. Now, it isn't exact, but it's an improvement, at least to me. And that's what counts, right? ...RIGHT?! (Yes, I'm kidding)

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/rd0qS

 

Here's what's included in the pack:

- Color change for: SP 1 C, RU 251, M 41 90 GF, Leopard PT A, Leopard 1, and Kanonenjagdpanzer

- Custom Hangar & Tech Tree Icons for these vehicles

 


 

Hungarian Forest Green Micro-Pack (a.k.a. "Greener-Green")

Again, German grey got boring. Oh, that, and these things are HUNGARIAN, not really German... so, I thought, why not give them a more historical color? This is the result. Sadly, I had proper Hungarian emblems lined up a few patches back, but I kinda lost them, and the vehicle scripts broke. And I'm too lazy busy to fix them. (That, and I kinda sorta lost the emblems, which were weathered and everything... took a while to get those right!)

 

Anyway, I based the color off this picture:

And I personally think it got pretty darn close for once:P Hope you enjoy!

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/NnXQZ

 

Here's what's included in the pack:

- Color change for the Toldi III and Turan III Prototipus

- Custom Hangar & Tech Tree Icons for both tanks

 


 

Individual Tank Skins

 


 

Rheinmetall Skorpian G "Zerstörer"(fictional)

 

Well, I like WG's default Rhm. Skorpian camo pattern, but... WHAT'S WITH THE UGLY LOBSTERS?!

(Yes, I'm joking, I know they're supposed to be scorpions, SHHHHH they're still ugly)

So, uh, as with my other skins, I changed it...!

The paint colors are inspired by the German "Primer Red" color, but otherwise, it's mostly just for show. Definitely not a historical scheme. Plus NO MORE LOBSTERS

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/4Rosy

 

Note: "Zerstörer" = "Destroyer" and "Viel Glück" = "Good Luck", for those of you who don't speak German :harp:

 


 

MT-25 "212"(fictional)

 

This skin was conceived from my curiosity for the question: What if the MT-25 actually existed, and was used in combat? It's inspired by vehicles like the IS-2 & ISU-122S, which had white stripes painted onto their hulls and turrets (both in-game and historically). I tried to give it a hand-painted & battle-worn look, and I think it turned out pretty well, personally.

 

I included an edited camouflage map so the stripes/numbers/etc aren't overlapped by camo paint.

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/dBklR

 


 

FV304 "Bert the Avenger"(fictional)

 

Bert is and will always be amazing. So, I thought: why not make him even more amazing? ...and then, he got a little bit huge when he got reworked to HD. So... oops. But, nonetheless, I made a skin for him anyways.

Like the previous skin, I included an edited camouflage so the inscriptions/etc. aren't overlapped by camo paint.

CREDIT TO RANZAR for his FV304 caricature, shown on both sides of the skinThis wouldn't've turned out nearly as good without it. :medal:

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/B7kIy

 


 

T26E5 / T26E5 Patriot "Freedom Fighters" (semi-historical)

 

Short "what-if" (not historical) backstory: America decided to rush the T26E5 into combat, and wasted no time sending one of the existing prototypes (T26E5 ID#30150824) into battle. Several months (or years, who knows) later - this is the result. 

 

Well, there you have it. I took one of the historical T26E5 prototypes and added some of my own "what-if" ideas to the vehicle! It features some historical markings from this prototype, as well as my own insignia & inscriptions (and a few features from WG's original T26E5 Patriot, just toned down a whole bunch).

Like the previous two skins, I included an edited camouflage for the standard version of the vehicle so the insignia/inscriptions/identification numbers/etc. aren't covered up by camo paint.

 

Massive credit (and thanks) to Milkym4n for his cloth gun mantlet cover, which is included in the skin! It adds so much to the vehicle's overall appearance despite being such a small detail, so I had to include it. (Permission obtained from him)

 

Previews: http://imgur.com/a/6SI0R

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: On the download hub, you'll find two versions: one for the standard T26E5, and one for the Patriot edition. Download whichever one you want, or maybe even both! It's up to you. 

 


 

Krupp/Steyr Waffenträger "Primer Red"

 

I made something quick for the Krupp/Steyr WT, inspired by this scale model of the vehicle, but with a few changes to suit my taste (namely, I swapped colors on the gun barrel and chassis). Probably not historical, but again, I like my "what-if's". 

 

I suppose this could be considered an early preview of the primer red mini-pack, but for now, it's just for the Steyr. The red is also probably a bit darker than the actual red primer color used, but lighter/less saturated tones of red made it look... well, a bit weird, IMO, so I stuck with a darker red. 

 

Quick note on camo paint: I've disabled camouflage paint for the majority of the vehicle, as the red primer paint looks pretty terrible with the standard camo paints applied over the top - they were designed for gray vehicles, after all. However, the chassis has been edited to display camouflage paint over their standard dunkelgelb. Here's a preview (albeit a bit of a bad one, since I don't currently own the vehicle and had to find a replay where camo was applied, and the replay I happened to find had one of the less detailed camos):

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Massive thanks to Milkym4n for the tutorial on enabling chassis camo paint. :honoring: 

 


 

 

All Downloads:

 

- Download hub for all of my skins: https://mega.nz/#F!Y...sw1qBS1u2ikuVbA

 

Enjoy! :playing: More coming Soon™.

 

Changelogs for Current Patch (0.9.17):

- December 19th, 2016: Japanese Red/Brown - Added icons for the STB-1 (thanks to Avalon304 for these!)

- December 17th, 2016: Japanese Red/Brown - Added support for Milkym4n's amazing Type 74 (STB-1) remodel

- December 16th, 2016: German Dunkelgelb - Fixed Panther 88 textures; French Dark Green - Added Lorr. 40t; US Dark Olive - Added Chrysler K; everything else - Updated for compatibility with the holiday micropatch (0.9.17.0.1).

- December 14th, 2016: German Dunkelgelb - applied color & matching icons to: Pz. Sfl. IVb, Pz. Sfl. IVc, VK 28.01, Sturer Emil; French Dark Green - applied color & matching icons to: B1; UK Olive Green - applied color & matching icons to: Conqueror Gun Carriage; All others - Updated for compatibility with patch 0.9.17.0.

 

Older update changelogs:

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French Dark-Green

I thought the default French color was one of the nicer ones, but it wasn't exactly historical, as far as I could discern. So, like with the American dark olive pack, I went for a more historical color. This can be seen on a couple vehicles, including the real AMX 50 B prototype and surviving ARL 44. It isn't exactly the same, but I got it as close as I could, and, once again, I don't think it turned out too bad. And so, a pack was created!

 

More preview images: http://imgur.com/a/eisGK

 

Included:

- Skins for every HD French vehicle 

Custom carousel & tech tree icons for every included vehicle EDIT: The icons are being a bit finicky, so I'm going to just redo them from scratch. Should be up later, if not tomorrow.

- Removed the AMX M4 49 Liberte's abhorrently-hideous skin & icons (sorry WG, but no thanks)


Edited by FastestClassic, Dec 31 2016 - 23:35.


SkimpyLawnChair #2 Posted Jul 08 2016 - 18:55

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fixing the colour of ugly tanks is like melting cheese over a baked potato. It might taste better, but it's still a potato.

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View PostSkimpyLawnChair, on Jul 08 2016 - 18:55, said:

fixing the colour of ugly tanks is like melting cheese over a baked potato. It might taste better, but it's still a potato

This is a life motto​



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View PostSkimpyLawnChair, on Jul 08 2016 - 10:55, said:

fixing the colour of ugly tanks is like melting cheese over a baked potato. It might taste better, but it's still a potato.

 

But... potatoes can be great! ...right? 

 

In somewhat more seriousness, I personally don't think the Japanese tanks are actually that ugly. (Then again, I tend to gravitate to [self-edited] tanks, whether by appearance or playstyle... or both :sceptic:  )



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They look great, +1.

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View Postgpc_4, on Jul 08 2016 - 11:07, said:

They look great, +1.

 

Thanks! :) 

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where they that color, or green in real life,

hard for me to tell because my Type 4 Chi-to I've only seen in black and white...



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View Postkillswitch95, on Jul 08 2016 - 11:36, said:

where they that color, or green in real life,

hard for me to tell because my Type 4 Chi-to I've only seen in black and white...

 

In real life, they were in a pretty wide assortment of colors. Most of the ones I could find had camo painted on them already, but here's a photo of a a gray/forest-green Chi-Nu. 

As you can see, this isn't quite the color we have in-game, but it's close. 

At the same time, however, there were vehicles also painted in a more sandy color, including these:

So, I guess you could say this is somewhat historical. Overall, however, I didn't really intend for it to be a 100% historical mod; I just preferred the old color over the current green & thought the sandy color made a bit more sense (coastal defense/etc). 


Edited by FastestClassic, Jul 08 2016 - 19:43.


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View PostSkimpyLawnChair, on Jul 08 2016 - 18:55, said:

fixing the colour of ugly tanks is like melting cheese over a baked potato. It might taste better, but it's still a potato.

 

WhoTF doesn't like cheese on a baked potato?

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Cant wait for the rest of the tanks to be finished.

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View PostAvalon304, on Jul 09 2016 - 02:01, said:

Cant wait for the rest of the tanks to be finished.

 

Neither can I, tbh... Still eagerly awaiting the patch when the Chi-Ri and STA-1 are made HD. Now that'll be awesome. (Oh, and the Type 61 & STB-1 will too, but I don't have those yet :teethhappy:  )

 

EDIT: Whups, I don't think I actually mentioned that I didn't change the non-HD tanks' color in the OP (or say why). Updated it now. :P


Edited by FastestClassic, Jul 09 2016 - 16:55.


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View PostFastestClassic, on Jul 09 2016 - 07:54, said:

 

Neither can I, tbh... Still eagerly awaiting the patch when the Chi-Ri and STA-1 are made HD. Now that'll be awesome. (Oh, and the Type 61 & STB-1 will too, but I don't have those yet :teethhappy:  )

 

EDIT: Whups, I don't think I actually mentioned that I didn't change the non-HD tanks' color in the OP (or say why). Updated it now. :P

 

I figured it was because they werent HD yet... which triggers my OCD a bit... but I'll survive until the STA and STB are HD. (I really cant wait to see the STB in HD.... that curved turret is gonna be sexy...)

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Can you tell me how you did this? I would like to make my own versions of this for different nations and tanks.

 

Good job either way, looks great!



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View Postbezrq, on Jul 10 2016 - 22:26, said:

Can you tell me how you did this? I would like to make my own versions of this for different nations and tanks.

 

Good job either way, looks great!

 

Sure thing! 

 

DISCLAIMER(s): The way I do these color swaps is a little more complex than some other methods I've seen, and requires Photoshop CS6 or higher. Unlike the usual method of applying a color overlay to a black-and-white version of the vehicle's skin files, which ends up removing the dust/dirt and screwing up the color of the tools on the tank, this method preserves most of these details. NOTE: For German tanks, this method doesn't work to well, since gray isn't really a "color", but I assume there are other ways (I'm working on finding one right now; I prefer the look of the dunkelgelb paint on the later tanks i.e. VK 45.03).

 

1. Find the skin you want to change the color of - these are located in in res/packages; use something like 7zip to open the vehicle .pkg files. I usually prefer the HD ones since they have much higher detail, and just copy those to the non-HD names, but it's up to you. The files themselves are usually the vehicle names with "_AM" or "_AM_hd" on the end.

3. Extract them to your res_mods folder in the correct location (res_mods/<version>/vehicles/<nation>/<vehiclename (as specified in the game files, i.e. G27_VK3001P for the VK 30.01 P)&gt;).

2. Open them with photoshop. You'll need to install Nvidia's DDS texture plugin for Photoshop to do this, located here: https://developer.nv...dobe-photoshop 

3. Go to Image > Adjustments > Replace Color...

4. Select the vehicle's original color which you'd like to replace. NOTE: Depending on the vehicle, you may need to adjust the "fuzziness" value to preserve more details. A higher fuzziness value means more variations of the color you selected get replaced, while a lower fuzziness value preserves more of the original colors in the image. I tend to use lower fuzziness values as such, but this depends on the tank in question.

5. In the bottom left of the window, change the second color to the color of your choice. You can also adjust the existing color selected using the hue/saturation/brightness sliders until you get something you like.

6. Save with DTX5 texture compression with the option "Generate MIP maps" enabled.

7. Open up your game and see how the color swap turned out. IMPORTANT NOTE: The color in photoshop will usually look slightly different than the in-game color due to how the textures are rendered. Make adjustments if needed.

 

As I said, I prefer this method to the usual one suggested by most, since it keeps the original details of the vehicle while changing the base color quite nicely, even though it isn't as easy to use + it requires photoshop CS6 or higher, which isn't as attainable as gimp or paint.net. There may be a way to do this in paint.net or gimp, but this way has worked the best for me so far.

 

Enjoy! ;) Hopefully this is useful for other skinners as well.

 

EDIT: Whups, forgot I actually figured out how to do this for the German tanks as well. Instead of doing a color replacement, go to Select > Color Range, and do the same as if you were doing it using the replacement method. Then, create a new layer and use the selection as a layer mask. Change the blending mode to "Overlay" for this layer and fill it with whatever color you want to replace the default gray with.

 

Got some pretty decent results with this:

If anything, I might actually release an action set for anyone who already uses photoshop and wants to do this without having to constantly repeat each step for every single component (hull, chassis, gun, turret, etc), possibly with some example colors (German dunkelgelb + Bundeswehr green [seen on the PT A above; not 100% accurate, but I like it regardless], British olive green, etc).

 

Also, thank you! :P


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View PostFastestClassic, on Jul 11 2016 - 07:08, said:

 

Sure thing! 

 

DISCLAIMER(s): The way I do these color swaps is a little more complex than some other methods I've seen, and requires Photoshop CS6 or higher. Unlike the usual method of applying a color overlay to a black-and-white version of the vehicle's skin files, which ends up removing the dust/dirt and screwing up the color of the tools on the tank, this method preserves most of these details. NOTE: For German tanks, this method doesn't work to well, since gray isn't really a "color", but I assume there are other ways (I'm working on finding one right now; I prefer the look of the dunkelgelb paint on the later tanks i.e. VK 45.03).

 

1. Find the skin you want to change the color of - these are located in in res/packages; use something like 7zip to open the vehicle .pkg files. I usually prefer the HD ones since they have much higher detail, and just copy those to the non-HD names, but it's up to you. The files themselves are usually the vehicle names with "_AM" or "_AM_hd" on the end.

3. Extract them to your res_mods folder in the correct location (res_mods/<version>/vehicles/<nation>/<vehiclename (as specified in the game files, i.e. G27_VK3001P for the VK 30.01 P)&gt;).

2. Open them with photoshop. You'll need to install Nvidia's DDS texture plugin for Photoshop to do this, located here: https://developer.nv...dobe-photoshop 

3. Go to Image > Adjustments > Replace Color...

4. Select the vehicle's original color which you'd like to replace. NOTE: Depending on the vehicle, you may need to adjust the "fuzziness" value to preserve more details. A higher fuzziness value means more variations of the color you selected get replaced, while a lower fuzziness value preserves more of the original colors in the image. I tend to use lower fuzziness values as such, but this depends on the tank in question.

5. In the bottom left of the window, change the second color to the color of your choice. You can also adjust the existing color selected using the hue/saturation/brightness sliders until you get something you like.

6. Save with DTX5 texture compression with the option "Generate MIP maps" enabled.

7. Open up your game and see how the color swap turned out. IMPORTANT NOTE: The color in photoshop will usually look slightly different than the in-game color due to how the textures are rendered. Make adjustments if needed.

 

As I said, I prefer this method to the usual one suggested by most, since it keeps the original details of the vehicle while changing the base color quite nicely, even though it isn't as easy to use + it requires photoshop CS6 or higher, which isn't as attainable as gimp or paint.net. There may be a way to do this in paint.net or gimp, but this way has worked the best for me so far.

 

Enjoy! ;) Hopefully this is useful for other skinners as well.

 

EDIT: Whups, forgot I actually figured out how to do this for the German tanks as well. Instead of doing a color replacement, go to Select > Color Range, and do the same as if you were doing it using the replacement method. Then, create a new layer and use the selection as a layer mask. Change the blending mode to "Overlay" for this layer and fill it with whatever color you want to replace the default gray with.

 

Got some pretty decent results with this:

 

Thanks for the fast reply, but you didn't specifiy where to find the tanks? I cannot seem to find them ( sorry im a but dumb at times :p)

As I said, I am dumb. Found where you said it was.

 

That link for the DDS doesn't seem to work


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View Postbezrq, on Jul 10 2016 - 23:16, said:

Thanks for the fast reply, but you didn't specify where to find the tanks? I cannot seem to find them ( sorry im a but dumb at times :p)

As I said, I am dumb. Found where you said it was

 

Ah, no worries. Bit of a heads up, just in case you can't find some of them in the specified locations: a few vehicles have their skin files located in "shared_content.pkg", "shared_content_hd.pkg", "shared_content_sandbox.pkg", or "shared_content_sandbox_hd.pkg", including the Tiger II and Pz. III. Gladly, most of the vehicles have their textures located in the vehicle .pkg files, so you should usually check there first.


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View PostFastestClassic, on Jul 11 2016 - 07:20, said:

 

Ah, no worries. Bit of a heads up, just in case you can't find some of them in the specified locations: a few vehicles have their skin files located in "shared_content.pkg", "shared_content_hd.pkg", "shared_content_sandbox.pkg", or "shared_content_sandbox_hd.pkg", including the Tiger II and Pz. III. Gladly, most of the vehicles have their textures located in the vehicle .pkg files, so you should usually check there first.

 

How are you managing to make them a different color without losing quality? I try it and they loose a lot of quality even with low fuzziness 

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How are you managing to make them a different color without losing quality? I try it and they loose a lot of quality even with low fuzziness 

 

Usually, it's mostly about picking the right base color to swap. As is realistic with dirt/dust, the in-game textures have some variation in the base color, so you have to play around a bit and try to find the color that seems to fit the best. Little hard to explain (and execute), and it can vary between nations - French blue is much easier to swap than something like the British tan color, since the tan color is so similar to the dirt/dust color, etc. 

 

Which tank(s) are you trying this with? If you'd like, I can try swapping the colors of the tank(s) you want. For that, all I need is the vehicle name(s) and the hex color code of the color you want to use.



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View PostFastestClassic, on Jul 11 2016 - 20:20, said:

 

Usually, it's mostly about picking the right base color to swap. As is realistic with dirt/dust, the in-game textures have some variation in the base color, so you have to play around a bit and try to find the color that seems to fit the best. Little hard to explain (and execute), and it can vary between nations - French blue is much easier to swap than something like the British tan color, since the tan color is so similar to the dirt/dust color, etc. 

 

Which tank(s) are you trying this with? If you'd like, I can try swapping the colors of the tank(s) you want. For that, all I need is the vehicle name(s) and the hex color code of the color you want to use.

Sorry for the late reply. I was trying it on the AMX 12 t, just to see what the "french blue" would look like with the german grey 

I want to change most/all of the french ones to the realistic color, which is like a slightly olive drab grey


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View Postbezrq, on Jul 11 2016 - 12:42, said:

Sorry for the late reply. I was trying it on the AMX 12 t, just to see what the "french blue" would look like with the german grey 

I want to change most/all of the french ones to the realistic color, which is like a slightly olive drab grey

 

Ah, okay (also, no worries; I'm used to people replying as far as weeks/months late, so 20 minutes isn't late in my book :P ;). I was actually trying to do something like this myself, based off some paint colors listed on hobby sites (for scale models), and ended up with this:

Don't really know if this is correct, so if you have a better color, I can try that out as well.







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