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Offline Snail

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FreeSpace Modding Tutorials and Resources
    List of stuff which is useful for modders.

    A lot of information can be found on the Wiki. It's likely your questions will be answered by exploring the
Wiki Modding Portal. Also, see the list of modding related articles which is transcribed here.

Modelling
based on FSFs Shipbuilding tutorial

Applications

VP files

Texturing

Conversion & Mapping


Tabling


General

Skyboxes

Misc
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Thx Snail  :yes:

I'd like to suggest that links to this threads is also added:

http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=63643.0

This thread explains in detail how to set up Max to do proper  hierarchy, turretsetup, subobjects as well as thrusters, and conversion to dae.
Contains also useful scripts for 3DSMax.

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Scooby Texturing Tutorial could be unstickied. Or something.


I'm gonna Dig through the Forums this week and see if i can find moar tutorial jewels.
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Thanks for your work collecting all these usefull links Snail, I give you a thumb up :yes:

Bookmarked.
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
*raises hand*

How about my tut in my sig..?
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Scooby's other tutorial and JGZinv's tutorial have been added. Articles that I deem uber important have been bolded.

Just so that you know, I basically just copied the Wiki's List of modding-related articles with a few additions.... Ah well hopefully the stuff will be more accessible here.


Any other suggestions for inclusion, format, and stuff?

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
*raises hand*

How about my tut in my sig..?


That is number one on my list, but i forgot to add it as i posted Scoobys tut in my post, sorry.  :nervous:
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Already in.

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Not all of these are tutorials, but most come from around here as to useful info.
Several are general modding tuts on things that get asked a lot.

Important PCS2 Threads:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,47596.0.html

Bobboau's Freespace Tutorials:
http://freespace.volitionwatch.com/blackwater/fstut/fstut_index01.htm

Multipart turrets on angled surfaces:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,60327.html

Retaining hierarchy on export from any program to tS 7.6 + VRML:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,56047.0.html

General normal maps & modelling thread:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,61838.0..html

About normal maps:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,55854.0.html

Normal maps....how?
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,51975.0.html

Figuring out ship shininess:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=61860.0

How do shine-maps work?
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,57506.msg1159894.html#msg1159894 

STL Check Modifier:
http://www.3dmax-tutorials.com/STL_Check_Modifier.html

UV Mapped and Tiled:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,60486

UVW mapping short tutorial:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,62304

Using UVW Mapping Texture Technique in 3D Studio Max:
http://www.republicofcode.com/tutorials/3ds/unwrap_uvw_mapping/

An In-Depth Look at UVW Mapping an Object in 3DS Max:
http://waylon-art.com/uvw_tutorial/uvwtut_01.html

UV Unwrapping Tutorial 3DS Max:
http://www.battlefield40k.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1301

Mapping with UVW Unwrap in 3dsMax:
http://merlin.zsnes.com/tutorials/mapping/index.html

Texturing In 3D Studio Max (Using UVW and Unwrap UVW Maps):
http://www.republicofcode.com/tutorials/3ds/texture_stealth/

Many Different 3D Related Tutorials:
http://www.pixelandpoly.com/reference.html

Another Major 3D Reference Site:
http://www.webreference.com/3d/

Fixing Non-Manifold Meshes:
http://www.shapeways.com/video/fixing-non-manifold-meshes

Merging sub-objects into a single object:
http://www.crymod.com/thread.php?postid=530154#post530154
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Added.

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
I suggest to put all offsite tutorials in a own category ( external links to...), with sub categories for modelling and texturing.
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Absolutely nothing about FRED on the list?

Or is there a FRED-specific collection somewhere else already?

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Absolutely nothing about FRED on the list?

Or is there a FRED-specific collection somewhere else already?

I was thinking to request something like that for the FRED board, but the entire board is basically a large tutorial area.
Wouldn't hurt, to have that sorted by task, though ( How to...do cutscenes, How to...do this, a.s.o. ).
But that would be a fulltime job for several days, maybe weeks, to sort all the usefull threads in that board and it's not worth the effort.


What could be done though, is add a stickie that contains only links to threads that cover the seriously complex stuff.
And, like someone already suggested, links to templates for certain FRED stuff on the wiki and the advanced FRED lessons Karajorma posted.

For everything else, there's the FRED Academy and the option to post a question.
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Absolutely nothing about FRED on the list?

Or is there a FRED-specific collection somewhere else already?
FREDding really isn't a form of Modding IMO...

Adding a link or two to the list couldn't hurt, though.

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Another one that should be added under "Creating Ships for FSO in Blender-Step by Step":


http://freespace.volitionwatch.com/fs2/mods/fighterguide/

it's an older one, but it covers pretty much every step needed to bring a model ingame.
An Blender equivalent of JGZinvs Max tut.
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Added. Sorry for the delay.

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
The Animation Code and External Weapon Model tutorial by --Steve-O-- (may be slightly out-of-date):
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=49741.0

External weapon documentation by Bobboau:
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=30458.0
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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Both added.

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Added to the list.

 

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Re: FreeSpace Modding Tutorials
Not so much a tutorial site, but an invaluable site full of concept art of thousands and thousands more ships! A great inspiration when anyone as a modder needs new ideas. Just remember to not model something 1:1 without asking permission of the concept artist first. ;)

http://conceptships.blogspot.com/
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