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Offline Admiral Nelson

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If you ask me ( and you did :) ) they are a good deal better than the generic systems we had before.  I also like the correct lighting -- not funny neon colors, but nice appropriate shades.  The idea was to create a set of standard backgrounds for star systems so that one would know from the background alone what system one was in.  These stars go a long way towards that end.  The other set of stars I listed would cover FS1 and most of the other major campaigns.

It might be interesting to experiment with the lens flares a bit more, but I do think that the stars alone are quite a step forward.  I had a small accident last weekend, and so have not yet asked DaBrain about including these in the mediavps.  I do think it appropriate to do so; especially if those other half dozen system get completed soon.  Thanks for all of your work so far.
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Nifty, very nostalgic of when you get to fly it the first time, but it shouldn't be there.

I'm currently revising all of the files for consistancy. Things like "+Flags: ( )+Respawn Priority: 0" as one line getting fixed. Any additional values that could be created by opening and saving in FRED (Retail) being applied evenly. Etc.

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Offline M87

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I finally decided to experiment with new techniques for making stars. Here are four experimental stars that should finish off the FS1 list: α Centauri A and B, and α Scorpii A and B. These stars seem easier on the eye in comparison to the others stars I had been working on. Anyway, try them out and tell me what you think. I still need to work on the lens flares, so I will reply when those are done.

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Very nice :)

 

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Do you still need any help in designing mission backgrounds. I can do a few if you want some :)
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Offline Admiral Nelson

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These are great.  There are still two stars missing from the FS1 list -- Altair and Sol.  Altair is for some reason also very common in other campaigns.

@ shiv_pl.  I have LS backgrounds for most systems by now.  Some important ones that are missing are:

Laramis (Green star, Cyan (#5) LS nebulae)
Luyten 726-8 (2 red dwarfs (M5.5 V/M6 V), Yellow (#8) LS nebulae)
Wolf 359 (1 red dwarf (M6.5 Ve), Fiery (#7) LS nebulae)

If you would like to create any of these.
« Last Edit: August 30, 2008, 03:25:29 pm by Admiral Nelson »
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Offline M87

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Here are the last two stars, as well as their respective lens flares.

@ Admiral Nelson. If you don't mind, could you post some screenshots of these experimental stars? I just need to see how they came out so I can perform any alterations if necessary. Also, if those four stars you mentioned in your last reply need updating, I'll work on them when I can. Thanks in advance.

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Offline peterv

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Thanks again :)

 

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I can take Laramis.
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how's this coming along?
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Offline M87

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Hey,

I've made more experimental stars, but before I release them I need to see how the latest batch came out so I can make any necessary changes. I can't run FS2 on my laptop, so if someone could post some screenshots that'd be great.

 

Offline Admiral Nelson

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Hey, Matt, I missed this post the first time.  Feel free to send me an e-mail directly next time.

Alpha Centauri:



Altair:



One note, I need the correct RGB values for these stars for the lighting to be right -- I just used approximate values for now.

I am also attaching a list of all the stars in the most common nodemaps.  I have indicated those for which you have made stars, the RGB values and whether or not matching coronae exist.  We've got all of the FS1 stars now, which is fantastic, but not all of the coronae.  Actually, if you look at this list, it is remarkable just how much has been done already!

If you ask me, it would be best to finish the coronae for the stars that you have made already, and then do the few remaining real stars.  Of these probably Regulus is the most important -- many of what are left are just red dwarf stars anyway.

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Offline M87

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Looks like I won't have to be making any changes after all. I'm going to start replacing all of the stars that I have provided so far with the new template that I have made for the latest batch. Here are the RGB values:

α Scorpii A: unchanged
α Scorpii B: unchanged

α Centauri A: 255 245 242
α Centauri B: 255 224 188

α Aquilae: 200 213 255

the Sun: unchanged

I did not make Proxima Centauri (α Centauri C) for the reason that the star is so dim, it would not stand out visually in the sky near α Centauri A and B. If someone wants to create a mission near Proxima Centauri and needs the star, I'll add it to my list.

Also, I would like to hear your opinions and suggestions on some of these fantasy stars and their real-life counterparts. I understand the consensus is that Vasuda is β Hydri, and that Tau Sigma is τ Ceti. Does anybody have any ideas on stars like Delphi, Ikeya, Ribos, or Lamaris, for example?

 

Offline Admiral Nelson

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Proxima Centauri doesn't appear in FS1 for just the reason you mention.  Ikeya is a violet star in the new Port, and Ribos red.  Talania is a brown dwarf.  I haven't heard of any real association of the fantasy systems with real places.

If you wouldn't mind, can you first do coronae for:
Betelgeuse
Beta Aquilae
Delta Serpentis

These will complete the FS1 stars both with an actual star and with color matched coronae.
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Offline M87

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Sure, I'll try to have something by the end of the week. I also have attached an image to show you the appearance of α Centauri B from A. By the way, how did Antares come out? Thanks, and I'll reply when I have some new lens flare images for you.

EDIT: I forgot to attach the image.

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Offline Admiral Nelson

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Antares A:



Antares B:


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Offline M87

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I'm pretty sure that is the old Antares that I made when I first started. The newer "experimental" Antares A and B are in one of the attachments (I believe the first one). Could you give those files a try?

 

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Those flares are pretty nice. ;)
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Offline Turambar

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I'm actually holding off on replaying FS1 until these new backgrounds get implemented.  I loves me some new backgrounds.
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