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Offline Nyctaeus

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[RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack

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A random idea popped-up on Discord. A skin pack for NTF warships, to be used in MediaVPs. Although it is not likely to happen, as it would be too radical change compared to vanilla FS2 campaign, a working prototype in form of Deimos reskin emerged from the debate... So I decided to make couple more and release as reskin pack. The main goal was painting large NTF emblem on the ships to put emphasis on proud, secessionist nature of the Neo-Terran Front. Also I recolored them to give NTF their dedicated color scheme. Why blue lights and cables? Stupid question. For Earth! For Neo-Terra! And... Rule of cool.

The pack so far include Fenris, Aeolus, Deimos and Orion.

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Q: Why no Leviathan?
A: Because current Leviathan was textured by other artists, and I cannot edit it's source files so easily.

Q: Fighters? Bombers?
A: I can make Perseus, Myrmidon and possibly Herc II if I ask Axem about the source files, but the other NTF fighters are awaiting for rework. There is no point in making reskins of outdated assets.

Q: How to use this?
A: Tables are not included, as they are reskins of MediaVPs models. Copy retail tables, add custom stuff from MediaVPs and enjoy the show.
A2: ...or do what Sarn did, and use Texture Replacement option in Fred.
A3: ...or use table-based texture replacement.

Q: Are they going to be included in MediaVPs?
A: I have no idea, but probably no

Q: Why the main folder in the package is named "****"?
A: Because, ehh... It's actually a package from my Knossos test mod. I forgot to rename it, and I'm too lazy to upload 200mb+ package again o__O.


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Okay... The sceenshots!










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All hail Neo-Terra! And pax Neo-Terra!
« Last Edit: August 16, 2020, 09:03:33 pm by Nyctaeus »
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
I'll claim a copy of the Kill-a-Zod starter pack~

 

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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
Before reading the title of this thread, a dedicated NTF capital ship paint scheme would never have occurred to me. Before reading the content of this thread, I would have scoffed at the idea of a dedicated NTF capital ship paint scheme. Before seeing these screenshots, I would have said that the very idea of a dedicated NTF capital ship paint scheme would be silly and impractical.

I'd very much like to see these skins in action on a replay of the original FS2 campaign; I just might do that someday soon.
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
I followed the discussion on Discord and I really have to admit that those screenshots changed my mind. They look gorgeous and also match what you'd expect from a faction full of pride such as the NTF, with their huge logos painted on warships in order to mark even more the difference between Neo Terrans and the GTVA. A similar color scheme could be applied to spacecraft such as the Hercules, IMO.

I was reluctant at first, but I do believe these reskins should be part of the MVPs and featured in the main FS2 campaign. Many custom made campaigns would benefit from these additions, too.
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
I've been looking for a way to "subtly" distinguish the three NTF subfactions in The Lost Generation, these will do nicely for command ships of the Supremacist faction (the Initiated probably don't need one, because Iceni, and the Opportunists by design would not paint logos on their ships).
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
Love 'em! Excellent work. Putting them in a future MVP update gets my vote :-)

It is such an obviously good idea that it makes me wonder why we didn't think of it before, especially since there is precedent. For example, some mods have HoL reskins / paintjobs. Homeworld Cataclysm / Emergence has paint jobs to distinguish the imperial and republican Tiidan ships. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has different coloured versions of the same suits to distinguish between factions etc etc. There are probably other examples too.

Doh! Oh well, a they say hindsight is 20/20  :lol:
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
The term you're looking for is Visual Identification, and lots of games uses it exactly to distinguish factions and make them less generic and more memorable. I loved how Blizzard handled different Protoss factions in SC2.

I would want to include them in MVPs along with other, possible reskins in the future, but as I said before, it looks like too much ingeration in FS2 vibe in general.
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Check my sig.

I approved this years ago.

 

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You forgot the Hecate.  True, there are no NTF Hecates seen in the main campaign, but I recall seeing one in a stand-alone multiplayer (I think) mission as ships are entering a node and you have to kill them all.
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
I can make NTF Hecate if there is a need for it.
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You forgot the Hecate.  True, there are no NTF Hecates seen in the main campaign, but I recall seeing one in a stand-alone multiplayer (I think) mission as ships are entering a node and you have to kill them all.

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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
Just dropping in to say these are great and I didn't know how much I wanted these until I saw them.
Hope they make it into mediaVPs (or at least some remix of FS2 like FreeSpace Blue). I don't think they're too big a departure, and it's not like there's no IRL/historical precedent for doing stuff like this anyway - either for propaganda purposes, or just for visual identification (friendly fire is bad!). HUD-based IFF is great and all but what if your sensors get shot out or otherwised jammed?
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
DAMN these are gorgeous! The gold striping and white triangles is truly inspired. Yes, as a member of FSU I absolutely endorse using these in the MediaVPs. After all I did the same with the HoL in FSPort MVPs.
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Re: [RELEASE] NTF Reskin Pack
I can make NTF Hecate if there is a need for it.

Even though the NTD Corsica doesn't show up in the main FS2 campaign, I'd say to do it anyway.  :drevil:
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DAMN these are gorgeous! The gold striping and white triangles is truly inspired. Yes, as a member of FSU I absolutely endorse using these in the MediaVPs. After all I did the same with the HoL in FSPort MVPs.

IIRC the FSU policy was to keep non-canon reskins out of it, that's why for example the HOL skin for the Typhon was removed from it.

 

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Then perhaps we could petition the BP team to make it part of FS-Blue.
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Yes, I would 100% like to see this in FSBlue.  :yes:
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Then perhaps we could petition the BP team to make it part of FS-Blue.

That's actually not a bad idea at all. I'm on board with yet another reason to replay FS Blue. :D
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Could this be an optional feature in the media VPs? Then people who don't like them can simply opt out by not checking the box? Or would this cause problems?
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