FTL 1.6.1 changed the way the hull bar is changeable. Instead of being able to change the top part of the bar using an image and such, the word displayed can be freely changed in the data files. It appears the previous very smooth gradient and clear box is no longer possible, instead having a gradient on the ends of the word and a solid color in the middle, the majority of the word. See below for what it looks like with different words.
How it looks:
with the vanilla word "HULL"
with the word "HEALTH"
Dropbox Download Link for Colored Hull Bar for FTL 1.6.3: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ig02iojrl1ab ... 3.ftl?dl=0
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v 1.0 for FTL 1.6.3
- updated for FTL 1.6.3, changing the top section of the hull bar. the bottom part that "contains" the hull has been left untouched.
- initial release
v1.0 for FTL 1.6.3
Credit to R30hedron for making the gradient on the new "chip" as it is that determines the color of that top part. I had originally tried doing a gradient, but the middle turned into a meh orange, but R30 seems to have gotten it right (see for yourself, images above!).
v1.0 and prior
The idea for this mod came to me when I started thinking about when the health itself turns from green to yellow... then to red, and why the bar itself didn't show that. the red damage 'notch' starts at 0 and ends at 9, where the yellow 'notch' takes over at 10 and ends at 19, where the green 'notch' takes over at 20 and ends at 30... I figured the hull bar should reflect that. I derived the colors from the in-game colors of the ship health colors. Initially there was a cyan overlay on the border to match the hull bar's cyan glow (yeah there's a glow!), but it didn't look right. Instead I finalized on a gradual gradient border of red to yellow, which looks much better.
Next was the section that reads HULL. I didn't really like how it looked. In my initial change I gave each letter more space, but separated the letters by bars, gave each letter a different color more (both L's were green) and the surrounding part was pink. It looked okay. I tried switching it to horizontal stripes of each color, but that became hard to read. Eventually, for clarity, I removed the dividers between the letters, giving a cleaner look. Also, I remembered the work I did on Captain Surreal's hull and figured blend/gradient fill might look nice, and indeed it does, and after a bit of additional cleanup and polishing the hull bar finalized out to what you see now.