Pretty shields

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MantisManMike
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Pretty shields

Postby MantisManMike » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:41 pm

This mod replaces the shield graphics. The "complete" version of the mod replaces both player and enemy shields. The "player only" version does not replace enemy shields.




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Chronosplit
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Re: Pretty shields

Postby Chronosplit » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:49 am

Big points from me for providing enemies with similar shields. I'm preferring this over High Res Shields.

The only issue that I'm seeing is that the enemy shields will extend past the enemy window at times. I'm using SMPK's enhanced HUD here so I'm not sure if the same is for the default, but here's an example:
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EDIT: Just did some testing, looks like the enhanced hud is the culprit and not Pretty Shields. Sorry about that. :oops:
spicybanger
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Re: Pretty shields

Postby spicybanger » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:15 am

Love it! Must have mod imo
MantisManMike
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Re: Pretty shields

Postby MantisManMike » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:24 am

Big points from me for providing enemies with similar shields.


Thanks! This was always something from the base game that just slightly bugged me. I was surprised how well it turned out.

Zoltan bombers look a little more "stretched" than I'd like (because they are so thin), but even then I think it's okay.


The only issue that I'm seeing is that the enemy shields will extend past the enemy window at times. I'm using SMPK's enhanced HUD here so I'm not sure if the same is for the default, but here's an example:


I think that's a mod conflict, unfortunately. I will check this out when I get a chance. **EDIT** Saw your comment at the end -- okay, looks like it is a conflict.

My mod replaces the "targeting frame" around the enemy ship, and I expect SMPK does too. The original frame has a hexagon background, which "shows through" the enemy shield -- which is somewhat useful when the shield has no pattern, but looks a bit odd when it already has hexagons.

If SMPK doesn't change shield images, you could try loading my mod before SMPK. Then you should get my shields and the targeting frame from SMPK.


Love it! Must have mod imo


Awesome, thanks! :)
Chronosplit
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Re: Pretty shields

Postby Chronosplit » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:21 pm

MantisManMike wrote:
The only issue that I'm seeing is that the enemy shields will extend past the enemy window at times. I'm using SMPK's enhanced HUD here so I'm not sure if the same is for the default, but here's an example:


I think that's a mod conflict, unfortunately. I will check this out when I get a chance. **EDIT** Saw your comment at the end -- okay, looks like it is a conflict.

My mod replaces the "targeting frame" around the enemy ship, and I expect SMPK does too. The original frame has a hexagon background, which "shows through" the enemy shield -- which is somewhat useful when the shield has no pattern, but looks a bit odd when it already has hexagons.

If SMPK doesn't change shield images, you could try loading my mod before SMPK. Then you should get my shields and the targeting frame from SMPK.

So far, it looks like using the hud after shields in the mod order is the way to go. I haven't had any issues after following your suggestion, thanks!
MantisManMike
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Re: Pretty shields

Postby MantisManMike » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:57 pm

Chronosplit wrote:So far, it looks like using the hud after shields in the mod order is the way to go. I haven't had any issues after following your suggestion, thanks!


Excellent, glad it worked!
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Re: Pretty shields

Postby redlerred7 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:41 am

I'm glad people are using my method for creating shield bubbles. Will definitely download and use those

Edit: Okay, so I just realized that you don't actually use my method of creating shield bubbles ( I made a badly made video tutorial about it actually ). I'm sorry for just assuming. Eitherway, it's very cool and I'll still use it
MantisManMike
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Re: Pretty shields

Postby MantisManMike » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:20 am

redlerred7 wrote:I'm glad people are using my method for creating shield bubbles. Will definitely download and use those

Edit: Okay, so I just realized that you don't actually use my method of creating shield bubbles ( I made a badly made video tutorial about it actually ). I'm sorry for just assuming. Eitherway, it's very cool and I'll still use it


Hey, that's pretty neat, I didn't even think of doing it that way! Also glad you like the result. :)

My process ended up fairly convoluted:

I made an icosphere in Blender, then bevelled it to create the hexagons and edges (following the first part of this tutorial). Then I exported the object to Lightwave for rendering.

In Photoshop, I used a radial gradient as a mask to get the "fade towards centre" effect. I used an "inner glow" to create the outline, and an adjustment layer to tweak the saturation/brightness so it matched the original.

Then I resized it to fit the original images, and tested in-game to make sure shield collisions were occurring at the right places. I also tweaked the enemy shield image to be brighter and more saturated (taking my cue from the original), and cleaned up the "targeting frame" graphics to remove the hexagon pattern.

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