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Unit Replacement Updates and Progress Thread
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Mortecha
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:16 am    Post subject:  Unit Replacement Updates and Progress Thread Reply with quote

Currently working on replacing the Gunboat with a  custom one instead of one based on an actual vehicle and have run into this weird graphical glitch, a petroglyph placeholder that occurs whenever the boat rotates to travel back towards the right.

I can't quite figure this out yet and It doesn't seem to make sense as I've rendered the model in the opposite direction to test and it shows up fine, and when that rotates the same thing happens. Very strange indeed and would love to hear any ideas you might think will be the culprit.  

I'll include it here, but this isn't the finished version.

On another note, I've been extending Jimmy Arcades Unit Renderer https://www.nexusmods.com/commandandconquerremastered/mods/8 on a per unit basis so all of the rendering and metafile creation has been handled programmatically because bugger rendering 192 frames by hand in lots of 32 then copy pasting the same line 192 times each you want to test something. At some point I'll have translated that Python script TGAUtil crop function into C# as well but for now it works but not as intended.

I was also exploring zipping it all up so I could just run the game for each test instead of having to manually zip it each time but ran into authorisation problems, have yet to test this on my linux box but I suspect simillar issues.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've begun work on the Jeep for RA


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RE Gunboat: Are you only replacing the graphics exactly as they are, or are you adding new frames of animation?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At this stage, I'm just replacing the frames as they are so that they won't conflict with and restrict the use of other mods.  

Seems to only happen after the ship leaves the screen and comes back, and either directions frames render properly prior to that.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:20 pm    Post subject: Shadows! Reply with quote

Finally got some properly lit shadows working, still tweaking the angles so that they don't get slightly cut off by the borders as well as the luminosity values to get it just right. I'm quite happy with the result, especially since the shadows on the unit are baked in real time and the ones on the ground are done via a shader.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After 2 days of tweaks, I think these are finally ready, a somewhat complete shadow system and a unified remap material to apply to all units that closely matches the originals.

The shadow system as it is will only be good for turretless vehicles, I suspect that for turret and barrel shadows to render onto the vehicle itself properly, will mean having to render all possible combinations of turret and chassis directions and then implement a way for that to work in the game correctly, the gunboat does this to a small extent ,but is only limited to two directions and three damage states. Having it implemented this far helps immensely for the next step.

Because of the need to change the way vehicles some are implemented, I'll have to create a mod that does the graphics updates as well as makes the changes required to how the game renders these units in order to extend the graphical fidelity to make them work.  

It will have to include game play changes as well so will become more of a general overhaul mod

I'll still release the units with limited graphical fidelity as a stock replacer mod so that they wont conflict with other mods but limited means as they have been implemented in vanilla.  




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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lighting on the arty wheels makes it look wonky as hell. You need some depth to them, either concave or other details like a protruding rum and hub, it's also large enough where you could add peripheral bolts.

The added detail would probably fix the weird brightness inversion with the tracks happening on shaded sides, which also makes me suspect your material lighting settings need work.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, your not the first to point out the wheels, will have that sorted out next. There's also a remap problem at the tops of the headlights as well. It's getting close to being done though I think. Looking forward to getting the rest all done.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sleek models, overall.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks man, looking forward to showing off more once they are readyXD

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further progress on the M110, think it's almost finished now XD


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So these are actually brand new 3D models made in a 3D program and rendered out to textures and not just some modification of the existing artwork?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The former, either Max or Blender, but then rendered with Unity. I was originally using that Unit Creator but I'd since modified it beyond recognition since rewriting it, adding shadow rendering as well as utilising Unity's postprocessing stack.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progress on a new Attack Bike


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think I've finally nailed the missing pieces to create remastered styled remaps


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First look at the Abrams!

Heres a link to the mods MODDB page: https://www.moddb.com/mods/cncr-tiberian-dawn-graphics-overhaul


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First WIP of the Bradly


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice  models!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks man:) There's newer stuff I've showcased over at https://www.moddb.com/mods/cncr-graphics-overhaul/images aswell

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

camera angle is 50°, not 45 as you use it

You should compare your units also with trees and buildings.
Even if all your new units have a consistent angle (unlike the original units), they stand out against other ingame assets since you see your units too much from top and not from the side as other assets.

e.g.
take the cooling tower of a TD powerplant. It has a cylindrical shape.
recreate the ring on top of the tower and you'll notice that 45° won't match (regardless if you set orthographic or perspective view on the camera)


If you have a very long unit, you may also notice how the FireFLH of the unit isn't matching the actual barrel end anymore.

Done in OpenRA, but the remaster surely have a similar hardcoded calculation for FLH position and Turret offset location
Iowa rendered in TS 60° (red) not matching the 50° (blue) used for turret location and FLH calculations

post in OpenRA modding

In your case the unit would go beyond the blue ring when facing north/south, due to your steeper camera angle. So bullets may appear inside the barrel, not on the end.
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