Super quick post for today, as a couple of things got done. Firstly, I've released a new mod for the HT No. VI, which replaces it with either the standard German Grey or my Dunkelgelb color, which was requested by a few people.
Ht No. VI Grey / Dunkelgelb
The pack itself includes two options: one for the German Grey skin, and one for the Dunkelgelb skin. Manually went through the vehicle's hull textures to preserve as many of the original details as possible, including the various tools scattered about the tank, so hopefully I didn't miss anything. I've also included custom icons for both mods.
I've also added the Dunkelgelb version as a completely-optional add-on to the original Dunkelgelb pack.
Switched to Disqus Comments
In other news, I've switched the comments section for blog posts over to Disqus. This is not only more visually appealing (at least, in my opinion), but also functions much more smoothly than the built-in comments section I used to have on the site. It should also make things a bit more manageable on my end, so there's that. If anything doesn't work, please feel free to let me know.
Progress on everything else is still continuing as normal, but I don't have much to show yet - most of the things I've worked on since last are either very minor details or more surprises. Or they're too early works-in-progress to show. But anyway, that's it for now. Stay tuned, and enjoy!
New Packs Released: French Artillery Green, Chinese Military Green, & Japanese Warship Grey
Three new packs have been released - one which was previously requested by skaianDestiny: French Artillery Green, and two surprises I've been working on: Chinese Military Green and Japanese Warship Grey. These have been in the works for quite some time now, but I finally had enough time to finish them off and release them this weekend. Check them out below!
Also, an important note on these packs: both the Chinese and Japanese packs include camouflage paint enabled on the chassis wheels of all vehicles which had their color swapped, and all three support a whole host of Milkym4n's mods!
New Category: Vehicle Mods
I've added another category to the site: Vehicle Mods! This will be the place for things like remodels, skin removals for tanks with clown camo, and so on. Of course, it wouldn't really be worth adding a new category if there wasn't anything to put there, so I've released a couple of mods for 0.9.17.1 - the Firefly IIIC (a remodel for the Firefly which replaces the Firefly's standard cast hull with the Sherman III's welded M4A2 hull), and the Defender Skin Removal (which does what it says... and some more, if you so choose). The Sherman mod was an old remodel I had made a while ago, but after a while, I stopped updating it. I've come back and re-done the model swap for patch 0.9.17.1 with a fix for the suspension bug which happened on the older versions of the mod, as well as new icons to match. The Defender Skin Removal was requested by MatchyHK from The Armored Patrol, since they bought the Defender only to realize they didn't like the skin after all. I've also included some other optional add-ons in the mod, which you can check out below.
(One thing to note: The preview screenshots of the Firefly IIIC remodel show it in my British Olive Green, but the remodel uses the default textures from both vehicles, so if you don't have the Olive Green pack installed, it will show up in the standard British tan color.)
Packs Updated: USSR 4Bo-1 Green & Japanese Reddish-Brown
Both the USSR 4BO-1 Green & Japanese Reddish-Brown packs have received updates. To start with, the 4BO-1 pack has been completely-overhauled - the color replacement threshold has been lowered, since before, too much of the vehicle was painted. This ended up messing with a lot of the details on the vehicle, including tools, logs, and other odds-and-ends. Now, these details should be retained, while still applying the color to the rest of the vehicle. Here's a couple of screenshots for comparison (sadly, from different game versions / in different hangars, since I couldn't get a screenshot of the old color in the current version):
Secondly, as with the Warship Grey pack, all vehicles included the Japanese Reddish-Brown pack have now received the addition of enabled camouflage paint on their chassis wheels, and a second add-on emblem has been... well, added as an option, if you choose to use it. Here's a couple previews of both emblem options, for visual reference:
Again, these are both entirely-optional, and are included as add-ons in the pack if you like them. If you don't want to replace them, you don't have to!
Progress on Upcoming Packs
Beyond this, I will be continuing work on what I wrote out towards the bottom of last week's post. Currently, here's how things are progressing with some of these packs. (Note: didn't have enough progress on the Finnish pack to show it yet, but it's still in the works. Don't worry, I'll continue working on it after the new Hungarian pack is released.)
- Hungarian Factory Green (rework of Forest Green): I am currently working with Deviantart user beczl on skins for the Turan III (P) and Toldi III, with more historical emblems and markings made by him and the color redone by me. Credit (and huge thanks) to beczl for providing these - the skins on the Toldi and Turan were pretty much completely-finished as they were, and only needed a couple of small adjustments and the historical Factory Green color to be applied. Also, thanks to SovietTenkDestroyer and Karika for their contributions (mainly providing reference photos and historical info, including the color name). The pack is almost ready for re-releasing (I just need to check with beczl first, since he provided the base skins), though I may add skins to some other vehicles historically serviced by Hungary as an add-on as well (including the Pz. 38 (t), Pz. III, and Panther). Here's a couple of previews, in the meantime:
- Romanian Vehicle Pack: After lots of consulting with SovietTenkDestroyer and recreating a few Romanian emblems from some photos he provided, I'm finally beginning work on the Romanian Vehicle Pack as well. Not as much to be said here, but I'll leave you with a few preview images in the meantime:
Those of you who are interested in Romanian armor history, follow The Armored Patrol, or both, may recognize the tank on the far right as the R35/T-26, which eventually led to the Vânătorul De Care R-35 - an upgrade to the Renault R35 which would mount the 45mm gun from the Soviet T-26 (with the R35/T-26 having the same idea, except with the T-26's larger turret replacing the R35's standard one). If I can get the colors to match correctly (the R35's hull is textured in a different way than the T-26's turret, so it isn't as simple as I was hoping), this will likely make it into the pack - in case you want to keep your R35's standard turret, this will be made an optional add-on.
More info on both of these packs (and more) coming soon, as usual, so stay tuned.
There's a couple things relating to the German Neue Dunkelgelb pack that I wanted to mention. To start, I think I'm happy with how the color turned out this time around; however, I'm not liking how the weathering (dirt/dust/etc.) blends very closely with it. Some of you have expressed that you actually like it that way, so I think I'll leave the current pack how it is; however, I'm considering adding an alternate version of the pack (completely-separate from the current one) with a more muddy, battle-worn appearance. To demonstrate what I'm talking about, here are a few preview images (click to enlarge):
Again, keep in mind - this is still a heavy work-in-progress, including the name (kampferprobt - "battle-tested", by the way), and everything is subject to change. Feel free to comment what you think of it, and if you have any suggestions/feedback, by all means, let me know!
On the other hand, however, I'm beginning to notice a recurring issue: a lot of small details are getting painted over, including minor details like the spare tracks, but also more important ones, i.e. the headlight glass or even the viewports on a wide number of vehicles. For this, I'm currently trying to find a way to fix this issue without screwing up the color or having to manually-edit the textures of every single vehicle - which I simply don't have the time, effort, or hard drive space to do - but if this isn't possible, I'll just fix these details manually on a smaller number of vehicles, which will be mainly limited to the ones I like/play a lot (i.e. VK 45.02 A, Panther, Sturer Emil, etc.) and more popular German vehicles (i.e. the Luchs, Tiger II, E 75, etc.). I'll let you know as things progress.
Oh boy, that post got a bit long, didn't it? Well, uh... sorry for the wall of text; hopefully it wasn't too confusing to navigate/read. I also feel like I'm forgetting something, but I can't remember what... oh well, if I remember, I'll save it for the next update. Enjoy, stay tuned for more, and happy tanking!
New Skin Released: 59 Patton "FLÜCHTIG"
Well, this was a bit of an unexpected release. A few days ago, someone (Zephyr, from The Armored Patrol) requested a simple reskin of the 59-Patton in the same Dunkelgelb color I used in the Neue Dunkelgelb pack. Needless to say, after some discussion back-and-forth, this ended up turning into a bit more of a ridiculous skin than I had expected, but... honestly, I think I kinda like how it turned out in the end. Something very important to note: this skin was quite literally created with the intention of being as outlandishly-unhistorical as possible, so... don't say I didn't warn you. To give you a taste of what the skin is like, here's a quote from Zephyr himself:
"Hmm... so it's a Chinese sekrit tenk proyekt, made with the use of a stronk patriotic American turret, sent back in time and captured by Rommel's forces. It's perfect." - Zephyr
If you want to have a look at it, click the button below, but beware: if this wasn't clear already, it's a tad bit ridiculous, especially from a historical standpoint (since it flies directly in the face of historical accuracy, if the tank didn't already do that badly enough).
Multiple Packs Updated
In addition to the above skin, several packs were updated - namely, the German Red Primer, German Neue Dunkelgelb, UK Olive Green, and US Dark Olive packs. Here's what's changed in each one:
German Bundeswehr Green
German Neue Dunkelgelb
German Primer Red
USA Dark Olive
UK Olive Green
USSR 4BO-1 Green
If you downloaded any of these packs previously and want support for the aforementioned remodels, please re-download the packs from their respective pages - I updated all of the download links for these; see below for more info. However, if you downloaded the German Primer Red pack in particular, I would highly suggest re-downloading it either way, since it includes support for more vehicles included with the game, as well as fixes for a few older ones (namely, the open-topped vehicles, yet again).
Transitioning to Github
Due to some users reporting issues with downloading from Mega (just like Box and Google Drive, sadly), I have decided to move all of my skins/packs over to GitHub. Updates (especially smaller ones) should be much faster to release this way, and the download URL shouldn't break with every single update anymore, so I'll be able to have the download buttons on each page lead to the correct place again! Not only that, but I can also post changelogs with every release instead of only having a version number on the ZIP file of the download. Essentially, this should make things significantly easier, both for me and you. At least, hopefully, anyway.
This might take a little while, as I'm still getting used to GitHub - I think I finally figured out how it works, after a few staggered attempts to blunder my way through it in the past months - but as I get each repository up and running, I'll update the download links throughout all the pages on my site.
In other news, I'm still working on a few other packs, most of which have been requested by you guys. Currently, here's what's in line (listed in order of when I plan to work on them, from top-to-bottom):
- French Artillery Green - Requested by skaianDestiny in my forum thread on NA. Almost have it ready to go, and it's been a while since I posted about it, so I figured I should probably post about it, as, no, I haven't forgotten about it, heh.
- A couple of secrets I've been working on. Not going to reveal what they are yet, as... well, you'll see. These will appear after Artillery Green, since I've had them planned for a while, so stay tuned.
- Hungarian Green Rework - Currently, the Hungarian Forest Green pack isn't exactly historical, and I've been sent some better references by a few of you. Thanks to SovietTenkDestroyer, Karika, beczl, and anyone else I may have forgotten (if I did, sorry; in general, my memory has been all-but-useless lately...). Nonetheless, it'll likely include a reworked base color and custom emblems.
- Romanian Vehicle Pack - Requested by SovietTenkDestroyer from The Armored Patrol. This will not only include a new base color for a smattering of mostly low-to-mid-tier vehicles (and a couple of high-tier ones) as well as new emblems, but some custom skins for certain vehicles as well, based on historical photos. Huge thanks to SovietTenkDestroyer for the plethora of reference images/photos, by the way.
- Finnish Vehicle Pack - Requested by Bing*4 from The Armored Patrol's Discord server. This will include a new base color for a small selection of vehicles historically serviced by Finland as well as new emblems for these vehicles (likely the roundel, as I do not plan on including swastikas in any of my mods, even if it's historical - this is simply due to personal preference, sorry).
- Possibly some other things, just in case I might've forgotten them. If I have, please let me know in the comments below. A few previously-WIP packs, i.e. the US 'Minty Green' color, have been scrapped for the time being, mostly due to lack of time, but also either due to loss of interest/motivation on my end or of the actual files themselves. (This doesn't mean they're permanently gone; however, I don't plan on working on them for the time being. If you'd like for me to continue working on them, please, feel free to let me know, and I will shortly resume work on them.)
- EDIT: Almost forgot - I think I'm going to rework the 4BO-1 pack a bit, as right now, I think it currently replaces a bit too much of the tank's color, and ends up making some unwanted details turn green as well (i.e. dirt/mud/dust, some wooden bits on tools, etc). Will see as time allows, though.
Additionally, a new page has been added to the skin packs section - User Requests! This will be the place for all of the odd-ball skin packs I do for people who request them that don't really fit into the other categories (i.e. unique camo schemes/special colors across nations/etc.). Most packs that're requested will still go to their respective categories (i.e. the reworked Hungarian Green will fit under Hungary, French Artillery Green will fit under France, etc), but this will be a section purely for special skins.
One final thing - I am currently in the process of updating an old remodel I had sitting around from a few patches ago. Hint: it's British. Keep your eyes open for that, as that's just about ready to be released as well (not to mention, it's the first remodel for the site!).
Anyway, enjoy the new skin & pack updates, and stay tuned for more!
Well, as promised, a new skin is here! And yes, this is the tank from the site header.
While I did like what WG did with the original Pz. 58 Mutz skin, I thought it could be a little bit more... "interesting". Plus, the Schwarzpz. 58's skin was rather boring to look at, so I decided to attempt to remedy both in one go. It started out as a simple color change to blue (which was still rather boring, mind you), which led to what you see here after a few hours of tweaking and playing around with the vehicle's appearance. This definitely isn't designed with historical accuracy in mind - the original Mutz wasn't exactly historical, from what I can tell, but at least it was based off a real vehicle, while this, on the other hand, is purely a work of fiction - but I wanted to make both vehicles more visually appealing, since I thought they were a little boring, both aesthetically (especially on the Schwarzpanzer's end) and by their playstyles. While I can't make necessarily the vehicle more fun to play, I can at least try to remedy the first bit, and so that's exactly what I've tried to do!
I included two versions of the skin - one for the Pz. 58 Mutz, and one for the Schwarzpz. 58. The skin includes a custom camouflage pattern, Swiss markings, a darker black base color, and darkened tracks, as well as extra hull model details for the Schwarzpz. 58 (originally from the Mutz) and custom carousel & tech tree icons. You can have a look at the skin (and download it, if you'd like) here.
Site Change: Download Buttons
Quick announcement about the download buttons on most of the site pages: Sadly, due to how the Mega.nz desktop client works, every time I update a pack, the link to download it breaks. Because of this (and the fact that I simply don't have enough time to go through every single page and change the download link with every pack update), the download button will now lead to the skin packs folder on my download hub. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, but it's the best solution I can come up with for now.
Anyway, enjoy the new skin, and happy tanking!
Alright, so the updates I was talking about yesterday (on the forums) are here! Sorry they're a bit late - I ended up getting home a bit later than expected yesterday night, which wasn't helped by the internet dying within an hour-or-two of getting back, so I wasn't able to finish uploading all the updates. Also, because of this, I ended up making my own Object 252 Defender skin removal from scratch, since I couldn't download Avalon's at the time. Anyway, all of the updates listed below are up on the download hub! Here are the changelogs for each:
French Dark Green
UK Olive Green
German Bundeswehr Green
German Neue Dunkelgelb
USSR 4BO-1 Green
USA Dark Olive
In addition, I finished up a few more of the skin pages on the site. Still not completely finished, and I'm still adding stuff (mainly updated in-game previews, since some of the older ones don't look as good), but it's coming along nicely. Anyway, I tested out as many of the aforementioned updates as possible, but I haven't quite been able to test every single thing, so please let me know if anything doesn't work or needs fixing. Enjoy!
Final note: Stay tuned for a new skin tomorrow! :) (Hint: It's very blue.)
Coinciding with the release of patch 0.9.17.1, a brand-new version of the German Dunkelgelb color pack has been released! This brings a much-needed refresh to the existing color and icons (at least, in my opinion), as well as adding the color to the vehicles which were previously excluded from the pack, this patch's set of new/updated HD models, and the new German heavy tanks. Additionally, I have included an add-on for anyone who wishes to apply the same color to the Panther/M10, based off Avalon304's Feldgrau Panther/M10 skin. Install instructions included in the download.
Please note: This will be replacing the existing dunkelgelb pack from patch 0.9.17.1 onwards. The old Dunkelgelb pack will be moved to the "Outdated & Unsupported Packs" folder on the download hub, and will no longer be updated beyond the current patch (0.9.17.1).
All other skins & packs updated for 9.17.1!
Outside of the new Dunkelgelb pack, all of my currently-released skins and packs have been updated for patch 0.9.17.1. Most of these just involved changing the folder name from "0.9.17.0.3" to "0.9.17.1", but the following packs have received additional updates, which you will need to re-download to use:
French Dark Green
UK Olive Green
US Dark Olive
USSR 4BO-1 Green
Otherwise, work on the website continues (some pages still aren't finished yet, but all of the vehicle skin pages have been finished, gladly, and the pack pages are slowly being completed). I have no idea when it'll actually be finished, but I think it'll be ready Soon™. As far as more content for you guys, more stuff is on it's way later this week (namely a brand-new skin, which some of you may-or-may-not have seen teasers of already, and a few updates), so stay tuned!
Enjoy, and happy tanking!
Well, this has been in the making for quite some time now, but, after working on it a bunch last year, I never got around to finishing it - and when I finally got around to polishing it up, I realized the original site I had planned was way too complicated. So, I started over, and, after quickly making up a new site, I think this should work - it's currently still under construction, but at least the framework is in place. I figured I should probably make a site to put all the mods I make for WoT on, to make things a little easier to navigate than in my forum thread (similar to Milkym4n's Modshop). What I'm hoping is that this'll make things a little easier to navigate/follow along with, especially compared to the cluttered mess that is the forum thread (which is my fault, sorry - the original format was only intended for a few mods, so it got a bit cluttered as I went along - my bad!).
Whenever I make and release a new skin/pack/mod/etc., I'll post about it here, alongside the occasional status update (whether mod-related or not - I'll try to keep it mostly related to WoT, but no guarantees). I will continue to post in my thread on the NA forums alongside this, but, again - it should be a little easier to find specific skins/packs/etc. here, versus scrolling through 10+ pages of forum thread (or the ridiculously over-cluttered OP) just to find screenshots/information/etc. related to what you're looking for. More information will be on its way with the first batch of releases I have planned this week (if the leaks are true and all goes to plan, they should come on the day when the new patch - 0.9.17.1 - hits).
Thanks for reading, and hope everyone has a great week! More info is on its way, so stay tuned!