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    Icon6 Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW Update: 26.06.10 Update 1.1


    Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon: Total War

    for patch version 4!

    Update 1.1

    Video:
    The Last Battle - A Battlefield Smoke Modification



    Hi!

    ChandlerL has donated a boxed copy of N:TW for me. I am still speechless about this gift. All my future work on N:TW wouldn't be possible without his donation!!! So i feel obligated to work on a new Battlefield Smoke Mod for N:TW! Thank you very much, ChandlerL!


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    Update 1.1 (26.06.10)



    • changed color of cannonsmoke to more white
    • musket smoke more dense
    • fixed air explosion animation
    • added smoke to groundhits


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    Important!!!

    The mod won't work correctly, if you have other mods installed, wich modifies one of the following files:

    landbattle.xml
    projectile_tables
    particle_effects_tables
    projectile_impacts_tables
    projectiles_explosions_tables
    Textures in the Effects\Textures folder.


    If you want to use my mod as part of your mods, please ask for permission, thanks!

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    Installation.


    There are modifications in the user_script.txt file necessary. You can find this file in: Root\User \USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\The Creative Assembly\Napoleon\scripts\.
    Edit this file like this:

    Please add the lines for each mod file you want to use. If no user_scrip.txt exists, just create one.


    Example:

    mod "mod_BSM_Napoleon.pack";
    mod "mod_No_Trails.pack";
    etc...


    The 7zip-archive contains all effect-modifications i made, for an individual summary of your choice. In addition, i made an All in One package containing all effect-mods. So if you want to use all of my mods at the same time, it is not necessary to add all seperate mod files. Just put the mod_BSM_Napoleon_All_in_One package
    in your data folder, add the line to your user_script,txt and you're good to go.

    Content:

    mod_BSM_Napoleon................................the main Battlefield Smoke Mod file
    mod_camera_shake_reduced..................alters the camera shaking parameters and reduces the effect to a tolerable level
    mod_fx_parameters.................................disables lens-flare effects. BSM possibly causes much too bright lens-flares.
    mod_No_Trails.........................................removes the vanilla tracer effects. BSM adds new, "more realistic" smoke tracers to cannonballs
    mod_more_dust.......................................adds more dust to units

    mod_BSM_Napoleon_All_in_One...................contains all mod packages described above.



    All your desired mod files must be extracted in your Steam\SteamApps\common\napoleon total war\data folder.




    Important!

    If the All in One package is installed, no other part of BSM should be in your data folder!



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    Suggestions about realism are always welcome!

    Here are some videos showing the enhancements. Enjoy!

    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 

    cannonfire smoke effects


    rocket and musket smoke effects


    rocket explosions final


    Howitzer shell explosion test video #2


    different howitzer shell explosions


    Ship explosion effects


    Smoke and lightning effects for naval battles


    Mortar smoke effects


    Carcass fire effects


    Handgrenade smoke effects




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    Thanks goes also to Erasmus777, HusserlTW and the Vicar for the excellent PFM editor and GODzilla, Peacekeep3r and Joss for the very importend beta testing! I also thank ToonTotalWar for the tip: saving textures save!

    Have fun!

    Mech_Donald
    Last edited by Mech_Donald; June 26, 2010 at 08:10 AM.



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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP]

    Excellent news sir!!!haha I was just going to post in the wips questioning if this was going to happen or not,for the cannon effects are really lackluster in vanillaIt is a proud day for the community to hear that you will be working on thisand a huge thanks to ChandlerL for his amazing contribution!!Your work in progress looks amazing!!!

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP]

    well, I loved the ETW stuff you did Mech, and I will definitely be using anything you produce. I love that smoke out the cannon in the vid...can't wait!

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    Oh YES!

    I have been missing the BSM from NTW. It is way too clean of a battlefield without it.
    "What a place to plunder!" Gebhard Lebrecht Von Blücher on viewing London from St. Paul's after the peace banquet at Oxford

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP]

    You just had to eh ? A big Thank you in advance Sir !+rep
    For ChandlerL as well

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP]

    excellent news, best of luck on the project



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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP]: Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke video

    Hi and thank you for all the praise!

    The engine of Napoleon: Total War is much more performant than Empire: Total War. So with all the smoke i added, i have only a loss of approx. 3-4 fps!!! But all the partikel effects are soft blurred. Therefore all the smoke will be not as sharp than in empire. I think, this is called soft particles, but i don't know.

    I continued my my work on adapting BSM for NTW. This time i show you the reworked versions of congreve rocket smoke effects and the musket smoke. I personally do not like the vanilla musket smoke in N:TW. The color is much too brown and the lingering smoke is too high above the ground. I think, my version looks a little more realistic. The performance is almost as good as in vanilla (For me, on my configuration, the same as in vanilla - measured with fraps). Enjoy!



    I'll keep the start post up to date, so you can see all the new improvements also there.

    One question: What do you think about the NTW Vanilla explosion effects? I find it much too big and comic-like and so i want to enhance it to be more realistic.

    kind regards Mech_Donald



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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP]: Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke video

    Quote Originally Posted by Mech_Donald View Post
    Hi and thank you for all the praise!

    The engine of Napoleon: Total War is much more performant than Empire: Total War. So with all the smoke i added, i have only a loss of approx. 3-4 fps!!! But all the partikel effects are soft blurred. Therefore all the smoke will be not as sharp than in empire. I think, this is called soft particles, but i don't know.

    I continued my my work on adapting BSM for NTW. This time i show you the reworked versions of congreve rocket smoke effects and the musket smoke. I personally do not like the vanilla musket smoke in N:TW. The color is much too brown and the lingering smoke is too high above the ground. I think, my version looks a little more realistic. The performance is almost as good as in vanilla (For me, on my configuration, the same as in vanilla - measured with fraps). Enjoy!



    I'll keep the start post up to date, so you can see all the new improvements also there.

    One question: What do you think about the NTW Vanilla explosion effects? I find it much too big and comic-like and so i want to enhance it to be more realistic.

    kind regards Mech_Donald

    Excellent news! Regarding explosions, I absolutely agree the NTW ones are a tad over the top (but I like the ground impact scars). If you can tome them down I think that would be great. When can we expect a beta to test old chap?

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke WIP-video

    The scars are very great! An improvement Empire really needs, too. Due the lack of time, i cannot say when i can release it. There is much work to do on adapting and reworking. I don't want to play napoleon with vanilla effects. The explosions are much too annoying to me, so i hope i can release my mod as soon as possible. *want to play napoleon*
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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke WIP-video

    The new smoke effects are looking snappy sir, Kutgw



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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke WIP-video

    Quote Originally Posted by Mech_Donald View Post
    The scars are very great! An improvement Empire really needs, too. Due the lack of time, i cannot say when i can release it. There is much work to do on adapting and reworking. I don't want to play napoleon with vanilla effects. The explosions are much too annoying to me, so i hope i can release my mod as soon as possible. *want to play napoleon*

    edit: a test video for rocket explosions. Not so exagerated as vanilla. What do you think?

    The explosions are much better this way;nomore spiderweb trails !!
    Good work !

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke WIP-video

    drooooooooooooooooooooooool!

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    I like the new rocket explosion effects. I will admit to a small ping of joy everytime a ship blows up in vanilla though. Very tasty explosion.
    "What a place to plunder!" Gebhard Lebrecht Von Blücher on viewing London from St. Paul's after the peace banquet at Oxford

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke WIP-video

    Quote Originally Posted by Cartras View Post
    I like the new rocket explosion effects. I will admit to a small ping of joy everytime a ship blows up in vanilla though. Very tasty explosion.
    Quote Originally Posted by ♔MorganH♔ View Post
    The explosions are much better this way;nomore spiderweb trails !!
    Good work !
    Agreed. These spiderweb trails are still there, but reworked and more realistic. Just have a look on the new video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USMacQIxhBg
    You can recognize them better in HD (720p).

    regards



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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke WIP-video

    Those trails look great Mech! +rep

    Are you planning on tweaking the howitzer explosions?

    cheers!

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 18.03.10 rocket explosions final WIP-video

    Yes of course. Do you have any suggestions? And thank you for the +rep!!!



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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 18.03.10 rocket explosions final WIP-video

    Quote Originally Posted by Mech_Donald View Post
    Yes of course. Do you have any suggestions? And thank you for the +rep!!!
    I find the howitzer explosions a little over the top. The initial explosion looks ok enough, but the streaks of fire raining down look cheesy...a little too much like the carcass shots in ETW. My personal preference would be less raining fire, more shrapnel bits. But others may have better ideas, or you may already have something better in mind.

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 17.03.10 rocket & musket smoke WIP-video

    Quote Originally Posted by Mech_Donald View Post
    Agreed. These spiderweb trails are still there, but reworked and more realistic. Just have a look on the new video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USMacQIxhBg
    You can recognize them better in HD (720p).

    regards
    Vids looking Great to me,alltho like The Nanny said,less trails and more shrapnel bits would be awesome!
    have some +rep for your WIP
    Regards

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 18.03.10 rocket explosions final WIP-video

    Holy bajeeesus! Gimmegimme! GJ, sir!

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    Default Re: Battlefield Smoke Mod for Napoleon:TW [WIP] Update: 18.03.10 rocket explosions final WIP-video

    A smoke mod, yeah! Keep up the good work sir, looks wonderful

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