Team Fortress 2 - Workshop Thread

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  • ComfyCushion
    Looking cool, @Mad Mike. Though, the slats in barrels are cut to fit flush, so you wouldn't really see sych uge gaps between them. Maybe narrow the gaps a bit? Or make them more shallow. It just looks off right now.

    And why not have a bunch of those old-timey round bombs on the back? Just a big pile of medieval grenades. :)

    On the subject of the pipe weapon, @Tomm, I think the problem I'm having is that from the valve section down, it doesn't really look like a pipe. The wrapping on the grip makes it look like a gray piece of wood or something.

    I actually agree with @nofacej's solution. His paintover effectively returns it to looking like a section of pipe.
  • Manuca
    Now the ''dead eye" with some adjusts and in game screenshots.

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  • BlvdNights
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    Anyone have a good tutorial on how to import the hat for use on a character?
  • Manuca
    BlvdNights wrote: »
    Anyone have a good tutorial on how to import the hat for use on a character?

    I used these links:

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1109465
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1536668

    And if you are using 3dmax this is a great program to compile your models:

    http://wallworm.com/projects/utilities/docs/
  • BenHenry
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    Darn Manuca. I was working on a .qc compile program. I guess wallworm beat me :(
  • Ruskeydoo
    Main bod texture needs a lot of work and I need to add some detail to the top and the big blank patch on the left hand side... will be big in the view model and it's very plain right now... ideas?

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  • ColonelBD
    @Ruskeydoo:
    I would add some screws and stuff to the main body. However for me the entire jut looks really cubey and unatrual, so I would round out the top simularly to the original.

    Also the iron sites aren't really doing anything for the model and stick out too much, if you do want to keep them I would suggest doing them like the scatter guns or maybe something like this:
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    You could also maybe have some extra slugs taped to the side or on the cylinder.

    There has been some discussion over at TF2Maps about doing a spytech "evil genuis pack"
    in a simular vein to the construction and swamp packs, and at the same time I was playing around with a more techy security camera, heres what i've got so far:

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    I want to keep the polycount too a low level, but I can still round stuff out if its necessary.
  • Mad Mike
    Yeah, I do know that wheels on the original cart don't spin, I was just wondering whether to make them rotate on mine. I improved the barrel a bit and added a chest on the back. Looks like I need to speed up the progress, I hope to have the mesh done until Friday. Foodstuffs, weapons and undercarriage left. And a bit of details here and there.

    @ ComfyCushion: Olde-tymey bombe thou sayeth? Definitely gonna use this idea, it seems excellent to fill up some space in the chest.

    Now, more questions. This is going to be a custom prop rather than a replacement, so that map makers can use it in case they wanted to make a Medieval Payload map of sorts. Is there anything special to be done or do I compile it just like a regular prop? Sadly, I have no idea about making custom maps.

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  • re.wind
    @colonelBD:
    4 hexagonal bolts on the plate either need to be much bigger, or be deleted.
    The middle support is not required for the triangular support.
    The three bumps could probably be baked into the diffuse texture.
    you can save a lot of triangles by having you "zoom lens" structure of cylinders be seperate meshes, seperate cylinders.

    i'll also just leave these speed-model renders here for reference. 610 triangles, more than enough for a detail prop that most people won't even spend a few seconds looking at directly.
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  • comomomo
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    Why hasn't this thread been stickied yet?
  • Zipfinator
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    comomomo wrote: »
    Why hasn't this thread been stickied yet?

    Sticky Threads seem to be reserved for more general threads or rules. This thread is on the front page 95% of the time anyway.
  • ColonelBD
    Thanks for those re.wind, really usefull :)

    New iteration, dropped at least around 400tris:
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    I decided to keep the gap in the support to make it look more strealined and less attention hogging, and the joints connecting the bracket to the main camera, as I want to make it look like it can move around and follow you.

    Plus I'm going to release have it in 3 parts so mappers can pose it how they want.
  • Baddcog
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    @ColonelBD
    camera is cool but 3 pieces seems excessive. The original is only 2 and you can get any position you want and the player is never the wiser.

    I actually think doing it in frames would be cool. Simple to rig. Have frame 1 be 45* left, frame 10 45* right and 8 frames in between. and pointed down at a slight angle. Maybe not quite as much adjustability but how much do you really need?
  • ColonelBD
    Hmmm good point, however I am not that certain about the animating part. TF2 generally doesn't have that many animating props, even physics props are scattered sparingly, and to make it animate I have to set it as a prop_dynamic, which is pretty expensive to run and compile on maps. Especially if theres like 6 of them per base.

    It should be possible, but I'll have to see if its worth it first.
  • Mad Mike
    @ColonelBD: It looks nice, though I'd add a big, obnoxious button/light on that flat area next to the lens. I think you should be able to shave off enough polys from the lens as re.wind said to cover this expense.

    Alright, I'm done with the barbecue for my cart. Just gotta drop some coal/wood in there. Also started making generic weapons to fill up the chest. First up - dagger. Not entirely sure about the piece of meat on the roast, any suggestions? I'd also like some advice regarding the question in my last post.
    Polycount hanging about 5k now.

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  • ComfyCushion
    Flatten the thicker end of the meat and texture it like a ham.

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  • re.wind
    Hmmm good point, however I am not that certain about the animating part. TF2 generally doesn't have that many animating props, even physics props are scattered sparingly, and to make it animate I have to set it as a prop_dynamic, which is pretty expensive to run and compile on maps. Especially if theres like 6 of them per base.
    I think its actually fine. 6 prop_Dynamics put in a corner-infested spybase where they all won't be rendered at a time and give them a fade distance [set within hammer] and the model is absolutely fine.
    Splitting it into two parts like the existing one gives you more than enough flexibility. :)
  • ColonelBD
    @Rewind: Good to know, thanks :)

    @Mad Mike: Do you mean something like this?:
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    I was thinking of making it use a simular effect to the cameras in bioshock, and have a kind of mounted spotlight on the main camera.
  • re.wind
    think of how anything moving in tf2 not directly relative to gameplay would affect the gameplay. bioshock 2 camera with moving spotlight? confusing at first, engine restrictions second, how to fit the tf2 style third. Animate it through a 90-120° arc over 5-10 seconds. keeping it subtle yet giving it more detail than a pure static prop.
  • ColonelBD
    Ok, got rid of the light and layed down the base colours with AO. However something doesn't feel right about it, I dunno what, it just feels wrong:

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    maybe if I got rid of the red and lightened up the inside it might look better, IDK.
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    Dis' is going well.
  • BlvdNights
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    Manuca wrote: »


    So I ended up trying the tutorial with the videos, went through all the steps (replacing it with the ghastly gibus), got it to show up in the model viewer, but now it doesn't show up in game. Is there something else I need to do, like enable anything in the console?
  • Zipfinator
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    BlvdNights wrote: »
    So I ended up trying the tutorial with the videos, went through all the steps (replacing it with the ghastly gibus), got it to show up in the model viewer, but now it doesn't show up in game. Is there something else I need to do, like enable anything in the console?

    How are you trying to get it to show up in game? Are you changing the items_game.txt or using the item tester Valve implemented a few months ago?
  • BlvdNights
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    Zipfinator wrote: »
    How are you trying to get it to show up in game? Are you changing the items_game.txt or using the item tester Valve implemented a few months ago?

    I wasn't aware there was an item tester. Where can I find this glorious thing?
  • Doughnut Bear
    @BlvdNights in console just type testitem and it will bring up the menu to select your model
  • BlvdNights
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    Yep. Just found it. Looks like tho it can't find it, so I'll do a bit more work. Thanks guys.
  • Apocol0id
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    Dis' is going well.


    That looks pretty sweet so far, Robot! Though the proportions of the gun could be changed a bit, to be more cartoony. Try shortening the barrel and making it fatter. Also, a bit of damage or tape to make it look old and put-back-together could be a good idea.
  • BlvdNights
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    Got it in game.

    1 down. 8 to go...... @[email protected]

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  • Sexy Robot
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    Apocol0id wrote: »
    That looks pretty sweet so far, Robot! Though the proportions of the gun could be changed a bit, to be more cartoony. Try shortening the barrel and making it fatter. Also, a bit of damage or tape to make it look old and put-back-together could be a good idea.

    I don't think adding any more detail is a good idea for this thing. It's packed with detail as it is. I'd rather have any damage done to the weapon via the texture rather than the model itself too.


    Though fiddling with the proportions is a good idea however.
  • CWalkthroughs
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    BlvdNights wrote: »
    Got it in game.

    1 down. 8 to go...... @[email protected]

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    I can hear the mumbling already.


    Psst, mind if I make painted textures?
  • Pogo
    @ColonelBD your support bracket is upside down? It would probably work this way but typically this sort of truss has a horizontal beam on top and an inclined beam underneath to provide vertical support.Other than that, the biggest stage of the lens looks too long.
  • Masterlegodude
    This topic though it's on the second page, was only posted in yesterday, so i don't think this is that bad of a bump, right?

    Anyway, back in February, i decided to make Christmas hats for Team Fortress 2, currently, they only serve as props in Garry's Mod, i'll have to work on getting them in game one day, i currently use Milkshape 3D, the latest version, but what would be a better program to use to make stuff like hats and weapons for Team Fortress 2?

    There are multiple models, i've made them fit each class' head, this one is for the Soldier
    xmashats.png

    I just thought i'd make a green one just to be in the Christmas spirit :P

    They still need some work here and there, i'm also thinking of adding a jigglebone towards the tip, i don't model much, but i kind of like how these turned out
  • Mad Mike
    I really regret not coming up with this idea earlier. My progress is not as fast as I'd like it to be, particularly due to kind of a snowball effect this cart seems to have. I filled the chest with supplies and added a fist-shaped ram to the front. It just screams MANLY! That knife sheath needs a bit of improvement, will fix it.
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  • Yamo
    Working on my cavalry sabre

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  • Baddcog
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    @ Mad Mike,
    The carts looking pretty cool. I have been toying around with the idea of making a battering ram. But your cart is looking really cool with all the props, chest with weapons, grill etc so no reason for me to make a less cool one.

    But I think the fist looks kind of hokey, doesn't really fit. A nice Ram's head up there would be more fitting and really put the last finishing touch on t I think.

    Would also be very cool if the grill had fire, which snipers could light their arrows with.

    Also for the medieval style I think a track and cart wheels wouldn't be as good a some big wooden 'cannon' wheels. Just a bunch of boards cut into circle with a few cross pieces, metal studs, metal wrapped around outside.

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    PL maps don't HAVE to have tracks. It could be done by painting a dirt road and using some 'tire track' (obviously not tread, just darker dirt) overlays.
  • Rada
    i still think the cart should have been the giant wooden rabbit from monty python and the holy grail but whatever.

    i was also considering doing a Colonel Custer pack for soldier with a calvary sabre but i guess yamo has it now.

    progress, JZeeba and i are still deciding on what texture will be for our hat once i get back home i'll post the skin i have currentley and one of the recent renders.
  • Mad Mike
    Alright, got the model finished at last. 10 586 tris. Today I'm not going to bed until I unwrap it.

    @ Baddcog: Yes, I know that there's no need for tracks. Though if I wanted to make the wheels like in that picture I'd have to make them rotating which is a bit of a hassle both for me and the mapper that would use my cart. Sadly, I don't have the time to play with it now, though I might consider making a revised version sometime later. The idea with having the grill as a fire source is nice, yet it also depends on how will the map creator feel (if anyone uses it that is) Regarding the fist, I wanted to be a little humorous in here, which is why I settled with a fist rather than the usual ram's head. Besides, the barrel is the main element, ram is more of a decoration to add some medieval flavour.

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  • Doughnut Bear
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    sick and bored so have been messin around with texturing. deffinetly needs alot more texture work but here it is anyways, kind of a proof of concept.
  • Sexy Robot
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    Had some free time today, and this came out the other end.


    UV is a major work in progress and demonstrated by the bad stretching on the barrel.
  • Doughnut Bear
    a little update. the mailbox in my opinion was looking a little to chunky so working on fixing that, also decided to remove the metal handgaurd as it did not work with the pyro's hitting animation. might also alter afew things. the still intend to keep a similar style texture to the concept i posted above.

    @sexy robot- looks cool, reminds me of something out of the wild west
  • Apocol0id
    Nice rifle, Robot! The tape around the stock and holding the bullets to the side of the gun gives it a lot of character. Might help to make the barrel a little shorter and chunkier to give it a cartoonier feel!
  • Rada
    just an update here is what jteeba and i have so far with our helmet
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    i made some changes to that skin recently any opinions?, also i tried recreating the brush styles as was suggested using swizzle's paintbrush but when i make it gimp cuts off the faded edges so i just made a custom brush with 65% hardness and everything else set at zero

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  • BenHenry
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    @Rada: You should really bake out an ambient occlusion map, then set it above all your layers, and set the blend mode to multiply.
    This will help you create a better helmet.

    Also, try to make those "swizzle" brush strokes bigger. They are not supposed to pop out that much, maybe turn down the opacity if you can.

    Hope this helps.
  • ColonelBD
    Done some background work on the smg, hopefully fixed up the clipping with this version, the barrel was too high on the prevouis version.
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    BTW what is a good level for baking TF2 style AO on modo, mines currently on 150 Occlusion rays but I'm just wondering if theres a better level. Im just interested:).

    @Benhenry:
    I think Rada already did an AO bake, he mentioned it a while back when posted something simular, he just wants to know if the brush strokes are alright.

    I would however make those strokes bigger, although for me the opacity looks fine, and didn't Swizzle say in his guide that the brush strokes are done at high opacity. Texturings not my strong point though:\.
  • Ruskeydoo
    That conical barrel looks very jarring to my eye. Do they ever do that with guns?
  • Noors
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    lol i doubt it, bullets are meant to spin along the barrel, so it has to be straight.
    Foam bullets maybe...
  • Rada
    BenHenry i do have an ao bake map i just hid it and it is already set to multiply i just hid it when i posted the skin

    in terms of the brush, gimp doesnt have an opacity setting in the brushes edit the close i can do is hardness and it is already at 65% when i do less than 50 it tends to be difficult to see. I tried making swizzles brush by copying the image and putting it inot gimp but gimp cuts off the blurred edges and makes the brush strokes solid again
  • Yamo
    ColonelBD: If anything, the gun should expand towards the end of the barrel rather than shrink. Look at other guns such as the spy's revolver or the demoman's stickybomb launcher. If you shrink the gun in the front, it gives the impression of weaker firepower (at least in the context of TF2's cartoony style)
  • Apocol0id
    That gun model's looking pretty good! I'd change the thickness of the front wooden piece to be at least 2x wider, it looks kind of thin right now.
  • farmboy
    So I'm fairly happy with these at this point. I'm worried though that it doesn't fit the tf2 art style too well with the mirrored look (and flat makes them look like shop/safety glasses, which isn't my intent). Thoughts?
    Also, with or without the hat and headphones?
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