Blood Dragon Armor Mod

#1someonePosted 11/11/2009 4:59:14 PM
For those who were dissatisfied with the bright and pixelated appearance of the Blood Dragon Armor, I've edited the textures to provide an alternative.

I didn't do too much because I wanted to preserve the general appearance of the armor. I've made it darker and smoothed the edges of some of the details so the armor appears more in-tune with the rest of the textures in game. Here are some images:

Before:
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Before-1.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Before-2.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Before-3.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Before-4.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Before-5.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Before-6.jpg

After:
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/After-1.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/After-2.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/After-3.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/After-4.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/After-5.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/After-6.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/After-7.jpg

In-Battle:
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Battle-1.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Battle-2.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Battle-4.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Battle-5.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Battle-6.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Battle-7.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d89/someone1074/Battle-8.jpg

Instructions:
You'll need WinRAR to access and open this file so that you can extract the texture files within. The 'extract to' directory should look something like this...

C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\My Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age\packages\core\override

Once the texture files are in there, you should be good to go.

Download Link:
http://rapidshare.com/files/305727739/Blood_Dragon_Armor_Mod_-_Large_Textures.rar

NOTE: These are only the LARGE textures. If you correctly extract these to the folder and you see no change in-game, then you are probably using mid-size or small-size textures. I will release those in their own packages in a moment. I'd just like to get a feel to see how this looks in-game for other people before editing and packing those textures

NOTE 2: The red armor you see in some shots is a WIP texture edit for the Juggernaut Armor. In case you're curious.

Feel free to comment and critique based on your experiences with it.

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GT: lJustAlexl
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#2soapyluggagePosted 11/11/2009 5:31:09 PM
Looks too brown in some light... Also seems a bit pixelated on the red shoulder, still. Looks better overall, but it sort of seems like you just blurred out the texture to make it looks smoother.

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/3333/screenshot2009111120280.jpg

Bigger picture so you can see the shoulder better
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#3soapyluggagePosted 11/11/2009 5:34:30 PM
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/7963/screenshot2009111120321.jpg

Here's another one closer up. It's like you get the choice between brown and blurry and white and pixelated. I think if you really want to make it look nice, you might just have to totally remake a high-res texture for it. I'll probably stick with using yours, though.
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#4someone(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2009 5:39:40 PM
Hm...your colors are a lot more rich too. What are your graphics card settings set to with regards to gamma, brightness, contrast, etc. in-game?

Judging by the difference between our screenshots, there's definitely something amiss there. The brown takes me at a complete surprise, since the original texture is gray/white, and I simply lowered the brightness to get achieve the dark look.

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GT: lJustAlexl
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#5soapyluggagePosted 11/11/2009 5:44:28 PM
Well I play in windowed mode and my desktop settings are just the default. I think my colors look different because of the stage of the game I'm in. I don't want to say where because this isn't marked with spoilers, but bad things are happening.
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#6soapyluggagePosted 11/11/2009 5:45:36 PM
Also my settings like that shouldn't affect screenshots I take. It's just the ligthing in the game.
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#7someone(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2009 5:46:31 PM
Np. I'll tweak mine a bit to get something closer to yours. I've always felt my settings were a bit off, but this is good evidence of that.

Re-upload to come in a bit.

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GT: lJustAlexl
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#8someone(Topic Creator)Posted 11/11/2009 6:18:14 PM
Hm...re-installed my graphics driver and set all display settings to default...I'm just not seeing any of those colors. Making it a bit more sharp also reveals all of the splotches in texture that were visible initially as well.

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GT: lJustAlexl
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#9DarkWarl0rdPosted 11/11/2009 6:18:43 PM
looks better, awaiting med textures.
#10SerionXPosted 11/11/2009 6:19:24 PM
It looks so old and dark now. :( The brighter white of it is what made it look so good.