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8 years 5 months ago #1 by Grog

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  • Nap Portraits was created by Grog
    Next stage started

    Added sepia tone to keep it close to Gunships stock background




    Further cutting and blending technique, which will be done much later





    Sorry about the delay, fellas
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    8 years 5 months ago #2 by Saddletank

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    Looking very nice, that small amount of sepia makes a huge difference.

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    8 years 5 months ago #3 by Marching Thru Georgia

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  • They make a very nice addition to the mod. It gives some personality to the units in the field. I'm still impressed with all the time you must have spent tracking down those portraits.

    I can make this march and I will make Georgia howl.

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    8 years 5 months ago #4 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Yeh, I do like the sepia look.

    Gunship24,

    It would be good to match the portraits with the background exactly. Do you have the sepia mask colour settings or HTML code? Otherwise, I think I have managed to get it close enough.

    MTG, it has taken a few dozen hours already (my wife would say more :laugh: ) but quite educational too. It is good to put faces to names, which is a good feature of this game, I think.

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    8 years 4 months ago #5 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    More waiting for the Nap portrait mod, I'm afraid :( .

    Frustratingly, RL taking over right now.

    They will get done but can't predict when.
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    8 years 4 months ago #6 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    A bit more work done. I have now sepia copies of all portraits and have begun mounting them.

    With so many to do, I have used 2048x2048 dds mounts for all portrait Levels and have used the US LVL's for French&Allies and CS LVL's for Coalition. Minor changes to the gfx files have allowed this.

    I used Paint.net sepia preset to speed the process up, which has meant me having to also change the Toolbar background colour to match. It is slightly different, more red-brown tint.

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    8 years 3 months ago #7 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Further work done.

    Cutting and sepia converting now done on all Prussian and Russian portraits. Brings total sepia portraits to 893.

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    8 years 2 months ago - 8 years 2 months ago #8 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    More progress on the mod.

    The list of commanders has expanded to cover most of the campaigns, I now have well over 1000 portraits.

    I will post lists soon.

    Work has begun on blending (as in the ACW vanilla). I have had to change Gunship's background sceen a little to aid blending, otherwise each portrait would have Gen Rapp's head protruding from it :laugh:

    Almost there with the overall look but its still gonna take me a while to complete, especially during these summer months, sorry :(

    Some screenies:



















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    8 years 2 months ago #9 by Marching Thru Georgia

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  • These look very nice. The color blends well with the rest of the screen too. They will make a great addition to the nappy mod.

    I can make this march and I will make Georgia howl.

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    8 years 2 months ago #10 by RebBugler

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  • Replied by RebBugler on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Outstanding! I don't see how they could be displayed any better.

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    8 years 2 months ago #11 by Saddletank

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  • Replied by Saddletank on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Very nice, the young Napoleon looks like a very hungry fellow!

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    8 years 2 months ago #12 by Davinci

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  • Replied by Davinci on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Grog - Excellent blending there!

    Now, having a thousand pictures of the Officers at that time would have to come from your own personal collection. I wouldn't think that you could get that many from the Internet.


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    8 years 2 months ago - 8 years 2 months ago #13 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Thanks for the kind comments, fellas.

    Yes, D. They are all part of my personal collection, otherwise known as The Grog Archives ;)

    I wish it was the case but I have collected them almost entirely from the internet.

    There are some good sources out there, which has saved countless hours of research. For the less well published Generals there was a lot of time used up in following links and clues, often with no success. Often I would think I had got my General, only to find it had Val Kilmer's face pasted onto it :laugh:

    Here's lists of the Generals so far in Excel form.

    www.mediafire.com/folder/m5b3x98bvh81y/Grog's_Napoleonic_Portraits_July'13

    There are probably quite a few more out there, especially from the 1813-14 period. If anyone is crazy enough to start searching or happens to stumble across one that I have missed, please post me a link.

    I will make all available to anyone on request, eventually. Please PM me if you require them sooner.

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    8 years 2 months ago #14 by Saddletank

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  • Replied by Saddletank on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Are Portuguese dudes included in the British list? I can probably dig up a few of those for you.

    I found that the French language Wikipedia was useful for many Napoleonic generals; their language site seems to cover the Nap wars in more detail than the English language site.

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    8 years 2 months ago #15 by Martin James

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    Great work Grog. Thank you.

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    8 years 2 months ago #16 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Thanks 'Tank'

    I did some searching for Portuguese Generals with little luck but I'm sure you have better sourses that me and would start with a better footing.

    French sourses were very good and that is reflected by the number I got.

    Any help will be appreciated but no rush. Finishing the ones I've got is now my priority.

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    8 years 2 months ago #17 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Update

    The blending stage has been completed for the Generals of Austria, France, Britain and Spain (over 600 in total).

    Blending for Russia and Prussia will have to wait until Gunship's Sprites for these nations have been changed into the quicker format (which could end up being my next project :dry: ).

    Mounting them will start soon but prob not until I've come back from my hols next week. Hopefully, this stage will not take as long as the others.

    I will probably release this as a separate mod to be run in conjunction with Road to Wagram and Peninsular Mod. MP players will need to swap a few files but that should be easy. If it proves popular, perhaps Gunship will consider integration??

    In the meantime, if anyone has any OOB's they would like to be included for Portrait mod conversion, fire away.

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    8 years 2 months ago - 8 years 2 months ago #18 by Saddletank

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    Ah, I was unaware that Gunships 1815/Prussian/Russian sprite pack was the old unpacked format. That's a bummer. Gotta change them all.

    I'd like to get as many portraits included in our Peninsular campaign OOBs as possible. I can't send you the OOBs themselves as its all very hush-hush (and some aren't done yet!) so what's the best way to do this - I send you all the generals names I have and you give me the portrait codes?

    Did you do a generic portrait (like NSD did for ACW generals without an image)?

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    8 years 2 months ago #19 by Grog

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  • Replied by Grog on topic Re: Nap Portraits
    Tank,
    I'll publish the entire generals list with the codes once they are mounted. From these anyone can quickly change the OOBs that have already been posted or their own.

    Firstly, in V1 the current National flags image willing be shown but I am collecting some nice art for each nations generals/units which I hope to use later.

    I have to say, they are looking nice although there are sizable gaps in portrait coverage which might dissapoint some who are used to all those SOW ACW brigadier photo's. Still, better than now't as they say ere up north :-)

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    8 years 1 month ago #20 by Grog

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    At the risk of annoying you, yet another update but as yet no cigar :P

    I've back to to blending stage and have improved on many so that I am finally happy with them.

    I'm sorry but you are dealing with a sick man here :laugh:

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    8 years 1 month ago #21 by Jim

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    It is an illness shared by many here.

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    8 years 1 month ago #22 by Grog

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    Thanks Jim. I feel a feel a degree of comfort knowing that I do not suffer alone ;)

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    8 years 1 month ago #23 by Saddletank

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    Its well known that there is but a fine line between madness and genius.

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    8 years 1 week ago #24 by Grog

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    Further delay in getting this out, sorry!. Been beefing up the OOB's, which has meant doing another 100+ from scratch. Also, been tidying up the others.

    If anyone would like to check them out they are here:

    www.mediafire.com/folder/57ykg6jhojbcd/Nap_Portraits_Blended_Oct'13

    A little bit of touching up still needed on the Spanish and a few french but I am happy with them.

    I'm thinking these GIU colours:


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    8 years 1 week ago #25 by RebBugler

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    Found time to check these out, and AMAZING WORK! Having done hundreds of portrait designs for mods, I feel I know the amount of work and dedication it takes to produce the level of quality you've reached here...outstanding. :cheer:

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    8 years 1 week ago #26 by Grog

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    Thanks RebBugler :)

    I'm really hopeful that I'll get V1 running and ready for DL in the next week or two.

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    7 years 11 months ago #27 by Grog

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    Lite version will be ready for DL tomorrow.

    Will have 3 oobs converted for use:

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    Waterloo.
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    7 years 6 months ago #28 by Grog

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    Just to say, I have been busy trying to get this mod finished. Not long now. Been giving the Kriegsspiel Nap mod priority.

    For the Generals which I havn't managed to find portraits for I have put together generic unit 'portraits' to use. 60+ so far

    They will be in the next KS nap mod, hopefully, which is coming soon.

    You can check them out here:

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