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Title: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on February 17, 2020, 10:57:03 AM
Since the invention of BAT there have been a couple of BATMODS sets with variations of loading screens and backgrounds included for the various era modules

In the past there have been questions about how to customize your own BAT backgrounds and here's a thread where all of this can be discussed and where everyone can share new sets.

A few words to introduce what's happening in BAT here: First of all, each BAT era module has their own set of backdrops. So you can address each era module individually in BATMODS.

The path where these graphics go is:
\#[...]3\STD\gui        (#[...]3 being #WAW3, #JTW3, etc.)

The files are limited by the game and are named:
background0.tga to background14.tga  for randomized launch screens
wide_gui_background_de.tga, wide_gui_background_en.tga, wide_gui_background_jp.tga, wide_gui_background_ru.tga  for randomized in-game GUI backdrops

These names are hardcoded and you cannot simply extend these listings.

Quote
note: these do not affect the Country backdrops which are set in the Country folders:
C:\IL-2 Sturmovik BAT\Missions\Campaign\DE  (DE, US, RG, GB....)

These files can be set individually and must be named either wide_background.tga  or  background.tga   - this varies and you must find out yourself in a particular case. These files usually must be square to my knowledge, like 900x900 and you must compensate for wide screen by deformation. Also they must be 256 colors (8 bit) only for all I know.

These are the basics. With this and with studying the examples already available in BATMODS, you can easily create your own custom BAT backgrounds.

To get things started, I have done a boring plain brushed steel backdrop set that does not change. You will always have this, be it startup or GUI backdrop (again: NOT in the individual country folders for campaigns and missions!)

Neutral Steel Backdrop for #DOF3, #TGA3, #WAW3, #JTW3

(https://i.postimg.cc/FHWMrFCK/launch.png)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JzzwCHqg/GUI.png)

D/L
http://www.mediafire.com/file/uzcqqp49r9b5fce/BAT_Neutral_Steel_Backgrounds.zip/file

Here's another variant for B.A.T.  loading screens: Welcome to C.A.T., the feline flight sim.

If you want to be greeted by Captain Minka each time you launch B.A.T. sorry C.A.T., put these in your BATMODS folder and activate "#BAT_#CAT_Loading_screens" through JSGME

(https://i.postimg.cc/JnFH3NDG/il2fb-2020-10-20-09-42-14-35.jpg)
(artwork by Margarita Zhitnik)

Three more launch screen options, to be activated from BATMODS:

"Classic Il-2 1946"

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjQjTxXC/background0.jpg)

"Jewelry"

(https://i.postimg.cc/wjcxhf28/background0.jpg)

The artist, the comics, the girls, the machines... Romain Hugault edition

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3r1tYRs/background0.jpg)(https://i.postimg.cc/wBgvZ8Mj/background1.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/Pqyxk3vz/background2.jpg)(https://i.postimg.cc/bJvvYxQX/background3.jpg)

https://www.romainhugault.com/fr/

Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on October 20, 2020, 01:55:05 AM
Here's another variant for B.A.T.  loading screens: Welcome to C.A.T., the feline flight sim.

If you want to be greeted by Captain Minka each time you launch B.A.T. sorry C.A.T., put these in your BATMODS folder and activate "#BAT_#CAT_Loading_screens" through JSGME

(https://i.postimg.cc/JnFH3NDG/il2fb-2020-10-20-09-42-14-35.jpg)

(artwork by Margarita Zhitnik)

it comes in 4 flavors:

C.A.T.  - Dawn of Cat
C.A.T.  - The Golden Cat
C.A.T.  - Cats at War
C.A.T.  - The Cat Age

Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Timex62 on October 20, 2020, 02:58:53 AM
C.A.T.? That's hilarious! I love it! Thank you Vampire for this quick tutorial and everything you bring to this sim.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: cgagan on October 20, 2020, 03:09:12 AM
Great idea, Andy, many thanks from us cat (and dog) lovers! 8)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: GEORGES44 on October 20, 2020, 03:37:57 AM
D/L, installed.....and love it! :) :)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Knochenlutscher on October 20, 2020, 04:33:01 AM
Immersive Backgrounds, best things in life BAT and CAT.

Best wishes
Tobias

Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: BlackAce7727 on October 20, 2020, 04:39:25 AM
Lovely to see figgis being used as a background... SWEEEEEET!!  :-* ^-^
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: cbradbury on October 20, 2020, 06:55:07 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/mkTXmXVp/DSC-0129.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WFfw37B0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tRD2XzBy/DSC-0154.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QV9pmcLn)

Bromley and Bond approve... ]thumleft[
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: David Prosser on October 20, 2020, 01:50:09 PM
Looks like my part-time cat, Frankie has been moonlighting as a model. I hope her agent doesn't rip her off. Thanks for this.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 21, 2020, 06:08:12 AM
Cool with cats! :D
Especially for cat lovers like us!  :) Thanks a lot for another cool addition!
(https://i.postimg.cc/zXxJxh6J/20200326-144200-1.png) (https://postimg.cc/zVRZByqM)
(https://i.postimg.cc/x8CpWtzM/20180811-113930.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/62khZVzp)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on October 21, 2020, 08:11:18 AM
Oh, nice cats everyone :)

Here's my gang

(https://i.postimg.cc/zDh9ZL6n/catz.jpg)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 21, 2020, 08:34:58 AM
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Here's my gang
:D :D ]thumright[
New skin now ;D
(https://i.postimg.cc/kXRv77m4/DESPEREAUX-FW190-CAT.png) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 22, 2020, 03:39:04 AM
Here's a couple more cats  :D
The collection is now complete! 15 images. ;D

Installation.
Place the contents of the archive in the BATMODS folder, and then enable the mod manager JSGME.

For those who have the Russian version of BAT
(https://i.postimg.cc/J07XPN4b/13.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Q9PVMW7t)
(https://i.postimg.cc/YSgQ92sm/2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/HJYrvmHp)
(https://i.postimg.cc/ZRx387Zb/3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JDtGmQGv)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: David Prosser on October 22, 2020, 04:56:35 PM
Thanks for these.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DarkBlueBoy on October 23, 2020, 03:17:29 AM
Random question - has anyone ever created any cat faced pilot skins? #askingforafriend  :P ;D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 23, 2020, 03:59:23 AM
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Thanks for these.
Please :) it would be cool to draw a whole collection of 15 most famous fighter planes  :D

Random question - has anyone ever created any cat faced pilot skins? #askingforafriend  :P ;D
You probably overlooked)
https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,63365.msg715202.html#msg715202
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DarkBlueBoy on October 23, 2020, 04:17:11 AM
:) Apologies! Need more! :D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Shakaali on October 23, 2020, 04:54:05 AM
Excellent work. Thank you!

Some more and we'll need another nation: The Kilrathi Empire.  ;)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 23, 2020, 07:03:47 AM
More Spitfire in the collection :D
(https://i.postimg.cc/TYdPXMZ5/background4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DmNhqDf7)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 23, 2020, 07:08:08 AM
Excellent work. Thank you!

Some more and we'll need another nation: The Kilrathi Empire.  ;)
:D I'm in skyrim .. :D
(https://i.postimg.cc/XqDmhCR8/Screen-Shot278.png) (https://postimg.cc/ctwFtr4g)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Dimlee on October 23, 2020, 02:28:38 PM
"And here Alice began to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy sort of way, 'Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?' and sometimes, 'Do bats eat cats?' for, you see, as she couldn't answer either question, it didn't much matter which way she put it.”

Not sure about bats but some cats eat dogs for breakfast, seven of them at once.
1 vs 7 dogcatfight!
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/dog-and-owner-injured-in-victoria-after-cat-attacks-seven-pit-bulls
]salut[
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 24, 2020, 02:20:32 AM
"And here Alice began to get rather sleepy, and went on saying to herself, in a dreamy sort of way, 'Do cats eat bats? Do cats eat bats?' and sometimes, 'Do bats eat cats?' for, you see, as she couldn't answer either question, it didn't much matter which way she put it.”

Not sure about bats but some cats eat dogs for breakfast, seven of them at once.
1 vs 7 dogcatfight!
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/dog-and-owner-injured-in-victoria-after-cat-attacks-seven-pit-bulls
]salut[
The cat was in a bad mood that day :D
https://coub.com/view/2ij74g
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 24, 2020, 02:21:09 AM
:) Apologies! Need more! :D
You can draw yourself, it's very simple  ;)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 24, 2020, 03:50:52 AM
And also Ki-84 :)
(https://i.postimg.cc/0QtdPYZT/background5.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TLDWcWz0)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 24, 2020, 06:05:07 AM
And more P-47 ;D
(https://i.postimg.cc/xCjJ9gj9/111.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gw5kDV67)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 24, 2020, 11:17:11 AM
And more Bf-109 8)
(https://i.postimg.cc/g0M09R7L/1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hJdnTJcK)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 25, 2020, 08:06:33 AM
Corsair :)
(https://i.postimg.cc/RVSdsjj0/8.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/w3rD3bxK)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Timex62 on October 25, 2020, 12:48:17 PM
Hi Despereaux. Maybe I'm missing something but for those of us with limited computer skills, can these backgrounds be downloaded? Thanks.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 25, 2020, 04:30:27 PM
Hi Despereaux. Maybe I'm missing something but for those of us with limited computer skills, can these backgrounds be downloaded? Thanks.

And unpack the into the BATMODS folder at the root of your BAT installation with a replacement. Then just turn it on in the manager JSGME ;)
(https://i.postimg.cc/LXGWbmjZ/1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
(https://i.postimg.cc/0jm4ghCX/2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 04:57:35 AM
Zero :)
(https://i.postimg.cc/7ZsqXDvD/1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qNKfMPMZ)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: PO_MAK_249RIP on October 26, 2020, 07:21:59 AM
We have 18 of the little blighters!! :)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 07:56:57 AM
We have 18 of the little blighters!! :)
Yes! :D And there will be more!  ;D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 07:58:11 AM
Hello Vampire!
For some reason, the old screensavers are constantly working, although I turn on the new ones. I tried to find them among the files, but I could not find them .. Probably they are hardwired into "sfs" somewhere.
The screenshot shows one of them ..
new screensavers work, but not always
I have a new BAT installation, 4.12.2 + 4.0 + 4.1 ..
I don't know how to fix it  ]dontknow[
(https://i.postimg.cc/PrmpMpVn/1.png) (https://postimg.cc/XpYYjJ0s)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on October 26, 2020, 08:29:59 AM
I do not understand what you mean.
All you have to do is replace the .tga files of any of my packages with whatever you want, enable with JSGME and then they will show in random selection. You cannot add additional numbers. The files must be in the correct format.

End of story, there is no magic or hidden sfs content involved.

The picture you show is not part of BAT (looks like a VP Modpack picture?)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 09:17:15 AM
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The picture you show is not part of BAT (looks like a VP Modpack picture?)
No, no, I have a clean installation of BAT, and I have not had a VP for a long time, very strange, except for a random skyes I have nothing, not counting a couple of planes, and also flags of countries.
I had these screensavers in the previous BAT,
Well, if you say that these are definitely screensavers not from BAT, then it means that somewhere I added them somehow. Strange, I will search)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on October 26, 2020, 10:10:54 AM
Definitely not the current default BAT
There also is no BAT emblem. Monty even in old times always marked everything with BAT emblems.

The default looks like this since 4.x - always:

(https://i.postimg.cc/SsTzFSC5/il2fb-2020-09-26-17-49-37-58.png)

Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 10:20:35 AM
The default looks like this since 4.x - always:
Thank you. I understand you perfectly, and I understand what should be. I have it, but nevertheless those screensavers work :D :D
I'll look more closely where they might be later.
(https://i.postimg.cc/YqypXxFT/1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: whistler on October 26, 2020, 11:02:27 AM
For some reason, the old screensavers are constantly working, although I turn on the new ones. I tried to find them among the files, but I could not find them .. Probably they are hardwired into "sfs" somewhere.

Yes, Stock and SAS Modact backgrounds are still there, buried in SFS...

................

BAT is built upon the International version of IL-2, the issue comes from your locale=ru. To make it work you will have to use something like (untested):

background0_ru.mat
background0_ru.tga
background1_ru.mat
background1_ru.tga
background2_ru.mat
background2_ru.tga
...

background0_ru.mat would look something like this:

Code: [Select]
[ClassInfo]  ClassName TMaterial[Layer0]  TextureName background0_ru.tga  tfNoWriteZ 1  tfNoDegradation 1  tfMinLinear 1  tfMagLinear 1
Check other posts and experiment a little. I am sure you will figure it out, DESPEREAUX!
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 12:14:18 PM
For some reason, the old screensavers are constantly working, although I turn on the new ones. I tried to find them among the files, but I could not find them .. Probably they are hardwired into "sfs" somewhere.

Yes, Stock and SAS Modact backgrounds are still there, buried in SFS...

................

BAT is built upon the International version of IL-2, the issue comes from your locale=ru. To make it work you will have to use something like (untested):

background0_ru.mat
background0_ru.tga
background1_ru.mat
background1_ru.tga
background2_ru.mat
background2_ru.tga
...

background0_ru.mat would look something like this:

Code: [Select]
[ClassInfo]  ClassName TMaterial[Layer0]  TextureName background0_ru.tga  tfNoWriteZ 1  tfNoDegradation 1  tfMinLinear 1  tfMagLinear 1
Check other posts and experiment a little. I am sure you will figure it out, DESPEREAUX!
Thank you very much Whistler!  :D
Yes, I'll figure it out, I'll experiment ;) To be honest, I suspected that it might somehow be related to "RU" but did not have time to check))
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 12:15:43 PM
Macchi C.205 :)
(https://i.postimg.cc/sXfr3nZj/10.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/d7fXBjBp)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 26, 2020, 01:03:09 PM
That's right, that was the point. It all worked ;D
(https://i.postimg.cc/Df1bm60r/1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yWYNbFFx)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Timex62 on October 26, 2020, 06:35:17 PM
Evidently I didn't take a close enough look at the download. I thought there was only one background. Well that's what I get for thinking......  OK, I only saw the first link. I have them all now. Thank you much!
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: StingerTheRaven on October 27, 2020, 12:16:22 PM
I find the BAT bare-metal backdrop quite dreary, the stock 4.12.2m backgrounds have just enough character to make the main menu "pop". How might I go about restoring the default main-menu backgrounds?
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on October 27, 2020, 01:04:59 PM
The old type BAT backdrops are delivered as a BATMODS option
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 27, 2020, 11:52:51 PM
Hawker Hurricane :)
(https://i.postimg.cc/tRZ1y8nN/1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/xqQj3xRX)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on October 29, 2020, 10:59:58 AM
Mig-3 ;D
(https://i.postimg.cc/rp8YwpDv/background12.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/YvsxXMf3)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 01, 2020, 05:35:11 AM
:)
(https://i.postimg.cc/JhbNcJp6/2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/p9L5P9bz)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 03, 2020, 08:52:38 AM
And more D.520  ;D
(https://i.postimg.cc/brF8DtCy/15.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/2LvggVNM)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 06, 2020, 05:51:11 AM
P-51 :)
(https://i.postimg.cc/C5D9t1TF/6.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/p5W05PL7)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 07, 2020, 05:09:43 AM
And Dora! :) The collection is now complete! 15 images.
(https://i.postimg.cc/rpSnR1KM/15.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sBg9tZYN)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 08, 2020, 03:38:58 AM
Forgot the pilot girl .. :D
(https://i.postimg.cc/GtX7b7D7/16.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QKWkbq01)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Knochenlutscher on November 09, 2020, 11:07:17 AM

Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 09, 2020, 12:20:28 PM
Enjoy ;)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: UberDemon on November 10, 2020, 12:38:40 AM
Sorry for the dumb question, but just to be clear, there is no more way to customize the Campaign or Single Player country folder backgrounds correct?  Or is there a way to make that work still?  I have seen some nice mods back in the day for several countries...  I'd be interested in knowing how to do that with BAT if it is at all possible.

I am talking about folders like "\Missions\Single\RU", the original mat and tga background files are there, but they do not work.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on November 10, 2020, 01:12:47 AM
UD, please refer to the opening post, specifically the first quote-note :)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 10, 2020, 03:25:58 AM
Sorry for the dumb question, but just to be clear, there is no more way to customize the Campaign or Single Player country folder backgrounds correct?  Or is there a way to make that work still?  I have seen some nice mods back in the day for several countries...  I'd be interested in knowing how to do that with BAT if it is at all possible.

I am talking about folders like "\Missions\Single\RU", the original mat and tga background files are there, but they do not work.
Hey UD.  In WAT everything works beautifully.  I have been using country flags for a long time.
(https://i.postimg.cc/qMF7rfVd/a-P3lx-LQmg5c.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KRnb7H89)
(https://i.postimg.cc/VkbkL7m0/Q0-5-Ph-LXAu-Y.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RW4BgL3v)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: UberDemon on November 10, 2020, 06:55:02 AM
UD, please refer to the opening post, specifically the first quote-note :)

I still feel dumb, because I read that and I tried, and I still failed...  OK, I am doing something wrong, lemme see.

Quote
Hey UD.  In WAT everything works beautifully.  I have been using country flags for a long time.

Thank you!  Nice!
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on November 10, 2020, 07:20:44 AM
make sure the tga is formatted correctly. The country backdrops seem sensitive, the launch screens not so much.
Do not compress them for instance. Otherwise I don't know what else too say that's not written there.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Griffon_301 on November 10, 2020, 07:40:47 AM
ehm, Desperaux are you sure they go into mapmods folder?
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 10, 2020, 08:53:11 AM
ehm, Desperaux are you sure they go into mapmods folder?
You put the contents of the archive into the batmods folder yourself, and then turn on the mod manager.
Do you want to say, would it be more convenient if the archive was unpacked to the root of the game?
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Griffon_301 on November 10, 2020, 10:45:08 AM
no...I just noted in your zip file that it was zipped up while sitting in the mapmods folder, at least that is what you get when you unzip it keeping the folder structure... shouldn´t such backgrounds rather go into missions\single\... and missions\campaign\... ? I have never put backgrounds into the mapmods folder...
btw I have not used jsgme and never will for IL2;

EDIT: fingers were quicker than the brain....tried it out and the flags now show up :) they look really great as background I have to say...thanks a lot :)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 10, 2020, 11:02:31 AM
no...I just noted in your zip file that it was zipped up while sitting in the mapmods folder, at least that is what you get when you unzip it keeping the folder structure... shouldn´t such backgrounds rather go into missions\single\... and missions\campaign\... ? I have never put backgrounds into the mapmods folder...
btw I have not used jsgme and never will for IL2;

EDIT: fingers were quicker than the brain....tried it out and the flags now show up :) they look really great as background I have to say...thanks a lot :)
I thought we were talking about screensavers with cats .. read the "mapmods" inattentively ..
With flags, yes, as they are packaged and put them in the mapmods folder, there shouldn't be any problems.
(https://i.postimg.cc/CLq6qH7v/1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Don't mention it  ;)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Griffon_301 on November 10, 2020, 11:15:03 AM
being a dog owner, I ignored all of your cat content in this thread btw  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 10, 2020, 11:21:17 AM
being a dog owner, I ignored all of your cat content in this thread btw  :D :D :D
In vain! Do you propose to make a package of pilot dogs? :D :D :D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Griffon_301 on November 10, 2020, 11:24:18 AM
noooo, but recently I have collected quite a nice collection of WW2 pictures of pilots and aircrew with their mascot doggos...
of course it was Johnnie Johnson and Guy Gibson who featured prominently there ....

btw you should maybe check Franz von Werra, who had adopted a pet lion as his mascot....
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 10, 2020, 11:28:42 AM
btw you should maybe check Franz von Werra, who had adopted a pet lion as his mascot....
A good idea. :D
It is a pity that there are a limited number of screensavers.
(https://i.postimg.cc/HWvbgrGd/22.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: UberDemon on November 10, 2020, 02:00:43 PM
Well, I really appreciate the information.

As long as you use the

* "#<MOD>3\MAPMODS\Missions\Single\<country_digraph>" or
* "#<MOD>3\MAPMODS\Missions\Campaign\<country_digraph>" folder with a proper background.mat file that has the content:
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[ClassInfo]  ClassName TMaterial[Layer0]  TextureName background.tga  tfNoWriteZ 1  tfNoDegradation 1  tfMinLinear 1  tfMagLinear 1
And a corresponding "background.tga" graphics file/picture, it does not really matter what dimension you use.  You can put whatever you want...  Take a look below:

(https://i.postimg.cc/c4M2SD3J/background1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dL34Rj4M)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FRLCnGmN/background2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/G8bj4FH5)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xd7FRhw6/background3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SX6rQTN9)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Z5wQ9CVt/background4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/68Gcg6kY)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XvXz94zZ/background5.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NyqDcqYY)

And this is nice because I'll be able to have a background for UQMG single player missions again in UQMG (Single\NN).
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on November 10, 2020, 10:39:02 PM
interesting and helpful info!
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 11, 2020, 12:12:44 AM
All the time I want to try your UQMB, but I haven't tried it yet. :D
Are the missions that he builds too heavy?  I mean, if the computer is weak, will it be able to digest the mission?
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Andy H on November 11, 2020, 06:21:47 AM
I like the flags package very much - thanks!

But...I've probably overlooked something very basic, how do I adjust the transparency of the 'metal' overlay so that the background image shows through?
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: UberDemon on November 11, 2020, 09:02:57 AM
All the time I want to try your UQMB, but I haven't tried it yet. :D
Are the missions that he builds too heavy?  I mean, if the computer is weak, will it be able to digest the mission?

To stay on topic, I moved my response here:
* https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,65131.msg716910.html#msg716910
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 11, 2020, 10:09:28 AM
I like the flags package very much - thanks!

But...I've probably overlooked something very basic, how do I adjust the transparency of the 'metal' overlay so that the background image shows through?
Everything is configured in the game settings.
Or use my config
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Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 11, 2020, 10:20:35 AM
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We must hurry! :D :D :D
Thank you so much! I will definitely download it! Thanks for the clarification. Very cool program.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 11, 2020, 01:51:52 PM
Installed, checked, everything works fine! Thank you very much!  ;)
Excellent program, wrote about it in the IL-2 group, in the social network ..
(https://i.postimg.cc/T3cfhfSQ/1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/xXqW4D9b)
(https://i.postimg.cc/0N2xwh1v/2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zyM9mtf2)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on November 12, 2020, 09:18:42 AM
Please keep on topic - backgrounds

Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on November 12, 2020, 09:28:17 AM
Please keep on topic - backgrounds
Good.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
Post by: UberDemon on November 12, 2020, 11:15:52 AM
Please keep on topic - backgrounds

Moved my previous response to stay on topic.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on December 23, 2020, 05:04:18 AM
I made three more BAT launch screen options, to be activated from BATMODS:
(links also available in opening post!)

"Classic Il-2 1946" (all 4 eras)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjQjTxXC/background0.jpg)

"Jewelry" (all 4 eras)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wjcxhf28/background0.jpg)

The artist, the comics, the girls, the machines... Romain Hugault edition:

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3r1tYRs/background0.jpg)(https://i.postimg.cc/wBgvZ8Mj/background1.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/Pqyxk3vz/background2.jpg)(https://i.postimg.cc/bJvvYxQX/background3.jpg)

https://www.romainhugault.com/fr/

chose your poison and enjoy  8)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Knochenlutscher on December 24, 2020, 04:50:47 AM
Cool Designs Vamp, gonna use them here

Thanks for sharing
Tobias
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on April 22, 2021, 05:32:31 AM
I made three more BAT launch screen options, to be activated from BATMODS:

Thank you very much Vampire! Great job! ;D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: PO_MAK_249RIP on April 25, 2021, 08:04:36 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/5tXtFMTq/REDCORE-Mk-III.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7Cy4pjxf)

UPDATED

(https://i.postimg.cc/vT3hFVbG/REDCORE-SCREEN.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1VVwD48d)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on August 04, 2021, 01:03:02 AM
Hi guys! I decided here to draw a new collection with screensavers for BAT-WAW, in the style of the old scheme.
I hope you will like it:)
Installation: Place the contents of the archive in the root folder of the game. Open the mod manager, find a mod called "# WAW_SCREEN_Old-Schemes_EN" and enable it. After launching the game with the WAW module, new screens should appear. Who has the Russian version of the game, respectively, download and include the version of "RU".
All 15 images are ready.
Enjoy;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZKghKDYx/background0.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ppDSsCFm)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rp2X50rd/background4.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cvhbSJTZ)

EN:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/3jd9y2to98pebte/#WAW_SCREEN_Old-Schemes_EN.7z/file

RU:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/p8rmlk6e106tcy5/#WAW_SCREEN_Old-Schemes_RU.7z/file
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: SAS~vampire_pilot on August 04, 2021, 02:19:18 AM
oh, this looks great :D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Griffon_301 on August 04, 2021, 05:50:35 AM
Great pictures!
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: baggo on August 04, 2021, 07:48:38 AM
superb screens despereaux, many thanks ,kev.
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on August 04, 2021, 10:07:25 AM
Thanks guys! :D
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Sharkzz on August 08, 2021, 12:45:50 AM
Love CAT ! ...
one little question are the TGA's 8 bit or 24 bit ?
cannot find a program that will save my tga as 8 bit. any help please ?, I have been doing my own but they are not showing up. the lowest I can save them in Infview & paint .net is 24bit.TGA.
thanks
'Sharkzz
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on August 08, 2021, 01:08:48 PM
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Love CAT ! ...
Good :D
Quote
I have been doing my own but they are not showing up.

It turns out 24 bits. You probably placed them incorrectly.
(https://i.postimg.cc/ZYX3hngb/1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kDFDQJqz)
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: Sharkzz on August 09, 2021, 04:02:31 AM
Hey there Despereaux, thanks for that, I do have em in the right place though. I am close checking the tga's i changed to see if I "went over the lines" as they say in stretching out my pics to fit the canvas size. infview and paint dot net are great and paint.net is good for keeping layers right. some times the tga's are 8 bit. other times they turn up 24 bit. depends which version of the game I am running . My paint . net will give a choice of bit depth but in this instance it wouldn't let me pick an 8 bit setting, it auto went to 24 bit.
keep looking ! lol. always good to play around with stuff.
stay safe.
cheers
Sharkzz
Title: Re: Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
Post by: DESPEREAUX on August 09, 2021, 05:03:28 AM
If it still doesn't work. You can just give me your images and I will save them in the format I want.  :)
cheers