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Customizing BAT loading screens and backgrounds - general thread
« 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.

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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





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.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/kfoy4979uoaohpf/%23BAT_%23CAT_Loading_screens.zip/file

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


(artwork by Margarita Zhitnik)



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

"Classic Il-2 1946"
https://www.mediafire.com/file/urrkdisev7g29xf/BAT_loading_screen_1946.zip/file






"Jewelry"
https://www.mediafire.com/file/vslu00ml1ncb2e5/BAT_loading_screen_Pin_Up.zip/file





The artist, the comics, the girls, the machines... Romain Hugault edition
https://www.mediafire.com/file/odaiyma6l4ob5pr/BAT_loading_screen_RHugault.zip/file




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




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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #1 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.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/kfoy4979uoaohpf/%23BAT_%23CAT_Loading_screens.zip/file

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



(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

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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2020, 03:09:12 AM »

Great idea, Andy, many thanks from us cat (and dog) lovers! 8)
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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2020, 03:37:57 AM »

D/L, installed.....and love it! :) :)

Thanks!
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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2020, 04:33:01 AM »

Immersive Backgrounds, best things in life BAT and CAT.

Best wishes
Tobias

 

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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2020, 04:39:25 AM »

Lovely to see figgis being used as a background... SWEEEEEET!!  :-* ^-^
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2020, 06:55:07 AM »










Bromley and Bond approve... ]thumleft[
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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: Customizing BAT backgrounds - general thread
« Reply #9 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!


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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2020, 08:11:18 AM »

Oh, nice cats everyone :)

Here's my gang


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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2020, 08:34:58 AM »

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New skin now ;D

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