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Retain textures when importing for BFME2 models

Tutorial for Battle for Middle-earth II BFME 2, Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch-king ROTWK

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robnkarla

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Created: Thursday August 23, 2007 - 13:40
Updated: Tuesday March 31, 2009 - 11:08
Views: 6751
Summary: How to keep the texture mapping for BFME2 models without re-mapping.

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Introduction

One of the things that has continually been a frustration when modding BFME2 is that the mapping for most of the buildings is not retained when you try to import the .w3d file into RenX or elsewhere, meaning that in order to modify/animate the buildings you have to go through the arduous task of re-mapping the whole thing. Well I'm happy to say you no longer have to re-map the buildings!

With the fantastic help from Crashdoc who came up with this technique, this article will walk you though how to edit your .w3d file to retain its mapping upon import.

What you will need:
XVI32 (Hex Editor)
wdump (Renegade Public Tool that comes with RenX)
RenX
w3d importer
gimp/photoshop (to create convert .dds to .tga)

In this article we will also be using the following two files as we make the harad church building modifiable to be used as a Fortress base for Harad:

rbarmory_skn.w3d
cbharadchurch.w3d

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Gmax program1021August 23, 2007 - 13:43
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JEV3 - Thursday August 23, 2007 - 14:55

MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH!!!

I can't wait to try this. It is a little hard to follow, but I am guessing that it would be easier if I was actually using it as a tutorial. :-P

Rob38 (Team Chamber Member) - Thursday August 23, 2007 - 14:52

well, well, well... look at what we have here :)

robnkarla (Team Chamber Member) - Thursday August 23, 2007 - 14:22

Ok, tags are added to clean it up a little. I'll clean it up more later when the screenshots are done to make it so pretty. Anything else you'd recommend to improve it?

King Arvedui - Thursday August 23, 2007 - 14:11

Maybe I should Practice basic modelling first right?

robnkarla (Team Chamber Member) - Thursday August 23, 2007 - 14:05

yeah, I wanted to get the first draft out for people to use. I'll be reformatting it all as I get time with screenshots and such.

Bart (Administrator) - Thursday August 23, 2007 - 14:03

it are discoveries like these that help everyone, revolutionary :-) good job

ps. add some code tags and markup :-P

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