Sunday, 6 November 2016

Skyrim Special Edition

Skyrim Special Edition (SE) is out with a SE Creation Kit to port mods that can't be loaded directly from former to new version.

The first impressions are very positive - I've just make the first quest up to Riverwood and did some walking on Whiterun. The game is very stable (some bugs like the horse on the Helgen prisoner lineup are another matter), the visuals are nice and the performance, even for a potato PC like mine, is very fluid.

The Skyrim modding community is very active again; lots of mods are being successfully taken to SE and some of those core mods like SKSE, Bodyslide Outfit Studio, The Book of Silence, Racemenu/ECE, HDT and ENB are on the works or at least with the promise of a SE version for most (in fact the first version of the ENB SE binary is already out). SkyUI is still the biggest question mark, since the devs apparently are not interested in porting the SkyUI project to SE.

Vanilla SE already has a nice effect:


But with (beta) ENB is better IMO:

God-rays are nice. Framelock at 40 fps.


Meanwhile, must-have mods like Unofficial Skyrim SE patch, Wet and Cold, SMIM, Even Better Quest Objectives, Relationship Dialogue Overhaul, FNIS, XPMSE or Skyrim Flora Overhaul are already out, some with limitations.

There is a new Nifskope to adjust for the new .nif model format of SE and the models that won't run on SE should be adapted in the future.

Some of my personal conversions and follower mods will be on SE, but just a small part; I've been testing some followers and the first runs are positive, so I'll release them slowly on this blog (SE don't have a Steam Workshop yet), possibly next week.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Unfinished Conversions - Baroness Armor

Another unfinished work from Oblivion, this time a skimpy armor with three color variant from talented modder Kiki, with some modifications.







Description and know issues:

- Not dismembered;
- 0 weight only, base 7B body no Bounce, no additional mods required;
- the finger skinning is not perfect;
- the skin chest area sometimes bugs out with strange textures - take off and equip it again solves this very annoying issue;
- type help Baroness on console to get them;

Credits and Thanks: 
Thanks to Kiki for Baron Armor and for the free-to-use permissions;
To Sevennity for Sevenbase Body;
To Dimon99 for UNP Body;
To xp32 for XPMS Skeleton;
To Person123456789 for the Oblivion Skeleton in Skyrim Pose;
To Mikanoshi for SMCO;
To Gerra6 for KgTools;
To Gomapero for the Pose Pack;
To 3DSMax, Nifskope, Paint.NET teams;
To Bethesda for Creation Kit, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim;


And to all the modders and Skyrim fans that still mod, tweak, share, download, play and showcase Skyrim.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

The DragonBorn Disciples

Last Follower Pack, perfect for those who can't get enough of Waifu/OverPowered companions.

This is a compilation of seven (7) overpowered NPC. All the base presets were collected around the web, from 3DM Forum (from the work of Stupded and 
Wangruanyifu), Nexus (Windofriver), Loverslab (Gvman3670) and Naver Cafe.

This mod can be considered as a cheat mod, since the followers are overpowered , with lots of perks, some good spells and a couple of shouts, plus you can found some great starter equipment and money inside the dwemer dresser right after the entrance door and some goodies around the house.

Please consider this a WIP. I'm still tweaking their combat AI.



REQUIREMENTS: 

- Dragonborn DLC
- Dawnguard DLC

HIGLY RECOMENDED MODS FOR A BETTER GAMING EXPERIENCE: 

- A follower manager (Amazing Follower Tweaks is my suggestion but another is fine too) 
- Follower Commentary Overhault
- Dynamic Follower Dialogue
- Unnoficial Patches (Legendary or Modular)
- Fix Lip Synch

THE FOLLOWERS

You can pick them near Riverwood inside a Dwemer ruin that you can also use as a very basic starting player house. The location is automatically displayed in your map (Disciples Outpost).

They all use vanilla assets (equipment, voices, spells) so the outfit appearance will chance depending on your armor/weapon mods installed.

They all have an health/mana regeneration equipment, Skeleton Key (open any lock) and the light foot perks (to avoid trap trigging).

Ava - Battlemage, uses staves and magic




Daphne - Ranger, Dual Katanas and Bow




Felicia - Nightingale, Dual Swords and Bow




Katleen - Fighter, 1H Sword/Shield and Bow




Lucika - Paladin. 2H Greateaxe and Bow




Nicole - Dragonhunter, Dual War Axes and Bow




Wanda - Thief, Dual Daggers and Crossbow




LOCATION:




CHANGE BASE BODY:

By default, UNP is used as base body for the followers. 

If you want them to use your body type:
1 - Browse your 

Skyrim\data\meshes\actors\character\ 

and create a new folder called 

Disciplesfollowers

Inside this folder create another one called 

Body

Your folder path should look like this: 

\Skyrim\data\meshes\actors\character\disciplesfollowers\Body\

2 - leave the \Disciplesfollowers\Body\ folder window open. Now we need to find and copy the body files that will override the default ones.

3 - open another browse files window, go to your 

Skyrim\Data\meshes\actors\character\character assets\ 

folder and SELECT TO COPY the following .nif files:
* femalebody_0
* femalebody_1
* femalefeet_0
* femalefeet_1
* femalehands_0
* femalehands_1

4 - drop the files in your 

\Disciplesfollowers\body\ (COPY THE FILES, DO NOT MOVE THE FILES)

Done.

TROUBLESHOOTING AND GENERAL TIPS:

- After recruit them, REMOVE THE HUNTING BOW that is automatically added to the follower inventory;
- Use a follower manager to make your life easier;
- The Map Marker isn't there? Go to your Skirim folder, execute SkyrimLauncher and check if the DiscipleFollowers.esp is activated on the Data Files; if you use a Mod Manager (NMM or Mod Organizer - wise decision), make sure the plugin is activated.
- Crash when entering the Disciples Outpost? Probably a memory issue, be sure to read about SKSE, that will stabilize your game A LOT.

Tools Used:

SMCO: for .dds and .bsa optimizer;
Creation Kit 

Credits and Thanks:
Base Body: UNP by Dimon99;
Body and Face Textures: SG Textures Renewal by HelloSanta, Fair Skin by HHaleyy;
Hair: KSHairdos by Kalilies Stealthic Khaos and Shocky, SGHairs by HelloSanta;
Brows: SG Brows by HelloSanta, True Brows by Jimtownirish;
Eyes: The Eyes of the Beauty by LogRaam, True Eyes by Jintownirish;
Head Mesh and Chargen tool: Enhanced Character Edit by Tktk1 and ECE Team;
Presets by Stupded (Ava), Wangruanyifu (Daphne and Wanda), Windofriver (Nicole), Gvman3670 (Katleen) and a the very talented preset creators from Naver Cafe (Felicia and Lucika).
Mikanoshi for SMCO.
Bethesda for Skyrim and the Creation Kit
Nifskope/Niftools Teams.
Tutorials by DarkFox127 (house) and Natilde (Follower creation)

ENJOY! 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Unfinished Armors - Unreleased conversions

Some of my conversions aren't for share due to the lack of permissions from the original authors, so I left them ready to play but incomplete. They all look great in-game so if you have the skills, you should consider port them to your Skyrim game.

Just to make sure: this isn't a post to provoke anyone, it is just a post to show how some Oblivion mods look in-game. The original mod creators have my thanks for their work and assets, and I respect their decision and not share publicly the conversions.


Cute Leather Dress by Nailflan (Original MOD page)


Probably my favorite outfit from this pack, looks really nice in-game. Nailflan is still an active Oblivion modder and has lots of nice releases; if you still play Oblivion check his work.

Aayla - Star Wars - from NeoVici (Original MOD page)


I'm not a Star Wars fan but this Twi'lek outfit is very well done, and goes well with lightsaber and other Jedi-related mods. NeoVici is a prolific modder and has created mods both to Oblivion and Skyrim (and other games), but this is still on Oblivion only.

Haubergeon by Kiki (Original MOD page)


From the Final Fantasy universe, another armor that can fit Skyrim right away. A more actual texture could do wonders, but Kiki should be proud of this set.

Shadow and Sotonhorian Armors from Andragorn (Original MOD Page Here and Here)



Two great armors that looks like they are always in the game, specially the second one is fitted for a great warrior. Great job from Andragorn.

Silver Dwemer from Kosai_Avonej (Original MOD page)


As a big fan of Dwemer architecture (armors not so much) this is a nice variation from the clunky robot-like dwarver armors, at least giving the female figurine some curves. Kudos to Kosai.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Neisa 1.0.1.3 Alternative Version

The latest version of Neisa Tank Follower (1.0.1.3) adds some amazing new features like custom Voice and some scripted events, with a face and armor revamp; since I'm used to her original face and armor looks, I decided to transfer the old assets to the new version, without touching anything else.

Instalation:
- Make sure you are using a save without Neisa installed or the face change may not work properly;
- Download and install the original MOD with medium textures and ENG voice options (don't check the alternative Banded Iron armor);
- Overwrite everything with the file below (use a mod manager for a simple and clean process).

Face/Body and Armor: DOWNLOAD HERE FROM MEGA

Screenshot:



Notes:
- the replacer textures are optimized 1k textures;
- if you want only the face change, replace everything except the files in the meshes ARMOR folder;
- if you want only the armor change, replace only the files in the meshes ARMOR folder;
- no .esp required, so may work with future versions; 
- for an effective face change, use a clean save (without the original mod installed) or the face may not change properly.

Credits:
Morika and Pandea_Work for the Neisa concept and creation;
SMCO by Mikanoshi;
3DSMax team;
Bethesda for Creation Kit and Skyrim.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Unfinished Conversions - Kogane Ranger Armor

Back to unfinished releases, but this time not that unfinished - the only thing that bothers me is the skirt skinning that could be better, and I may return to fix it later. From HGEC to Sevenbase, HGEC Ranger Armor by Kogane.





Description and know issues:
- Dismembered in Cuirass, Gauntlets and Boots;
- 0 and 1 weights, attached to a 7B body with Bounce support skeleton, so a XPMS-based skeleton is required;
- type help Kogane on console to get it;

Credits and Thanks: 
Thanks to Kogane for HGEC Ranger Armor and for the free-to-use permissions;
To Sevennity for Sevenbase Body;
To Dimon99 for UNP Body;
To xp32 for XPMS Skeleton;
To Person123456789 for the Oblivion Skeleton in Skyrim Pose;
To Mikanoshi for SMCO;
To Gerra6 for KgTools;
To Gomapero for the Pose Pack;
To 3DSMax, Nifskope, Paint.NET teams;
To Bethesda for Creation Kit, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim;

And to all the modders and Skyrim fans that still mod, tweak, share, download, play and showcase Skyrim.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Netherweave Robes for 7B/UNP

After some time playing Dark Souls I and Fallout: New Vegas, back to Skyrim with a handful or conversions, the final wave of shared releases.

This time is another Oblivion port and from Gizmodian's work. Five beautiful robes from the Netherweave Robe for HGEC. They turn out great and they clearly deserve a Steam release.  




DOWNLOAD: MEGA Link for Non-Steam users

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Please read at least the GENERAL INFORMATION and the TROUBLESHOOTING before posting about an issue or CTD. On the comments, I won't reply to "It won't work" comments without explaining at least when it crashes (on Skyrim logo, loading a game, entering the chest cell...). 

GENERAL INFORMATION: 

This MOD is another port of Gizmodian excelent work for Oblivion, the Netherweave Robe for HGEC. This conversion is for the 7Base/UNP body and features 5 robe color variants: Black, Green, Purple, Red and Umber. Female only.

Original Mod Page. If you like this mod and you have a Nexus account, give kudos to the author. 

REQUIREMENTS (WITHOUT THIS YOUR GAME WILL CRASH TO DESKTOP): 

XPMS Skeleton (or any XPMS variant). 
OR 
"F.S.F.A.R Female Skeleton for all Races" on Steam Workshop 

Pick-up location: inside Whiterun Hall of the Dead Catacombs, at right side when you enter the room, on a small chest (check screenshots). There are 10 robes of each color and the chest re-spawn the loot inside. 

NOTES/BUGS: 

- There is a small clipping in the front shoulders area, more noticeable in certain poses; 
- The outfit is rigged to 7Base body, but it should work on any body type, including vanilla and CBBE; just adjust your weight with the showracemenu command on console to fix the body gaps; 
- If you use HDT, you should get a breast bounce effect; 
- Has only the minimum weight model. 

TROUBLESHOOTING: 

Problem - The Chest isn't there. 
Answer - Make sure you have the mod activated in the Skyrim Launcher. It is on the CATACOMBS, not on the Whiterun Hall of the Dead main room. 

Problem - Is it compatible with (insert body you use)? 
Answer - Probably; try it, use the weight slider to adjust. Extreme or heavily modified body types could bring noticeable body/head/hands gaps. 

Problem - When I equip it, my body turs invisible. 
Answer - It's because you are using a race not on the armor default races list. 

Problem - When I equip it, my game crashes. 
Answer - You are missing the compatible skeleton requirement listed above. 

Problem - I want to craft it/upgrade it, is possible? 
Answer - I can add a crafting recipe on demand, just suggest the materials. Upgrading is not available for clothing. 

CREDITS AND THANKS: 

I can't thank enough to them, without their permissions, resources, information, support and work I simply could't do anything. Kudos to all of them. 

Gizmodian for Netherweave Robe for HGEC and permissions for use his work;  
Dress Mesh made by Nioliv and brought to Oblivion by Xiamara. 
Sevennity for SevenBase (7B) Body 
Dimon99 for UNP body;  
Person123456789 for Oblivion Skeleton in Skyrim Pose;
Nightasy for his clothing/armor conversion tutorials; 
Gomapero for the Poses

Tools Used (thanks for the creators/teams): 

SMCO for texture optimization; 
Nifskope for crucial model adjustments; 
3DSMAX for the model conversion; 
KgTools for the weight painting (weights based on the monk robe female outfit); 
And (of course) Bethesda for Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim and the Creation Kit. 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Tifa Lockhart Follower by Brandon3903

A new follower based on a preset created by Brandon3903 is available on STEAM. See the description below for details.





DOWNLOAD on MEGA (Loose files version)

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STEAM description:

Please read at least the GENERAL INFORMATION and the TROUBLESHOOTING before posting about an issue or CTD. I won't reply to "It won't work" comments without giving further information. 

GENERAL INFORMATION: 

This mod adds a follower inside the Old Hroldan Inn, based on the face preset of Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII) created and shared by Brandon3903 on Nexus

Please consider this follower a Work in Progress (WIP) since some minor changes can occur, so it is a good idea you don't give her items or weapons and armor you want to keep. 

If you think this mod won't suit your game, please ignore it. 

She uses only her fists on combat, so without any adjustments (using an edit tool to change her settings on the plugin or a follower manager), she won't use any weapon by default. 

If you like her but want her to be a non-unarmed follower instead, leave a comment and I'll release a version with different combat settings. 

Changing her outfit clothes may lead to face/body mismatch if your default skin isn't Fair Skin. 

COMPATIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS: 

Should be full compatible with any mod around, if you find any incompatibility please report it on the comments or via PM. Doesn't require any other mod to work. 

RECOMMENDATIONS: 

- please use a follower manager; I use Amazing Follower Tweaks but any other should work as well; 
- don't use more than 2 followers at once when exploring a dungeon, things can be crowded easily; 
- changing her outfit can lead to weird results since she use her own custom body/textures, specially if you use other body than 7B/UNP/Vanilla; 
- Consider using Follower Commentary Overhaul for immersive Follower commentaries and actions; 

TROUBLESHOOTING & QUESTIONS: 

Problem: She won't follow me. 
Answer: install a follower manager; if you don't have it, probably you already have one follower with you (remember that the game limits the number of regular followers). 

Problem: I've subscribed the mod but can't find her. 
Answer: don't forget to activate the plugin TifaLockhartFollower.esp in tour Skyrim Launcher - Data Files or with your Mod Manager. 

CREDITS: 

I can't thank enough to them, without their permissions, resources, information, support and work I simply could't do anything. Kudos to all of them. 

- Base Body: UNP from Dimon99
- Face and Body Textures: Fair Skin Complexion by HHaleyy
- Eyes: The Eyes Of Beauty by Gabriel Mailhot as LogRaam
- Hair: KS Hairdos  
- Brows: True Brows by JimtownIrish
- Top (Outfit): Sexy Vests (T)BBP - CBBE-UNP(B)-DG-7B-CHSBHC by Xauss 
- Skirt (Outfit): Mini Sage Outfit for UNP by Tsuke76 (converted to 7Base by me) 
- Boots: Gim Boots by Gimora  

Also thanks to: 
Brandon3903 for creating the Face model, for the support, testing and help; if you like Tifa and have a Nexus account, leave a kudos for him:  
tktk1 for Enhanced Character Edit by ECE team 
Mikanoshi for SMCO  
natilde for her Standalone Follower tutorial  
DARKF0X127 for AI Package tutorials 
Bethesda for the Creation Kit, Oblivion and Skyrim Games; 
Nifskope, 3DSMax, Bethesda, Paint.NET teams.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Minstrel Leather Armor for Sevenbase on Nexus

First release on Nexus. SkyrimforDaWin released a very nice half-finished armor as modders resource and I'll pick up the task to make it work in Skyrim.

The armor could use some better textures (gauntlet and skirt), so I'm also looking for a texture artist to help me bring this mod for the next level.

7B version available, CBBE and UNP version planned. Steam version should be released after the mod leaves the WIP version.

Screenshots: 





Nexus Link

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Nexus description:

Hello everyone.

This is the SeveNBase (7B) conversion of Minstrel Leather Armor, created and kindly shared by SkyrimForDaWin as a modder resource for the community.

INSTALL:

- Use NMM (recommended), MO or extract and drop the archive contents in your Skyrim\Data folder;

UNINSTALL:

- Delete the file from your NMM/MO profile or delete the following folders manually:

\Data\meshes\armor\MinstrelLeatherArmor
\Data\textures\armor\MinstrelLeatherArmorAnd the file MinstrelLeatherArmor.esp in Data folder.

INFORMATION:

Divided in 3 parts:
- Cuirass
- Boots
- Gauntlets

Craft under Leather category at the forge.

You should consider this mod a WIP, I'm looking for bugs, suggestions and improved textures.

If you are interested in creating some better textures for this armor, please contact me.

Please refrain from upload this file to other places until it is final.

CREDITS:

SkyrimForDaWin for meshes/textures and permissions;
Crosscrusade DeMoNhUnTeR1986 Sevennity for SeveNBase body;
Gerra6 for KgTools to create the _1.nif meshes;
Mikanoshi for SMCO for textures optimization;
Bethesda for TES games;

My steam workshop page.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Sonir & Oriella Hearthfire Bards replacer / Seon Follower Bow Fix

A simple NPC replacer for the two female hireable bards from Hearthfire DLC.





Hearthfire Bards sonir and Oriella replacer MEGA File Download.

Also fixed Seon Player Bow, just look for it inside the knapsack in Seon's Cabin.

Seon Follower version 1.1a MEGA File Download

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Steam description:

Please read at least the GENERAL INFORMATION and the TROUBLESHOOTING before posting about an issue or CTD. On the comments, I won't reply to "It won't work" comments without explaining at least when it crashes (on Skyrim logo, loading a game, entering the house...).


GENERAL INFORMATION:

This mod replaces the two vanilla female bards added by DLC Heartfire that can be hired when you build the houses: Oriella (Heljarchen Hall) and Sonir (Windstad Manor). Requires Heartfire DLC only. I create this for myself, so if you don't like it, ignore this mod.

It is a good idea to save your game away from both houses before installing to avoid CTD, if you already hire them. If you didn't hire them yet, just install and you should be fine.


COMPATIBILITY: 
Incompatible with mods that alter Oriella and Sonir face and body meshes and textures (beautification mods that affect heartire NPC). To work with NPC overhauls that changes those two hireable bards, just place it in load order after any NPC overhaul (see troubleshooting below if you can't make it work).

TROUBLESHOOTING & QUESTIONS: 

Problem: Their faces didn't change.
Answer: Probably you are already using a mod that changes their appearence. Make sure you don't have these loose files in the folder 

Skyrim\Data\Meshes\Actors\Character\FaceGen\HeartFires.esm\ 
00019630.nif
00019631.nif

and in the folder 

Skyrim\Data\textures\Actors\character\FaceGenData\FaceTint\HearthFires.esm\
00019630.dds
00019631.dds

if you have them, rename all to something like old_00019630.nif or backup_00019631.nif to avoid conflicts, since loose files always have priority above files packed in .BSA files;

Question: What about an overhaul to Llewellyn the Nightingale?
Answer: Nothing planned.


CREDITS: 

I can't thank enough to them, without their permissions, resources, information and work I simply could't do anything. Kudos to all of them. 

- Base Body: SevenBase from Sevennity. http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/36992/ 
- Face and Body Textures: Fair Skin Complexion http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/51602/?
- Eyes: JimtownIrish's for True Eyes http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/49963/? 
- Hair: KS Hairdos; 
- Brows: SG Female Eyebrows by Hello Santa http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/35327/ 


Also thanks to:
3DMGames users for sharing Face models presets;
tktk1 for Enhanced Character Edit by ECE team http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/12951/? 
Mikanoshi for SMCO http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/13529/? 
natilde for her Standalone Follower tutorial http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/25673/? 
DARKF0X127 for AI Package tutorials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihuedsk7QNc 
Bethesda for the Creation Kit, Oblivion and Skyrim Games; 

Nifskope, 3DSMax, Bethesda, Paint.NET teams.