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Updated Quake 2 Remodel & Retexture Work

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:00 am
by Gavavva
Putting together some new media for Quake 2 source ports, to be used in up to date engines such as Quake 2 RTX. I'll update here as I release them.

Armor Shard:
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Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:09 am
by Cap_Hotkill
Nice, i got all set up for some modeling and stuff, so if you want i can start making some models, what its needed now?

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:12 am
by Gavavva
I’m not sure atm, I’m kinda just starting. Items I’m all over atm, but weapons will be a pain. Textures are a big deal, as well, as there’s so many.

I checked out the RTX files and yeah, as I thought. They took the basic diffuse maps, and then slapped the nvidia normal map filter on them. They look utterly dreadful. But it’s quick and easy to get the new media working inside RTX.

In fact what I’ll do, is I’ll keep an updated file with them all in and working as I go.

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:16 pm
by Cap_Hotkill
I just want something to start modeling, but of course i would prefer to do something thats not too hard or complex to start.

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:18 pm
by metalmind
Oh wow...this bring back so many memories.

I'd love to do some stuff, but I'm clueless when it comes to q2e. Don't even know where to start.

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:16 pm
by Gavavva
Don’t think as it as Q2E, just think of it as “quake 2”. So, this stuff needs to work on Q2E, other source ports, and quake 2 rtx.

As for where you start, man, just grab anything you want and go with the flow :) there’s no rules, just good art :)

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:16 am
by Cap_Hotkill
Ill start working on a Barrel, classic stuff to start with ;)

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:11 am
by Gavavva
I legit looked at that then and thought “man... that’s almost as bad as the original...” :D

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:28 am
by Cap_Hotkill
Lol, placing the original model on a modern 3d Software was a trip to MD2 viewers and MilkShape, you must have some memories from that :D

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:49 am
by Gavavva
Yeah, its a trip... Gotta figure out how to animate the old models as well, at least I can use MD3 if nothing else lol. I updated my original post with files. I've got to take a couple days break while I upgrade and format.


Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:57 am
by Cap_Hotkill
Gavavva wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:49 am
I updated my original post with files.
good, that way we can use them as reference for what we need structurally speaking, so models can be extracted on Md3? will they work with Quake RTX though?

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:24 am
by Gavavva
Well, you can use md2 for base quake 2 support, which has horrible vertex compression. You can also use md3 which still uses compression though much much less (you only see compression issues with animation, though you may notice some verts moving oddly in normal static use). Both Q2E and Q2 RTX support md3.

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:07 pm
by metalmind
How do you guys import the md2 files to your editors? There are som very old md2 importers for 3dsmax, which really doesnt work.

Other than that I guess its the old diffuse/normalmap/specmap procedure?

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:09 pm
by metalmind
Btw great job on the new website, forums looks very sexy on the phone. You've always had a great eye for forum design gav!

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:24 pm
by Gavavva
Yup use D\N\S as usual, as then you can make them fit anywhere.

I used milkshake to import the nd2 and then export as obj to play with. Hacks but works fine!

And thanks :) shame it’s all dead as a dodo lol


Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:57 pm
by Gregs2k2
metalmind wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:09 pm
Btw great job on the new website, forums looks very sexy on the phone. You've always had a great eye for forum design gav!
And awesome friends who hosts him ;)

Re: Updated Quake 2 Remodel & Retexture Work

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:13 pm
by metalmind
Dem sexy frends.

Quick start on the key pass HP. Low poly will kind of be like the original, maybe some addition of geo, but very basic.

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:58 pm
by Gavavva

I believe you can also use an addition _add image for glows and such just so you know :)

Re: Updated Quake 2 Remodel & Retexture Work

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:31 pm
by Cap_Hotkill
Barrel High.png
And something to add to your nightmares!
Yo ZBarrel.png

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:03 am
by Gavavva

Nah but seriously. Liking what I’m seeing. Good stuff. The only crit I’ve got is those bolts look more like classic rivets on the original, and that the shape where the flat panels meet the round trim might be hard to low poly decent, but I may be taking out of my arse on that last one :)

Good stuff! Wish my pc was up, its 98 parts atm :( will hopefully be tomorrow some time.

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:25 am
by Gavavva
I’m going to lay down a few ground rules here, so that was have some things to stick too.

Tris count - As much as you need, to keep the shape you need, but don’t go crazy. We are still optimising things rather than just pumping them out :)

Format - Save in .obj alongside a md3 file. This way you will always have it on on hand.

Textures - Diffuse/Normal/Specular/Additive. Nothing more. In .tga format, uncompressed. This means we can drop these into any source port, and that’s what important here. You want these to work in any of the available source ports. The only issue is quake 2 rtx where you have to encode the spec into the normal maps alpha channel but that’s nothing serious.

UV Islands - remember that your UVs need decent spacing between islands, and that you need to extend your textures beyond this island to work well with mipping. Though with higher res assets, that’s not always an issue as much.

Texture Resolution - This is per asset. Smaller models like the shard, stick packs and things, will use 1024x512 or 1024x1024. This still has to look modern lol. The barrel I would anticipate 2048x1024 or 2048x2048. Monsters will likely be 2048x2048, or 4096x4096. Sadly the really annoying thing is we can only use one surface per model to keep things working... high sucks ass, because I like to use multiple surfaces, for things like glows and stuff. Much more optimised that way. But that’s not your fault, so, don’t worry about it :)

Model Smoothing - uv islands must have breaks in smoothing. That’s important, as the md2/md3 format wouldn’t support it else. Why does that matter? Well if you convert your high poly onto a low poly mesh that’s fully smoothed without breaks, the low poly ingame won’t look correct because the smoothing will be different :)

The golden rule for it all? Just use your noggin. You’re both good artists, you know what works :)

But I’m excited that this stuffs already showing promise. There’s no contract here boys, you do what you want, when you want, any time you want. You’re not employed. You’re not forced. The only thing I want you to do is have fun! And that’s what I’m doing.... I’m doing this to get my confidence back and have fun while enjoying my art :)

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:00 pm
by Cap_Hotkill
What tools you use to pass into md3? Milkshape?

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:24 pm
by Gavavva
Yeah, I never bothered finding another plugin for max, I just used milkshake to export to .obj and then loaded the .obj.

I’m positive there are importers but after the old md5mesh/anim days I just stuck to what was easy and I knew worked :)

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:42 pm
by Cap_Hotkill
Cool, im gonna start making the low poly, I will keep it under 6k polys or less, and textures 2048x2048. and lets see how it looks once in milkshape.
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Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:11 pm
by Gavavva
6k?! For a barrel?! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Edit: those rivets on the top around the barrel, I would make them separate geo, otherwise you’re going to run into an odd smoothing issue there where it looks less like a rivet and more like a continuation of the barrel. This looks more like what they had in mind, imo? Easier to do as well :)