You have some great work! On your Tiger Stadium mod, were you able to put a baseball diamond on the field? How did you do it? And please let me know where I can download these stadiums? Thanks
Hi. This was a modification of Gary Sorrell's Old Coach Stadium. As I explained above, I edited the BMP files to try to match the stadium colors, and to give the appearance of adding some walls and "objects". As a matter of fact, the "baseline"/"outfield" deck is actually just a BMP file showing a section of the stadium--i.e., a "wall" painted to look like stadium seats.
The playing surface has an overlay, or "mesh", which adds the baseball diamond and the end zone design. Gary Sorrell made a "Faux Field" mesh which I started with, but soon discovered wouldn't work for the fields I wanted to create. I had to completely re-do the yardlines, goal lines, sidelines and hash marks and numbers because the mesh lines of the Faux Field mesh were far too thick when matched to the default field (bear in mind, most of the "faux field" was transparent in this particular overlay because I only wanted to lay the baseball diamond down over the default mud field (actually, I edited that a bit too, making it slightly redder). It's tricky to get everything to look right, and requires a lot of tweaking of colors, shades, tints, and even positions.
The baseball diamond was tedious but not overly difficult. The main problem was finding a suitable graphic to work with, scaling it to the right size, and applying a "dirt" texture that would look good in the game. There was a "beta" ballpark mesh awhile ago but unfortunately it was designed to cover the entire field rather than just putting a diamond on the existing field, the colors weren't good, the numbering was misplaced, and the textures were super blurry. Plus, the dirt texture wasn't convincing. So when I found a good diamond graphic and texture, I went to work. Using layers is a necessity, so you can apply the diamond "under" the hash marks and yard lines. You can also add the distinctive end zone markings that were common at the time. That's the fun part of this game--making it look exactly like you want it to. I'm going to try one with the diamond at one end of the field rather than in one corner, a la Baltimore Memorial Stadium.
I also used a different "skyline", to create the illusion of an "old-time", inner city ballpark. That came courtesy of Old Coach. I did use his scoreboards and tweaked some of them accordingly. These are all just tricks to make Gary's stadium look entirely different.
I haven't uploaded them anywhere because only parts of them are my original work. I haven't decided yet, but I might eventually upload "patches" for the stadiums containing only the files I updated, but I still want to add stuff to them first.
< Message edited by Argyle1968 -- 1/23/2010 12:58:16 AM >