SCS Blog: SCS Blender Tools - Full Truck creation pipeline!

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Carrythxd

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Source: http://blog.scssoft.com/2015/06/scs-blender-tools-full-truck-creation.html

Today is a bit of a milestone for SCS Blender Tools feature scope. With this update, the tools are finally supporting creation and export pipeline of fully fledged trucks - with equivalent power to tools used internally at SCS Software.



It took us a while to organize full truck creation, as the range of things that needed addressing is quite extensive. There is the vehicle model itself, but there is also the rest of the structure and data - the upgrades and locators ("pins"), and full animation support.

Speaking of animation, SCS Blender Tools now support animations not only for the vehicle parts, but also for any 'movers' in our game: world animated objects, animals, and people.



With the latest update, we are now about two thirds of the way towards having SCS Blender Tools support the full range of asset creation for our truck games - the one last major area remaining are the "prefabs" for elements like roads and intersections. This will become our next focus.

The vision for SCS Blender Tools is to eventually have it become a common standard out there for how Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator mods are created and shared. The hot "buzzword" or "buzz term" in the games industry these days is User Generated Content, stuff that communities of game fans can produce on their own to improve the games they love, and we would definitely like to help our already very active fan community produce higher quality, easier-to-share content for our games. We have Steam Workshop in our sights as the likely platform for wide-scale mod exchange, and for that we need rock solid asset creation and export pipeline. If we achieve 100% technical compatibility between SCS-created content and user-generated content, the holy grail would be very close cooperation with the creators - possibly even integration of the best mods into core game content or official DLCs.



Here is full list of changes in the latest version of SCS Blender Tools:
  • Animation system implementation
  • Shader presets can now be searched by name, as list is getting longer
  • New truck sample base including all the definitions to create complete truck
  • Updated sample base with added wind powerplant and human character with animations
Other improvements:
  • Vertex color statistics tool
  • New versioning system
  • Unified relative paths with forward slash for all platforms
  • Import speed in case of big amount of materials
New shaders:
  • "eut2.dif.lum"
  • "eut2.mlaaweight"
  • "eut2.truckpaint"
  • "eut2.reflective"
  • "eut2.unlit.vcol.tex"
  • A lot of new extensions for existing shaders
Just in case you haven't seen the two previous posts about SCS Blender Tools releases:

To Get You Started
GitHub Wiki


Wiki is probably the most important place for SCS Blender Tools knowledge base. There you will find the steps you need to take to begin using the tools. You can also find the download links for SCS Blender Tools. And there is even all the source code of the tools, right in the open, which could be quite interesting for the coders out there:

https://github.com/SCSSoftware/BlenderTools/wiki

Forum

We have created a special forum branch, dedicated exclusively to the SCS Blender Tools. If you feel you found a bug in the tools, or want to ask something about them, or share your knowledge with the other people just getting started - this is the place to be. We will be monitoring the forums and hopefully providing some guidance, but again, we do not expect to be able to respond to everybody and to every cry for help.

http://forum.scssoft.com/viewforum.php?f=159

ETS2 web, mod page

In case you forget all the links above you can always start with the modding section of the Euro Truck Simulator 2 web page. The links there should guide you not just to SCS Blender Tools but also to all modding guidelines paramount for successful mod creation.

http://www.eurotrucksimulator2.com/mod_tools.php

We encourage you to import and check all the models on your own. Now all you need to start is a bit of knowledge of Blender!
 

PuckLee89

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I'm going to learn how to mod one day but it's just so complicated. I hope this makes things a little easier.
 

John Necir Rebellion

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Trucks.pim (samples) are the the files I needed to mod for FREE but I think if SCS and Blender makes an Official Agreement of making mods, It is good for FREE moding of Blender. But for now ZModeler 3 is more powerful but it doesn't have a special tools making SCS mods specailly Special Tools from SCS Blender and also ZModeler has licensing fee. (Opinion, based on what I'd experience)
 
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