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Anime, Marvel, and DC fans... probably won't find any interest in this. WC:Lotd fans however, rejoice, we have in-engine screenshots of the art style being applied to the mod "hell yeah" your probably thinking! Well how about you stop thinking and get reading? We shan't disappoint.

Posted by WC4DT on Nov 24th, 2010

Hey guys, GreyNightmare again, I hope you enjoyed TWIF's article last fortnight and expect your moaning right now, 'not him again'! But hey! I bring tidings, I bring physical updates!

Firstly let me decipher the rather cryptic title, today were going to dive into the graphical side of things, no it's not 2D art and.. nope wrong again, it's not 3D artist related either.This time it's actually in-engine screenshots you'll be seeing.Wait! Don't get overexcited, it's not gameplay or models - oh dear I can see your faces, oh god, guys stop please, it's still worth seeing, honest... - but turn those frowns upside down and read on.

So, two and a half weeks ago we uploaded a model by Pangahas, it looked like a watchtower (much like the one below actually... oh wait) with a nice cartoony/cell-shaded art style. Yeah... So the title is really just an awful play on words.

We received a good deal of positive feedback from the community about the above image and although this isn't and probably won't be a Sc2 model, it gets the idea across and - unless were completely mistaken - the majority of you guys like it!

Were going to (speak now or forever hold your peace) - or have - attempted to make Wc:Lotd stand out a bit more from all the other realistic, surreal mods floating around the place, especially FPS and RTS ones, so were going to take the Wc3 'cartoon-esque' (no it's not a word) approach and times it ten or so fold.

Wc3 cartoonishness (no this isn't either) * a lot = Cell Shading, or similar. Apparently.

Here's what it's looking like so far guys (The top images OBVIOUSLY being the cell-shaded ones (not)):

So there you are! Ok, it's not perfect (what is?) but it's something and I don't know about you guys yet, but the dev team are very happy with the initial results, combining the above with some extra tweaks and custom textures I think we'll have a very nice, unique art theme on our hands here, ready to enrich your Wc:Lotd experience!

There will be a couple more of these images (and the above ones) added to the media section, more will likely be added soon, showing a variety of different situations/effects produced, I guess it depends on how popular this idea is. So yeah, as always feedback is both desired and much appreciated, come on guys, whadda' you think?

All the best,
~ Grey

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Jienology Nov 25 2010 says:

I think the cell shading has made the images above pwnage

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Kalenov Nov 25 2010 says:

It actually butchered the specular (hell there isn't any at all) on the last image, and the details looked great on the first image before the shader. The only one that even received a -small- amount of improvement was the middle image.

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Kingbdogz Nov 25 2010 replied:

I don't think they are attempting to improve upon the original image, it's more like they are trying to make the mod look unique and cartoonish like Warcraft 3.

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GreyNightmare Nov 25 2010 replied:

Correct, just as stated in the article.
Kalenov, any suggestions for improvements? :)

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SairenSA Nov 25 2010 says:

It looks borderlandish :/

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GreyNightmare Nov 25 2010 replied:

Spot on mate same style/thing albeit achieved in a different way :)

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Blaise90 Nov 25 2010 says:

nice job, thumbs up :)

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GreyNightmare Nov 25 2010 says:

Thanks for the comments guys we REALLY appreciate it!
Any suggestions for improvements are still welcome of course and I'll be uploading the above pics and two more to the media section, stay tuned people more will wing this way shortly :)

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Kingbdogz Nov 25 2010 replied:

Have you rejoined the LotD team?

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WC4DT Nov 25 2010 replied:

GreyNightmare Never Really left the team, and now hes taken a more active role in proceedings, being more of a manager now.


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st.ern Nov 26 2010 says:

wow looks great, i really like it. would love to see a custom texture with this shader, should look awesome!

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mxmagic Nov 27 2010 says:

I like it a lot, would fit wc universe. But, I suppose, it will require more pc power, eh?

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GreyNightmare Nov 27 2010 replied:

Yes and no, the effect is done completely through the Sc2/Editor/Engine's in-built light editing tool and as such requirement changes should be minimal. However if one has a pc that can only run sc2 on low/medium settings, they may not be able to experience the above effect quite as intended.

The above demonstrations are all taken on Ultra/Maxed out settings.

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