An Introduction to modding Dawn of War
So your interested in modding dawn of war but you don't know where to begin. Fear not, this thread is a list of tutorials to help you get started. And this forum is filled with experienced modders who can answer any questions you may have.
Tools and programs we use
The CD (not steam) version of dark crusade. Some mod tools require dow installed in this exact location C:\Program Files (x86)\THQ\Dawn of War - Dark Crusade
Corsix mod studio is compatible with winter assault and soulstorm but the other mod tools are not.
Corsix Mod Studio: used for changing unit stats, abilitys, and creating a new mod. Also used as a launcher for the audio editor, object editor, FX editor, and mission editor.
Attribute Editor: made obsolete by corsix mod studio
Audio Editor: converts AIF and WAV files to DoW’s .fda format. Read the Audio Editor tutorial here
File Format Editor: another way to edit 3d models without 3ds max. tutorial pending. Thread here
FX Editor: modifys fx files and shows how they’ll look ingame. You can also modify the fx files with notepad++ if you’re good with code. Read the fx tutorial here
IBBoards Texture Tool: the best way to convert large numbers of texture files
Mission Editor: edits both campaign and multiplayer maps. Read the mission editor tutorial here
Advanced Map Editor: additional features for map editing. Tutorial pending. Thread here
3ds Max 2008: used for animations and modeling. Read my 3ds max tutorial here
Object Editor: tells the game when to use each animation, and adds sounds and fx to the model. Read my Object editor tutorial here
Gimp 2 or Photoshop: Gimp.org
Notepad++: For AI and scar coding. SCAR (short for Scripting At Relic) is a variation of lua used for dow’s ingame cinematics and winconditons. Notepad-plus....org
To get started all you need is corsix, download it here
You can install corsix anywhere but always run it as an administrator or it won’t be able to save in the dow folder. If you already ignored this advice and want to find your files look in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\THQ\Dawn of War - Dark Crusade\your_mod
For all other mod tools, download here
Although the relic forums are gone many threads have been preserved by the internet archive
Here is an older, somewhat outdated 3ds max tutorial, that some people might find useful: link