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umlaut

258 new force specific backgrounds

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Yes, my bad....again. ... Sorry

I apologise too - I seem to have started a trend of picking the eyes out of these pictures. That wasn't my intent :( I was flicking through the individual images, and making note of anything odd or amusing that I noticed.

Like Winkelreid, I have these installed :)

Thanks for the mod

Jon

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Awesome work umlaut! does anyone know if theres a limit to how many force specific backgrounds one can have?

Thanks :)

When I made this mod I was a bit nervous if the game would only allow up pic no. 99. But as you can see, we´re now into three digit numbers, so I would imagine that we can have at least up to no. 999. But I guess only a test or an reply from BFC will clarify that.

If any of you should want to make your own Force Specific Backgrounds, here´s how to do it:

Save the pic as a bmp-file with the dimensions 1024x768 pixels.

The highest numbers of my force-specific backgrounds are 147 for the germans (red) and 171 for the allies (blue). So in order to add to these you should number them sequentially from there, IE:

The next german pic should be named force-specific background red 148

The first next allied pic should be named force-specific background blue 172

You can then place your bmp in your z-folder or - if you have a collection of FSBs - pack them with rezpack before you place them in the z-folder.

It would be nice if you would also upload them to greenasjade´s site (and to the repository if the files do not exceed 100 MB). :)

Cheers

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Thanks :)

When I made this mod I was a bit nervous if the game would only allow up pic no. 99. But as you can see, we´re now into three digit numbers, so I would imagine that we can have at least up to no. 999. But I guess only a test or an reply from BFC will clarify that.

It would be nice if you would also upload them to greenasjade´s site (and to the repository if the files do not exceed 100 MB). :)

Cheers

will do, after skimming thru my pics see that i have maybe 50 or so Blue pics i could help add to your mod. Maybe just as many Red i have to check what you have already. pretty cool feature if one can have that many different pics always something new to look at while you wait.

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red 24 for sure is Fallschirmjager in Italy.

Might be, I didn´t add it. Pics 9 through 28 are from Jim Rinkenbergers first set of additional force-specific background. I included those to avoid numbering problems for those who hadn´t installed Jim´s pics.

Looking forward to seeing for pics :)

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i dont have time to re-name, resize, and fill in with black borders or anything sorry. if you want i can send you the the red and blue zip files i have.

Sent you a PM with a link to a dropbox folder

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umlaut, I'm happily using your images, and have one suggestion: I find the red captions on the images quite hard to read, partly I think because of their small size, and possibly because I'm a bit R-G colourblind. I'm not sure what colour would be better - black or white or shades of grey would merge into the black and white photos. Yellow is too close to white (and would therefore merge too, I think). A lot of blues are too close to black. Etc. Maybe bigger, and with a contrasting dropshadow or contrasting and partly transparent backing?

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Jon:

I used red for exactly the reason you state above: I figured it would be the color that would stand out most clearly. After I had made the first few backgrounds I noticed that the red text was still a bit hard to read - so I did add a black background shadow to make it more readable.

Do you also have problems reading the ones with the shadow? If so, I can try to make the text a bit bigger in the next addition. But I have to strike a balance to ensure that the text doesn´t dominate the picture too much.

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Just thought I'd share this funny experience: This summer the family and I spent some of our vacation in Normandy (guess who came up with that brillant idea?). And as we were entering Cherbourg I noticed a place and a sign from one of the photos I used in the background set.

I of course had to go back and take a picture - and try editing it in with the original:

skilt2.jpg

On the way there I realised that another of the photos in the set was taken in the same street (Avenue de Paris, IIRC), so I took another photo - with my kids standing in for the GI's.

gade2.jpg

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Umlaut,

  Those pictures are really great.  It is quite a feeling, standing in the places where history was made or preserved through photographs. 

  I still remember the feeling looking out over the field where Picket's troops charged the Union position at Gettysburg.

Heinrich505 

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14 hours ago, umlaut said:

Just thought I'd share this funny experience: This summer the family and I spent some of our vacation in Normandy (guess who came up with that brillant idea?). And as we were entering Cherbourg I noticed a place and a sign from one of the photos I used in the background set.

I of course had to go back and take a picture - and try editing it in with the original:

skilt2.jpg

On the way there I realised that another of the photos in the set was taken in the same street (Avenue de Paris, IIRC), so I took another photo - with my kids standing in for the GI's.

gade2.jpg

These look great, thanks for sharing them with us.

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