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Faces On Models From Thomas And Friends Railworks

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  1. Gameoholic1994

    Gameoholic1994 New Member

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    If anybody wants to talk about Thomas-related Railworks models, I have something I'm curious about.

    I downloaded some of said models from this freeware site a while back: https://sodorrails.webs.com/

    I've subscribed to this YouTube channel that uses those models, but with what looks like face packs were added to them, which makes them able to change faces and eye positions: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheScotsmanReturns

    And I made a slideshow video on my DeviantArt to show a shorter, quicker example: https://www.deviantart.com/gameoholic1994/art/Faces-in-Railworks-789644374

    How did they do that? I'm very curious about how to make it possible to put changeable faces on those engines.
     
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    The answer is on the other group you posted this question on.
     
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    The faces are child objects that have been created and textured in a 3D modelling program, then exported and scripted onto certain locos. The faces themselves probably aren't changeable, but the authors have probably gone through when writing the episode and figured out which faces they might need, then gone ahead and made each of them a separate entry in the scenario creator. Such a list might look like
    -LBSCR A1X "Stepney" Look_left
    -LBSCR A1X "Stepney" Look_right
    -LBSCR A1X "Stepney" Frown
    -LBSCR A1X "Stepney" Happy
    ... and so on and so forth. If you're really clever, then I guess you could completely re-do the autonumbering and just be able to type in a loco number with a suffix (e.g 55a) where the suffix denotes which face gets called in. That might look like
    a=look left
    b-look right
    c=frown
    d=happy
    You would probably need the original source files for that, though, which most devs won't just hand over.
     

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