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[ALL] Historical camouflage for HMS London (september 1943)

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The current in-game camouflage for HMS London is roughly correct in terms of shapes, but misses quite a few details and most importantly uses the wrong colours and the wrong colours on the wrong location. Using research by Trainspite and myself, I managed to correct the camouflage as much as possible using the scarce pictures that are available of that ship in that period. While it is not 100% accurate, it is way more accurate than the original camouflage.

Changes and sources:

  • adjusted the colours from dark-green, light-green and grey to the very likely correct colours G10-B30-B55 (or dark-grey, medium blue, light blue). The colours are sourced from the (excellent) work of Alan Raven and this snippet from a report on a navy/airforce-exercise. executed on September 15th 1943 (report dates from January 1944).
  • colour-values were sourced from page 15 of this document.
  • adjusted the shapes of the dark patches on the hull to better match the pictures (exhibit A, B & C)
  • added a missing patch of medium-blue on the forward port-side of the bridge and forward superstructure, as well as enlarging an existing patch on the port side of the bridge.
  • relocated the patch of B30 on the starboard side of the bridge to better match the original picture.
  • recoloured the entire second funnel so it matches the photos.
  • recoloured the starboard housing for the torpedo mounts.

Compromises that had to be made:

  • the rolling doors that close off the torpedo-mounts are a shared asset in the file, and are thus the same both port & starboard. I chose to make the starboard side correct, which means the port-side has a wrong door.
  • the turrets idem. They all have a different pattern in real life, but the game uses the same file for all 4 turrets, so the historical camouflage couldn't be added there. Turrets A and B have a B55 starboard side, with A also having port in B55, with B having a G10 port side. X and Y turrets seem to have a starboard side painted entirely in G10, though the photos aren't clear on that one. The port side on the other hand, Y is B55 again, while X has a diagonal cross with B55 and G10.

 

The raw files can be downloaded HERE. It consists of 2 .dds files containing the camo-info, a readme and a text-file containing the colour-codes for pasting into the camouflages.xml of the current version. Since I'm not that tech-savvy, I can't make a proper mod out of it that updates nicely with each update in WoWS.

I hereby kindly invite mod-makers or mod-stations to implement the camouflage in their camouflage-mods or modpacks.

 

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Hi, this is not a good idea for instruction:

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1) paste both .dds files in World_of_Warships/res_mods/<current version>/content/gameplay/common/camouflage/textures/
2) find the "camouflages.xml" file either from another mod or from unpacking it using WOWSUnpackTool, 
   and open it using Notepad++. Regular notepad makes the game crash, it is important you use "Notepad++" (can be downloaded for free)
3) paste the contents of "values.txt" in the camouflages.xml file underneath "<!--//UK UNIQUE London collection colour scheme 44-->"
4) launch the game in normal mode.

 

It would be beater if you'll complete the mod with folder structure and camouflages.xml file. No need to force the players to create a folder structure, look for a file and write something in it. Mod user should only download the mod, extract it and put into game version folder. Please fix it.

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