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Colourable Swarm Ships
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Dec 12, 2017 @ 1:37am
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Colourable Swarm Ships

This is a retexture for the swarm ships that allows their shells to be recoloured to your primary emblem colour. Also includes one bonus AI upscaled texture.
It does not add a standalone ship type, it only changes swarm shell colours to their current owner. Should also work for living ship mods.

This mod is mainly for people who use 'Playable Swarm' ship mods.
Prethoryn Playable - Swarm Overhaul
Forgotten Queens: Unnofficial Hive DLC
Swarm Ship Set (Standalone)

The mod will still have some features even if applied to the base game (see below.)

The main use of this mod is so that, say you use swarm ships on two empires and they have a war, their fleets will be visually distinct.
For example, two swarm empires clashing might look like a fleet of green-shelled monsters fighting brown-shelled.


- Biological/Hijacked Prethoryn strike craft will have a splodge of paint on the tail to show your side.
- Compatible with palette expansions (try a jet black shell)
- Differentiate your hive custom empires!
- If you gain Prethoryn ships via mods or game events, they will be coloured to your empire.
- Now included a double resolution replacer for the fighter! (Used as a corvette in some mods.)

- Only the shells are coloured. I originally made the entire texture colour, but have since moved to a more serious method by using mainly the hard outer shell pieces.
- Glowing orifices aren't coloured to your flag. I think it helps the vanilla crisis maintain a their look anyway.
- The colours are dark. Think like the Reptilian war stripes rather than humanoid glowing parts. It's harder to make out darker colours like red, but it looks great for gritty, evil hues.
- Crisis-spawned Prethoryn will have deep red shells rather than grey.
- This is not a shipset, it is a retexture for any swarm ships that don't have custom textures.

These aren't even outright negatives, just things to keep in mind.

// This mod is newly updated again because NSC have remade their swarm ships (outdated already) and the mod "Forgotten Queens" has made living ships popular. Technically this still works on any Prethoryn mod that doesn't use renamed files! //

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color, colors, recolor, scourge, custom, specular, hive, specular, upscale, swarm
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Pilgrim Jul 15 @ 2:37am 
Trace Projectile  [author] Jul 15 @ 2:33am 
Oh hey I saw your mod. Thanks for linking to my mod over there!

You're free to open up my mod (should be folder 1229307015 in your Workshop files) to look at how the textures work or what have you, like if you added a separate ship model variant and wanted it to use its own texture.
I know you didn't ask but just if you wanted to, you can go ahead.
Pilgrim Jul 15 @ 2:26am 
I have added a link to this from my Playable Swarm Ships (standalone) mod

Wish I had your texturing skills!
Trace Projectile  [author] May 12, 2020 @ 1:08am 
Not sure weapons can colour to your empire, but would be cool yeah.
Aegis May 12, 2020 @ 12:39am 
I'd love to see something like this for unbidden weapons
Trace Projectile  [author] Apr 13, 2020 @ 11:05pm 
No prob. I thought there'd be more swarm shipsets, maybe someone should make a new and actually good one.
TTtime Apr 13, 2020 @ 11:02pm 
unfortunately you only get the shipset with one particular origin with the hive dlc ;( sadness. thanks anyways
Trace Projectile  [author] Apr 13, 2020 @ 10:57pm 
'Unofficial Hive DLC' I think has some living ships -
New Ship Classes had a mod for different shipsets but I didn't find it, either it's taken down, or just didn't come up in the search and isn't hosted by CaptainX3.
TTtime Apr 13, 2020 @ 10:41pm 
can you recommend any mod to get the actual shipset?
Trace Projectile  [author] Mar 26, 2020 @ 1:15am 
That's up to you. This mod just replaces base game textures, so any mod that uses them will do.