Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution

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Recoloring DLC for DoW2: Retribution Elite & Retail
By Dark Riku
This Guide will teach you how to recolour DLC.
I will also discuss the use of visual mods.
Recoloured Imperial Fists DLC
Recoloring DLC for Elite Mod 2.9.6
This is a very simple process. First you navigate to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\dawn of war ii - retribution\ELITE\Data\config
Here you look for the file named _defaultchaptercolours. You open this with a simple text file editor like Notepad. In here you look for the DLC or fixed schemes you want to recolor (CTRL+F is your friend) and replace the colours with the colours you want. Be carefull not to make any spelling mistakes. Copying the _defaultchaptercolours-file before you start is a good idea. This way you have something to fall back on in case you do anything wrong. After editing and saving the _defaultchaptercolours rename it to defaultchaptercolours (So without the _ ). You do not want to save it as a regular text file. It needs to be a LUA file. Then run the update.bat-file located in Dawn of War II - Retribution\Elite\Config.
Recoloring DLC for Retail
This is a lot harder to do.
Don't worry if you don't succeed the first time around. Just follow the steps again until you do.

First you'll need the DK - SGA Archive GUI tool found here: "http://www.mediafire.com/file/y42icp70b207kiu/DK_-_SGA_Archive_GUI_1.4.1.0.rar/file"
You will also need the defaultchaptercolours.LUA file found here:
You can find the defaultchaptercolours.lua in your files yourself in case the link goes down.
Extract 003_data from C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Dawn of War II - Retribution\GameAssets\Archives
Once extracted you can find it under config in your extracted folder.

Drop the .lua in a temp directory with subfolders \DATA\config\
(Example C:\Temp\DATA\config\defaultchaptercolours.lua)
Edit the .lua as needed with a text editor, I recommend Notepad. (CTRL+F and type in DLC)
Launch the DK SGA Archive GUI.
In File>Settings choose "SGA v5 (DoW2)" and the path to DoW2R archive.exe
(should be in your \Steam\steamapps\common\dawn of war ii - retribution\Tools\Bin\Archive.exe).
Pack the .sga with the DK tool, name the archive (example: SGA_mod). Archive type is DATA.
For the input, use the path to the \DATA\ directory (Example C:\Temp\DATA).
For the output, choose your
\Steam\steamapps\common\dawn of war ii - retribution\GameAssets\Mods\
Click "Create SGA".

That's it! Now you can launch Retribution to, hopefully, admire your work!

Do not have the game open when altering files.
Use Notepad as your text editor program. Others might cause issues.
Installing visual mods for retail

All you have to do is download the hard work of other people and put them in the correct spot!
Put the SGA file here:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\dawn of war ii - retribution\GameAssets\Mods
If there isn't a file called "Mods" yet, just create one yourself.

The visual mod sources I used to have, have sadly been taken offline. Shuma used to do a lot of work on these. Please leave a comment below if you do find any new sources.

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twitch.tv/Rostam40k Mar 6 @ 1:05pm 
Thanks for the post riku.
Dark Riku  [author] Feb 7 @ 1:29pm 
Copy paste the first link in your browser.
Second link is up and running for me.

I don't know how to help you extract 003_data.
You should be able to with the tools provided. Try again.
MaitreKorda Jan 25 @ 10:39am 
Sorry, first link appear to be blocked by Steam.
Second is down.

Even tho I managed to find the first link manually, I don't seem to be able to extract 003_data, I get the error message: "Archive.exe (V5-DoW2) file does not exist."
Dark Riku  [author] Sep 15, 2020 @ 5:31am 
The link is working for me though for the defaultchaptercolours.
Dark Riku  [author] Sep 15, 2020 @ 5:30am 
Extract 003_data from C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Dawn of War II - Retribution\GameAssets\Archives
Once extracted you can find it under config in your extracted folder.
WarMechanic Sep 15, 2020 @ 4:22am 
Sorry, I meant for retail
Dark Riku  [author] Sep 15, 2020 @ 4:21am 
That is in the guide:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Dawn of War II - Retribution\Elite\Config
WarMechanic Sep 15, 2020 @ 2:35am 
How would I find the default chapter colours in my files? The link appears to be down
Dark Riku  [author] Feb 16, 2020 @ 3:12pm 
Fixed the link. for SGA Archive GUI.

I believe "SM_Bloodravens_Uncap" are the ones used for the campaign.
Navar Feb 15, 2020 @ 10:09am 
Hello, I need simply recolor of my army for campain. Cant do it:( Could anyone send me working recolor of existing chapter mod or sth like that. The one thing I menaged was change campain colour scheme for existing chapters.Thanks for any help