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Colourable Swarm Ships
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Dec 12, 2017 @ 1:37am
Oct 20 @ 4:41pm
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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.
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' shipset mods.
New Ship Classes has their own mod here.
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 even if you fit them on another ship style in theory.
- NSC compatible
- This is NOT a collection of shipsets that will clutter your ship menu, it just colours to your flag.
- 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.
- NEW 2019 - 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 I originally made the entire texture colour, but have since moved to a more serious method by using mainly the hard outer shell pieces.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. This is intentional so the vanilla crisis swarm still look gross, but I can change that by demand if needed!
- 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 some will like the gritty, evil hues.
- Crisis-spawned Prethoryn will have deep red shells rather than grey. Maybe some people like that.
- This is not a shipset, it is a retexture for any swarm ships that don't have custom textures.

These aren't even cons. 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// This mod is newly updated again because NSC have remade their swarm ships (outdated already) and the mod "Forgotten Queens" has made living ships popular.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, forgotten queens
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Trace Projectile  [author] Oct 20 @ 4:55am 
Finally updating! Not just version number but actual mod improvement. Smaller size yet better!

As a bonus, I've thrown in a high resolution replacer for the swarm fighter. This is notable because the popular recent mod "Forgotten Queens" uses it for corvettes.
paulo Jul 16, 2018 @ 2:24pm 
Yeah, it's all updated. Thanks.
Trace Projectile  [author] Jul 16, 2018 @ 1:22pm 
It's probably done by now. Sometimes when more than one thing is due an update, Steam schedules one for a few hours later.
I was asleep so I'm assuming your Steam downloaded all the stuff by now :p

For future reference the downloads link will be at the bottom of your Steam application with arrows to move downloads sooner on the right of that screen I think.
I use an overhaul so I don't know your layout. Anyway should be done by now. mini text wall
paulo Jul 16, 2018 @ 7:45am 
And how I do that???
Trace Projectile  [author] Jul 15, 2018 @ 7:13pm 
Check your Steam downloads and manually move Stellaris to the top of the list if it's not done, that should update it.
paulo Jul 15, 2018 @ 7:05pm 
Yeah, but your mod is not updated to the 2.1.1.
Trace Projectile  [author] Jul 15, 2018 @ 6:59pm 
The mod is set to 2.1.* which does the same thing.
paulo Jul 15, 2018 @ 5:36pm 
Thanks. But you made a slight mistake Stallaris is now in the version 2.1.1. not the 2.0.
Trace Projectile  [author] Jul 15, 2018 @ 2:48pm 
Oh right! That's weird as NSC had a really good swarm ship in the original version. Maybe they left files out if that's the case.
I'm gonna have to take a look at it anyway. Also updated my mod number.
paulo Jul 15, 2018 @ 2:38pm 
I already tried this mod and it sucks.We have space stations from the Reptilians and Mammalians instead of the stations normally used in each shipset.