So I decided to start poking around with creating textures for fun and to plug a few holes in the custom skins I've collected from the community. So I pulled down GIMP and the WoWs unpacker and trial and error'd my way towards a decent output. I picked my old favorite to start with and then kinda went on a roll:
First I updated the paint work to IJN Kure Grey, lightened the wood decking and adjusted the weathering. I've always been irked by the bridge windows on the WG version being much too large, so I scaled down the size(this included fixing the normal maps). Out of all the changes I personally think it improves to overall look of the ship the most. Blast bags were changed to light brown canvas that was used in wartime and the lower port holes have been covered over to match her late war refit. The IJN sometimes painted the main fire control director white on their heavy units as a recognition feature and I felt it adds a little character to the otherwise grey ship. Finally I recolored the Chrysanthemum to look a little more like gold and adjusted the anchors to be grey instead of black.
Second ship I worked on was the HIJMS Amagi. I gave her the same treatment as the Nagato by adjusting the colors, covering some of the portholes and adding the white fire control director. In addition I applied a white identification stripe and an Ichigo emblem on the funnel for a little extra visual interest.
HIJMS Mikasa as she appeared in 1905 during the Russo Japanese War. Same basic approach as the previous two ships, maybe not as jazzy as the 1902 look but this is what she rocked at Tsushima.
KMS König Albert
Applied the standard High Seas Fleet two tone scheme of Squirrel Grey (Lfd. Nr. 3) on the hull surfaces and Silver Grey (Lfd. Nr. 4) on the upper works, in addition I also lightened the wood decking. During my research I found a picture of her during internment in Scapa Flow with a colored funnel and two white identification stripes which I also attempted to recreate.
USS Bogue CVE-9
This is not an actual MS scheme sported by the USN but was inspired by the ones used on CVEs. Unfortunately I am still very much a novice at this and not rivet countery enough to match one exactly. Still I don't think it would look out of place. The main thing I was shooting for is to have it match the sub assemblies it shares with other USN skins created by Tanz and others.
Links should include a zip files that once unzipped file should include a content folder and camoflages.xml file that are placed into the latest resmods folder (0.6.1.1). Note camoflage.xml stops camouflages from being displayed the game so that custom skins are displayed.
Anyway that's all for now. I would like to thank Tanz for the inspiration and allowing me to use some of the shared sub assemblies he had already created for his previous works.
Let me know if anything doesn't work right, this is the first time out after all.