NOTE: This tutorial expects you to be familiar already with Jedi Knight terms, and that you already have the required programs.
Part 1 : Single Player Saber Color
I will start this guide off by showing you how to change your Single Player character's saber color for your own levels, WITHOUT renaming existing mats and overwriting and such. It is quite a simple method. What you need to do is add a few lines to your kyle.cog (or whatever the name of your player character is (see Part 2, further below).
Anyway, we'll do this quickly. Open up res2.gob in Conman and go to the /cog folder. Then scroll down to find kyle.cog, and extract it to your project directory. Now, open kyle.cog up and add the following three lines below to the symbols section:
template tpl_wall=+ssparks_wall local template tpl_blood=+ssparks_blood local template tpl_saber=+ssparks_saber
Here is the list of the saber colors available in Jedi Knight:
Now, add the following lines to the symbols section:
material playersbrtip_mat=x.mat local (eg. x = saberred0.mat) material playersbrside_mat=x.mat local (eg. x = saberred1.mat
Done yet? If so, in kyle.cog, go down to the init_kyle section, and add the line below under "SetTimerEx(1.50, 1, player, 0);"
jkSetSaberInfo(player, playersbrside_mat, playersbrtip_mat, 0.003, 0.001, 0.100, tpl_wall, tpl_blood, tpl_saber);
There you go, now you've changed the saber color. In the above line, you could try and toy around with the three numbers (0.003, 0.001, 0.100) to change the size of the saber blade. In order, these three numbers refer to flex base radius, flex tip radius, and flex saber length. See what you can come up with!
Part 2 : Saber 2 Sword
NOTE: I assume that you have an external and internal sword models ready.
Ok, now I will tell you how to set up your nice sword so that the saber blade does not show up and you only see the 3DO. The bad news is, to do this, you have to run this as a patch, and custom sabers are not compatible with this. First off, download this file (http://www.massassi.net/tutorials/sabertrans.zip). It is a zip containing all the default Jedi Knight saber mats, but are all transparent (invisible) which will hide the saber blade, yet still do damage.
To change the saber handle to your sword is very easy. Open up weapon_saber.cog and go to the symbols section. There you should see the lines below :
model povModel=sabv.3do local model saberMesh=sabg.3do local
Simply change sabv.3do and sabg.3do to the name of your models. povModel is the internal model and saberMesh is the external one. Now gob this thing up and run it in Patch Commander. It should work perfectly fine.
Well anyway, if you have any trouble with these things, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Thank you for taking the time to read this tutorial. I certainly hope it will serve you well for your projects.
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