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Heroes Community > Heroes 4 - Lands of Axeoth > Thread: How To Make A New Hero In HoMM IV?
Thread: How To Make A New Hero In HoMM IV?
kasdeya
kasdeya

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posted March 14, 2009 01:15 PM

How To Make A New Hero In HoMM IV?

Yeah, I wish to make a new hero in HoMM IV Necropolis race, but i don't know which files i need to do it and where in Data folder are hero icons.


Does anyone know how to do it? I will be very thankful for every help.

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Cepheus
Cepheus


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posted March 14, 2009 01:23 PM

I wish I did know.  It's possible and has been done, but I don't think there are any tutorials out there.  I'll take another look now and see what I can find.

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 14, 2009 04:18 PM
Edited by Vlaad at 16:19, 14 Mar 2009.

Try the Face Kit? Here's the latest version.
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Cepheus
Cepheus


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posted March 14, 2009 05:21 PM

It doesn't seem to work with the latest version of Equilibris, though

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kasdeya
kasdeya

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posted March 14, 2009 05:41 PM

Does this Face Kit work in HoMM4 with two expansions without Equilibris?


Okey, changing face that's one. But what if i want to change bio and name the exsiting hero for my own? When i can replace my hero with someone from the game of course.

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 14, 2009 07:38 PM

You should be able to change not only the pic but also the bio with the Face Kit, but I couldn't get it work.
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kasdeya
kasdeya

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posted March 15, 2009 12:53 PM

Ok, i've downloaded H4Kit Face ver. 95, unpacked into a folder, but when i klick the KitFace to run it doesn't work and appears a problem with this application.




What i did wrong?


Sorry for many problems on my own, but i really want to do this mod.

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 15, 2009 04:05 PM
Edited by Vlaad at 06:02, 10 Jan 2010.

I got a similar thing even with v. 1.1.
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pol
pol


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posted March 15, 2009 05:47 PM

I think that here was some easy solution for this - like place it in right folder or so alike. But as a whole it's not in my head any longer.
(Only what remained, that it was discussed frequently at CH and solved, here probably too.)

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 15, 2009 07:17 PM
Edited by Vlaad at 19:40, 15 Mar 2009.

Got it, the path must be short (C:\Face Tool)...

Here you go:



You must open the picture in Paint first, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy, then paste it in the Face Tool. The pic has to be 82x82 (or 52x52).
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Cepheus
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posted March 15, 2009 07:21 PM

Which tool version are you using?  I could test something out.

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 15, 2009 07:26 PM

Quote:
Which tool version are you using?  I could test something out.
I used the latest version of the tool and the latest version of Equilibris (both available on their website).
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Cepheus
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posted March 15, 2009 08:32 PM

I know, which number have you (I have 1.1)

My FaceTool is now directly in C:/ but it still won't work.

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 15, 2009 08:36 PM
Edited by Vlaad at 20:40, 15 Mar 2009.

Face Tool 1.1 and Equilibris 3.51.
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kasdeya
kasdeya

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posted March 15, 2009 09:13 PM

Where can i get this tool?

Does it work in HoMM4 with two expansions without Equilibris?
I haven't Equilibris and i rather don't need this.

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 15, 2009 09:20 PM
Edited by Vlaad at 21:21, 15 Mar 2009.

As far as I know, the Face Tool works only with Equilibris. The good news is it's a small download and quick installation. In addition, you can still play the original game if you want to (different exe files). Equilibris is great though - the changes are minor but neat.

You can get Equilibris 3.51 and the Face Tool here. You'll probably have to register at FilePlanet to download those files, but it's free and fast.
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kasdeya
kasdeya

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posted March 17, 2009 08:29 PM

Yeah!! Thank you so much!! It works!

You're a really great man, Vlaad. And you Cepheus too.

And what about the heroes from HoMM3? Can i change them like the heroes from HoMM4?

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Vlaad
Vlaad


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posted March 17, 2009 09:56 PM
Edited by Vlaad at 02:16, 18 Mar 2009.

You're welcome.

As for H3, I'm afraid it's a bit harder. Here's what Pol wrote about hero biographies:

"You may edit herobios.txt and other txt files from h3bitmap.lod. First you would need to extract them and then just place them in Data folder. Changes take into effect with game restart. You can extract them with resedit, generally all files starting with hero... have something to do with them."

Here's info about hero portraits (courtesy of Fnord):

"Step 1: Create or download a portrait

A portrait consists of two differently-sized graphics files in PCX format (256 colours only). One file is used for the larger portrait picture, and the other for the smaller one (such as the one that appears in the list of heroes opposite the list of towns on the main display).

The large file must be 58x64 (58 pixels wide and 64 pixels high).
The small file must be 48x32 (48 pixels wide and 32 pixels high).

If you choose to make a portrait yourself (for example, by taking a photograph or drawing and using that), you will need an image editor. I use Corel Photopaint 9, which lets me copy a section of the image to a new document, resample it to the appropriate number of pixels and then convert it to 8-bit palleted colour mode (256 colours). I can then export it in PCX format. If you don't have a good image editor, you might prefer to stick with pre-done portraits. (You can use also Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro)

Step 2: Copy both files to the Hereos3\Data folder

Step 3: Rename the files to match the internal names of an existing heroes portrait

The name for the large portrait will be Hpl###xx.pcx where ### is a 3-digit code for the specific hero and xx is a two-digit code for the hero type. The name for the small portrait will be Hps###xx.pcx.

The hero code and number range is:
sh = special heroes (000-008)
el = elementalist (000-007)
pl = planwalker (000-007)
kn = knight (000-007)
cl = cleric (008-015)
rn = ranger (016-023)
dr = druid (024-031)
al = alchemist (032-039)
hr = demoniac (056-063)
dm = heretic(048-055) <--- be careful, 3DO inversed
nc = necromancer (072-079)
ov = overlord (080-087)
wl = warlock (088-095)
br = barbarian (096-103)
bm = battlemage (104-111)
bs = beastmaster (112-119)
wh = witch (120-127)
?? = more special heroes (128-132)

Examples:
To replace the 3rd necromancer hero portrait with a new one, name the two pcx files: Hpl075nc.pcx  and Hps075nc.pcx. (Here are more examples of the existing heroes. See the names of the files?)

These new files will be in your Heroes/Data folder and can be removed, renamed or changed at any time."

Here's a collection of pre-done portraits, and here's another one. See if you like some of those.

Let us know which hero you'd like to replace and we'll try to help you, OK?

May I ask what you plan to do with new heroes? Are they for your personal use or are you making maps? If it's the former, you know you can simply edit heroes in the editor, right? If it's the latter, keep in mind you'll have to upload not only the map itself, but also all the new files (for H4, it's new_mod.h4r in your Data folder).
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