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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareth View Post
    A brief project I worked on, nothing too special, I just wanted to try a HQ version of the Duelist's tabard. It was mostly an experiment for me.

    Big before/after pics:


    Those avatar pics are pretty nice, very original.
    ok, Ive been seriously wanting to start what I called an HQ dat project, basically take every standard dat in the game and modify it to higher quality like this

    how feasible is it? what sort of extras need to be done

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    I didn't make it, but it's the only dat that matters



    (I got rid of the terrible scythe mod)

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    If you do not tell us that .dat mod and where you got it from I will be forced to find you.

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    Goobbue car wins the thread

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    Hmm well my favorite thing to do is mod Mog houses. So far my best is Bastok I think, just easy to look at.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../BastokMog.jpg

    I like my Sandy mog too, but it's too bold and dark for most of the people I've shown. =/
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...x/SandyMog.jpg

    And of course my most popular public releases, Zenith Blessed and Black spats...
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ax/LegMods.jpg
    I like these staves a lot too, different but not in a crazy outlandish way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omnipotent View Post
    If you do not tell us that .dat mod and where you got it from I will be forced to find you.
    All on ffxidats.com

    I swear to god.

    If you see a .dat, it's probably there.

    Under chocobos I believe.

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    LOL, i fail @ searching ffxidats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonomaa View Post
    ok, Ive been seriously wanting to start what I called an HQ dat project, basically take every standard dat in the game and modify it to higher quality like this

    how feasible is it? what sort of extras need to be done
    Can you imagine Next generation esque graphics on all FFXI armor o.o;;

    Pure win

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    AMG, you made those spats?
    <3333333333 I use them all, kinda... Blessed for my WHM, Black Zenith spats for my Max MP gear, and the black I don't use yet, but I might use them instead of errant legs...

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    Which chocobo .dat do you change to get Goobue racer?

    The answer is DAT/90/56

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    I'm mostly curious about how people play with 99% of these .dats because they are all hideous monstrosities. The one exception, however, is the Goobbue Racer. That is fucking win and a half. I want it as well, but I heard there was a glitch with it...?

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    I think it's a matter of perception. I don't really think that any of mine look too terribly out of place, but if you ask someone else they might well disagree.

    A few of mine.

    http://www.pikablue.com/Images/Screenshots/bahamask.jpg
    Bahamut's Mask
    http://www.pikablue.com/Images/Screenshots/requiem.jpg
    Requiem from Soul Calibur
    http://www.pikablue.com/Images/Screenshots/balmung.jpg
    Gram (Also known as Balmung) from Soul Calibur
    http://www.pikablue.com/Images/Screenshots/wamoura.jpg
    Northwestern Riding Wamoura

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    You wouldn't know that though because you've demonstrably never picked up a book nor educated yourself on the matter. Let me guess, overweight housewife?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miokomioko View Post
    I'm mostly curious about how people play with 99% of these .dats because they are all hideous monstrosities. The one exception, however, is the Goobbue Racer. That is fucking win and a half. I want it as well, but I heard there was a glitch with it...?
    Probably is, clipping (things sticking out where they shouldn't be) will happen if the priorities aren't set right, which they aren't on quite a few .dats. The more experienced datmakers usually won't let that happen, but sometimes it's inevitable, especially for stuff like that that changes around skeletons and weights completely.

    Monstrosities is a matter of opinion, I personally avoid any .dats that have really garish recolors (such as those bright primary cobalt blues and fire engine reds), but if they look artistic and tasteful, with really good textures, they can look amazing

    Point in case, the SMN gear I'm using right now, I've rarely seen a better texture:

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...907_020312.png

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g3...907_020349.png

    Despite being one of the older dats on ffxidats, I still rarely see texture as detailed as this, which makes it one of my favorite SMN mods for sure (and I have a lot of good ones x.x) The carby on the back is pretty cute, too XD Er, I realize the texture is a bit hard to see in the screens, it's much more apparent ingame.

    On the subject of gobbue racer, under chocobos on ffxidats there are several modded cars/carts, including a personal airship. I've never switched my chocobo out but I have an unfinished dat of a rideable Seiryu lying around... maybe I'll try it and see if it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksandra View Post
    my fav for brd :D
    I'll see your bet and I'll raise you this!

    http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o.../BRDGuitar.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stromgarde View Post
    /jaw on floor

    I'm guessing that's a personal dat, as I don't see it available for download anywhere. The bahamut's mask is amazing, too. Any chance you'll let me know where to find them? I <3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonomaa View Post
    ok, Ive been seriously wanting to start what I called an HQ dat project, basically take every standard dat in the game and modify it to higher quality like this

    how feasible is it? what sort of extras need to be done
    You'd need to take all of the models into VRS, adjust the coordinates of where the UV map is looking for, and replace the texture. Some sizes the game doesn't like on certain dats, but in general it's pretty workable. Up until about a year ago I was unaware you could go that high, but I did rework one of my older models someone shoehorned in a much higher quality bitmap into, so I decided to improve the model to match the texture.

    Original:
    http://www.ffxionline.com/forums/att...sh-exibitb.jpg
    Looks pretty terrible right? Texture was limited to two 64x64 textures however.

    High Quality:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...uty/seelvm.jpg
    This is at 1024x1024.

    After: (It's a bit hard to see, but the original model was quite flat)
    http://www.pikabluels.com/Images/Scr...s/souledge.jpg

    The models are generally fine as they are in terms of structural integrity, but redoing the bitmaps to 1024 or even 512x512 is a sizable undertaking. I didn't touch the newer bitmap that was put in there, I have nowhere near the artistic skill to do something like that. Making weapons from scratch is simple; Making armor from scratch is next to impossible due to the complex workings of skeletal bindings, requiring you to start with something. The more ridiculous things are, the harder they are to get to work.

    Anyway, back to your original question, many models share much of the same bitmaps across races, but there are certainly exceptions. Taru, in particular, tend to have much smaller body textures than other races, and their weapon textures can be smaller as well for things such as scythes. Something like you suggest would require a massive coordinated effort, both between artists to work the texture, as well as people familiar with how VRS works in order to implement the textures. However, a test run to see how feasible this might be would be interesting to try with something, such as the red mage artifact that already has the body done. The creation of an HQ texture is obviously the most time-consuming part; Adapting textures into the different races takes significantly less time, and follows the same pattern for all pieces using that particular model as a base (i.e. lizard, raptor, and torama sets).

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