Hi everyone !
I'm new to the TSL modding party and I just joined this forum.
Actually, I tried my hand at modding on KotOR last year with a simple head retexture followed by a much tougher seamlessly implemented custom lightsaber mod (that I thought I could maybe share online). I struggled a lot with this one and Deadly Stream forums, amongst others, were of a priceless help and I 'd like to thank you all for that. This time around is no different but despite all the infos I could find on the matter, I still could not solve my problem.
So, right after beating KotOR for the second time last month, I decided to play through TSL too once again. So I dived head first into the creation of a main player head mod. I picked one that I liked in the TSL roster (i.e. PMHA05), extracted the model with Kotor Tool, imported it into 3ds Max, modified its geometry and corrected the skin weights to match those of the unmodified model. After that, I exported the model to test it in game, only to find out that, in the character selection screen, the modded head did not feature any facial animation. I then launched a new game to further test it, and there was indeed no facial animation playing at all.
I came back to the max file, and saw that the aurorabase modifier wasn't featuring any animations in the animations list... And I discovered that in fact none of the head models contained animations.
So I began my searches and came across numerous interesting threads on Deadly Streams:
JCarter426's one called " Ripping heads from a full body model " (http://deadlystream....ull-body-model/) in particular gave me some great insights about this problem and had me hope for a providential solution in a piece of software he calls " Head Fixer " in the thread that I've unfortunately been unable to find anywhere. This program would allow me to recover the animation back to the modded file.
I also found a thread mentioning " Taira's Replacer " as a mean to get the animations back to the modded file. The only caveat to this method being that this utility doesn't allow for any vertex count change, however I have already been adding vertice to add resolution to the mesh and get a nicer silhouette, and I'd like to keep those modifications if possible.
Being unsuccessfully experimenting and fiddling with the NWmax plugin, MDL Ops and even hex editing, I find myself out of ideas now...
That's why I decided to go seek help directly here. So, do you guys have any thought on this ? Do you know of any way to recover the animations ? I'd be really grateful to JCarter426 or any of you guys if you could maybe give me a link to this " Head Fixer " program...
In any case, thanks a lot for your attention !