Ashley Williams Squadmate (WOTC)

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Author: DrDCB
Last revision: 13 Sep at 15:00 UTC

Description:

THIS IS FOR THE WAR OF THE CHOSEN EXPANSION

This mod adds armour models for Mass Effect’s Ashley Williams, along with a retextured version of one of the base XCom heads and a couple of hair models. Options include both her casual and hardsuit ME3 armours, as well as her ME1/2 pink and white Phoenix armour (medium version), along with two ME3 helmet variants and a ME1 Phoenix helmet. The ME3 casual armour has two options, one to match the supplied Ashley head, and one for regular XCom heads with tintable skin.

Recommendations:

I would suggest using Galw1n’s Ashley Williams Voice Pack as a companion mod. While it is for the base/legacy version of the game, voice packs appear to work fine with WOTC.

Lucubrations Infantry Class Wotc seems like a thematically appropriate choice for Ashley (as used in the screenshots).

Support has been added for robojumper’s Add Part Names mod, which enables torso, legs, and arms props to be correctly labelled with their name in their relevant Props sub-menu. This has not been updated for WOTC and some users have reported issues, so use at your own risk.

I highly recommend the use of RealityMachina’s Wear Armour on the Avenger (for WotC) mod. With the use of that mod your soldiers will wear whatever armour you have equipped them with inside the Avenger, rather than the underlay outfit they wear by default. You may also wish to use Mertius’s SWR Full Crew Avenger WotC mod to increase the numbers of soldiers wandering around between missions. Make sure to follow the instructions regarding reinitialising your settings to make it take effect.

Notes:

Emissive effects appear to have been neutered, so trying to get the lights on the armour to work required boosting the values to ridiculous levels. That may cause issues if Firaxis ever change/fix it in a patch. Also, make sure you have bloom enabled to see it properly. Also note that turning off AA seems to break it as well.

The ME3 hair has physics, but also a lot of clipping as a result.

I originally intended to port across Ashley’s actual head model, but I had a few issues getting it to play nicely with the X2 eyes and teeth. I blended her ME3 face texture with the vanilla texture as a stop-gap measure. The head model may be revisited in a future update.

The textures aren’t the best. The source textures maxed out at 1024×1024 for the armour diffuses, and the helmet and face textures at 512×512. Normal maps were half the size.

Some of the deformations for joints like elbows and knees aren’t the best due to lack of skill on my part. Also fingers are the bane of my existence.

Acknowledgements:

Original mesh and texture content derived from Mass Effect 1/2/3. All rights belong to EA/Bioware.

Many thanks to [GWJ] Kexx for his gracious offer to use some of his existing ME3 armour assets. Unfortunately, while the source mesh that Bioware used was undoubtedly the same, the UV layouts differed between the Ashley and Asari versions shipped in the game, so I wasn’t able to take him up on his offer. I do greatly appreciate the gesture though.

I learned a lot by poking through the contents of other people’s mods, such as [GWJ] Kexx and Dor, to see how things worked, as well as reading various tutorials and forum/Reddit posts by the likes of E3245. Many thanks to them and the rest of the X2 modding community for their help, direct and indirect.

Background content in some pictures feature elements of DerBK’s A Better ADVENT: War of the Chosen mod. Content not included in this mod.

Looking for More?

Try my other XCom 2 mods.

For War of the Chosen:
SW Alien Head Pack 01: Twi’leks soldier head/hair customization mod.
SW Alien Head Pack 02: Zabrak soldier head/hair customization mod.
SW Alien Head Pack 03: Cantina Denizens soldier head customization mod.
SW Alien Head Pack 04: Scum and Villainy soldier head customization mod.
Old Republic HK Droids soldier body customization mod.

For the Legacy/Base Game:
SW Alien Head Pack 01: Twi’leks soldier head/hair customization mod.
SW Alien Head Pack 02: Zabrak soldier head/hair customization mod.
SW Alien Head Pack 03: Cantina Denizens soldier head customization mod.
SW Alien Head Pack 04: Scum and Villainy soldier head customization mod.
SW Alien Voice Pack.
Old Republic HK Droids soldier body customization mod.
Old Republic HK Voice Pack.
Ashley Williams Squadmate soldier body customization mod.

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