Alyx Vance Squadmate (WOTC)

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Author: DrDCB
Last revision: 10 Mar at 05:47 UTC

Description:

THIS IS FOR THE WAR OF THE CHOSEN EXPANSION

This mod adds a soldier outfit for one of the best NPCs of all time, Half-Life 2’s Alyx Vance.

While based on her HL2 appearance, this mod is not a port of Valve’s original Alyx model. Rather, it makes use of some heavily modified versions of base X2 meshes (M/F shanty civilian clothes, kevlar soldier arms) with the addition of some custom Alyx-specific additions (belt, necklace, etc.) modelled by me, topped off with all new textures created from scratch (although reusing modified versions of the original normal and AO map elements, where possible). Additionally, a new hair model has been added that is vaguely in the style of Alyx’s mop, derived from one of the base hair models merged with the headband.

Recommendations:

I would suggest using Walker, Texas Ranger’s WOTC Half-Life 2 Alyx Voice Pack – WTR as a companion mod.

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 (although I have never had a problem with it myself).

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:

The outfit has been cobbled together from effectively half a dozen different models. While I have done my best to avoid it, as a consequence there may be some issues with gaps between meshes or clipping due to differing skin weights, especially in animations with extreme deformation. If you spot anything egregious, let me know in the comments and I will attempt to address it.

There are a few minor texture issues, mostly due to the way X2’s PBR system works. Trying to get the X2 material setup to properly render the textures as they appear in other PBR systems is a real pain. I may make adjustments in the future. Although given that you are mostly looking at your soldiers from a bird’s eye view it shouldn’t be a major problem.

The hair is not fantastic. I really suck at making hair.

No, I won’t be making the outfit tintable or use patterns. Don’t ask.

Acknowledgements:

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 may feature elements from the following: DerBK’s A Better ADVENT: War of the Chosen, KnaveOfSpades’s (via Pavonis) Coilguns for War of the Chosen, and Kexx’s various Mass Effect mods. 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.
Ashley Williams Squadmate 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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