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Argonian Beautification

First off, this is an ongoing project of mine, at least until it is supporting most of the common body replacers.

There’s also a first sub-project, Scripted Argonian Feet, providing scripts running on all Argonian NPCs and the player, which control adding and equipping of the Argonian Feet or armor/clothing adapted to them, so those actors will no longer be able to equip anything that would replace the Argonian Feet apart from adapted items containing them. Never again will those awesome looking feet disappear inside some rather boring boots or shoes they definitely won’t fit into or be replaced by normal human shaped feet inside sandals or the like.

Argonian Beautification is mainly:

  • adding claws from Slof’s Oblivion Better Beasts to hands and feet (if you don’t use the Argonian Feet as well)
  • giving the option to stick to the usual tails for your body mod (or vanilla) or to use the spiked tails from Better Beasts (seperately for each gender)
  • replacing the respective textures from your body mods (or vanilla) by new high quality compositions created from IABT
  • replacing the Argonian Feet options from jdayT by meshes with reworked UV maps using the appropriate textures now, fitting your respective body

read the introduction for details and screenshots

Currently supported bodies:

  • Vanilla Oblivion (male and female)
  • Robert’s Seamless Male Body V3 (muscular)
  • Robert’s Seamless Male Body V4 (muscular)
  • Breeze’s Defined Male Body
  • Team Fantasy Figures
  • Exnem’s Female Eyecandy
  • HGEC
  • Biu’s Adventuress Body (Bab)

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Download:

Requirements:

  • Slof’s Oblivion Better Beasts – to make sure the claws and tails really show up. You need to have either Slof’s plugin activated or its features somehow “merged” into your game (f.e. by using Wrye Bash and the bashed patch feature) and working already. Notice though that without the replacement textures the spiked tails won’t necessarily look adequate or there might even be serious texture issues.
  • jdayT’s Argonian Feet – for the plugin to add them to the game (if you won’t use Scripted Argonian Feet instead). jdayT equipped so far all Vanilla Argonian NPCs with Argonian Feet and sometimes also matching legs wearing an option of hand-selected underwear. Notice though that there won’t be Argonian Feet on NPCs added by some other mods, companions or the player right from the start (this is achieved by Scripted Argonian Feet). There’s a chest under a footbridge in front of the IC Prison Sewer Exit containing some equippable feet and legs for the player and companions.

Installation:

This is only a compilation of resources, i.e. replacements for other things. You should by all means make backup copies before overwriting anything.
By now it won’t overwrite anything by just copying into the data folder.

  • Manual Install:

    • Textures:
      • IABT textures for female bodies are inside their respective folders in “\textures\characters\argonian\female”, just copy those for your body into “\textures\characters\argonian\female”
      • IABT textures for male bodies are inside their respective folders in “\textures\characters\argonian\male”, just copy those for your body into “\textures\characters\argonian\male”
      • If you use the Argonian Feet, rename the files “footmaleforfeet.dds” and “footmaleforfeet_n.dds” into “footmale.dds” and “footmale_n.dds” and copy them into “\textures\characters\argonian\male”, the same goes for female
      • If you use the Spiked Tails from Better Beasts, rename the files “tailspiked.dds” and “tailspiked_n.dds” into “tail.dds” and “tail_n.dds”
    • Meshes:
      • If you want to use spiked tails for males or females, copy the files from the respective “\SpikedTails…” folders for your body into “\meshes\characters\argonian”
      • If you don’t want to use spiked tails for males or females, copy the files from the respective “\NormalTails…” folders for your body into “\meshes\characters\argonian” (TFF bodies MUST use spiked tails though)
      • If you use the Argonian Feet, rename the files “tailforfeet.nif” and “tailfemaleforfeet.nif” into “tail.nif” and “tailfemale.nif” (this removes the disturbing toe-claws not fitting the argonian feet)
      • The Argonian Feet for the different bodies are in their respective folders, just copy them into “\meshes\characters\argonian”
  • OBMM OMOD conversion:

    • The archive comes OMOD-ready with OMOD conversion data. In OBMM just click “create” in the bottom row of buttons and select “Add archive”. If you’re asked to import the information from the conversion data, answer yes, and after this is finished and you see the fields filled in, click “Create omod”.
    • If you activate the OMOD, you are asked step-by-step which features you want and which not. The script handles the rest. If you’re missing a required mod you will be warned.

Argonian Beautification Introduction

Argonian Beautification is a compilation of resources from other mods enhancing the visual appearance of the Argonian race, adapted by me to better fit to each other and work together flawlessly.

It all started with changes in nif files from jdayT’s ArgonianFeet, just altering materials and names to make them automatically matching the rest of the body in skintone and tint. Then I relocated and transformed the UV maps of the male argonian spiked tails from Slof’s Oblivion Better Beasts to use the tail part in Robert’s male fullbody textures instead of the female texture from Team Fantasy Figures and removed their footclaws for not to clip with the ArgonianFeet. As it was necessary to adapt the textures to better fit the feet, I also gave it a try and created completely new male fullbody textures from ShadyTradesman’s IABT, because the stock argonian fullbody texture was just plain, detailless and blurred. Thus the first release of Argonian Beautification was created.

discussion thread on BethSoft Forums for initial release: link
download from TES Nexus: link

in-development screenshots showing the feet with the original UV map, but matching in skintone and tint to the rest of the body (mind the still female textured tail of the males and the rather obvious texture seams):

Back of an Argonian close-upArena Fighters practisingRuin watching combat stanceFront of an Argonian close-upDead Argonian fullbody viewDee The Scalawag sleepingStrange follower of Sheogorath

Then I started getting more familiar with Blender and tried to make the UV maps of the ArgonianFeet more usable, by marking some useful seams and unwrapping them completely from scratch until it came up with a result that pleased me, which I then mapped into the feet section of the fullbody texture and adapted this again. Now jdayT’s feet and the spiked tails were all using only one texture, the fullbody texture from Robert and TFF respectively, which eliminated the previous necessity to “abuse” a texture slot in the racial settings.

in-development screenshots of new feet UVs and textures together with male tails now using male textures:

New feet in NifScopeNew feet in BlenderIn the 5 Claws LodgeDee The ScalawagArena practiceBack of a Veyond Cave ArgonianAnother Veyond Cave inhabitantSwimming Argonian fullbody view in motionYet another Veyond Argonian and hand close-up

Next I started making this a useful resource by adapting all meshes from jdayT’s feet to fit the most common bodies in my possession, Robert’s Seamless Male Fullbody v3.x & v4 (muscular), Breeze’s Defined Male Bodies and Team Fantasy Figures, removing any visible gaps around the ankles and the waist, redoing all UV maps again, making them better fit the UV grids of the respective bodies seamlessly, and adapting all textures again to remove any obvious seams. Finally I also provided versions of everything for stock Bethesda bodies and made it possible to mix’n’match the resources as wanted, sorted all files in a convenient folder structure and created an OMOD (Oblivion Mod Manager file format) script for ease of automatic installation of selected features. Thus v2.0 of Argonian Beautification was born.

discussion thread on BethSoft Forums: link
download from TES Nexus: link
download from Planet Elder Scrolls: link

in-development screenshots of new seamless male textures (Warning ! Depictions of slight Argonian Nudity, as the areas with most obvious seams are not covered by underwear in these shots. Genitals though are intentionally censored.):

An Argonian from behindAn Argonian from the frontDancing ArgonianSeamless back close-upSeamless tail texture transitionSeamless tail from below

in-development screenshots of matching female fullbody texture for TFF (half of them not yet seamless):

Veyond Cave Argonian backVeyond Cave Argonian frontFollower of Sheogorath sittingFollower of Sheogorath posingDirect comparison TFF and IABTSeamless followerVeyond Cave Argonians seamless

in-development screenshots of improved UVs for female feet and legs in NifScope and Blender, removed gaps between body parts and improved (darker) claw textures with close-ups of the current feet:

Texture seams comparisonNew female feetNew female feet from behindNew female feet UV grid in BlenderCurrent female feet and UV gridObvious waist gap and fixedDarker claw texture female comparisonDarker claw texture male comparison