First time posting here. I am a newbie to modding. Spotted a handful of tutorials online walking through how to create a unique standalone follower. Most of the time they are creating female characters that require CBBE/UNP body meshes, and they show how to port these meshes into your follower package and loading it into the Skyrim Directory. I have a few questions that I was hoping I might be able to get clarified.
I am working on a character mod that is reliant on two mods; Ethereal Elves, Starsight Eyes, and Horns A'plenty . Perhaps a bit foolishly I assumed that I would be able to pop the meshes and appropriate textures that I had found using Nifskope into the proper folders (Data>Character>Meshes(or Textures accordingly). This first question is twofold. First, do I need to attach body meshes if they are vanilla? In the case of the face mesh and texture, I have put the Ethereal Elves Male head meshes into the mesh folder, but I cannot find the texture to put in the texture folder. Are these skins considered vanilla?
Second is whenever I open the .nif of my characters face in Nifskope, the textures do not render, they display as hot pink. Is this because Nifskope cannot find the skin textures for the face that was exported?
Finally, if there is an easier way to achieve this, I would love to know and am absolutely willing to learn. Efficiency is king.
All guidance is greatly appreciated! I'm here to learn and this is very much my first foray into mod-making in any capacity, so please be patient with me if I do not understand something that you are referring to.