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Gabby2805

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I've been trying for a very long time now to make a custom standalone Follower for Skyrim.

After many tries, I'm thrilled to say that I've finally done it.

 

I have uploaded a tutorial video to YouTube and I hope I can help some people out:

https://youtu.be/ZMK2hjOIJF8

In my video, I created a male follower using RaceMenu and some Male meshes & texture mods.

I have made another male follower that kind volunteers have confirmed looks good and works well in their game https://instagram.co...n-by=belladovah so I am hoping to upload him to the Nexus soon!

 

However, I found that making a female follower using ECE is more complicated. I am able to make beautiful females for myself, but when I share females with others, they look really old and  wrinkled if they don't have the mods!

I've made some notes for myself which are not as useful as my video, but contain extra notes about ECE:

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If anyone has any advice on how to make females look as good as males do for other people, please let me know!



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Haven't watched this yet, but I've bookmarked it to watch when I have the time ^.^ So far it looks like a very LONG, very informative video which is PERFECT - I hate when some people try to cram a few hours' worth of a process into a 2-minute tutorial....like no, I want the whole thing! Like this. So thank you very much :D

 

When you learn how to do it for females, you should make another tutorial *o* Subscribed to your channel to watch for updates and I'll leave a comment once I get the chance to watch the whole video.

 

Thank you for this!! I always appreciate you tutorial-making people because it helps out ppl like me cause I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing :,)



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Aww thank you very much! You have no idea how much this means to me :') You've made my day!

 

I was a bit worried that the length of the video would put people off...but it's a long process so it can't be made any shorter! I'm glad you understand.

 

My tutorial should help if you want to make a female for yourself. Check my notes to find the parts mentioning ECE (if you use that). I have a beautiful female follower for my own game: https://instagram.co...n-by=belladovah but when other people try her, she looks old!

 

Basically, with my tutorial and notes you should be able to make a male with RaceMenu that you can use and share, and a female using RaceMenu or ECE that you can use but can't share :smile:

 

I'll keep trying to figure out how to make females look good for other people!

 

I'd really appreciate some feedback on my video, so thank you :smile:


Edited by Gabby2805, 25 August 2015 - 03:50 PM.


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You're the best omg thank you. No no, the length of the video is honestly amazing because it's going at a normal pace and is easier to understand. 

 

Yeah the reason I want to have my female characters in other games is 1. Some of my friends really like the way she looks and 2. As a joke, I think it would be HILARIOUS to make myself in Skyrim and install it in my boyfriend's game behind his back, with custom audio (from yours truly) nagging him and saying whatever things I say just to piss him off and make him laugh xD

 

I don't know a thing about modding, I wish I could help but I'm sure there's someone out there who knows! :D I wish you the best of luck, as I said before, I'm reslly grateful for this tutorial so thank you very much!!!



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Awww thanks! :'D

 

OMG THAT SOUNDS HILARIOUS!!!! You should record his reaction!! Haha! Good luck with it!! :smile:



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This seems like a pretty decent tutorial. I had to struggle through making my own custom standalone follower going back and forth other tutorials myself. lol

 

 

One thing to note that I discovered: don't put your custom follower in the custom race "Face Preset" list. It will tick the "Is CharGen Preset" box, which will fudge up the "facegendata" pathing and disable the ability to export "facegendata" all together. It wasn't fun wondering why my custom hair and face geometry wasn't being used and why the follower folders weren't being created. :sad:

 

Also, when you set your follower's skin tone to a custom color, be sure to match it for your follower by going to Actors > Actor > Character Gen Parts tab > Face Tinting Color. If you don't you might end up seeing a neck seam from the discoloration between the body and face. Then again, it might be different since I never selected a "Skin" trait for my follower.

 

As for the custom race, if you want to have your follower work with various body types, you can opt to leave out creating the body parts "Armor Addons" (torso, hands, and feet) as default. I'm still looking for more people to test out my follower using other body types, but so far my follower is working for both UNP and CBBE body types doing this.

 

One last thing, in the "General Data" tab of your custom race, be sure to go to the "Copied Data" section and select "Default Race" (or any others that you see fits) for "Armor Race" so that your follower will properly show the equipped armor. There was a case where I didn't do this and my follower ended up being permanently naked no matter what armor she had on. lol

 

 

Ever thought about making a helpful guide to archiving all of those loose files into a .bsa file? The CK can technically create the archive for you automatically but I think it may leave out the "facegendata" stuff for some reason. I ended up having to use a utility like BSA-Opt to create the archive manually. In the end, it helped compress the mod from being 16MB to about 3MB and simplifies it to needing just 2 files for the mod to work. I think it would be good practice for future follower mod makers to get in the habit to do so on release. :smile:


Edited by KunoMochi, 25 August 2015 - 08:33 PM.


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Thanks for the information!

 

Sounds very technical and you sound like you know what you're doing!

 

I guess I could try to convert the loose files into a BSA



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So... I have a bit of an odd question, perhaps... All those files aren't in the folders you're showing them in. All that's in there is stuff for Cloaks of Skyrim. I have no idea where my computer has put the actual files; the game itself runs fine, so they're here somewhere. I've selected show hidden files, of course, nothing's there. Is there some step I missed?



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So... I have a bit of an odd question, perhaps... All those files aren't in the folders you're showing them in. All that's in there is stuff for Cloaks of Skyrim. I have no idea where my computer has put the actual files; the game itself runs fine, so they're here somewhere. I've selected show hidden files, of course, nothing's there. Is there some step I missed?

 

Oh that's very strange! Is your game connected to a Steam account? If not then Skyrim will be in its own folder somewhere on your hard drive and not in any steam folders. Or, if you have an SSD then maybe you installed it on there? I didn't have to do any extra steps to reveal those folders, they're just there. I recommend searching your entire hard drive for 'skyrim' or 'data' or 'meshes' or 'textures'. I hope you find them, best of luck :)



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Yes, it's connected through Steam; It's Windows 8 if that might make a difference? I dunno why it would though...

 

I checked other places I suspected it might be, but I haven't found anything. The meshes and textures folders are in the data folder, but there's nothing in them, except folders labeled "clothes" that have stuff for Cloaks of Skyrim in them o_O Unfortunately your suggestion about searching would take forever for those terms; I'm a 3d modeler/animator by trade D: Can you give me a specific name for a file that's supposed to be in those folders to ease my search? ^_^;







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