This tutorial shall guide you through the steps you need to take in order to create your own shield for the game Stronghold Crusader.
Think of the shield as the stronghold version of your fpsb avatar, it represents you in the game, so your friend can tell exactly who it is that built that ox tether right in the middle of some space you were planning to build upon.
To create your own custom shield you first need to locate the necessary file, named FACES. This can be found at :
C:\Program Files\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Crusader
or, if you're like me and downloaded it off steam , it can be found at :
C:\Program Files\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Stronghold Crusader Extreme
Right click the file, select properties then uncheck the 'Read only' box. It would be a smart idea to save this file elsewhere, as to preserve a copy if a problem arises.
When open, the faces file shows the 18 default shields found within the 'set up identity' option menu in the game. There are also 2 blank spaces, which you will want to fill with your own designs !
You should create a backup copy of this file so you can get your standard shields back if necessary.
Opening up the file, we see the 18 standard Crusader shields in pink boxes, and two empty boxes.
The two empty boxes are spares where you can place your own shields.
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As you can see I have already imported my avatar here on fpsb into the shields section, feel free to add anything you like into those blank spaces to represent you in game, use your imagination !
Each shield must be 66*68 pixels
Note that it is also possible to edit the 18 shields already in the game, all you have to do is draw over them, but keep it inside the box or it will not show.
When finished with your design, SAVE your work, but make sure you simply overwrite the file, do not change the file name or its location or it will not work.
Now that you have saved your work, open the game, enter the options menu (the key icon) and enter the 'set up indentity' section.
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Simply scroll through the variates of shields available until you find your custom one, as shown below, and hey viola you are done!
When in multilayer, there will be a slight delay in other users viewing your shield, as they will have to 'download' the image.
To make my shield I used paintshop pro, but you can use any image editing programme. Yes, even paint.
For a good, photoshop like programme , try Splashup!
think of it as a free, online version of photoshop.