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Overview: Ever wondered what a clean-shaven Demoman would look like? Well not to worry, here he is in all of his beardless glory!
Summary: This mod is fairly straightforward, considering that its just a beardless alternative for the Demoman. It took about a day to work on and finish, but I'd say I did a pretty good job!
Features: This mod features two versions to choose from. The default version with Phong, and an optional Phongless version.
The Process: On paper, removing the beard seemed like a simple enough idea. But it was actually more complicated than what I had initially thought, as I wanted to make the texture as authentic to Valve's version as much as possible. This involved an entire day's worth of hand-drawing the skin tone to mimic the grainy quality that can be seen on the retail Demoman's face texture.
At first he looks really uncanny, but after looking at him for about 12 hours straight through the various playtesting sessions and sfm troubleshooting with the wrinkle maps bleeding through, he looks natural now. Props to laggies for nailing the skin shading and retail noise to give it a flawless valve-like quality, I'm sure this is exactly how it would look with the hair layer turned off.