Hello great citizens of facepunchia!
I’ve come to ask your assistance in my endeavor to become a semi-competent member of the modding community. I figure the first way to do that is to create a SWEP that is (hopefully) useful and balanced. I intend to create a futuristic-looking rifle that is on par (or slightly weaker) than HL2 weapons, but has very little recoil and a largish clip. I say this to assure you I do not intend to create a horrific ‘minge’ SWEP that would just serve to clog the tubes.
Please forgive how ‘noob’-like I am. I’m not terribly confident or competent, I must say, but I do hunger for knowlege, and I hope I can give back to the community that has given me so much.
With that, I should probably get down to business for those of you who have already TL;DR’d the above content. I picked a simple model from the FPSBANANA devhub: http://www.fpsbanana.com/models/1145 - just a simple, somewhat understated futuristic rifle that hopefully won’t draw too much attention to itself. If it turns out too garish, I’ll just add some ‘grunge’ to the texture.
I also have actually scripted the weapon (admittatedly using a SWEP base, because my goal isn’t to create something fancy, just something workable.) so that component is taken care of.
Okay, so we have the model. Fantastic. Unfortunately, It’s in .Max format, and I highly doubt that will work. Prying open the Model directory for various SWEPs I have in my addons reveals a terrifying menagerie of file formats: .phy, .mdl, .vtx, .sw.vtx, and .dx80.vtx.
I would very much appreciate an overview of these file types, and a means to convert… I hope you don’t mind.
The second part of this is probably the hard part. The model will likely function for a world model - but must be animated and have hands added. Fantastic. That will be a lot of fun, I’m sure. I have no idea how to even start. This need not be terribly ‘amazing’ or fully glitch-free. I simply want to create something workable. I can likely refine it later.
I apologize for my newbie questions… but I would very much appreciate help. Thank you, facepunchians. I throw myself at your mercy.