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Title: Need Some Help with Custom Skins/Effects
Post by: Greenstorm33 on November 26, 2008, 05:16:44 PM
Hey all!  On a kind of random whim I decided to make myself a set of custom weapon skins and effects, mostly out of stuff I downloaded from (  I think I almost have things figured out, but I was wondering if anyone could answer a few questions on the topic and help me resolve some problems I'm still having.

1.) Why is it that if I put a big .vl2 file with a lot of skins and effects, like this (, in my base folder, it works, but if I put in something smaller instead, say this (, it doesn't do anything?

2.) I put a bunch of skins and effects I liked in a folder like this: Custom Skins -> textures -> skins, special (where skins and special are the lowest level folders and contain various skins and effects, all with correct names and in the correct folder [or at least the same folder that they were in in their original .vl2 files]).  Then I turned it into a .zip file using the standard Windows XP zipping utility.  After that, I used ZipGenius6 to change the file extension to .vl2 (I couldn't figure out any other way to actually change the extension, not just the file name).  As far as I can tell, the resulting .vl2 archive contains all the right files and folders in the right places, but when I put it in my T2 base folder, nothing happens.  Does anyone know why this isn't working?

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies to this  :)

Title: Re: Need Some Help with Custom Skins/Effects
Post by: Greenstorm33 on November 27, 2008, 03:40:11 PM
Thanks, Kryand.  I finally got it working, and it looks sweet  ;D.  As for the small/big file thing, it really didn't make sense to me that bigger files would work while smaller ones wouldn't, but I had at least three smaller effect files from different authors fail to work (even with a name change), while two large weapon skin sets I tried worked fine.  In the future I'll just extract any files like those and stick them straight in their folders.