Majestic Mountains by T4gtr34um3r
z929669 - Vote to stick with lightside per screens posted below
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Conditions: clear weather, all mod conditions used LODGen applicable to vanilla mountains, MM, MM Darkside, and MM Lightside (so LOD is specific to each of the four sets of screenshots)
Coordinates (cow tamriel): Whiterun lookout tower WSW > 35 -16 > -33 -7 > -10 0
Mod build: Step 2.0.0 (dev)
Step (vanilla mountains) > MM > MM Darkside > MM Lightside
Load up imgbox gallery and cycle through all images to load them. Then use the arrow buttons to toggle back and forth. Images aren't a perfect overlay, due to slight variations in COW positioning but close enough. They can also be examined directly in the spoiler.
i am just seeking some support for a single issue in a large patch/almost a mod that i have been working on for a while. I have tried to find a solution on my own through research and trial and error without too much luck.
The mod: Essentially a large patch combining Seasons of Skyrim & Simplicity of snow. This adds no snow decals to…a lot of meshes throughout skyrim that are affected by Seasons Winter swaps (basically all of the southern cities + other stuff). Additionally the patch forces multi-pass snow shaders and corrects alpha on a number of structures to work with Simplicity of Snow. (also some custom meshes etc to clean up ugly seams etc that are visible with snow). I have also made patches along the way for JK’s skyrim, Open Cities and a few other things but don’t have perms sorted for those yet and they are further from being done.
The Issue: Seasons of skyrim will force multipass shaders where possible before defaulting to single pass shaders where necessary. This doesn’t work perfectly and many statics need to be forced to multipass in xedit which is easy. The problem is that for things such as containers single pass shaders are applied and these cannot be forced to a material shader (that i know of). The snow on these objects when effected by Seasons of Skyrim's single pass snow shader appears Grey when bEnableProjecteUVDiffuseNormals=1.
(yes projected Diffiuse, Normal maps etc is all correct/matching for my testing - double and triple checked)
These are mostly shitty workarounds that I tried knowing they would not address the underlying issue.
1) Forcing Seasons single pass to a multipass shader only. = resulted in CTD.
2) Attempted reference object swap of containers to snow alternates found in skyrim.esm = resulted in CTD.
3) I have explored alteration of BSLightingShaderProperties in an attempt to rectify the issue without luck thus far.
a. I have explored adjustments with Specular intensity & color without luck
Possible HORRIBLE fix:
1) Colour matching “fake snow” textures for various orientations (standing, laying on side etc) creating form ID’s and replacing objects individually with world space edits … (ewwwww for many reasons..) probably not worth discussing beyond acknowledging that yes I thought of this.
Finding a workaround would be ok, but I would really like to try and solve the underlying issue if possible in the way the projection of diffuse and/or Normal maps interact with the base single pass shader.
Any input or pushing me in the direction of some further info/learning would be greatly appreciated. I have been through most if not all of the arcane university info I can find on the topic.
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