Standalone Weapon Optimization Project (S.W.O.P)

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Standalone Weapon Optimization Project (S.W.O.P)

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TL;DR:

This optimized texture pack contains the textures of

37 40 popular standalone weapons

They are optimized for size to reduce the time it takes to switch weapons.

You may or may not see an overall improvement in FPS. Any change in visual clarity would depend on other settings.

e.g. this mod may allow you to change itextmipmapskip to a different value to gain overall improved visuals, or to switch to some/improved anti-aliasing.

Proven Benefit for Low End Systems
Unsolicited testimonial for the main 40+ weapon project used with permission.

Lesser But Noticeable Benefit for High End Systems
Unsolicited testimonial for the main 40+ weapon project used with permission.

aligorz17 even made a video To prove it!

This project was intended for people using low end systems with significant issues with weapon swap speed and prior to this video I hadn’t even seen the game running full HD on Ultra with my textures. You can tell the difference, but as mentioned in the testimonial it is a small trade-off for better performance.

A Few Words Of Thanks

I would like to thank all the mod authors who have given their specific consent for their textures to be included in this package. Everyone I have contacted has been supportive, and I highly appreciate their trust in me with their mod assets.

Now Version 2.2 – Updates & All Known Bugs Squashed
Plus as a bonus tons of work behind the scenes

Read the what’s next section to avoid downloading the whole package again.

Release notes:
Updates

Spoiler Show

Bugs Fixed

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What’s Next

I am busy working on 40 individual mod pages to handle texture updates for individual guns.

Part of that process included taking 150 screenshots, re-sizing, optimizing etc. I am busy making them slowly into banners.
I will then be uploading the first 8 mod pages.

The reason for doing it is simple.
Optional files don’t seem to report version numbers correctly, they inherit the parent version which is a nightmare for users wanting to know if an optional file is still current.
Managing optional files for 40 weapons would be a nightmare for me, and if I expand to 3 different texture sets for each gun as I intend, that would be 120.

So within the next 24 hours you should see 8 new pages and more over the weekend.

Update: 18 individual weapons pages have now been added from Saturday through Monday. I will continue to trickle them out and then provide links in the weapons section.

For now if you want to find them you can find them in my profile uploads list

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Let’s make 1 thing very clear.

You DON’T have to install all weapons
to use these textures.

I could pick out 3 weapons that take up more space on your HD than the whole of this texture pack. Unused textures will just sit there until you decide to add another weapon.
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You are trundling through the wasteland with your trusty hunting rifle and spot a group of ferals by a railway carriage in the distance… easy pickings. You take aim and take out the most visible feral with a clean headshot… the ferals turn and charge.. 7 more you count as you work the bolt.

Suddenly the earth around you ruptures in a fountain from multiple directions. Molerats… 2 brood mothers and a few offspring, and out of the corner of your eye you spot a more ominous shape. It was only a fleeting glimpse… may have been a deathclaw. Not something that you would normally worry about, but with 13 other creatures breathing down your neck this is going to be a little too exciting for your trusty rifle.

You reach for your custom Desert Eagle .50 AE with auto receiver and drum magazine, but it gets caught in your belt. To make matters worse the wonderglue you just picked up has leaked onto the gun grip and your right hand is stuck fast to the Desert Eagle…
Immersion just failed… you hit the tab key and go and make a coffee. Maybe by the time you come back the game engine will have loaded the textures for your favorite pistol (that trick only works sometimes). Your under-performing PC was fine with the vanilla Fallout 4 game, using an optimized texture pack and low settings.

You used to be able to switch guns because it was faster than using reload, but now the countless standalone weapons you have added are taking their toll.

Each is great individually, but switching between them is too hit & miss. Whenever you fast travel you then cycle between your most important weapons just to refresh the textures in memory, but that doesn’t always work when you have been covering a lot of ground on foot… you are going to be doing a lot of that with the new survival mode just around the corner.

Introducing:-

Standalone Weapon Optimization Project (S.W.O.P.)

I know there are lots of different texture optimization projects, and no doubt there will be many more.

This one started as me scratching my own itch as I use an under-performing 5 year old PC that I am just not ready to replace immediately. When new it was a solid $2k system built to my own spec mainly for video work, but it is a little limited for gaming with only 1GB Video RAM.

Lets put that into perspective… some standalone weapons are nearing 200MB of textures.

My system can play Fallout 4 at 1920×1080 with a lot of stuff switched on, but it is far better at 1280×720 with almost everything switched off… then I can go to town with mods for increased spawns etc, and even record video at the same time.

So I started messing with textures. It is not something I had done much with in the past, but as I used to spend a lot of time working with video compression it was familiar territory with similar issues when re-compressing assets that have been previously compressed using some kind of lossy compression.

Methodology

This is the first pass… well actually the second as I played with a set of optimized textures for a month before releasing this.

Fairly rigid 1kx1k maximum texture size – for a few weapons using non-square textures I have allowed a bit more so 4k x 250 or 2kx500 is fine.
Smallest file size for content, so DSS textures saved mainly BC1 no alpha or BC5 with alpha.
Using only the newest version of the Intel Texture Works Plugin (v1.0.4 released March 11th 2016)
Only using the textures that came with the weapons as downloaded from the nexus as source files.
Go overboard crediting the original mod authors and texture artists, as without their co-operation this project wouldn’t exist. The is even a text file in every folder with author credits.

Future iterations will look at

Smaller textures but using higher detailed BC7 compression with more bits per pixel
More flexible size constraints so textures that were 1kx1k to start maybe be reduced to 512×512 or even 256×256
Working with uncompressed source files with co-operative mod authors
More weapons.. of course
Potentially weapons available as individual downloads… it is more work for me, and the benefit is very much “a rising tide lifts all boats”
Fomod but a fomod with currently 37 options would be horrible, and more in the future. Organizing this as a fomod would be a lot more work.
Split archives. I am thinking of splitting into 2 or 3 parts just because of upload/download size, but that is a bad user experience with how version numbers work.

Texture size in MB has been reduced by up to 85% in some cases.

With version 2.0 1.797 GB of textures were reduced down to 427 MB (Download size is only 188MB). In some cases that could represent the texture footprint of just 3 popular weapons.

i.e. for now it is easier to just download and install the lot, but let me know in the comments if you really need to download individual weapons.
As a trial I have just included the 2.0 to 2.1 update as small optional files to see how popular that option of updating is.

We now have 18 standalone pages available for weapons, more to come

With version 2.2 total hard drive footprint is 471MB with 3 more weapons

Installation

It is just a pack of textures that go in folders below /data/textures though when using a plugin manager activation order is very important.

1. All your normal plugins, stable weapons etc
2. Standalone Weapon Optimization Project
3. Any weapon whose textures have been updated since the current version of S.W.O.P. was released
4. Any interim patches for S.W.O.P. for your new weapon

You need to allow your plugin manager to overwrite all when activating S.W.O.P.

In theory this plugin will never cause a crash as all it is doing when installed with a manager is overwriting other textures. You will never have less textures than originally installed, though if you don’t follow the activation order you may not see a texture fix added by an author.

I would highly suggest using a manager like NMM, because plugins get updated fairly frequently for Fallout 4, especially weapons, and you will often have to deactivate S.W.O.P, activate a weapon update (that didn’t change textures) and then activate S.W.O.P again.

Most bugs with using NMM seem to be related to the way it uses virtual files not working well between devices. If you are installing between devices say because you only have a small SSD (they are all small eh) then you might be best using manual installation for everything.

Known Bugs

None… however…

The first iteration I tested for a month in my own game play to prove the value of the solution.

I could spend a month testing this version as well, and then have to process all the textures again as weapons are frequently being updated, and update notifications rarely specify which textures were modified.

What I have done is make each weapon to be sure there are no glaring issues, but I haven’t tested every possible combination, so for this first public release there may be textures I forgot to resize before compressing, and it is quite likely I might have messed up a transparency with something.

I will fix them fast and initially provide individual patches for any weapons that have bugs to fix

Included Weapons

I made a list of the weapons as they appear in the folders, then pasted a sequence of randomly generated numbers along side and then sorted, so the order they appear has been determined by random.org.
Multiple images for every weapon will be added soon.

The Kukri – A Nepalese Machete
Mod URL:
Mod Author: MikeMoore
Contributions: nnoobbeater
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Halo
Mod URL:
Mod Author: DDProductions83
Contributions: masterbleu
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Crossbows of the Commonwealth
Mod URL:
Mod Author: TrickyVein
Contributions: Bethesda – Some textures are modified vanlilla assets
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

G67 Battle Rifle – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Junnari
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

HK G3 Battle Rifle
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Z06Frank
Contributions: G3 model and textures by Krycek Reflex model and textures by Odec3D Suppressor model and textures by Yaxnee RIS rail – Soul_Slayer, Thanez & sHiBaN AFG model and textures MirzaMiftahulFadillah And thanks to Junnari for the help on the sighting Port by me Z06Frank
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Desert Eagle .50 AE – Standalone Handgun
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: Twinke Masta, Vashts1985, Racer445, – Original Model and Textures (from CSS) jackpack – for the Flash Light from his Weapons upgrade Pack DarkFireGaming – For his weapon sound pack DREADWOLF – porting the desert eagle to NV, GECK /ESP work and tweaks/fixes. Ryz866- texture edits/colouring/minor tweaks/compile. Custom grips and silver version. Aynien – for creating the .50AE esp version and added recoil KUDOS! πŸ™‚
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

MP-153 Riot Shotgun – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: undyne777
Contributions: Alex_I
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Regent
Mod URL:
Mod Author: billyro
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

M1911A1 – Standalone Handgun
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: All credit for the original Models and Textures go to the following authors at GameBanana; Steel – 1911 Frame/Slide/Magazine/Silencer, General Tso – Sights, the_tub – Sights, SureShot – Hammer and Grip Cut Edits/Grips/DuoTone, Style slide/Hammer and Magazine (and normal/spec maps), Stoke – 1911 Frame/Slide/Bullet/Silencer, and SureShot. DOOM for messing everything up.
Credit URL: http://gamebanana.com/models/2995
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

M79
Mod URL:
Mod Author: DDProductions83
Contributions: masterbleu
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

SCAR-LK Assault Rifle
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: All credit for the original Models and Textures go to Likon at GameBanana. The Combat Scope was done by tigg at GameBanana. The other two scopes are by fallschirmjager with textures by Sargent Bash. The flash hider was done by Shiban. The silencer is by Rafael De Jongh. DOOM for messing everything else up.
Credit URL: http://gamebanana.com/models/3164
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

M1 Carbine – Standalone Rifle
Mod URL:
Mod Author: undyne777
Contributions: KnechtRuprecht (D3IMUDD4)
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

The Hunt for Patriotic Shield
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Junnari
Contributions: Marvel for the original Captain America shield design
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

UMP45
Mod URL:
Mod Author: DDProductions83
Contributions: masterbleu
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

WH-77 Modular L.S.W
Mod URL:
Mod Author: skibadaa
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

The Dadao – A True Chinese Greatsword
Mod URL:
Mod Author: MikeMoore
Contributions: nnoobbeater
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

MAC-11 Machine Pistol – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: First off I would like to thanks skibidaa and TrickyVein for helping me to understand some things about nifskope. The weapon model and textures were created by Kutejnikov at TurboSquid. The LAM model was borrowed from the Beretta M92 Samurai Edge mod. The laser sight was borrowed from the HK USP .45 mod and was made by tenoyl. Both of these mods state the assets are free to use so thank you to the original authors.
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Tom Brown Tracker Knife
Mod URL:
Mod Author: MikeMoore
Contributions: nnoobbeater
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

The M2019 PKD Detective Special – That Gun
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: Escargot
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Crowbar – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Junnari
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

IF-88 Standalone Tactical Shotgun
Mod URL:
Mod Author: skibadaa
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

HK USP .45
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Wretched89
Contributions: File credits Model: -Silvio Dante (base USP) -Twinke Masta (edits and Match barrel) -kaskad (Docter Reflex sight) -tenoyl (LAM) -Wretched89 (Port, edits and ruining it all) UVMaps: -Twinke Masta -LoneWolf: edits -kaskad (Docter Reflex sight) -tenoyl (lam) Skin and Normal Maps: -LoneWolf (USP) -Twinke Masta (Match barrel) -kaskad (Docter reflex sight) -tenoyl (lam) – Wretched89 (edits and ruining it all)
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here based on use terms on the original mod page.

Ka-Bar Knife and Sword (1942)
Mod URL:
Mod Author: MikeMoore
Contributions: nnoobbeater
Credit URL: http://www.nexusmods.com/games/users/5015415/?
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Rhino M1 Revolver – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: Nesterman
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

MK14 EBR
Mod URL:
Mod Author: dazzerfong
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Bow and Arrow – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Junnari
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Glock 20 Pistol
Mod URL: http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/9341/?
Mod Author: Z06Frank
Contributions: Glock 20 model and textures by Tigg Unversal pistol rail model and textures by Krycek & 4Echo Docter Reflex sight model and textures by Kaskad Thanks to Insaneplumber for fixes on the sight textures & model Port by me Z06Frank
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

IF-54 Battle Rifle
Mod URL:
Mod Author: skibadaa
Contributions: Model, UV map, Textures – Shortez (aka. brain collector) – not for commercial use
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Parang Machete HD
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Dhegonus
Contributions: DogtoothCG and Karal
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here based upon the permissions on the original mod page

Campo Giro – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: MonoAccipiter
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Slaughtering Buzz Axe
Mod URL:
Mod Author: TrickyVein
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

.223 Pistol AKA That Gun
Mod URL:
Mod Author: skibadaa
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Crecy
Mod URL:
Mod Author: billyro
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

LK-05 Carbine
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Stabcops/DOOMBASED
Contributions: All credit for the original Models and Textures go to Likon at GameBanana. The Scope was done by Paul Yakushev at GameBanana. BenderSKR for doing some work on the normal maps. DOOM for messing everything else up.
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

M45A1 Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Ghost8919
Contributions: Infiza/Happy789 for the model
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Kunai – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: Junnari
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

M82a3 AMR
Mod URL:
Mod Author: amoveve
Contributions: Alexscorpion (FNV Sniper Gear)
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Craftable Customizable Buster Sword
Mod URL:
Mod Author: DDProductions83
Contributions: masterbleu
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here based on use terms on the original mod page and the inherited CC BY NC SA copyright.

R91 Standalone Assault Rifle
Mod URL:
Mod Author: ff7cloudstrife
Contributions: arby26. Addition texture work by undyne777, beaverdog, Mythos214, & Sam Fisher
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

M4A1 w Under Barrel
Mod URL:
Mod Author: SkyrimForDaWin
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Mods That Use Vanilla Textures

Some mods use only vanilla textures and thus the textures may or may not already be optimized by other plugins.
For their status in this project I consider them already optimized.

Chinese Greatsword – 2H – Standalone
Mod URL:
Mod Author: MikeMoore
Contributions: nnoobbeater
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

The Pipe Shotgun
Mod URL:
Mod Author: elgoes
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Gatling Rifle
Mod URL:
Mod Author: henkspamadres
Contributions:
Credit URL:
These textures have been included here with the express permission of the mod author. For personal use only and only available from the Nexus Mods page

Missing Weapons

I admittedly haven’t contacted every weapon author. Things stalled for a few weeks on this project whist I was testing with 15 optimized weapons, and an update to the Intel plugin spurred me into action.

I reworked every texture through the Intel plugin and skipped many weapons where the author hadn’t come back to me after 2 weeks.

I then proceeded to contact another batch of authors to fill up the ranks… and then some.

Thus this is version 2.0 at launch.

Historical Changelog

Version 2.1

Spoiler Show

Permissions

I went through a long process of requesting permission to include most of the weapons in this pack, and have even sent a “heads up” to those that didn’t need it.
I am not in the position to be able to grant you permission to publish these textures on another website, use them as part of another plugin on Nexus sites, or to modify them and then distribute them in some way, whether for Fallout 4 or another game.
Every individual part has different licensing requirements.

I don’t claim any authorship rights to my own work on individual textures, so permissions remain with the respective content creators. I do claim authorship for the collection as a whole.

Should this project for some reason be determined to be abandoned, I give permission for it to be transferred to a quorum of at least 3 active modders who have had mods featured in Hot Files as caretakers. They are free to assign anyone to the mod page to actually make changes.

No specific set time frame

Tools used

Intel Texture Works Plugin for Photoshop
NVidia DSS Plugin for Photoshop when I hit bugs with Intel
Google Docs – (all my credit text files in each folder and BBcode are generated in a spreadsheet, which is also why I didn’t hyperlink contributor names… it also makes offsite links obvious)
Photoshop
Notepad++
Folder Size for folder size comparison

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