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Can photos used in career menu screens be changed?

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There are various black & white photos used on the progressive screens in career mode during the process of the flight start that are vintage World War Two photos. I love the career mode  but I am continually scratching my head  to understand how the 777 IL-2 crew chose the photos they did.Many of these photos ( at least on the German side) really aren’t appropriate: some even show B-17 formations , while others German infantry scenes, scattered among Luftwaffe scenes. I’d like to have ( where appropriate) the ability to change these to ALL Luftwaffe photos readily available available on line. This is obviously a small change and an obviously esthetic one, but one I’m sure others might endorse

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I suspect that the developers could only use photos that were known to be copyright-free.

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11 hours ago, Blitzen said:

There are various black & white photos used on the progressive screens in career mode during the process of the flight start that are vintage World War Two photos. I love the career mode  but I am continually scratching my head  to understand how the 777 IL-2 crew chose the photos they did.Many of these photos ( at least on the German side) really aren’t appropriate: some even show B-17 formations , while others German infantry scenes, scattered among Luftwaffe scenes. I’d like to have ( where appropriate) the ability to change these to ALL Luftwaffe photos readily available available on line. This is obviously a small change and an obviously esthetic one, but one I’m sure others might endorse

 

Most are stock photos that are royalty free, for obvious reasons. I found a few after you mentioned it - swf/il2/careers/bok, bos or bom. Some are located in the phases sub-folders, others (like Next Day) I'm not sure where they are.

 

Example. This one appears during the German campaign for Kuban if selecting the final phase.

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Time for our intrepid modders to come to the fore... I would love to see the pilot pictures changed to something more historical as well, the present pics we have are pretty awful...

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Despite the Career adhering to historical reality as far as how the war generally went, the actually sorties and missions are dynamic. There`s also the unpredictable element of the Human Player Pilot...

 

What i`m getting at: having actual real world WW2 pilots in the sim means they could very well be killed in situations when they never were - Personally I don`t have a problem with that since I see the Career as an alternate WW2 where things went slightly differently in tactical aerial combat, but some people get really upset when their `fave` Ace historical pilot gets blown away after mission 2- And making him come back to life after you know he went down in flames would just make it silly.

 

It`s safer to make the pilots randomly made up  and chances are you`d never fly with the actual real world guys anyway.

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I don't care if Lt SausageKnacker has a portrait of an historical ace... to me he's SausageKnacker and he's in my flight, and if he gets killed then send me a replacement, hopefully in period flying gear... at the moment, the pilot portraits we have have faces that look like they have been cloned from a 'chamber of horror' movie...

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9 hours ago, Trooper117 said:

Time for our intrepid modders to come to the fore... I would love to see the pilot pictures changed to something more historical as well, the present pics we have are pretty awful...

 

The portraits aren't actual portraits. It's a silhouette only that then has ears, eyes, hair, a mouth and nose randomized and applied to it. Which is why they look...odd?

 

It looks like this before any of that occurs.

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Though I am experimenting with a way to apply actual photographs.

 

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That is positively frightening!!!:help:

But I agree the portraits we have are very weird...and There is something about the German ones that look like they began life as reasonably good looking Slavs who got "modded' up a bit.....

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Honestly, I love the portraits. They're characterful! And part of the IL-2 lore as far as I'm concerned, like ridiculous 1946 menu music.

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Yes, but in the original we all had the ability to change the menu music... I suspect that every man and his dog did exactly that.

I have the standard IL2 on my HD still (unmodded), and I have all music, pilots portraits and pilot skins changed to my liking.

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youre understimating the easyness of getting a pretty male or female face rendered

 

in fact most artists can not get away with the uncanny valley effect which trooper rightly percieves

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