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Witch Hunters by Friedric-P Witch Hunters by Friedric-P
Part 0 - The Boring Introduction

Hello everybody !

Friedric P here. Today I'm starting a series of articles about one of my past, erm, "creative experience". I hope that a few lads and gals will find this interesting or sometimes useful, and not too boring. Well, that's just a hope ;) . As I do not have the time to currently work on my personnal website, I will write all that stuff here instead, before everything is forgotten... And sorry for the spelling mistakes that I will surely do, english is not my native langage ^_^.

Also before starting, I would like to thank the good old KRMZ, the project manager - without him, all that would have not been possible.

So, here we go.

From february 2005 to january 2008, I did have the unique opportunity to spend a lot of time on a modification for Relic Entertainement real time strategy game Dawn of War (for those who don't know, it is a video game based on Games Workshop Warhammer 40000 Universe). A very interesting yet exhausting project, the Witch Hunters mod was an incredible experience which gave me the chance to extense my skills in many graphical areas - most notably character animations, realtime FXs, mapping coordinates, low resolution textures, and realtime optimisation.

During this time I was able to create 18 new units with models, unwraps, textures, skinning, animations, FXs, and in-game integration. I did the same with 11 buildings. I was involved in the developpement of 8 others models, doing bits of integration or complete animations for those ones. And during my "free" time, I also made 2 game levels (3 more were left incomplete :( ).

Doing this stuff completely alone was far from being easy - I now clearly understand why video game studios have large staff those days. Really, it's hard to keep motivation on such a long project, especially when (I love stupid challenges) you are trying to beat the original graphical quality of the game, alone in a cave while there are 50 guys on the other side. But despite being nearly dead in the end, this project was incredible for learning, and gave me some nice reliefs - the most interesting being a job offer, and a good laugh when my models were used (by mistake) by Games Workshop for promoting an official Dawn of War extension.

Alas, despite a state of completion close to 99%, the mod was left uncomplete for many reasons that I will explain another day.

I am still quite happy with the experience, but it's clear that I won't do that anymore. So before everything disappear in the wind, I will take a little time to show some work that was never published, explain how and why I made the Witch Hunters that way, post some textures and explain a little my way of working. Maybe it will give some interesting ideas to fans of warhammer 40k, or to aspiring old-gen 3d realtime creators :)

Ah, and of course :

This project is completely unofficial and in no way endorsed by Games Workshop Limited.
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Dawn of War is ®, TM and/or © Copyright THQ / Relic Entertainement.

Plop ! :)
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BurnedSmackdown Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Dawn of War is a really fun game :nod:
Svetly-Nikolaev Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist
An where is the mod? 
mel-danes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you search the relic forums or DOW mods site you can find it. Truly an amazing effort, and well worth playing.
Svetly-Nikolaev Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist
ErmiteCrabe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Merci pour ton travail Fried-P (à toi et KRMZ): le mod Witch Hunter a été mon plus gros nerdgasm lorsque vous avez publié la béta ouverte, lorsque l'on s'éclatait avec les mods Steel Legion et Daemonhunt avec mes potes. Mon seul regret: l'incompatibilité avec des mods comme Firestorm over Kronus. Merci pour tous ces souvenirs!
randomM0nst3rXD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
One of the best mods i have every seen so far ;3
NamelessManic Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Very nice. Amazing detail!

Huge fan of the original DoW, had a really great feel and play.
Hanson666999 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Truly excellent.
Druds Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
The Sister of Battle (and Dark Eldar) from Soul Storm came off to me as just a bunch of crazies (more than everybody else) are the Sisters of battle crazy kill-everything-with-fire zealots, or they just like the space marines that are mostly girls in therms of faith and sanity?
Sekele Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
for the settings standards, the sisters are relatively sane
outside of combat, they do also run hospitals around the Imperium

their level of fanaticism largely depends on who happens to be leading them at the moment
auto27 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student
bad ass model, master grade
Markirus118 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
D-Detail.~ So much detail.~ T^T
Artischist Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
<you are trying to beat the original graphical quality of the game, alone in a cave while there are 50 guys on the other side.>

Damn you are killing me buddy. When I saw the Sisters in Soulstorm, which in my opinion are even below the standards of the original DOW, I nearly threw up. Not that I expected the quality of your mod, it would not fit in with the rest of the game but they did not even reached the standard of the game itself. The whole sisters more looked like they were done in a hurry over the weekend.

You should not talk about "trying" to beat 50 overpaid "whatevertheyare" instead you should talk about "trying" to have mercy with them.

<A female fan ? For real ? I would have gone on and finished the mod if I had known that sooner... >

Oh Boy! If that really were what it takes to publish the finished mod, you would have a Harem by now :)
Masaki1812 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Love the artwork, just makes me sad I'll never enjoy it as it was meant to be.
Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Ok if that's using the DoW engine, then that is amazing.
Sturm532 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
nice work with your models also nice to hear you got a few extra changes (spelling!!!) like a job better con=ntacts

im a bit busy with indexeing the Dawn of War mod community and i wonderd what the name of the mod was. so i can watch a few vids and maybe play the Beta that must be floating around
Papriko Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Holy goddamn shit, the textures and models are insane, considering how old the engine is.
nopantsonfish Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Is there any chance of getting the data from this in a format that could be imported/modded into DOW2?
BossOfNOD Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Absolutely amazing mod, I totally love it. Models and textures are superb, they are far more better than Soulstorm's, or Firestorm over Kronus mod.
But I'm really sad that mod is uncomplete. Is there is no way you can upload version with Assassins and Ordo Malleus' units somewhere?
Saguinius Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Hot diggity-damn, that's awesome. Still whoever made this mod must have [i]p***ed[/i] when Soulstorm was released.
SleepyMei Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
i still play this mod from time to time such a shame it was never finished though my only true complaint was the voices they just didnt fit...
Seraph-Azriel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I have the same issue! You can't even hear whatever the hell the Sisters Repentia are saying. -_-
SleepyMei Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
HOLY D: how long ago did i post that?! ._.
Seraph-Azriel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Oh. Just looked at the time stamp. About three years ago. XD
SleepyMei Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
D: wow
Seraph-Azriel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Still though, its a bloody shame that they never finished the mod. It had such promise! XP
Starcraftor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Throne, the official Living Saint looks like a bleeding wimp next tho that one! I want your army!
Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
Wow! That is awesome, I like! :)
RocketSpy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Good job.
There are other factiom mods out there, I think.
Probably was a fan-made project made by a lot of fans.
And I assume those are the Sisters Of Battle/Inquisition depicted here?
damon559 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
that in the origional DOW engine.
its just amazing, i really wish you guys finished the mod, ive only heard good things about it
bojack13 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Sorry for the double post, forgot to ask: FriedP, did you ever get to use this in any way? At least as examples of your work for a job or something like that? I know you spent about 3 years on this. Even though we never got to play it, I'd hate to hear that all that work never got used in some way.
bojack13 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
*sigh*...memories. Looks better than DoW2 stuff.
exile650 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Amazing job. Looks 10 times better than the Soulstorm Sisters.

Tell me this is available somewhere.
sobercollegekid23 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
This is absolutely epic
SDGRAPHICS Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My thoughts alike. At first ( cause im too damn lazy and didnt read through the description) was thinking this was DOW2 but then looking at the background scenery i thought hold on DOW???
Nice job really, wow
Friedric-P Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Thanks a lot ! :)

...Well, I must admit that the Living Saint was a hell to do... :(
SDGRAPHICS Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
worth it at the end though right ;)
ab2531 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Un vrai job pour gagner sa vie :work: ... je comprend que cela doit sûrement être plus important qu'un simple hobby. Etant donné que je suis encore étudiant-assistant à l'université, je ne dois pas encore m'inquiéter de telle choses. C'est juste dommage pour le mod.

Bonne chance pour votre boite.
ab2531 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Quel dommage que ce mod soit mort :'( . Il ne manquait plus que les unités du tier 3 et un batiment d'après ce que j'ai vu dans la beta que j'ai téléchargée. Etant donné que je connais un peu de modding, je pourrais mettre à la place les unités de Soulstorm, mais elles sont vraiment trop moches comparées au modèles 3D du mod.
Friedric-P Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Ben en fait, les unités du tier 3, elles étaient faites...

Il restait globalement à finaliser le throne, son batiment, l'army painter pour quelques unités, et une quantité non négligeable de bugs et de détails ennuyeux à régler. Ca faisait tout de même encore plusieurs semaines de boulot.

Mais il est arrivé un moment où ce n'était plus possible de continuer, pour une multitude de raisons...
ab2531 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Oh, elles étaient déjà prêtes? Il n'y aurait pas moyen de pouvoir télécharger le mod dans l'état qu'il est maintenant? Même si il n'est pas fini, mais un peu plus avancé que la beta de décembre 2007?

Je connais pas les détails des raisons, mais vous deviez en avoir vraiment des bonnes raisons d'arrêter en si bon chemin.
Friedric-P Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
De mon côté, c'est guère possible de diffuser quoique ce soit, la version que j'utilise pour les screens est pêtée de partout, n'a pas du tout une balance équilibrée, et je ne peux actuellement pas remettre les modtools. Donc, ça limite ^_^ .

Concernant les raisons... Ben entre autre, j'ai créé une boite, avec des gens qui ont quitté leur boulot précédent, et qui comptaient un peu sur moi pour gagner l' paaain d'leur famiiiille ;) . Or après avoir repoussé cette création de six mois, y'a eu un moment où j'me suis retrouvé avec une vraie date butoir :p .
Amnita Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I was lucky to play the beta of this mod.

Im not good at real time strategy game so I spent most "play time" in the modelviewer.

Anyway I suggest that you may add to your Unit by unit presentation a flash video with a 360 degree rotation.
or maybe the datas itselfs as links with an Freeware modelviewer. I m not sure about this if this would or could work, liked the elite Sister with theri heavy ornamentet Stormbolters an power Armours most.
Friedric-P Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks for the suggestion. In fact, I was planning to do something like that, especially because I made a lot of new animations for the mod. Anyway, due to very busy schedules, I won't be able to do that before several months :| .
LordOfDecay Featured By Owner May 7, 2009 mod?
Skitarii Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Hey man, this is a masterpiece.

It's Guardsman Lover from Relicforums.
jorneyman75 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Pure Glory!
Thanks so much Friedric for all the work and
power you've put into this mod I'll never forget this...

zashaa Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Thank you for some info about the current status of the AS mod.

"despite a state of completion close to 99%, the mod was left uncomplete for many reasons.."

Oh common, you killed me with this statement. I really hope that one day the AS mod will be completed. It can take years, I dont mind. So, if you and KRMZ, Pogs and others will team up again in let's say 2015, please finish this awesome mod and release it! :D

I hope you will post more screens from the AS mod and some concept arts. Thank you in advance. High fortune and Good luck!
Friedric-P Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
A female fan ? For real ? I would have gone on and finished the mod if I had known that sooner... ;)

Just kidding. But anyway, thank you ! :D .
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