All my skins are made to use in-game decals and in-game camo, to block in-game camo see details below.
Each download usually contains multiple skins. To change between them you must rename the selected skin to the default skin name, see details below.
Default file name is Luchs.dds
Folder usually contains various camo options. See included PDF for detailed installation and change instructions
Typically each multiple camo package contains some combination of the following skins:
- Verdant - a camo of sand, green, dark red, and black used by axis and allied forces during WWII
- Desert - a camo of sand, green and dark red colors
- Woodland - a camo of shades of green and black
- Steppes - a camo scheme of light sand, light green, and black
- Sometimes there will be a NATO camo skin, if the nation was a NATO member
Inside each archive you will find multiple files. These include variations of the custom skin, as well as images of the various skin options. The default skins contains the name of the tank followed by .dds (example: T30.dds) and is usually in woodland camo if there are multiple options. To change to another skin, first rename the default (T30.dds) to something else, like T30_bu.dds, then rename the skin you want to the default (T30.dds).
HIDING GAME CAMO
Inside each archive is a CM file. It has a leading underscore ( _ ), the tank name, then _CM.dds as a file name. For example _T30_CM.dds. This defines how to apply in-game camo to the skin. If you wish to BLOCK in-game camo for this custom skin, then go into the skin folder res_mods/0.8.x/vehicles/<nation>/<tank> and rename this file by deleting the leading underscore ( _ ). This will block in-game camo for this skin.
There are two methods to install skins, the first and simplest is to use the Curse client (V5). It will install the skin in the correct location. Just select your skin from the Curse mod menu and select install, its that easy.
For those installing the old manual way, here is the process:
- For this process I will be using the Tetrarch custom skin. So select you downloaded zip file. Tetrarch.zip (Image 1)
- Then select your World_of_Tanks/res_mods/0.8.x/ folder (where 0.8.x is the current game version) (Image 2)
- Then move the vehicles directory from the Tetrarch.zip file into the 0.8.x directory. Answer YES to the copy and replace when prompted by Windows. (Image 3)
To Change Skins After Installation
- Find the tank directory. It's located at World_of_Tanks\res_mods\0.8.4\vehicles\<nation>\<tank> in this case World_of_Tanks\res_mods\0.8.4\vehicles\russian\R84_Tetrarch_LL (Image 4)
- Locate the default skin file. <tank_name>.dds and rename it to <tank_name>_bu.dds. Here we are using the Tetrarch, so teh default tank skin is the Tetrarch_LL.dds. We rename that to Tetrarch_LL_bu.dds. This saves our default in case we need it later. (Image 5)
- Locate the skin you desire to change to. You can use the enclosed image file, or if none, the image file at Curse, to select your skin. In this example we want to change to teh desert skin, so we select Tetrarch_LL_desesrt.dds, right-click and select Copy. (Image 6)
- Then select a blank space inside the directory, right-click, select Paste, you will now have a "copy" of the desired file
- Right-click on the "copy" and select Rename (Image 7)
- Rename the "copy" to the default tank name, in this case, Tetrarch_LL.dds (Image 8)
- Now in game the Tetrarch will appear with the desert camo skin.