I've been trying to figure out how to put a ship icon on the HUD, so that you don't get a generic white square where your damage indicator should be.
I've looked through various tutorials, and it isn't mentioned; i've also been trawling through the earliest threads on the forum, and other people (e.g. Ludwig asked at one stage, as well as this guy: http://forums.filefront.com/stl-modding-editing/296544-ship-icons.html ) have asked about this, but haven't gotten any explanations in the replies as far as i can see. It seems to be a blind spot in the tutorials.
I have cloned the Nova-class (to experiment with modding it's stats), to create a "Hela-class", and this is what i've done so far:
*Cloned (and renamed) the *.m3d, *.dds and *.odf files, making sure to clone ALL of the *.dds files (i understand there's a whole bunch of them, and i assume that this is where the ship HUD icon/diagram deallie would be); *Edited the .m3d file with a Hex editor to replace all references to "nova" with "hela", as per acidfluxxbase's much-appreciated tutorial. *Edited some of the *.dds files, to confirm that the cloned "Hela" class is actually reading off the cloned *.dds files and not the original Nova-class *.dds's.
I can't think of anything else to do. (I've even changed the tooltip lines in the *.odf file to refer to a "helaclass" instead of "novaclass" in case *that* was the issue for some reason, but it doesnt seem to do anything.)
I still get blank white squares on my HUD.
I have a few modded ships downloaded from other people, so i know that you all know how to change the HUD-ship-icon-thing! I just can't figure it out. Any pointers?
AHH! Ignore that post, immediately after posting this, i continued trawling through the oldest posts, and i found this by Major_Payne:
...which seems to answer the question perfectly.
Just thought i would put the link here in case anybody else searching for this information comes into this thread.
I'll move it to the Tutorial forum actually. Gives me an idea to write up a tutorial on how to do registries