SM Ruby Skin

This skin is supposed to be sort of an evil version of Sapphire, but she has her own identity. She's mainly a recolor, but I did cut and pa...

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This skin is supposed to be sort of an evil version of Sapphire, but she has her own identity. She's mainly a recolor, but I did cut and paste some stuff, and threw in a few original bits, too (see the Boring Legal Crud section for details).

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Ruby - A ghost from Sapphire's past who's come back to haunt her...
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Author: Starry Might

Original Stock Skins Used: Sapphire, Satin, and Rae

Model: Sapphire/Satin (MercFemaleB)

Team Colors: Yes (Red and Blue - optional Green and Gold TCs included in separate .utx file)

Date I Started Making It: 10-21-05

Date I Completed It: 11-13-05

Building Time: 24 days in a row!

Programs Used: Ulead "PhotoImpact 6", Jasc/Corel "Paint Shop Pro 7", and UnrealEd
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Description:

This is my first skin for "UT 2004", and my first publicly-released skin. However, it's actually the *SECOND* skin I've ever made. My first skin, named "Savannah", was for "UT 2003" and was never released. She was for the Lauren model, and she was made up of Sapphire/Satin's body and the unused Lauren head from UPaint...that's all.

Anyways, this skin is supposed to be sort of an evil version of Sapphire, but she has her own identity. She's mainly a recolor, but I did cut and paste some stuff, and threw in a few original bits, too (see the Boring Legal Crud section for details).
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Psst!:

* This skin should hopefully work in all versions of "UT 2004". She may work in "UT 2003", too, but she won't have Team Color heads.

* Ruby's hair color isn't what I originally intended. I meant for her to have dark red hair, but due to difficulties in achieving the color I wanted in PhotoImpact's "Hue & Saturation" tool, I wound up making her hair a light, spice-red-orange color with the "Colorize Pen".

* I didn't make up Sapphire's real name ("Patrice LeBlanc") - it's actually official! (Go to http://www.unrealchampionship.com/species.php?spec=merc and click on Sapphire's portrait. While you're there, take the time to check out the real names of the other characters at that website! ^_~)

* "Paso Robles" is Sapphire's birthplace according to "Unreal Championship 2", namely its manual, its website, and in-game. I finally looked up "Paso Robles" on the Internet during this skin's build cycle - turns out that it's actually a city in California. (LOL)
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Installation:

* Unzip the SM-Ruby.upl and SM-RubyBio.int files into your System folder.

* Unzip the SM-Ruby.utx file (and the SM-Ruby_4teams.utx file if you want CTF4 compatibility) into your Textures folder.
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Special Thanks:

* Kudos to Epic and Digital Extremes for making this 1337 game. (Heh-heh.)

* Also, Kudos to my Dad for his feedback and suggestions, and for just being a great guy. (Here's to ya, Dad! ^_~)

* Kudos to the great guys and gals at SkinCity's Forums, too! (http://forums.beyondunreal.com/forumdisplay.php?f=421)

* Oh, and kudos to the books "Sams Teach Yourself Paint Shop Pro 6 in 24 Hours" (by T. Michael Clark, copyright 2000 Sams Publishing) and "PhotoImpact Solutions" (by Jason Duun, Kate Binder, and James Rodel, copyright 2000 Muska & Lipman Publishing), especially the former, which taught me how to do alpha-masking in "PSP".
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Dedication:

* This skin is dedicated to my Grandma (on my Mom's side). She was hospitalized from October 23rd-26th, 2005 for heart-related problems. She was successfully treated and released, and I hope that she continues to do well.
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Boring Legal Crud:

This skin is copyright 2005 Starry Might. "Unreal Tournament 2004" is copyright 2004 Digital Extremes and Epic Games. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

The only truly original parts of this skin are the jewel-like thingies on her armor and clothes (made with the Eye Candy 4000 "Bevel Boss" effect), her earrings (also made with Eye Candy 4000's "Bevel Boss" effect, plus a little hand-painted touch-up), and the scar on her face. The rest is recolored and cut-and-pasted stuff from a few of the skins that came with the game, and credit for the original skins goes to whoever made them in the first place. 

Neither me nor this skin are affiliated in any way with Digital Extremes, Epic Games, or ANY OTHER COMPANY!!

Please don't use this skin as a base for custom skins.

Feel free to put this skin on your website for downloading by others, as long as you don't try to make money off of it. 

Thank you, and good night. ^_~
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