Head ani

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Head Anis are the animations FreeSpace uses when sending messages ingame. Although typically used to depict the person sending the message, certain mods have used them in other ways, such as custom logos for specific ships or factions. Head anis have a resolution of 160x120, and like all HUD elements, must conform to the HUD palette (15 shades of grey). Head anis are generally produced in groups of three, separately labelled a, b and c (such as Head-TP1a, Head-TP1b and Head-TP1c).

FS2 contains a set of 18 Head anis for both small and large ships.

Pilot Anis

Pilot anis are used for messages sent from fighters or bombers. Unlike other types of head anis, pilot anis require a "death" ani, which is used in place of the third animation in command anis (i.e. the "c" ani). Pilot anis are also used by the games "persona" system to link FREDded messages to autogenerated messages through "Wingman" personas. These can be modified with messages.tbl.

Head-TP1

Head-TP1.gif Head-TP1 is used for the Wingman 1 persona.

Head-TP2

Head-TP2.gif

Head-TP3

Head-TP3.gif Head-TP3 is used for Terran Support in FreeSpace 2, along as the persona for Lieutenant Commander Christopher Snipes.

Head-TP4

Head-TP4.gif Head-TP4 is used for Terran Support in FreeSpace 1.

Head-TP5

Head-TP5.gif Head-TP5 is used for the Wingman 2 persona.

Head-TP6

Head-TP6.gif Head-TP6 is used for the Wingman 3 persona.

Head-TP7

Head-TP7.gif Head-TP7 is used for the Wingman 4 persona.

Head-TP8

Head-TP8.gif Head-TP8 is used for the Wingman 5 persona.

Head-VP1

Head-VP1.gif Head-VP1 is used for the Wingman 6 persona. The green patches on this ani are pure green (0, 255, 0) and will be displayed as transparent ingame.

Head-VP2

Head-VP2.gif Head-VP2 is used for the Wingman 7 persona.

Command Anis

Command anis are used to represent all non-strikecraft ingame, as well as Terran (or Vasudan) command itself. Unlike pilot anis, command anis do not require a death ani, although they can still be linked into groups of three, which will be randomly selected from for each message. Due to the limited number of animations, various heads are often reused for different ships.

Head-BSH

Head-BSH.gif Head-BSH is Admiral Bosch, of the NTF. Since this animation represents a specific character, it is not reused for other ships.

Head-CM1

Head-CM1.gif Head-CM1 was used as Terran Command in FreeSpace 1, as well as for the GTC Orff. In FreeSpace 2, it was used for Captain Roemig of the NTC Trinity, as well as the GTVA Colossus.

Head-CM2

Head-CM2.gif Head-CM2 was used as Terran Command in FreeSpace 2.

Head-CM3

Head-CM3.gif

Head-CM4

Head-CM4.gif Head-CM4 was used as Admiral Koth, on board the NTD Repulse, as well as in several other places.

Head-CM5

Head-CM5.gif

Head-VC

Head-VC.gif

Head-VC2

Head-VC2.gif

Custom Anis

With only five head anis to represent all large Terran vessels, the basic head ani pack is somewhat restrictive. As such, several conversions from other games, as well as custom made anis have been created.

  • Starlancer Conversion - A series of Starlancer anis were converted by Ironbeer, and are available here. This pack includes both Command and pilot type anis.
  • Supreme Commander Conversions - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius included four converted command type anis from the game Supreme Commander.
  • Black Wolf's Anis - Black Wolf's custom anis are available in this thread. They include a series of command anis, a series of "Freighter" anis, for use in non-combat GTVA ships, and a series of civilian anis.

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