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#1 Posted at 2009-08-15 05:42        
     
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So I've been interested in doing more US Coast Guard skins since seeing The Guardian movie (which if you haven't seen yet is very good). So my next skin might just have to be a reskin of the Marine RHIB to a USCG livery.

These RHIBS would be used for SAR missions and of course Law Enforcement (boarding of ships, drug smuggling interceptions, anti-piracy (escort missions), and of course anti-terrorism). Not sure if I should include the RHIB with the Mk19 grenade launcher. Also, I don't have any "coasties" to drive the boats. So for now, I'm using the blue US Navy deck crewmen.

Here are some WIP screenshots:

OK, so in these first two shots, you can see that USCG on the panel door is reversed. Gotta fix that.


I'm also thinking that maybe the black part should be below the "US Coast Guard" name. That's how it is in reference pics. Because the current black stripe is following a ridge in the rubber, not sure I want to change this. But I probably will. I'm thinking about extending the black area on the nose to wrap around the sides of the front more as well. Hmmmmm...


I think the rear looks pretty good. Should I paint these rails silver, orange or leave them as is?






OK, so the starboard side has the USCG name reversed. But I think the skin loses a lot by removing the name. So I'm just going to live with it being reversed.


I'd also like to do a USCG C-130 variant, UH-60, and CRRC as part of a USCG mod. But that's looking into the future.

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#2 Posted at 2009-08-15 06:58        
     
Coast guard wouldnt have Mk19's, I suggest a M2 and an unarmed version. Btw nice texture :)


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#3 Posted at 2009-08-15 06:59        
     
Quick update. Moved some things around, repainted and lightened the nose, changed the crew, added some more details like numbers...



Fixed the number on the starboard side so it's now not reversed.


Lowered the black stripe, moved US Coast Guard above the black stripe


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#4 Posted at 2009-08-15 07:01        
     
RicoADF : Coast guard wouldnt have Mk19's, I suggest a M2 and an unarmed version. Btw nice texture :)

Unarmed version is a great idea. Not sure if changing the config around will remove the front weapon, but I'll give it a shot.


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#5 Posted at 2009-08-16 03:17        
     
Another update. This is slowly turning into a complete mod. The fleet is growing. I've added more graphics to the RHIB, and I've modified the PBX to be the new USCG Zodiac. I'm in need of USCG crewmen to populate these boats. I'm also considering reskinning the UH-60 to be an HH-60 and reskinning the C-130 into an HC-130. So I'll need USCG pilots, a rescue swimmer and crew chief. Also, if any talented scripters out there can come up with a hoist script and maybe a recovery script (attach to a wounded or drowning victim, bring them over to a rope, hoist up into the aircraft, then when the helo lands at an airport, the victim is automatically transferred into the hospital), please PM me.

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Now the Zodiac:





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#6 Posted at 2009-08-16 03:30        
     
Feint : [quote]RicoADF :
Coast guard wouldnt have Mk19's, I suggest a M2 and an unarmed version. Btw nice texture :)

Unarmed version is a great idea. Not sure if changing the config around will remove the front weapon, but I'll give it a shot.
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I could make an unarmed one from the ArmA 1 MLOD model, its the same and would be easy to bring over :)


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#7 Posted at 2009-08-16 03:34        
     
Very cool. I actually really like this idea. Would love to see this work out. Only thing is the PBX boats looks a little...flat. Or dull, a bit too much orange. Maybe so black decals would help.
Anyways I like the work you did on the Skins for the Coast Guard units. You seem pretty skilled. Any chance you could reskin some other units? hehe :D

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#8 Posted at 2009-08-16 04:26        
     
RicoADF : [quote]Feint :
[quote]RicoADF :
Coast guard wouldnt have Mk19's, I suggest a M2 and an unarmed version. Btw nice texture :)

Unarmed version is a great idea. Not sure if changing the config around will remove the front weapon, but I'll give it a shot.
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I could make an unarmed one from the ArmA 1 MLOD model, its the same and would be easy to bring over :)
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Well, the more I thought about it, the more I figure that the Coast Guard probably doesn't have any unarmed boats like this, especially since the Homeland Security changed their focus from a branch that primarily does SAR, to a branch that primarily does anti-terrorism and border patrolling (but which still does SAR). Thanks for the offer but I'm going to stick with the regular Arma2 RHIB and just not do one with the Mark 19.

Enad : Very cool. I actually really like this idea. Would love to see this work out. Only thing is the PBX boats looks a little...flat. Or dull, a bit too much orange. Maybe so black decals would help.
Anyways I like the work you did on the Skins for the Coast Guard units. You seem pretty skilled. Any chance you could reskin some other units? hehe :D

Thanks for the nice comments and suggestions. I basically had to make a whole brand new skin for the PBX since the default ones were impossible to modify. So the grunge detail is a bit on the light side since that stuff is pretty difficult to do. I can assure you that it looks pretty good in game, if not in screenies. But I just saw a different reference photo where the hull and some parts of the body were silver instead of orange or black. So maybe I'll add more black to the nose, change the hull and rear panel to silver and call it a day.

I've never reskinned a whole unit before. I've done parts of units. I guess I could take a crack at making my own characters. But it's pretty difficult to find a default Arma2 model that fits what I need.

Summer version
  -Tac vest that I can convert to a floatation vest
  -Only a pistol belt or nothing around the waist (no pouches)
  -short sleeves or rolled up sleeves
  -baseball hat or no headgear or maybe earphones and mic

Winter/Arctic version
  -Coat or something that looks like a coat
  -no headgear other than a balaclava and goggles

I can think of a few Arma1 models that come from other mods that would work well. But I'm looking for Arma2 quality models.

EDIT: Hmm, I just found a photo of USCG guys with tac pockets on their life preservers/tac vests. OK, maybe I can find a stock BI guy that will work...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerseyjonny/3773028682/in/pool-uscg

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#9 Posted at 2009-08-16 04:34        
     
Yeah. Your ideas sound great. Especially the summer and winter CG units. I'd love to see what comes out of this. Maybe you have the potential to become a skilled addon maker. :D Even if you are just doing reskins. Reskins are perfect in my opinion! :)

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