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    It's_Matra got a reaction from AdrianK in [TUTORIAL] Make your own Marks of Excellence   
    OBJECTIVE:
    The objective of this tutorial is to guide you through the steps required to create your own Marks Of Excellence mod using Paint.NET which is a brilliant freeware tool but you could also use Photoshop if you have the .dds plugin. It was originally written and designed for the QSF community but has since been removed from their forums so tweaking it and uploading a new version here.
    Regardless of your feelings towards the QSF community it's a tutorial that took me a while to put together so no flaming on the tutorial pack content. It's only to give you a hand to make your own. I may update the tutorial pack if I find time to/get bored.
    CLARIFICATION NOTE: These icons will replace the existing MoE on your tank, NOT 'give you the marks'. You still have to 'earn' them as normal
     
    Tools Required:
    Paint.NET [Download]
    My pre-made template pack from [here]
    A creative brain (I know this rules half of you lot out!)
     
    STEP 1
    This is the most important stage as it's the planning stage. Have a think about what you want to do and source all of the images that you wish to use. I'd also recommend reading all the way through this tutorial to help inspire your creativity. Next thing to do is assess the tutorial pack.
    Open a Paint.NET window and open the Tutorial Pack, navigate through the folders until you get to three files:
    gun_china_1.dds gun_china_2.dds gun_china_3.dds There are many ways of doing the next section but for ease in this tutorial drag and drop the gun_china3.dds file into the Paint.NET window that you have open, it should look something like this:

     
    STEP 2
    Next (again for ease) we need to add a layer; to do this click the 'add layer' button at the bottom of the layer window (if you don't have a layer window open by default press F7).
    Now your layer window should look like this - This is for 'backup' so that we don't overwrite the original image just yet:

    drag and drop your new image (or images) into Paint.NET and select the option for OPEN rather than new layer, this is because your file may need conditioning first. If it's a PNG file with an invisible background then skip ahead a step, otherwise follow step 3.
     
    STEP 3
    For this step I will use another image to show you how to condition files. Open the window (click on the picture up the top of Paint.NET window) to select the image. Thankfully I have sourced an image with a nice plain background, we need to remove this background.
    Click on the Magic Wand on the tool panel and click on the background, you will see that the background has been completely selected, press the delete key to remove it. If you can't find or see the tool panel then press F5. Your image should now look something more like this:


     
    TOOLS GUIDE (click images for larger version)

     
    STEP 4
    Select your image (ctrl+a) and copy it (ctrl+c) then go back to the first screen you were on (with the three old QSF logos), now select a blank layer (layer 2 should exist as you made it in step 1) - [if you skipped step 2 then drag your image onto the window and select new layer]. It may require re-sizing, to do this (keeping the aspect ratio), hold shift and drag one of the corners to res-size.
    The image ideally wants to be about the same size as the QSF logo. Now create another two layers, select layer 2 again and copy the layer (ctrl+a then ctrl+c) and paste on the two layers you have created. If you need to see easier then there is a zoom level bar in the bottom right corner with + and - symbols.
    Select Layer 3 and click the move tool, move the layer so that it is inline with the first of the new images you placed but also covering the center QSF logo, repeat for layer 4 and the third logo.

    Now select the Background layer and the eraser tool, up the top is now an option for the Brush Width, change this to something large like 60pt. Hold the left mouse button and erase the QSF logos, the other layers should remain untouched. If you rub them out then you have the wrong layer selected! - Just undo and select the background layer properly.
    If you choose to make icons smaller/larger then make them no bigger than 80x65 or else the symbols will overlap the barrel (fine if you're doing stripes or something)
    STEP 5
    Hopefully you are happy with your results and now have three 'symbols' to replace the marks of excellence, now we need to save the changes.
    As there are three symbols, you guessed it, this is nationName_3. Click FILE>SAVE AS, then select DirectDraw Surface (DDS) (*.dds) as the 'Save As Type' and call this gun_china_3 to replace the existing one (or save in another location). A warning will come up about flattening the image, click ok and it's done!!
    NOTE: As of 9.14 you will need to configure .dds file as DXTY5 and generate MipMaps

     
    Next get the eraser tool and change the brush width (top bar) to something suitable like 60. Erase the picture furthest on the right then save as a DDS file again but this time call it gun_china_2. Repeat again until you have one image left and you guessed it again, save as dds called gun_china_1.
     
    STEP 6
    Now comes the long and arduous part. At time of writing there are 8 tech trees now 9 tech trees in the game, which are as follows:
    china czech france_uk germany japan sweden usa ussr Noticed that there are only 8 lines? That's because France and UK share the marks... [example: gun_france_uk_3.dds]
    These are CASE SENSITIVE. You have already created china_1 through to china_3 and you guessed it... you have to copy the files you have created and replace china with the nation/tech tree name. For those thinking 'what if I only want x symbol for x nation and a different one for y nation?' - well I salute you for thinking outside of the box. All you have to do is run through the whole lot again but save as what nation you wish to use it for.
    All identical nation tanks in game will have the symbol you define, it won't affect just your tank. You can set different symbols for all of the nations in game.
     
    FOLDER STRUCTURE
    You will need to create a folder structure to place the files into, the structure is as follows:
    gui>maps>vehicles>decals>insignia or just overwrite the one in the template pack. To install, this gui folder resides in res_mods/x.x.x/ (x.x.x being your client version number, e.g. 0.9.1)
     
    IDEAS AND HINTS
    Bear in mind that the images do not have to be the same and have some fun with it, here are some ideas that I had (and may still do if I get bored).
    Marks in order (first, second, third)

    That shows progressive skill (medium tank, heavy tank, helicopter for elite). Look up guides if you are unsure on how to use Paint.NET as you can do all sorts of things such as colour replacement but I (personally) would keep things simple with singular colours where possible i.e. change the colour of the ideas above to be white for visibility.
    You can also apply a similar idea so that the image changes depending on how many marks the player has... i.e make both images on _2 files the tank and all three on the _3 files the helicopter etc.
     
    Another idea came to me from
     

     
    ADVANCED
    For those feeling brave and wanting to make 'weathered' marks like the default ones you will need a more advanced picture editing package such as Photoshop that supports custom brushes/erasers.
    Download a grunge type brush Set as eraser and set opacity and flow to around 70% and 50% respectively Adjust size of brush as required and click to 'fade' certain parts of the image I won't go into too much detail on the above as this was designed to be a 'free' and easy to do mod, those who have Photoshop will most likely know how to do this kind of thing anyway.
     
    COMMUNITY CREATED CONTENT
    NOTE: Since 9.14 some of these may no longer work as they require 're-saving'  as DXTY5 with generated MipMaps
    Here I will place some of the work that YOU the community have done using this tutorial. If you wish for your work to be shown then let me know and I will add it here. I'm happy to host your files too so drop them to me in a PM or whatever
    To install these place the gui folder in res_mods/x.x.x/ (x.x.x being your client version number, e.g. 0.9.1). Delete any country that you wish to keep as standard etc.
    'Unicorn Dickbutt' - by _Goliard
    Download Link
    Picture:
     
    'Larry The Lobster - LAVA Mascot' by It's_Matra
    LAVA Expert: Download Link (Only those with 3 marks see lobsters)
    LAVA Normal: Download Link (all MoEs are Larry)
    Pictures
     
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from EndlessAgony in Class Action Lawsuit filed against Apple for Touchscreen Defect in the 6 and 6 plus   
    adb backup [-f <file>] [-apk|-noapk] [-shared|-noshared] [-all] [-system|nosystem] [<packages...>] That will do everything bar calendar information and contacts (which are synched through your Google account anyway if you enabled that option) for Android 4.0+
    No root required
    I thought before I posted so I hope the later comment isn't aimed at myself, I posted no Apple hate prior
    - though they do steal other people's ideas and peddle them as their own over-priced ideas 2 years later. *cough* multi-point touchscreen, MMS, Swype (also ripped off by Swiftkey tbf), GIFs, Stylus/Smart Pen, Apps (though in Apple's defense they did produce the first easy way of purchasing/installing apps, previously they were horrible JAVA based things) *cough*
    That's because people are using them wrong by putting them in their pockets to carry
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from ninz in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    Wish I had time for a proper grind
    On a side note - our Discord gets all the lovin' so thought I'd give our original home some lovin' with some quality shitpposting... may I present to you - the animation studio behind the 'Starlight' video from way back...
     
    #whathasbeenseencannotbeunseen
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from 8_Hussars in Which program updates each tanks WN8?   
    Session stats mods are usually horrendously out of date with regards to WN8 data.
    The latest 'live' data (that is used by XVM) can be found here: http://stat.modxvm.com/wn8.json
    You can always download it and use it to update your session stats mods too. Session stats are the fastest way into the pitfalls of reliance on data as to your performance, you can't use it alone to improve. It can however be a rough (and I mean rough) metric to validate any improvements... but because of the pitfalls of WN8 it should only be accounted for on a tank by tank basis, rather than an 'overall'.
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    It's_Matra reacted to MissNurki in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    BRUV
     
    The true english-english way.
     

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    It's_Matra got a reaction from OperatorError in Hi, Looking for a Tier X Clan to join   
    You've made the fatal beginners flaw and rushed for a tier X without fully understanding the game, it's mechanics and content. You had just over 2k games when you got your first tier X... You have an SU-122-44 to make up for the credit shortfall when playing your E100 too as you don't do a lot of damage in games... Even then you don't even do one shot of damage in the SU-122-44 in every game you play.
    You've made the first step in self improvement by signing up to Wotlabs as there is a tonne of content on here to help beginners like you. I'd also recommend watching some youtube videos/streams of others playing the tanks that YOU like to play - and see how they do it/what they do.
    I know you want to play 'with the big boys' at tier X but there really isn't any rush. If you wanted a premium tank I would highly suggest the Lowe - and again watch some guides on how to play it - that way you can train up a really good heavy crew and make credits at the same time. (Though the Lowe isn't great for SH/CW, but it is for random 'pubbie' matches).
    As your performance is (currently) well below 'average' (statistically) I don't know of any/many clans that run tier X SH/CW who would accept you... but don't let that stop you trying and keep on improving and you'll get there!
     
    Above all remember that it's just a game and have fun!!
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from VTSplinter in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    Training up a french medium crew - that and the Revoloiserie are quite suitable
    Plus people have seemed to stop firing HE at CDCs... which is nice (for me)
    I much prefer the M4A1 to the CDC though
     
    Who noticed the inverted scoreboard ay?! I prefer seeing how many tanks are alive rather than dead
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from Griphos in [0.9.19] MatraMod Customisable Vanilla Modpack [Updated 28/04/17]   
    I THINK I have finally got to the bottom of the Google Drive Sync issue so now all bits should be up to date.
    I got inspired to do some more tweaking to make it even more lightweight so the full list of 'recent' changes are below:
    Removed XVM Hitlog - the in game version is more than suitable, doing this enabled me to have a drag drop config for enabling team HP pools - which brings me to: Config added for team HP pool Removed dependency on sounds.xc Increased code efficiency (doesn't look pretty anymore but that's not required as it's designed for people who don't know what they are doing anyway and the 'more advanced' people will still be able to customise heavily anyway). Added option to use XVM or your own custom markers (the bits above the tanks)
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    It's_Matra reacted to RolloLongjaw in Hi, Looking for a Tier X Clan to join   
    Ive been invited to join a clan. So thanks all.
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    It's_Matra reacted to RolloLongjaw in Hi, Looking for a Tier X Clan to join   
    Thankyou for your response anyway Its Matra.
    Thats a bit harsh isnt it? LOL. Ive gone from Tanker with training wheels, to usually heads in the wrong direction?  [Which I really dont btw!]
    So, if you have only played random battles, what would be an acceptable WR?
    My WR is 44.77%
    But my hit ratio is 68%
     
    Doesnt that say, that Im normally doing well, as part of a random team, but Im just on the losing side more?
     
    Ive played 1550 battles with my E100
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from KingTrygon in Hi, Looking for a Tier X Clan to join   
    You've made the fatal beginners flaw and rushed for a tier X without fully understanding the game, it's mechanics and content. You had just over 2k games when you got your first tier X... You have an SU-122-44 to make up for the credit shortfall when playing your E100 too as you don't do a lot of damage in games... Even then you don't even do one shot of damage in the SU-122-44 in every game you play.
    You've made the first step in self improvement by signing up to Wotlabs as there is a tonne of content on here to help beginners like you. I'd also recommend watching some youtube videos/streams of others playing the tanks that YOU like to play - and see how they do it/what they do.
    I know you want to play 'with the big boys' at tier X but there really isn't any rush. If you wanted a premium tank I would highly suggest the Lowe - and again watch some guides on how to play it - that way you can train up a really good heavy crew and make credits at the same time. (Though the Lowe isn't great for SH/CW, but it is for random 'pubbie' matches).
    As your performance is (currently) well below 'average' (statistically) I don't know of any/many clans that run tier X SH/CW who would accept you... but don't let that stop you trying and keep on improving and you'll get there!
     
    Above all remember that it's just a game and have fun!!
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from RolloLongjaw in Hi, Looking for a Tier X Clan to join   
    You've made the fatal beginners flaw and rushed for a tier X without fully understanding the game, it's mechanics and content. You had just over 2k games when you got your first tier X... You have an SU-122-44 to make up for the credit shortfall when playing your E100 too as you don't do a lot of damage in games... Even then you don't even do one shot of damage in the SU-122-44 in every game you play.
    You've made the first step in self improvement by signing up to Wotlabs as there is a tonne of content on here to help beginners like you. I'd also recommend watching some youtube videos/streams of others playing the tanks that YOU like to play - and see how they do it/what they do.
    I know you want to play 'with the big boys' at tier X but there really isn't any rush. If you wanted a premium tank I would highly suggest the Lowe - and again watch some guides on how to play it - that way you can train up a really good heavy crew and make credits at the same time. (Though the Lowe isn't great for SH/CW, but it is for random 'pubbie' matches).
    As your performance is (currently) well below 'average' (statistically) I don't know of any/many clans that run tier X SH/CW who would accept you... but don't let that stop you trying and keep on improving and you'll get there!
     
    Above all remember that it's just a game and have fun!!
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from Tjerry in [0.9.17.1] MatraMod2 Utilities (safeshot and more)   
    Introducing the new and revamped MatraMod utilities mod:
    MatraMod2 Utilities Mod
    What is this I hear you ask - well it's essentially what Autoaim+ eventually became but I removed all the junk leaving only the stuff that you would find useful and removed the ability to re-enable the 'illegal' autoaim (which is very easy to do!) along with also removing the partial automation on repairs as this was questionable with Wargaming's stance on mods.
    So what does it do?
    You have multiple options in the config file and I will explain them below
    {     "reload_announcer": {         "autoclip": false,         "hotkeyMap": true     },     "safeshotDead": true,     "safeshotAlly": false,     "spotted": false } autoclip will notify your team that you are reloading when your drum/magazine is empty of shells (autoloaders only). It uses the in-game reload key so does not spam more info like position or what you had for breakfast.
    hotkeyMap is a bit more advanced and notifies your team when you are reloading partial clips - BUT it's mapped using the in-game settings to whatever your 'reload drum' key is (C by default). Works the same way as above with regards to messaging. You can have both options enabled as they can work side by side. Personally I just use this but it's your call.
    safeshotDead prevents you from shooting a recently deceased tank - thus saving your shell for better use
    safeshotAlly prevents you from accidentally (or on purpose) shooting team mates. You cannot disable this in-game - I made it this way deliberately, so either don't play with it enabled if you don't want to play nice.
    Neither safeshot option will spam chat with some bollocks like 'you're blocking my shot' or 'I'm a noob who likes to click on tanks before a battle' or 'I don't know how to use mods so this message is enabled and I'm a twat'.
    Last but not least is spotted. This will send the in-game help command [F7] when you:
    Have sixth sense as a perk Get spotted by the enemy Again no bollocks in chat like 'oh I have been spotted at J0 with my pants down and my dick in my hand'
     
    The lady below is also included completely free of charge with every download of this mod*

    *By lady I mean this image and you can download if for free by right clicking... what, you wanted the real thing? Stop reading this and go out to pick up some hot chick instead.
     
    DOWNLOAD LINK
     
    The information here is also found with a bit less 'flair' in my Online Documentation for my modpack
    Oh and to top it off - I won't be using any kind of 'protection' or code obfuscation so you can see exactly what you get in the tin - If you're from Yorkshire, England (that's in the UK for you Yanks; Hollywood seems to think that you need to know the full details of where somewhere is) then the last bit of that sentence is pronounced 'tin 'tin tin  
     
    Credits  
    Krysztof_Chodak for the original script that I butchered and made into my own.
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from MissNurki in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    I'll just leave this here 
     
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    It's_Matra reacted to Assassin7 in New random detachment feature - share your experiences!   
    I joined a tier 6 with a clan callee _WOLF today. The sum of all 6 Of their PRs didnt reach mine. 
    The first game, they tried to say "go here and do this" I completely ignored them, spotted the entire enemy team, and farmed 1600 damage, allowing us to win.
    The next game in chat: "so where should we go?" 

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    It's_Matra got a reaction from Tigeh in Skipping Tanks   
    It purely depends on a tank;
    If it requires speed to be effective - free xp the tracks engine
    If it's capable but can't mount equipment - free xp tracks
    It it's effectiveness relies on it's turret or gun - free xp the turret/gun (namely the Conqueror before the Cent AX was introduced!! Everyone could just lol-pen your stock turret)
    If it's the T28 prototype then skip it altogether (I made the mistake of grinding from stock with no free xp - this was the tank that taught me how to use free xp!!)
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from FullGore in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    FTFY
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from Folterknecht in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    and because everywhere needs spamming with my Youtube Videos
     
    Arguably one of the most random and hilarious SH sessions in the last couple of months, sadly I don't have the discord audio as some of the things said were just... well... I'll have to record the next one!
     
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from garryallen in How the heck do you guys scout on paris   
    Short answer - you don't really... There is little to no advantage of extending view range as it's such a close quarters map and most tanks that are likely to see Paris have a more than ample view range anyway.
    The North is often a camp fest unless you have a medium advantage and can rush the North (hoping that your team's efforts in town can hold the enemy there - allowing you to flank easier). The middle position between the buildings in the North helps break some camps too but it's easily countered.
    The south becomes much more of a brawl/ambush area, late game I find that the mid-South road provides excellent distraction/side shots/annoyance techniques on any tanks trying to progress to either South-West/South-East.
     
    If you're in a comparative low-tier light tank then just play an annoyance role - even if you know you won't pen just keep plinking shells off enemies - making them want to turn and shoot at you, which in turn provides a nice easy shot for your team mates.
    Most games that I played on Paris are either won or lost because people don't pay attention to the minimap. If you see the North failing then you know an attack will be behind you soon so you have to push the South to turn it from a West/East fight into a North/South fight.
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from Gr1nch_1 in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    and because everywhere needs spamming with my Youtube Videos
     
    Arguably one of the most random and hilarious SH sessions in the last couple of months, sadly I don't have the discord audio as some of the things said were just... well... I'll have to record the next one!
     
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from WhatTheSkara in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    and because everywhere needs spamming with my Youtube Videos
     
    Arguably one of the most random and hilarious SH sessions in the last couple of months, sadly I don't have the discord audio as some of the things said were just... well... I'll have to record the next one!
     
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    It's_Matra reacted to Assassin7 in Elimination: Tier 8 Premiums - Patriot's Providence (COMPLETE)   
    Im actually really questioning the fact that the Jag88 was eliminated BEFORE tanks like the 59 patton or Kanonpanzer...
     
    Wtf
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    It's_Matra reacted to Cup_Of_Soup in T29 stomping.   
    I'm disappointed that you don't have all APCR loaded
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    It's_Matra got a reaction from BiggieD61 in [BRAH] It's NOT just a game, brah   
    FTFY
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    It's_Matra reacted to Rexxie in [9.14.2] Rexxie's Mods (Discontinued)   
    I think it goes without saying that this modpack has been discontinued. While there's not going to be any more updates, my XVM config is available to anyone who wants to use it. Super kudos to you guys who used it, helped me with it, or just commented on it. This pack made it from 0.8.10 all the way up to 9.14.2, I'm pretty happy with that!
    Wargaming was pretty successful with making mods fairly irrelevant over the last year, especially with a damage received panel coming in a matter of weeks. I'm not discontinuing this pack because I no longer have the drive, but simply because we've hit a point where there's going to be very little reason to install it compared to just throwing my config into XVM. Regardless, I'm not disappointed at all! I'm really happy WoT has hit this point
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