N426's Mediocre Sprite Works and General Bad Ideas

Hello all, my name is Nick, or N426, because that’s a creative username, no?
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I’m not much one for introductions, so let’s consider ourselves acquainted. Now, let’s see if I can keep this short and sweet.

I’ve made a few posts before, but figured I should dump all my work somewhere (tis the season) and somewhat properly introduce myself. Intro stuff is spoilered, since no one should really care about that.

Introduction

I started with FE7 upon it’s US release, and have since played some version of every main series game save for FE4/FE5. In terms of hacking, I spent some time with the early Nightmare modules back in the day, and whatever mapping utilities existed.

That didn’t last too long for me, and I found my way into the Pokemon hacking community. I’ll forgo the details, but it particularly piqued my interest in map design, and really pushing what could be done therein. I can share some stuff if interested.

Life happened for a few years, and I’d still kept up with the current releases of any given year, but found my overall interest in the series waning after a playthrough or two.

Earlier in 2019, I stumbled upon Order of the Crimson Arm, and really quite enjoyed the game. In my search for another gba hack to play, I stumbled on into this little niche of the internet and found FEBuilder. I started playing around with it this summer, until Three Houses came out and occupied my free time for awhile. After I was content with 3H, I started reallocating my efforts here, and will hopefully stay for awhile.

I currently have two hacks in progress, one unique and one kinda pseudo remake sort of thing. The bulk of the hacks exist in a spreadsheet as of writing this, with most of the maps/mugs complete as well. I’d like to announce and share the first demo of the first project within the coming weeks.

I said I was going to keep this short and sweet right? Let’s get on to the good stuff.

Let me preface all of this by saying I by no means consider myself adequate at any of this yet. Just about everything I’m posting was created in the latter half of 2019, with little to no actual practice before then. Just an eye for detail.

Portraits:
Here are some of the various splices I’ve created. I’d rather they not be used yet until I release them along with the little project I’ve been working on, hence the lack of blinking/speaking frames/mini mugs. They’ll be free to use eventually though, if you’re patient.

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I tried some new things I haven’t really seen much of in the community with a few of these. Let me know what you think!

Fire Emblem x NieR: Automata
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Some accompanying yet to be animated stills…
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Animations:
Not too proficient at these yet (particularly timing), but here’s what I’ve created/spliced together thus far, all free to edit/use!

A female version of Eldritch Abomination’s Mage Lord, also with corrected staff script:
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JonoTheRed’s ridiculously charming merchant, now with a lance a la Awakening:
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Need some map sprites/class cards to go along with that?
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And a proper promotion for Jono’s original “staff” merchant:
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Bow myrm:
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And some "Bow"masters, that I’m using for my generic Blade Lord under a different name.
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Wyvern Knight Bow:
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And some bow variant class cards for the existing wyverns:
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I have a few more animations nearly completed, and a few more after that planned. Stick around.

Still here?

Map Sprites/Class Cards:
Starting with things I’ve already posted, then some new works.

Skeleton Mage (that I call Skeletonwitch, because metal):
Ryn made the crownless map version, keeping it alongside the moving anim here.
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Griffins. I recolored and added weapons to what was originally created by Haifried:
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Missionary. Want to make a rather lackluster class look a slightly different? Map sprites based on Flasuban’s improved Priest. Card based on the Aruka/Yggdra Strategist.
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I am sitting on quite a few more new class cards and a couple more map sprites, they’ll all be released in due time. Two of which are completely unique and should offer some fun little addition to the game that I’m really looking forward to sharing.

Maps/Palettes:

I’d post some more of my custom maps (will save for another post), but for now I’ll just stick to mainly showing off some new palettes.

Frozen Black Temple

Ever wonder what the Black Temple would look like frozen over?
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Ice Cave

How about a frozen cave? I have some really fun plans for this map.

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Pink Mountains

How about something a little less chilling? How does that sound? A nice pink hue to the mountain tileset. A bit nostalgic perhaps?


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Snowy/Frozen Better Desert

A wintery version of the Sme/Zoramine better desert tileset. Two different palettes for the walls, one normal, one frozen.
Do you think the folks of Jehanna like the cold as much as I do? Also, pay no mind to the lazy tile choices of this chapter, which this palette really brings out.
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Frozen structures version:


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Snowy Fields

Very similar to the FE6 snow tileset, but now with some more castles, more diverse forest tiles, and snags.

More of everything still to come! Let me know what you think so far!

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That’s really good!

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I love love love the class cards and unit sprites, I’m not really one for animations (I always skip battles) but I love having more class sprites to mess with.

I particularly like the 1st, 2nd, 14th and second to last portraits. Some of them are a little rough around the edges but they’re impressive for a few months work and leagues batter than anything I could do. I’m sure there are people around here who’d be more than glad to help you.

I also really like the ice cave set.
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An official welcome to you! Won’t go much deeper since the intro is spoilered and you’ve been posting before now, but welcome nonetheless.


For the Lance animation on the Merchant, it really feels like there isn’t enough weight to the lance thrust. Not so much a timing issue, but more length of how far the lance is thrust forward, impact of the motion via a blur frame, etc. Compare to the force of impact that something like the Soldier 2.0 animation has, for example. (Salvaged Merc would also be a good example for force of impact, though a slam should obviously have more than a thrust, which is why Soldier 2.0 might be a better call to look at.)

For the maps, I like the overall feel of the frozen Black Temple palette, though there are a few oddities which could potentially use a clean up (the chests, the transition from the outer part of the floor sigil to the inner part, the black squares on the walls, the gray squares in the water, the lower pillar-in-water tiles, the downward edges of the platforms/walls, etc.)… Might require manually modifying what tiles use what colors within the palette(s) just to make it a little cleaner. Any chance you are planning on posting the full tileset and not only the Object one (at least so everything on it (and the rest) is already recolored)?

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Duly noted, especially given that the recruit animation looks like it has much more of an impact as well. Let’s just say for now this merchant isn’t well suited for combat quite yet and their lance makes for a better walking stick than a weapon.

Main post updated with the actual tilesets with their new palettes, plus another one.

Frozen Black Temple is still definitely a work in progress. The floor tiles look adequate with two of the palette sets, so I still plan to differentiate those and add a little more contrast overall. Example in the tileset I posted is the center of the circular thing in the lower right. I’d really like to get the dragon statues to stand out a bit more as well.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Just realized all the likes this post has been gathered over the course of the day. Glad you all like my little batch of projects! Especially for a complete novice! I’ll continue to add my creations in new posts and back in the original post too as that seems to be par for the course around here.

I’ve still got a few animations, a couple new map sprites, a good number of class cards, and a plethora of maps I’ll share in due time. And of course my two projects, which is the basis for why I’ve been making most of this stuff in the first place.

In the meantime, here’s some stills I’m particularly proud of, gonna have some fun with these three…
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There is a problem with the tileset.
There are only 16 pallets.

Normal mountain tile set.

Your tile set.

Map tileset requires 5 * 16 palettes.
Fog pallet is also required if possible.

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Good catch. It looks like when uploading the image here, it loses the extra palette data. Either that or I’m just making some dumb beginners mistake, although I don’t know where/how a simple .png stores the other palette data if the colors aren’t present in the image.

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Here’s a link to my palettes, looks like they retain all the data if downloaded from dropbox.

In today’s installment of things no one asked for, I present the humble bow myrmidon, because surely not everyone in Sacae can afford a horse or sword. This was a pretty simple splice with the Blade Lord bow animation and I think it turned out pretty decently.

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And some "Bow"masters, that I’m using for my generic Blade Lord class, under a different name of course. These were pretty simple to make, so why not?
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I’ve also updated the top post with palettes for a snowy/frozen desert, and snowy fields tileset.

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Excellent work!

Also, I wasnt aware there was an issue with the scripting on my Mage Lord until just now. The version I have on my computer works just fine, but the version on the repo doesnt, for both Magic and Staff. That is very odd, so thank you for alerting me to this!

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I heard there weren’t any requests to add a bow animation for the Wyvern Knight, so I went ahead and made one! This is really just a splice with the existing Wyvern Lord bow animation, minus the couple jittery frames it has, and a pair of forelimbs.

Wyvern Knight Bow:
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As you should expect by now with my posts, map sprites and class card:

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And some bow variant class cards for the existing wyverns (I think map sprites already exist for them):
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I’ve also updated the merchant lance animation to give it a little more “oomph” on impact, as per LordGlenn’s suggestion.

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