Hey guys. I've modified projectile smoke trails and small arms tracers for my own personal use and for use in the Modern Combat mod, making them more realistic looking... and less like blaster FX from Star Wars. Anybody is welcome to use these privately but please give credit if using them publicly! And don't forget to leave feedback!
There are several different versions of the trail/tracer FX. In general though:
- Kinetic projectiles have whiter, cleaner trails (weapons like rockets excepted of course).
- Tracers are shorter and teardrop-shaped.
- Snipers have more realistic tracers (including an actual bullet component) that still betray their position somewhat with a trail.
- A few miscellaneous rocket/flame/debris smoke trails have been slightly improved.
Keep in mind that the video below is outdated..
Complete Download: All-in-one download.
Small Tracers: Much, much, much smaller than in vCoH. Mainly cosmetic as it can sometimes be extremely hard to see these tracers on bright maps, especially when the camera is panning around.
Medium Tracers: Still much smaller than their vCoH equivalents but easily visible on most maps. My favourite version as they look good while remaining functional as well.
Large Tracers: The least realistic, but still greatly improved over vCoH. These are the most visible, and are the tracers used by Modern Combat.
No Tracers: Removes all tracers.
Small Trails: Not totally inconspicuous but fairly thin and transparent. Like the small tracers it can sometimes be hard to pick these up on bright maps or when the camera's all over the place. The least detectable version.
Medium Trails: Similarly-sized to vCoH. My favourite.
Large Trails: Slightly thicker than vCoH's. Highest functionality.
No Trails: Removes all trails from kinetic projectiles (tank cannons, mortars, grenades, etc) so that only the projectile animator itself is visible. No effect on rockets or anything that produces a flame trail.