Fallout 3

About this mod

This is my attempt to improve the appearance of NPCs in Fallout 3. I have redesigned their facial structure to make them look more realistic and to better fit their personality. This removes the awkward skin tones and facial structures of vanilla FO3.

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This is my attempt to improve the appearance of NPCs in Fallout 3. I have redesigned their facial structure to make them look more realistic and to better fit their personality. This removes the awkward skin tones and facial structures of vanilla FO3.

DISCLAIMER
If you install other mods, this mod may conflict with them. It's because of the way the Fallout 3 engine is set up. When I edit the face of a character, it edits the Character Record (the games "definition" of the character: their behavior, equipment, voice, appearance, basically the entire character). When two loaded mods edit the same record, the game will draw data only from the more recently installed mod's record. We call this a mod conflict. This is resolved by a compatibility patch: a new plugin which edits the conflicting records and merges their changes.

I literally redesigned ALMOST ALL the characters of Fallout 3... so this mod will not be compatible with many other mods that edit NPCs, unless a compatibility patch is made.

COPYRIGHT
This mod is for your own personal use only. You may not redistribute any of the contents in this package, or re-release any of the contents, without my permission, or in the immortal words of Jules from Pulp Fiction, "I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger!" You may, however, edit your copy to your pleasing, so long as you don't re-release without my permission. By downloading this file you agree to these terms.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS MOD DO?
Nearly 500 NPCs have been given facelifts, makeovers and/or haircuts. Weird skin colors and head shapes got changed to be more realistic and humanlike, and sometimes characters' faces or hairdos got adjusted to better fit their personality. Almost everybody has been redesigned: companions, children, Talon mercs, the Brotherhood, slavers, settlers, raiders, named NPCs, the random straggler walking on the side of the road, etc.

I am an avid fan of Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 and this has helped me in making the characters fit the lore of Fallout 3. I also have had experience in the past with character design and with portrait drawing and this has helped me a tad with figuring out the right proportions for characters in Fallout 3.

My general rule of thumb:
If there was a face that had to be fixed, I saw it. And I tried my best to fix it. I may not have succeeded, but I saw it and I tried to fix it.

INSTALLATION
0. Learn how to install Fallout 3 mods.

1. We recommend using Vortex to install mods. If you aren't using Vortex, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure you are correctly installing mods and have properly configured your game for modding (for example: addressing archive invalidation if installing manually)

2. Choose either the HD Edition or the Standard Edition of Fallout 3 Redesigned. The HD Edition features new high resolution skin textures and a couple custom hairstyles in addition to all the features of the Standard Edition.

3. Using Vortex, download and install whichever version you chose.

4. If you want to use any compatibility patches, download and install them with Vortex.

5. Activate Project Beauty.esm and any other plugins you wish to use.

This mod will conflict with most mods that edit NPCs.
If you try to use Redesigned along with another mod that edits NPCs, you will either miss Redesigned's faces or the other mod's changes.
Because Redesigned is cosmetic and doesn't impact gameplay, it is suggested that you put our plugins very early in your load order. This is so that in the event of a conflict, Redesigned will be overridden and won't interfere with your gameplay affecting mods.

Patches have been made for the following popular mods:
Mart's Mutant Mod RC6 - Patch available from the Optional section of our Files tab
Fallout Wanderer's Edition MR6 - Patch available from the Fallout Interoperability Program
FOOK2 1.2 - Patch available from the Optional section of our Files tab
Tale of Two Wastelands - Patch available on its own page

Advanced users will find the best solution is using Wrye Bash to create a bashed patch. The "Import Faces" function will resolve any conflicts with Redesigned. Users of our HD Edition should use the "Import Races" function as well.

FEEDBACK
I am no longer doing designs for FO3, but SpaceOden is still maintaining the mod. If you have any bugs to report please post them in the bugs section.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Is this mod just a "Barbie-doll" or "celebrity" mod that makes everyone in the world look like supermodels?
The original title of the mod may have been a bit misleading. I tried to be creative with the title but I guess it backfired. Make no mistake, this is not a "make everyone pretty" mod. Some characters are prettier, but that's mostly by virtue of them no longer having weird shaped heads. Raiders in particular have been thoroughly redesigned to look much more menacing. Check out the screenshots and see for yourself.

2. I'm getting pink/purple eyes, eyelashes, heads, etc.
Pink or purple stuff means you are missing textures. Usually, this can be fixed by reinstalling our mod.

3. I'm getting characters with white faces but black skin.

This is an engine bug that Bethesda knows about and has not fixed. Thankfully, there are a number of workarounds that successfully get rid of it. The simplest is to just set bLoadFaceGenHeadEGTFiles=1 in all of your INI files. Detailed instructions can be found here and here's a video demonstrating the fix. If the INI tweak doesn't fix it for you, check the spoiler below for an alternate workaround courtesy of MrWasteland:
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4. The game crashes before I even get to the main menu!
That's a missing master error. You're probably using a patch you don't need.
If you don't have the DLC, don't enable the DLC patches!

5. Will this work with body mods?
The Standard Edition will work with most body mods, because it pretty much only changes faces. It should work with Dimonized Type 3, Malos, Type V, etc. But it will not work with other face mods, such as Josef Grey's makeup textures, Dimonized faces or Fallout Character Overhaul. The HD Edition's skin textures will likely conflict/overwrite body mods' textures, so body mod users are advised to stick to the Standard Edition.

6. My body replacer doesn't work now that I've installed the HD Edition
Please re-install your body replacer mod, overwriting the HD Edition's files. That should solve your problem.

7. Any other questions.....
Post in the comments section or send SpaceOden a PM.

Here are some other redesign projects as well:

DRAGON AGE REDESIGNED

For some of my most recent work, check out my mod for Fallout New Vegas.