RUST: Skies Last edited 1 year ago2022-09-29 07:53:57 UTC

This is a Visual Guide of the different sky textures included in Half-Life and how to add them to your map.

The Texture

The sky texture is included in the halflife.wad and represented by a light blue colour texture named sky.

Simply select the brush you want to have as sky and add the sky texture to it. In most editors, the brush will remain blue and you will not be able to see the actual sky in the 3D or texture window of the editor.

To define the type of sky you want, you will have to change the Worldspawn properties and add the skyname.

Most editors achieve this by adding a Key and a Value, such as:
Key: skyname
Value: The name of the sky you want to use.
Hammer allows you to enter the skyname directly into the worldspawn properties, but don't be fooled by the cl_ tag, just enter the skies short name.

Where the sky comes from:

The in-game skies are located in the Half-Life\valve\gfx\env folder. If they are not there then you will have to unpack your Pak0.pak file. They are presented in two formats, .bmp and or .tga

Notes for making your own sky:

If you want to make your own sky set you need to follow these guidelines:

The size of the picture files: The Names of the images: And they have to be placed in the same folder as all the other skies, Half-Life\valve\gfx\env. You will find more information on creating custom skies in the tutorial: RUST: Creating Environment Maps With Terragen

A visual reference to Half-Life Skies

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Commented 2 years ago2021-12-28 19:39:49 UTC Comment #103909
Me: When you have a custom GoldSrc skybox, is there any reason to include BMP files? Are they used anymore? Or just the TGAs?
Admer: Yeah, software mode I think
func_cambreaKable: software mode uses tga's too though
func_cambreaKable: i have only tga skyboxes in WAR and they work on software mode
Mikko: software mode falls back to tgas if bmps can't be found
Mikko: bmps can be used by gl too if you have an old graphics card that supports those paletted texture extensions

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