So, the SVN build of hedgewars now has hat support. You will be able to customize your hedgehogs with headgear/accessories, on a per hedgehog basis.
This means your team will be more unique than ever!
Hats only appear when hedgehogs are idle, but it's a means of distinguishing them from one another.
Here's an example of Samurai Hats in game
Now, the purpose of this thread is to build up the hat collection, I'm hoping to get at least 60 hats in the next version. The vast majority of these will be drawn by myself and other established contributors.
However, we'd like to invite you to draw your own.
A warning before you consider submitting a hat:
Not all hats will be accepted, no matter how hard you work on them. If the hat doesn't pass my personal quality standards, or doesn't fit the "Hedgewars graphics style" it won't be included in the official release. I would suggest that anyone who would be particularly heartbroken about their hat not being officially included should probably not submit one. I'm very picky and have high standards. That said - I will be offering aid and advice to anyone who's interested in taking part!
Now that's out of the way, how do hats in Hedgewars work?
Well, firstly you must animate the hat to move with each frame of the Hedgehogs idle animation. Whilst I know this is a little extra work (just some copy and paste/positioning generally) it does allow for some flexibility, for example, if you were to draw a hat with long hair, it could bounce as the hedgehog bounces.
Here is an example of how the Samurai Hat is drawn
To position the frames correctly I overlayed them on this image, and then removed the hedgehog layer afterwards.
Here you can see how I've lined the hat up with the eyes
These images are shrunk down in size, just for demonstration. You can find the original idle image, repositioned and at the correct size here:
Please use this image and not the idle.png image from your hedgewars folder for fitting hats
The red areas on this template are used for the tip of the hat below, meaning hats can be tall and overlap the hedgehog above, but they can not come down below the hedgehogs feet.
Edit by Palewolf:
If you're a Inkscape user you may want to use following SVG file as a start for your designs. It has a hat placeholder on the first frame, which is cloned to all the other frames, thus keeping you from copying/placing it over and over.
Last frame still will need editing as the hog eyes change there.
A separate layer containing a mask for the right hand is included in case your hat is covered by it.
So, submit your hats in this thread, in the right format and size. and we'll see what gets included.
You can also submit ideas, comments on other peoples/my own hats. Or any questions.