Jump to content

Welcome to The Bolter and Chainsword
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!
Photo

How To: Vassal Batreps!

vassal

This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
9 replies to this topic

#1
[TA]Typher

[TA]Typher

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 961 posts
Hi guys,

Sorry to spam topics in here, but hopefully I help fill your day with a little bit of entertainment. I've been making Vassal batreps and have really enjoyed the look of them. Like most people I'm a visual learner and just reading about a batrep really detracts the awesomeness that it should provide. I made a simple Vassal tutorial for anyone interested. I'd like to think that it's a selfless act to spend my time doing this, but in reality it's the exact opposite. I just want to see more batreps.


1. First you need Vassal... download it here.


http://www.vassalengine.org/


2. Next you need the 40k mod. This is the exact link.


http://www.mediafire...19/6thbasic.rar


3. Install it. Once done you'll have to load the 40mod.

V1_zps87576570.jpg

Go to "OPEN MODULE" .. I know import is highlighted.. that isn't what you want. Ignore all the icons on my desktop. :)

4. Find where you placed the 40k module and open it.

v2_zps5a5f63de.jpg

v3_zpsb218f4de.jpg

the mod takes awhile to load.. maybe it's packed bad, or maybe my computer sucks.. I dunno.

5. Starting vassal.

v4_zps5ade5815.jpg

Once loaded it will open. Pick OFFLINE game. I haven't tried a online one, but this is a Batrep tutorial not a online one :P

You'll pick your board type and select observer as which player you are.

6. Once open you are ready to start.

v6_zpsb74bff1e.jpg

The tabs along the top are what you'll use. "Map", "Models" and "players" is how you'll lay you board out. To select something on the board you'll need to hold the SHIFT button while you click.

v7_zpsf2468ff4.jpg

Other shortcut keys are...

CTRL+the arrow keys rotate the model.
CTRL+M removes the little 'M' over the model that pops up if you move it.
CTRL+D deletes a model
CTRL+C copies a model

v8_zps52e2a951.jpg

as you can see here I've placed terrain, models and even firing lines on the board. Now we'll need to export this.

7. While holding down CTRL click the PRT SCR button (Just to the right of F12 on most keyboards). This will copy your screen and place it on the clipboard.

8. Now open MSPaint. Pretty much all computers have this program as it's standard with windows.Open the Start menu (bottom left of your screen) there is a blank box that should say something like "Run" or "search for programs or files" Type in MSpaint and it will open.

Alternatively you could use another pic editor to do this, but MSpaint is easy and common.

v9_zpsbfaaf608.jpg

9. Once open click CTRL+V to paste your screenshot as you see here. From here use the "select" tool from the toolbar and select the section you want to use. As you can see here I've selected the game board that I made.

CTRL+C copies the part you selected to the clip board.

Now click in the top left of MSpaint. It should look like a little file. (in other versions it might just say 'file').

click "NEW" and then CTRL+V your selected section.

v10_zps28ccf1df.jpg

If should look like this. Save this. Remember to use "save as" and make sure it's a JPG file, as they are the most common type of pic. Also remember to name it something that will help you remember the order it belongs in; IE.. turn1DA.jpg


10. Now you need a photo hosting service. There are several out there but I use photobucket. make an account. It's free. Upload your pic.

v11_zpsd283a484.jpg

From here you can make different folders if you want.

v12_zps2468147e.jpg

In Photobucket they make a handy little button that pre-loads the link to your pic along with that correct headers to display it on the forums. I circled it.

To paste the link just click CTRL+V while typing your forum message.

Now repeat the process 6 - 10 for each turn, changing the position of the units of shooting as you played the battle. While it might seem like a daunting process you'll get good at it and be able to crank out a vassal batrep in 30min or so.

That's it. Hopefully I explained the process well enough. I'd love to see other Vassal reports on here!




I have a few in my sig if you've never seen one.

Edited by [TA]Typher, 12 October 2013 - 02:25 AM.


#2
Interrogator Stobz

Interrogator Stobz

    ++ VILICUS PISCARIAM ++

  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 7,086 posts

That is BRILLIANT Typher!!!

I hope to see more Batreps now too :D

 

s


Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave.

 

gallery_48988_15465_19298.pngETL_2013_04_Primus_Inter_Pares.jpgImg_CH00_08Awards_02_LPC_2013B.gifImg_CH00_08Awards_05f_PtR_2012.gifETL_Medal_06.gifsml_gallery_48988_16045_3749.png

Stobz'z DAngles


#3
Pyro X

Pyro X

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 583 posts

cool


Pyro X
[center]
[url=http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/259168-e-tenebrae-lux-the-final-report/][img=http://www.fortressoftheunforgiven.com/ETL_03_Custos_Fidei_Vow_02.jpg][/url][url=http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/279289-from-rage-to-salvation/][img=http://www.fortressoftheunforgiven.com/Currus_Belli_Banner_01.jpg][/url][size=3][img=http://fortressofunforgiven.homestead.com/Bellum_Aeternus_02_Titanis_Belli_Banner_01.jpg][/size][url=http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/279289-from-rage-to-salvation/][img=http://fortressofunforgiven.homestead.com/Bellum_Aeternus_02_Titanis_Belli_Badge_01.jpg][img=http://www.fortressoftheunforgiven.com/Pearl_of_Ultramar_Badge_Small_V2.jpg][/url][url=http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/279289-from-rage-to-salvation/][img=http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/Pendragi/40k%20art/gallery_52275_4552_20046.png][/url][/center]

#4
Tanhausen

Tanhausen

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 3,353 posts
Nice tip for vassal noobs :)

I do get some games going when I cant go down to the club, but it usually takes foreeeeeeever, commonly 4h per game.

Plus you get quite a fair amount of unpleasant opponents, some of whom have never actually touched a model!

Disgressing...nice tutorial :)

Herald of DA fun, vocal supporter of proper manners and fostering enjoyment!

2015 Projects - FW Dreadnought Chaplain WIP Painting a Hellbrute just for fun

ETL_03_Custos_Fidei_Vow_01.jpgETL_2013_03_Custos_Fidei_01.jpg


#5
[TA]Typher

[TA]Typher

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 961 posts
 

Nice tip for vassal noobs :)

I do get some games going when I cant go down to the club, but it usually takes foreeeeeeever, commonly 4h per game.

Plus you get quite a fair amount of unpleasant opponents, some of whom have never actually touched a model!

Disgressing...nice tutorial :)



I've never tried it. One of these days.

#6
InstantKarma

InstantKarma

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 93 posts

/applause for Typher



#7
march10k

march10k

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 5,223 posts

looks like a fantastic tool.  I get java errors when I launch it, though.  I'll just have to stick to text-only batreps until I figure it out. 


Path_to_Redemption_08BP_zps61931afa.jpgImg_CH00_08Awards_02_LPC_2012C.gifgallery_29004_6198_9307.pngImg_CH00_08Awards_02_LPC_2012D.gifgallery_30308_9518_3663.png

 


#8
[TA]Typher

[TA]Typher

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 961 posts
Java errors? Hmmm i've never gotten those. I reinstalled the program while i made this. Is your java disabled?

If not try a re-download and try a fresh install.

#9
[TA]Typher

[TA]Typher

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 961 posts
Oh remember to restart ur computer. I do remember getting an error adter i installed it. The restart fixed it.

#10
brother_contagion

brother_contagion

    +FRATER DOMUS+

  • + FRATER DOMUS +
  • 1,003 posts

The board seems too small to be a 6x4 (or maybe the terrain is too big?), it must be a 4x4. While I'm in the Vassal Controls setting up my board, it gives me an option under "Start New Game" to change the board size to a 4x4 or 6x4, but it won't let me select either of them. How do I increase the game board size?

 

EDIT:  Also, how do I delete terrain on the game board? All I've figured out is that I can "undo" a placed piece of terrain, but after seeing that I should re-adjust some of them I couldn't move them either. Is there a way around this without the "undo" button?


Edited by brother_contagion, 17 June 2014 - 05:00 AM.

Smiles Are Contagious

Go Forth And Contaminate As Many As You Can!

 

The Imperial Creed

1. Against the Alien and the Traitor there is no fair way to fight

 

 (In response to the new Khârn model)

 

KHORNE CARES NOT FOR WHICH WAY THE AXE HAND GOES! -- Charlo