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OLT Expanded Hair Pack v4.0:

I always thought there were way too few hairstyles to offer any variety in NewGens in the game, and while I rectified most of that problem with the previous three versions of my OLT Hairpack, I still feel more are needed. I focused on ensuring all ethnic groups were represented in all colors and lengths in this version. In doing so I was hoping to eliminate the problem of "false balds", thinking they were the result of perhaps not having a hair available in the correct style. While this update significantly reduces the "false balds" problem, it doesn't entirely eliminate it. So, I'm still trying to figure out what is going on there.

Here is a short breakdown of what V4 brings to the popular OLT Hair Pack:

LARGEST UPDATE EVER:

This time I added more than 900 new hairs to the pack! 947 new ones, to be exact! Also, in addition to this - those are all truly unique. In the past I used to recolor a lot of hairs to add the same style in different colors. I don't do that any more. So a dark brown hair style will not have an identical match in light brown (of the new ones). That means that I actually cut 947 unique styles of hair this time. It's been a lot of work - but add so much more variety. It's worth it in the end!

ALL COLORS AND LENGTHS REPRESENTED:

As I already said above - I've made sure that each ethnic group (afro, asian, euro and so forth) have hair images for all lengths (long, short, medium) and all colors within each of these lengths. It's kinda hard to find an Afro with long red hair, for example... but I've managed them all in the end! Reason I did this was that I was hoping the problem with "false balds" would go away. It didn't - not entirely. But the problem is MUCH smaller than it used to be, so you'll rarely see shirtless balds if using the shirts version, and the Default Replacements.

BALD PLAYERS:

And, speaking of bald players. Let's talk about the "real balds". I've ensured these now appear with the shirt as well. They also come in a variety of styles, so that bald players can now have full beards, goatees, moustaches or earrings. There are even a couple of styles of spectacles and a small neck tattoo variety. I continue to try out new things to add to the variety, and I feel these things have really put some character to the players. These are very rare, also, so you won't be seeing them often. That's what makes it all the sweeter when you come across them.

NEW SHIRTS:

Last year I introduced shirts on the players. I was never really happy with that dull grey t-shirt I put them in, and I always wanted to get a proper football jersey on them. I've been trying to figure out a way to add these with color coding to represent the current team they're playing for, but I've come to the conclusion that this is not going to be possible the way things are set up right now. So, I went with one that I feel is neutral enough, and doesn't catch your attention too much. White with a blue trim. I feel it works tremendously well. Let me know how you guys feel about it, so I can keep that in mind for the future. Hopefully, colors won't be an issue, if ever there is a way of using color coding... let's hope SI ;)

In addition to my Hair Pack, I also decided to offer an additional download to add shirts to the default hairs as well. It looks kind of weird if only players with my hairs get realistic shoulders, while the defaults still appear as heads on a stick. So make sure you get the default replacements as well!

IN THE FUTURE:

Next time around I'll be focusing on replacing a lot of the hairs that are not up to snuff. Over the years that I've been doing this thing, I've learned a few tricks and I've become better at creating much more realistic hairs for the players. The more realistic the hair - the more realistic the whole player looks. So, while I've been focusing on numbers up until now, next update will probably not add that many to the hair count. However, it should ensure that no players have a bad hairday... well, they might - but not because the hair is poorly cut.

I still haven't given up on the idea of color coded shirts, either. I'll continue to try and figure out a way to do this, since it would add so much to the game. There is a certain joy to looking at a player and seeing him in your team colors after you purchase his services.

I'll also continue to look into the "false bald" problem, and will do an update immediately if/when I figure this problem out.

You can't go wrong using this, guys!

Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD HERE:

- OLT Expanded Hair Pack v4.0

- OLT Expanded Hair Pack v4.0 (No Shirts) (Only download this if you don't want shirts on the players)

- OLT Default Replacements - Adds Shirts to the default hairs!

Newgens will never look the same once you install this!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE ALREADY INSTALLED A PREVIOUS VERSION:

Please delete the old "olt hairpack" folder before installing this one, to prevent any unwanted effects. Further instructions on how to install below.

------------------INFO--------------------

Install:

- Extract "olt hairpack" folder into the following directory:

- [YOUR FM INSTALL FOLDER*]\data\facegen\hair

- DO NOT OVERWRITE THE EXISTING ORIGINAL FOLDERS (afro, asian, euro, hispanic, mixed_race). You should have the "olt hairpack" folder in this directory IN ADDITION to the other ones, or you will mess up your game.

* Steam Users (default):

- C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\football manager 2014

* Others (default):

- C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2014

Note: In the facegen/hair folder, you should notice five folders already (afro, asian, euro, hispanic & mixed_race). These are the default hairs for the game. You should add the "olt hairpack" folder to those five in there so you don't write over the original hair styles. So DO NOT extract the "afro", "asian", "euro" & "hispanic" folders from within the "olt hairpack" folder directly into the "facegen/hair" folder. Extract the actual folder "olt hairpack" into this directory.

If you have a previous version of the OLT Hairpack installed, I recommend deleting the "olt hairpack" folder before installing the new one (all old hairstyles will still be there).

This is what your install folder should look like:

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IMPORTANT!

After installing this update you need to clear the cache and restart your game for them to take effect. So, go into Preferences/Interface and click the button "Clear Cache", then untick "use cache" and enable "reload on confirm". Then confirm and exit the game. Restart the game, and the new hairs should now be in effect. You can then safely return the settings to use caching for increased loading speed.

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- You may redistribute this file, provided you distribute the original .rar file, including this readme.*

- Enjoy

* I would, however, prefer you use the official Mediafire link contained in this post, so I can keep track of the downloads.

-------NOTES----------

Known issues:

- Regens sometimes change hairs upon installation of new updates, but as long as the hair folders remain the same, so will the hairs.

- There is still an issue where some players are not assigned a hair and appear bald with no shirt. I'm still trying to figure out a way to solve this!

- Rarely, some extreme featured faces may not align 100% with the hair image. Most notably with the bearded ones. But, 99% work just fine!

------VERSION HISTORY--------

Version 4.0

Afro: 169 NEW (315)

Asian: 115 NEW (237)

Euro: 272 NEW (692)

Hispanic: 222 NEW (351)

Mixed: 169 NEW (321)

TOTAL: 1.916 new hair styles

Version 3.0

(Including white border removal on old hairs + shirts!)

Afro: 83 NEW (133)

Asian: 18 NEW (121)

Euro: 118 NEW (420)

Hispanic: 20 NEW (118)

Mixed: 6 NEW (6)*

*All afro's currently used for mixed as well...

TOTAL: 804 new hair styles

Version 2.0

Afro: 1 NEW (50)

Asian: 99 NEW (103)

Euro: 44 NEW (302)

Hispanic: 2 NEW (98)

TOTAL: 553 new hair styles

Version 1.0

Afro: 49

Asian: 4

Euro: 258

Hispanic: 96

TOTAL: 407 new hair styles

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PS. Anyone who wants to see a specific hairstyle with my next release are welcome to post a picture of it here, and I'll get it done for use in the game.

The picture has to be a "mugshot" type picture - head held up, looking straight forward.

I'll even do YOU :) (You can blur out your face to protect your identity) I'm in there from the initial release... always a good chuckle when I recognize a player with my own head of hair...

Also noteworthy... it's better if the picture has good contrast and lighting. Natural colors is important, so don't provide those yellowed out cell phone pictures...

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Thanks so much for your hard work!

Quick question, I presume it'd be best to start a new game as if I delete the existing OLT folder to install the updated one, I'll have a team of baldies on my current save?

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As long as you install the new version after deleting the old, there should be no change in your current newgens... except they may get new hairstyles. Partly because some of the old images have been replaced, and also - sometimes - the game forgets after updating, so it assigns new hairs. This should be rare, however, but I can only troubleshoot so much when doing this. Doesn't happen to me, but I know it's happened to others.

But, either way - there's no reason to start a new game after updating to the new version of OLT Hair Pack.

PS - it's important you clear the cache and update the skin, as well as restart the game for the new hairs to take effect!

Enjoy!

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Fantastic work OLT - these add so much to my game. As a matter of interest, how many gazzilion hours have you put into this project?

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Excellent, you have my thanks for your outstanding work. I'll promote this at fmgreece too, you deserve as many downloads as possible.

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^Ha! Another super-guy who spends gazillions of hours making our FM experience all the greater. I'm just awaiting your pack to begin my FM14 save, nik. Are you still on course for releasing it today?

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Yeah! Thanks.. With this and my packs, all we need is a top notch skin and we are cool to go.

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That's true, but skins can be added later. Your pack and SI's update/fix is all I need to get going.

Many many thanks again, OLT!

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Thank You all for your support, guys!

I'm very pleased to finally release this massive update, which I feel finally makes this pack fully complete and reach a good enough number of hairs that you don't feel like you see the same ones everywhere you're looking. Hope you'll all be enjoying your games, and that your youth players will grow and prosper in their footballing careers!

Can't wait to get started playing myself! Got a few other projects to finish up before I can launch my "serious" career game, though.

phnompenhandy:

To answer your question... Hours :) Yeah, I've put countless hours into this update. More than I would probably like to admit (to myself). Never spent quite as long on the previous versions, but I really wanted to ensure that this one made it feel complete. I can now more easily maintain the structure and future updates of this pack, since I now have a better organized structure for what I want to do, and where I want to take this pack in the future.

PeterStranger:

I've replied to your PM. Hopefully that fixes your issue.

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I do the same that i did last year. I put this on a portuguese forum with all the original download link.

Amazing amazing work mate:applause:

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Thanks for your excellent work, SI should really give you (and other guys too) a cut in the "cake" they eat.

It's nice when the community works better then the official makers, but it's also sad when they year after year don't improve on a certain area to fulfill that need, by doing even a better job, or hiring/buying the skills of the people that excel in the community.

just my two cents.

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I do the same that i did last year. I put this on a portuguese forum with all the original download link.

Amazing amazing work mate:applause:

You do that :)

The more people that know about this and download it, the better!

Thanks for your excellent work, SI should really give you (and other guys too) a cut in the "cake" they eat.

It's nice when the community works better then the official makers, but it's also sad when they year after year don't improve on a certain area to fulfill that need, by doing even a better job, or hiring/buying the skills of the people that excel in the community.

just my two cents.

Thanks.

I think there are copyright issues with what I'm doing, which is why SI couldn't replicate the work. The hairs are all taken from actual pictures of real people, and I'm sure there would be a few who wouldn't appreciate their hair being used and profited from in a commercial product. However, I'd gladly help them expand the official release version using hairs submitted by players (remember the old Face-In-The-Game?)

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Great work once again!!! Your pack is a must have for me as I play the long term career games and having such variation in newgens really adds more connection to the players.

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Brilliant work OLT.

I've enjoyed using all of your hair packs and this will be no different.

You are one of the few people who make a real difference to how we all play and enjoy FM, so once again thank you for your hard work in making the hair pack.

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Tested on a fake players game, works brilliantly :D Seems to be fewer baldies as well, not sure if this is OLT's work or SI fixing it a bit but glad to see!

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Tested on a fake players game, works brilliantly :D Seems to be fewer baldies as well, not sure if this is OLT's work or SI fixing it a bit but glad to see!

Thanks, all!

Yeah, I'm trying to pinpoint the problem with balds. This release has certainly seen the number of them dramatically reduced. My only conclusion, so far, is that it is an SI problem, and the more hairs I add, the less often those "fake balds" are spawned. If you use the shirts version, including the Default Replacements, it will be easy to see which are "fake balds". Balds with shirts would be real balds, and appear as bald on the 3d match engine - those without can appear with any type of haircolor on the 3d pitch... and these are the ones I want to get rid of all together...

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Great work, like always.:thup:

SI should have given you a legend title by now.

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Brilliant work once again OLT! The new white/blue shirt is awesome, especially as I manage Enfield Town whose colours are white/blue!

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Maybe update the original thread with a link? Either way, can't wait to try this out! Mediafire seems to be down atm, so it'll have to wait until then. Thanks a ton O'Leary!!

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Thanks' date=' all!

Yeah, I'm trying to pinpoint the problem with balds. This release has certainly seen the number of them dramatically reduced. My only conclusion, so far, is that it is an SI problem, and the more hairs I add, the less often those "fake balds" are spawned. If you use the shirts version, including the Default Replacements, it will be easy to see which are "fake balds". Balds with shirts would be real balds, and appear as bald on the 3d match engine - those without can appear with any type of haircolor on the 3d pitch... and these are the ones I want to get rid of all together...[/quote']

Maybe you could work with one of the skin makers so that a shirt can be added to the actual skin instead of the face png so that even the no hair bald players will have the shirt?

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Maybe update the original thread with a link? Either way, can't wait to try this out! Mediafire seems to be down atm, so it'll have to wait until then. Thanks a ton O'Leary!!

Not sure what you mean... the download link is right there in the OP. If by original thread you mean the thread for the 3.0 version, I added to the very top of that OP a link to this thread.

Maybe you could work with one of the skin makers so that a shirt can be added to the actual skin instead of the face png so that even the no hair bald players will have the shirt?

Problem with that is that the shirt needs to be added in between the face and the hair image (for players whose hair drop onto their shoulders). That's the same reason I can't simply do a widget change to add the shirt in skin and include the color changes, which I believe would be feasible otherwise. It seems that Facegen renders a finished image with the hair and face, rather than showing it one on top of the other.

Either way... the shirtless balds are false balds, so covering up the fact by giving them a shirt isn't going to solve anything. They'll still be represented in the 3d match engine with some haircolor. I like it when players appear on pitch with their correct hair, based on what we see on their picture.

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Speaking of which... I was doing some tests the other day and saw one of those rare redhead afro players. Decided to watch a match, only to see that he didn't get the red hair on the pitch. This didn't make me happy. I wonder why, since it works for the blondes and brunette afros, even though those aren't represented in the original files either.

Has anyone had a redheaded afro on their team, and if so - have you seen them with red hair in match?

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How do you go about adding the additional download (giving shirts to default hair styles) into the game? I've updated the full pack from v3.0 without any trouble.

Great work again, by the way. They look absolutely brilliant!

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How do you go about adding the additional download (giving shirts to default hair styles) into the game? I've updated the full pack from v3.0 without any trouble.

Copy the replacements over the original hairstyles.

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What he said ;)

Make sure you back up the originals first! You always want to be safe.

Its good to make back ups of the originals, but on the other hand its perhaps more important to keep copies of the replacements. If game cache is verified in Steam, all modified files will be overwritten. :)

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Can someone check the link please? I can't get it to work, would like to know if it is down or if it is my computer being pathetic as per usual?

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Can someone check the link please? I can't get it to work, would like to know if it is down or if it is my computer being pathetic as per usual?

They're all working for me right now.

Maybe Mediafire was overloaded when you tried? Give it another go, and we'll see.

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They're all working for me right now.

Maybe Mediafire was overloaded when you tried? Give it another go' date=' and we'll see.[/quote']

Thanks, working fine now - great work btw, always loved this file!

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So happy that you have updated these, by far the number 1 thing that improves the game in the long run!

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This is awesome work, adds so much to the game. :applause: And there are some amazing hairstyles in there - one of my youth intakes has an incredible mullet, I have to get a screenshot the next time I'm playing.

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- one of my youth intakes has an incredible mullet, I have to get a screenshot the next time I'm playing.

Britrock - you have to get a screenie, that is phenomenal!!

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Britrock - you have to get a screenie, that is phenomenal!!

I had a look last night and couldn't find him. He must have been one of the ones who didn't make the grade from my youth candidates :(

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Thanks for this OLT, it looks so much better than the normal regens on the game, fantastic work :thup:

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