Actually, the Asset Browser recognizes two instances of kiran_test clothing, one of them refers to them with the 'pete'. That's why I assume they are two parts of the same model:Spoiler :
I must admit though that linking this model with Genoa is more of a reach. The theory that our Pete may perhaps have been a leader comes from my ridiculous jersey theory from 2016, which I have presented in the first post of this thread. While the assets we have upright state that they are made for testing purposes, they seem to be of incredibly high quality. And having these high quality textures and no model makes me, let's say, suspicious.
BTW, franky is also reffered to as 'keanhead'; artie as 'trident' or 'archaeologist' - this is particularly interesting as there is a .wig file called LEAD_SPACE_Archaeologist
Also, I have to appreciate how many test files there are just for Gilgamesh's beard
Good morning everybody, Firaxis responded to one of my tweets!: https://twitter.com/FiraxisGames/status/1295762492463947778 I'm swear I'm fine though, you can lay down the knife Jeanette.
I've found some clothes geometries in the game, very Douglas MacArthur-ish. They are called 'clothes':
Spoiler clothes :
There's also plenty of files for a head, including files for hair, beard and moustache that I couldn't view. It's called... 'haed'.Spoiler haed :
It's most likely related to Gilgamesh, but it made me aware how much I may be missing due to misspellings in the filenames.
Also, some .wig files related to kiran_test mention a cape. Tried to use blender to do something with Pete's texture. Had no idea what i was doing.
Okay, seems like the rest of the project is in the assets as well. Interesting that they found its way to the SDK Assets. And they're unrelated to our Pete.I know what that pants, hat, pipe thing is.
Matthew Kean posted pictures of a personal project of a Popeye character he created. It's been years ago, but you could probably find it on Twitter or whatever place he posts his art.
Edit: artstation https://www.artstation.com/artwork/qeVQL
Well, I could only find this WIP render of Frank, which may or may not be our frank: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/xBv6O.You may want to peruse the rest of his artstation. Flatface Pete might be another personal project of his.
Well, I could only find this WIP render of Frank, which may or may not be our frank: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/xBv6O.
Another artist had this graphic on his artstation, unrelated, but t seems curious that Sparta at one loint had its own icon: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/1Gyb8
The Firaxis logo found on Pete's clothing makes me doubt that he is a personal project.
Sparta probably meaning Gorgo. They must have been planning to give alt-leaders fully different icons rather than different color pairs.
So yeah, I suppose that's what happens when a proffesional steps into the game. If we want to find a definitive solution to the riddles we're facing in this thread, we really do need someone on this level of skill. I don't honestly feel like there's much more I can personally do.
I've actually managed to find a head model that sort of fits kiran_test_skin files.Spoiler head3_ZBrushPolyMesh3D :
It does fit knald2 textures better though:Spoiler knald2 :
I compared it to Matthew Kean's Frank: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/xBv6O. It maaaay be him, I'm not sure.
However, I've managed to turn Flatface Pete into Ballface Pete:Spoiler ballface bete :
The clothes still remain an unsolved mystery. I tried to assign the texture to available geometries but none seemed to fit even remotely.
Coarsely photoshopped them the eye(s) from the texture in, it feels like it amplifies the difference:Spoiler :
Well, the knald model with its textures seems to be a different version of Matthew Kean's Frank, and kiran_test textures seem to be either textures for ArtStation Frank or yet another version of the model. Then, there's the animated model for Frank (https://imgur.com/a/ehpOist), which also seems to have somewhat similar wrinkles. So here's how the chronology seems to be shaping up:I'm still going with one of them being a tweaked version of the other. Aside from the proportions having been modified most of the wrinkles are in exactly the same spot. And the devs have modified faces much more than that on short notice (see Seondeok).
(and on that basis, I don't think knald was intended to be a leader. Although maybe he was used as a base and modified more into kiran who was intended to be a leader.)