Thorgrim's map editor is extremely buggy, even exporting colour map doesn't work for me making using this tool as a main map editor impossible. So that's why I decided to make this very simply converter. It is a totally different way of creating strategy map for M&B. Personally I found it more effective and powerful then using Thorgrim's map editor but it's also more complicated and require vast knowledge of 3d modelling. It allow us to model a map in any 3d modelling program or sculptor, cover it with materials and then to export it into M&B. Thorgrim's editor also can import an obj file but it doesn't import materials so it's not very useful.
I made this converter for myself but maybe some other guys will find it useful (probably not) so here we go.
I tested it only with Wings 3d. Here is a correct workflow:
-a bottom side of the model must have a 'hole' material,
-cover a model with materials provided in 'map.obj' (only their names are important),
-export a map as 'map.obj'. The model must be quadriangulated (not triangulated but it can be triangulated). Converter will triangulate it for you. I made this because triangulation in Wings is around 2000 times slower then mine
With huge models like a map it can be really annoying. I don't have to remind that modelling with quads is much more effective then with triangles.
-put the file and converter in the same folder, run converter,
-put the output 'map.txt' file in your module folder,
-the program require .NET Framework 2.0
The package includes a sample.
This tool works with Warband.
The package includes a referential Wings file and obj file. They are fit to warband so there shouldn't be any positioning problems in warband.
For Wings 3d users: remember to import and export the file with swapped x and y axes. Scale factor should be set to 1.0.
Below are the names that materials must have:
I uploaded a new version which fixes one bug. I also checked the compatibility with 3dsMax 9 and it works if you export the file with normal vectors. You can also use Zbrush but in this case you have to convert file in 3dsmax or wings first.
Another version which fixes another bug. Now program is checking if the model is quadriangulated.
Added one new material for better Warband compatibility.