Material Types

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Materials describe how a modelled surface will appear in the game. They specify a range of configurations and resources including classic material properties, textures and shaders.

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Material Naming

A material name consists of a creator supplied given name and a material type suffix. The material type is one of a set of supported types eg. 'm.onetex'. All material types begin with 'm.' The material type is manually appended to the name of the material within the creation program eg. 3D Studio Max, it is not implied by the configuration of the material.

The creator supplied given name should begin with a letter and contain only english letters, numbers, dash and underscore characters. Material names in Trainz are not case sensitive. The names will be converted to lowercase internally, even if the original name from the creation program (ie. 3DS Max, Blender) contained mixed case or was case sensitive.

The same material name may be used by different models intended to be used together, in fact this allows the materials to be efficiently shared. An example valid material name is: brickwall.m.tbumptex

For more info about configuring materials see Exporting with 3D Studio Max.

Material Types

All materials are lit.


m.notex

m.notex is a non-textured material.

Opacity = Uniform opacity can be controlled in the material settings.

Full details here: m.notex

Mat notex.jpg

m.onetex

m.onetex is a diffuse texture mapped material.

Opacity = Per-texel opacity can be controlled via the diffuse texture's alpha channel.

Full details here: m.onetex

Mat onetex.jpg

m.reflect

m.reflect is a reflective material.

Full details here: m.reflect

Mat reflect.jpg

m.gloss

m.gloss is a glossy reflective material.

Opacity = Uniform opacity can be controlled in the material settings.

Full details here: m.gloss

Mat gloss.jpg

m.tbumptex

m.tbumptex is a bump mapped material.

Opacity = Per-texel opacity can be controlled via the diffuse texture's alpha channel.

Specular = Per-texel specular strength can be controlled via the normal texture's alpha channel.

Full details here: m.tbumptex

Mat tbumptex.jpg

m.tbumpgloss

m.tbumpgloss is a bump mapped reflective material.

Opacity = Uniform opacity can be controlled in the material settings.

Specular = Per-texel specular strength can be controlled via the normal texture's alpha channel.

Reflection = Per-texel blend strength of the reflection can be controlled via the diffuse texture's alpha channel.

Full details here: m.tbumpgloss

Mat tbumpgloss.jpg

m.tbumpenv

m.tbumpenv is a bump mapped environment reflective material. In current versions of Trainz this is the preferred material for most models lit by world lighting, unless a particular effect is desired. Exceptions include tunnels and interiors.

Opacity = Uniform opacity can be controlled in the material settings.

Specular = Per-texel specular strength can be controlled via the normal texture's alpha channel.

Reflection = Per-texel blend strength of the environment map can be controlled via the diffuse texture's alpha channel.

Full details here: m.tbumpenv

Mat tbumpenv.jpg

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