Forza Motorsport 2: McLaren F1 GT Vodafone custom paint job

Just in time for the anticipated public reveal of Forza Motorsport 3 at E3 2009, I’ve remembered a couple of Forza 2 liveries that I never posted before. Sadly, I can’t remember anything about their creation. This one is clearly inspired by the McLaren Formula One team and their Vodafone sponsorship.

Forza Motorsport 2: Ferrari F430 Italian Flag custom paint job

Just in time for the anticipated public reveal of Forza Motorsport 3 at E3 2009, I’ve remembered a couple of Forza 2 liveries that I never posted before. Sadly, I can’t remember anything about their creation but I can see that this one was pretty straightforward combining the Italian national colours with the Ferrari logo.

Porsche 959 Martini Forza Motorsport 2 custom paint job

Even though I thought I’d posted all my custom Forza Motorsport 2 liveries, when I returned to it briefly I discovered that there were a handful left I hadn’t posted. Unfortunately, because it was a good while ago now, I don’t remember anything about making them including sources or techniques. So, I’ll just post the pictures.

Actually, now that I look at it I seem to remember that the Porsche logo isn’t available in white so it had to be traced using primitives over the existing Porsche logo. I did this at a large size for accuracy and then could use the group scaling feature to make it the size required. Forza’s wonderful ability to colour a whole group of vinyl’s was then available to make the Porsche logo any colour I required. I also used the same technique for the Martini text which is used in both white and black. I really miss those features (accurate group scaling and group re-colouring) in Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli.

Toyota VeilSide Supra: Studio Ghibli Forza Motorsport 2 custom paint job

Now I actually finished Forza Motorsport 2 some time ago (970 gamerscore, yay!) but hadn’t got around to posting this paint job which is the one I’m most proud of.

This is a reproduction of the Studio Ghibli title card, a DVD capture of which you can see below. Studio Ghibli is the home of Hayao Miyazaki, an entirely remarkable filmmaker who thoroughly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Hitchcock, Disney and Spielberg.

Studio Ghibli title card

I started by reproducing the text part. This was fairly straight-forward though quite time consuming as, obviously, the Japanese Kanji script had to be recreated from primitives. Once that was complete it was saved as a new vinyl group.

Next was time to attempt the line drawing of the Totoro (taken from Miyazaki’s entirely wonderful My Neighbour Totoro). There are two tricks to producing complex line-art vinyls in Forza Motorsport 2.

The first is to complete the artwork on the roof (a large flat roof like the Mini) then save it as a vinyl group and place it on the car you require. The second is parentheses. The lines that make up this drawing are, in fact, scores of parentheses of different sizes. And yes, it takes patience and determination.

I even discovered a new detail in the Ghibli title card. One of the ears is a baby Totoro. I’d never noticed that before.

To say I was delighted with how this paint job turned out is an understatement. It is far better than I considered myself capable of as it looks recognisably like the image I was going for. It’s not quite perfect but, if you wait for perfection, you’ll never finish anything.

So, my tribute to Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli is complete and with that my Forza Motorsport 2 adventures are complete. Roll on Forza Motorsport 3.

Saab 9-3: Lazy Saab and Sweden Saab Forza Motorsport 2 custom paint job

I bought the Saab for a specific championship and not wanting to drive around in a plain old car, I decided to quickly slap the manufacturer’s decal all over it. I came up with the following design:

However, I enjoyed driving the car so much that I decided to spend some time on a more thoughtful and complex design.

The colour scheme is, perhaps obviously (but I’ll say it anyway), inspired by the Swedish national flag.

The one thing I did want was large Saab text across the rear quarter of the car. To accomplish this I had to reproduce the Saab text by hand. I applied the Saab manufacturer decal to the roof of the car and made it as large as I could while still being able to see all the Saab text. I then placed black letters and vinyl shapes until I had covered all the Saab text. This gave me a completely accurate Saab text which could be coloured and placed independently of the Saab shield. I placed the big Saab down in a shadow colour, then again in white and offset it slightly.

The sponsor logos were from the upgrade parts I had applied to the car at this point.

Lotus Exige: 1960’s Lotus Formula One Forza Motorsport 2 custom paint job

This was modelled after the paint scheme of early Lotus F1 cars.

A 1962 Lotus F1 car

A nice little detail I am pleased with is the addition of an antique Ford logo on the front of the car as Lotus were powered by engines built by Cosworth and paid for by Ford.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t like the car to drive but happily watched it being taken around by my main hired driver Andy Garcia. Good boy!

2006 Dodge Charger SRT8: Dukes of Hazzard Forza Motorsport 2 custom paint job

I quite like the stupid, chunky, Desperate Dan-styling of this car and happily applied my General Lee stylings from the 1969 Dodge Charger made famous by The Dukes of Hazzard television series.

As soon as I got it out on the track, though, in a B-class championship it was instantly clear (by my driving straight into the end walls at both ends of New York Circuit despite generously-judged braking distances) that this handled like one of those boxes you get on top of elephants. Remarkably, the kerb weight of the Charger SRT is about the same as the average Indian elephant!

I’d even gone to the effort of making a note of the manufacturers of the upgrade parts I installed and used only those manufacturers decals.

I quickly got Andy Garcia to do my driving for me and polish off the Stars and Stripes B-Class championship I had bought the car for. I thought I hadn’t seen him on the silver screen for a while. Go Andy!