Call of Duty 5: Skybox
Every map must be enclosed in a skybox, which is a set of structural brushes which enclose the map separating it from the endless void outside. If you don’t have a skybox, or if it doesn’t completely surround your map you will get leak errors when you try to compile your map.
The simplest way to create these brushes is to create a single solid brush that encompasses your map then use the hollow tool to turn it into a box. To do this start by creating a new brush that covers the entire playable area of your map. It’s a good idea to add a gap from the edge of your map - 1000 units from the edge is a reasonable amount. You can see in the image below how my brush looks (the map occupies the 4 blocks in the center)
And from a side view you can see I’ve extended the brush to cover the area roughly 2000 units above the highest point on my map and a little area below.
With your new brush selected click the hollow tool on the toolbar and Radiant will automatically transform your solid brush into a six sided box. Don’t deselect the box yet!
Now we’re going to add a sky texture to our skybox. With all six sides of your box selected go to the Textures -> Usage menu and select Sky and click on one of the resulting Sky textures from the texture window. Make a note of the one you selected.
The Skybox Model
You may notice that the skybox looks blurry – don’t panic! – while we need the skybox to enclose our map CoD:WW uses a 3D model for the actual sky which we’ll add next.
Deselect your skybox (and everything else) by pressing Escape a couple of times then bring up the entity window (default: ‘N’) and you should be looking at the ‘Worldspawn’ entity. We need to add a new key/value pair to identify which sky model we’re going to use. The key to use is skyboxmodel and the value should be the name of the skybox model you want to use.
While the texture we chose earlier for the skybox doesn't appear to have any influence on the sky once we add the model (the texture effectively becomes invisible) it's probably a good idea to keep the two in sync.
Almost done, we just need to add the skybox model to our zone files so it'll be included in our fast file. To do this open 'zone_source/[your_map].csv' and add the line;
Where [your_skybox_model] corresponds to the skybox model you've selected i.e. skybox_ber1
Example from mp_shrine.csv (look last line):
ignore,code_post_gfx_mp ignore,localized_code_post_gfx_mp ignore,common_mp ignore,localized_common_mp col_map_mp,maps/mp/mp_shrine.d3dbsp sound,mp_shrine,mp_shrine,all_mp material,compass_map_mp_shrine material,compass_overlay_map_shrine include,water xmodel,skybox_oki2
Available Skybox models
The following skybox models are included with the tools:
--Dethpikabel 15:36, 21 November 2008 (UTC)