Hand Viewmodels

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Introduction

Have you ever wanted fancy c_ models like all those cool games?

Well, now you can!

Implementation

Create the following file and put it in the src/game/shared folder:

handviewmodel_shared.cpp

#include "cbase.h"
#include "baseviewmodel_shared.h"

#if defined( CLIENT_DLL )
	#define CHandViewModel C_HandViewModel
#endif

class CHandViewModel : public CBaseViewModel
{
	DECLARE_CLASS( CHandViewModel, CBaseViewModel );

public:
	DECLARE_NETWORKCLASS();

private:
};

LINK_ENTITY_TO_CLASS( hand_viewmodel, CHandViewModel );
IMPLEMENT_NETWORKCLASS_ALIASED( HandViewModel, DT_HandViewModel )

// For whatever reason the parent doesn't get sent 
// And I don't really want to mess with BaseViewModel
// so now it does
BEGIN_NETWORK_TABLE( CHandViewModel, DT_HandViewModel )
#ifndef CLIENT_DLL
	SendPropEHandle( SENDINFO_NAME( m_hMoveParent, moveparent ) ),
#else
	RecvPropInt( RECVINFO_NAME( m_hNetworkMoveParent, moveparent ), 0, RecvProxy_IntToMoveParent ),
#endif
END_NETWORK_TABLE()

player.h

In src/server/player.h you should now add the following below the CreateViewModel( int viewmodelindex = 0 ); declaration:

virtual void	        CreateHandModel( int viewmodelindex = 1, int iOtherVm = 0 );

player.cpp

In src/server/player.cpp put this below the CreateViewModel( int index /*=0*/ ) function:

//-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Purpose: 
//-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
void CBasePlayer::CreateHandModel( int index, int iOtherVm )
{
	Assert( index >= 0 && index < MAX_VIEWMODELS && iOtherVm >= 0 && iOtherVm < MAX_VIEWMODELS );

	if ( GetViewModel( index ) )
		return;

	CBaseViewModel *vm = (CBaseViewModel *)CreateEntityByName( "hand_viewmodel" );
	if ( vm )
	{
		vm->SetAbsOrigin( GetAbsOrigin() );
		vm->SetOwner( this );
		vm->SetIndex( index );
		DispatchSpawn( vm );
		vm->FollowEntity( GetViewModel( iOtherVm ), true );
		m_hViewModel.Set( index, vm );
	}
}

Now we need to call it. So inside the Spawn function, and below CreateViewModel();, add:

	CreateHandModel();

your_player.cpp

Note:Depending on the base you're modifying you'll have to pick the relevant file for this. If it's an SP mod modify hl2_player.cpp, if it's an MP mod modify hl2mp_player.cpp or if you have your own player class just modify that.


So now that the HandViewModel has been created we need to set its model.

Put this in your player's Spawn function sometime after the hand model has been created:

	GetViewModel(1)->SetModel( "models/coolhandsfolder/cool_arms.mdl" );
Note:This might not work perfectly on the <Alien Swarm> Alien Swarm branch since it does weird stuff with bone merging sometimes.


Also make sure your model has been precached first! To do this add the following into your Precache function:

	PrecacheModel( "models/coolhandsfolder/cool_arms.mdl" );

Fix for multiplayer mods with a round system

If you are using this method for multiplayer and your mod has a round system, you will have to add your new viewmodel's entity name (in this tutorial it's hand_viewmodel) into s_PreserveEnts[] array which is located in the gamerules file (hl2mp_gamerules.cpp for example) so it will look something like this:

static const char *s_PreserveEnts[] = 
{
	"ai_network",
	"ai_hint",
	"hl2mp_gamerules",
	"team_manager",
	"player_manager",
	"env_soundscape",
	"env_soundscape_proxy",
	"env_soundscape_triggerable",
	"env_sun",
	"env_wind",
	"env_fog_controller",
	"func_brush",
	"func_wall",
	"func_buyzone",
	"func_illusionary",
	"infodecal",
	"info_projecteddecal",
	"info_node",
	"info_target",
	"info_node_hint",
	"info_player_deathmatch",
	"info_player_combine",
	"info_player_rebel",
	"info_map_parameters",
	"keyframe_rope",
	"move_rope",
	"info_ladder",
	"player",
	"point_viewcontrol",
	"scene_manager",
	"shadow_control",
	"sky_camera",
	"soundent",
	"trigger_soundscape",
	"viewmodel",
	"predicted_viewmodel",
	"hand_viewmodel", // Our new viewmodel entity
	"worldspawn",
	"point_devshot_camera",
	"", // END Marker
};

If you don't do it, your hands viewmodel will be removed every time new round has started.