FAQ: Game: Tree LOD: LOD trees do not match close-up full model trees
A: Doublecheck billboards and billboard load order. Open console, click on full model tree to get form id like 000185C7. Lookup this FormID top left in xEdit, bringing up the tree reference in the right pane. Find the form id of the 'NAME - Base', like TreeAspen01 [TREE:0006A9E6]. Search in Textures\Terrain\LODGen\ subfolders for files with that number, like TreeAspen01_0006A9E6.dds and TreeAspen01_0006A9E6.txt. Replace files with correct versions.
A: The DynDOLOD
log will print a detailed list for each tree which billboard (and 3D LOD model if applicable) it is using. Use the base form id like 0006A9E6 to easily find the entries in the log.
Thanks for the quick reply, I appreciate it.
Sorry that I was unclear: I was just concerned about my absurdly bright tree LODs. The everything else (landscape, rocks, everything else) worked perfectly fine. I checked everything again (remade merged esps, checked Billboards load order, etc.) and also made sure that no unwanted esps are changing anything to tree records via SSEEdit.
So afterwards I ran TexGen again, placed that output right at the bottom of my loadorder and then ran DynDOLOD. At this point nothing is overwriting my Billboards for EVT. After its finished I placed the DynDOLOD.esp at the very bottom and the .esm is the last masterfile loaded.
The result looks very good so far: https://puu.sh/CckEn/9bbf09a238.jpg
Then I ran near Riften to see the aspen trees aaand: https://puu.sh/CbSR5/9f295f4fa9.jpg
They do not show any leafs. What I did then was finding out any ref ID from an Aspen Tree and looked it up in SSEEdit:
It's a tree (AspenTree02, 0006c9d5) coming from enhanced landscapes.
Does anything overwrite something coming from the tree?
Nope, only my merged esp (Enhanced Vanilla Trees and Fallen Tree Bridges) and DynDOLOD are overwriting any data.
So I took a look in my Billboards used:
The billboards for my aspen trees exist (with the right ID) and I can open them in GIMP:
Renunning DynDOLOD didn't help but I came across something interesting. After using the tfc command I flew my camera to the distant tree and see this:
If I am close enough, they show their leafs. But as soon as I take some "steps" back:
https://puu.sh/CbTCl/25128b43b3.jpg , they are gone.
The DynDOLOD log shows me this:
I do not know what I am going to do with this information now. Am I missing or misunderstanding something?