On the turrets then I'm kind of glad that there was a glitch, as I got quite perplexed as to how to do offset turrets (most Japanese tanks seem to have turrets that weren't on the centre lines of the hull). The options seem to me that they trace a circle (and look odd) around the right point on the hull or rotate (and look better) around the wrong spot on the hull. Advice please!? And thanks for any sort of zoom on the facilties - anything that helps these aging eyes is appreciated!
I'll correct turrets as soon as I understand the requirement. I now understand that non-rotating superstructures aren't needed as separate sprites (as per the Elephant in the graphics folder).
I'd like to create the .txt files (these are ones like DLLs I think), but need to understand the options and what the commands mean. Is there a key?
Behaviours are down to you - I haven't a clue about AI logic. Been in IT for 27 years, but kept my distance from getting the things to 'think'!
Just so you know, on my 'to do' list is...
More Japanese AFVs (the tankette and an armoured car probably as everything else was made in such small numbers - although maybe if someone has a request).
Graphics for Japanese infantry and artillery plus associated data (also latter for AFVs).
United States Marine Corps stuff (although not my area of expertise). Have you thought about whether you want to do the amphibious stuuf or have they already landed when the game kicks in?
Maybe some Far East Commonwealth stuff - Chindits? Gurkhas? Auzzies? Kiwis? (if there are any differences that I can ascertain at this level, in which case the last three would be useful Europe/North Africa too).
Far East terrain and buildings (I'm already planting rice - ie. paddy fields). Oh yes! I think I saw somewhere that winter draws on for the European Theatre. Will the same happen for the Far East - snow in the north China and Japan, monsoon in SE & E Asia (ie. flooded/dried paddy fields)? By the way, this is the Winter Monsoon which effects SE Asia/Australia and is in Dec-Mar (so Q1 of each year).
How was the palm tree?
Newspaper headlines for events in the East.
Chinese forces (which I think will combine the Kuomintang and Communists as the former had some interesting, if weak AFVs, and the latter were mainly guerrillas). I'm looking forward to this area, as it is unusual.
This will take some time (three weeks all in all, or so), but I will do it as spare time allows. Some is already in production and there is fair amount of research data already gathered so it's just a matter of getting on a doing the thing. 'Sforza' means 'effort' - well, sort of.
Looking forward to seeing how the grenade discharger and lunge mine turn out - nasty stuff for the USMC to face. By the way, the latter is really a composite of lunge mines, satchel charges, AT mines and AT grenades (and could contain up to 9 kg of TNT where 1.5kg could penetrate a Sherman's side!). While this was largely suicide stuff for the whole team (they had to get very close), the way it worked was too drive off or suppress any infantry support, then blind the tanks with smoke grenades, and finally blow the tanks by direct assault (including jemmying open the hatches and grenading - fearsome stuff). It seemed to work best at Kakazu Ridge on Okinawa where such teams destroyed 18 Shermans and 4 M4A1 Flametanks out of a total of 30 vehicles. This might help you decide on appropriate behaviour logic.
That's it, for now. I await the advice on turrets and information on the .txt files.
I'll post to this forum when more stuff on the website (sorry about the pop-ups by the way, but it is free!).
Another call to others to critique the stuff - several heads are better than one. A reminder to people that the stuff in question is on www.sforza.150m.com