Draftnought: an editor for our ships' top view Sept 18, 2018 8:36:53 GMT -5
Post by oaktree on Sept 18, 2018 8:36:53 GMT -5
A lot of people also use "V" turret rather than "X" in order to get a weight saving - and it's available earlier than superimposed "X" as well in the tech tree.
I'll just say that the way that the game determines turret positions appears to be more complex than just that. If you want to handle most reasonable or especially all possible turret configurations, you're going to need to determine where the game draws turrets in most reasonable or all possible configurations. There is at least one position for A turret and are at least two positions for Y turret that aren't used in (AB | ABL | ABQ) & (AY | ALY | AQY | ALQY) & (ABY | AXY | ABXY | ABLY | ABQY | ALXY | AQXY | ABLXY | ABQXY | ABLQXY).
The next big thing is to display the turrets. The positions of A and B change if X or Y is present and vice-versa, which make things a bit complicated unless I hard-code this behavior. And I would really like to keep that configurable without changing any code.
If you intend to have your editor set up to allow users to match the profile to the deck plan, I would suggest placing the bow to the left/right rather than to the top/bottom, as you then will not need to worry about rotations or mental gymnastics to get it into the right orientation to line up with the side view in 'normal' orientation.
I am still unsure if I prefere bow to the left or bow to the top, I don't exactly know where will the side picture go (maybe under the top view),
As to the relative positions of the deck plan and profile, the USN's ONI ship recognition drawings appear to have placed the side view above the deck plan while American drafting convention places the top view above the front and side views.
And in the default views "V" installations also end up imposed over the rear superstructure and make things look a little odd.
(I think historically "V" turret went away due to how much deck space it made unusable between it and "Y" turret. Deck space is at a premium on ships in that period for non-combat things like boat or later seaplane storage.)