Well, I for one would not stick my head out when being shot at by a group of enemy infantry or another tank. It would be nice if you could hold right click to 'duck' into the tank when things get too hot. That, and a lower profile when manning the gun would make it a position worth using.
AequitasWell, I for one would not stick my head out when being shot at by a group of enemy infantry or another tank. It would be nice if you could hold right click to 'duck' into the tank when things get too hot. That, and a lower profile when manning the gun would make it a position worth using.
I like the way the APC's mg is done now with that "armor skirt". I think it's incredibly hard to kill the machine gunner with rifles on the American half-track (forgot the name). Couldn't we use the same thing on the tank AA MGs?
The MGs on tanks were for AA defense, thus why would they have the "armour skirt"?
I didn't know how to put it better. I was talking about the belt of armor that surrounds the gunner on the APCs. That one gives rather decent protection from rifle rifle, especially on the American one.
They probably would never do it because IRL the AA MG's on the tanks had no shield. AFAIK of course.
Good idea, but I have a question: What would happen if the MG axis were not directly in line with the turret axis? (which I'm sure most aren't)
JagdWell and in all likelihood, there weren't a lot of people sitting with their heads out of the hatch during a major fight. Didn't they stay inside where it was safe unless they were travelling or in friendly areas?
From what I have read, this varied depending on the army and situation. According to Otto Carius's memiors, German tank commanders often fought from an open hatch, while Russian tankers more often fought 'buttoned up.' The Germans would 'button up' too if there was enemy infantry nearby, but otherwise many were willing to take the increased personal risk for the tactical advantage it offered. I imagine that in a situation like the Arnhem map they would probably have stayed buttoned up.
Even meaner would be to make it so that the AA gunner was ducked so low in the tank, he could not be hit by any infantry at close range (No LOS). Just the crown of his head would be visible above the tank if you were looking at it straight-on.
It would look strange and not really realistic, but DAMM it would be a nightmare for infantry near the tank. They would need to get elevation (in a building or somesuch) to be able to see down onto the gunner to pop him.