I discovered a new forum - at least previously unknown to me - where someone was loudly broadcasting his mistaken belief that I have lied about the LPD. So for my loyal and possibly disloyal followers is the old ALPHA ingame.
Its fair to say my focus has been a bit all over the show recently. And that's for various reasons you aren't really interested in. But needless to say the LPD has never really been out of WIP. Its just been slow going. Trying to find ways around the game engine limits and issues.
Right now the main issue is roadways. For those not of the modding persuasion these are the defined areas that you may walk or drive upon in a model. Now the issue here is that once you place a roadway on top of another the game engine doesn't like it. At least for some things.
So lets imagine this. Each deck has a roadway:
_______________ Flight Deck _____________
_______________ Deck 1 ________________
_______________ Well deck ____________ \___LCU MK10____/ or \__LCVP__/
Either a Vehicle-In-Vehicle enabled LCU or LCVP carrying a vehicle enters the well deck. Try to unload and the game engine can't work out which deck to put it on and spawns it (typically) off to the right of the ship above the water. You are now down one vehicle. This is a bit of a problem, Its one that can't be solved when using VIV without a game engine change.
The fix is to rely on PhysX. Now this comes with problems too. Depending on the speed of your PC results may vary. Dodgy physx calcs can result in the LCU and vehicle its carrying being fired across the map... cue hilarious A3 video montage of flying tanks and subs. etc.
Aside from the usual issue of geometry limits, dodgy configs, scripting and a myriad of other things this problem is the reason i haven't released the LPD or had much motivation to work on it as a priority.
Anyway, here's some WIP pics.
I was asked about how practical it is. The answer is that you can get a full size HAM HX60 or HX58 down the flight deck ramp. You can fit 4x LCU mk10s in the welldeck and it carries 4x LCVPs on the davits...Practical enough?