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  1. I seem to go months between blog posts but it does give me time to generate things to talk about so maybe it’s not that bad? Regular followers will likely have seen my recent social media posts about the Bovington Test Area map we’ve been developing. It seems to have generated a lot of interest and associated demands (more on that later) but since Islands aren’t exactly what I’m known for I thought I’d explain what happened and why. Bovington came up one night when MikePheonix and I were talking about testing our respective vehicles. I’d made a comment about how none of the islands really have the terrain resolution to push the limits of the vehicles and it would be nice to have some sort of dedicated test area. Mike immediately said Bovington. I blame MikePheonix for the whole damn thing Now at the time I was considering making another area for pretty much this exact purpose. But something much larger and I was having problems getting DEM (Digital Elevation Map) data for the areas I wanted (Yes, I am being cagey about that so as not to commit to anything) But amazingly I managed to get 1m resolution maps of Bovington almost immediately. So just as an experiment I put it into L3DT and 24hours later I had the basic map in game and useable. It wasn’t pretty. But the data was clean and it was really interesting and fun to drive around so I decided to run with it. This is where I start to blame MikePheonix for the whole damn thing. Mike even said publically that if i made the island he would populate it. Sadly its not worked out quite that way. Mike is making objects for it. But the limiter is really the tools. Terrain Builder is really not collaboration friendly. There are some community made tools out there that make things easier eg Plopper (Really unfortuate name) but incredibly useful. But again add an extra layer of complexity to learn and adapt your workflow to. I'd love to know how the internal BIS team do it. I know they have a different toolset to the public ArmA tools but I am curious about how they manage and merge the work from several developers worth at the same time on the same maps. Anyway, enough preamble. Making Bovington may have been a happy accident. But using terrain build is not a happy experience!! Making the map wasn’t something I had planned and had the first version of the island I got in-game had it not been as much fun to drive around on and muck about we wouldn’t be talking about it now. The process of develeoping the island past that initial point really wasn’t easy or much fun… Terrain Builder crashes a lot. The tv4p files seem to become corrupt with depressingly regularity. The programme refuses to save files without any error boxes or warning. It crashes without explanation and one minute its fine the next it won’t save. But doesnt say why. Or something random happens and you are left wondering what the hell did I do? And the undo button doesnt seem to work. But in the long run it will be worth it...maybe...if i dont die of frustration first. I've had to rebuild from the WRP atleast twice now as the terrain builder files either wont open or save. Its frustrating as hell. My advice, take lots of backups. Bovington Test Area is a small map. Its 4.096kmx 4.096km. its got a 1m terrain resolution which may seem like overkill but I think its worth it as the terrain is interesting and fun to drive on. I recently watched Farsight spend nearly 3 hours driving various vehicles around it laughing his ass off most of the time. From day one, the Bovington map was all about testing the vehicles. Originally, I had no intention of releasing it to the public. It was supposed to be for MikePheonix and I to test on. Then a few other people asked for a copy. And as I started adding things, I watched their interest seeming to grow. And suggestions came in thich and fast. Now I usually don’t respond well when people start with “You need to add X, Y and Z” because 85% of the time its not something I want or think is realistic. Its my project after all. And if it expands the scope to be something I wont ever use then I dont tend to add it. But in this instance almost everyone that knew about the side project suggested something that made the idea better. Or at least I could see the logic in adding it. But suggestions like this, meant I added the 25m and 600m ranges. Including the need for some custom objects too. Then came the 1200m vehicle firing range in the north east. A late-night conversation with Farsight convinced me to make the map a bit more infantry friendly. Adding in some details and features that could be fun. Puddles and ponds appeared to be something that everyone expected to see and want. So I’ve added them. And it does add to the feel it. Several people suggested expanding the map to support coastline and full size airbases. I'm sorry but these were immediately dropped. Expanding the map meant reducing the terrain resolution which is the most important part of the map. And entire reason for me continuing with it. it needs to be rough and random to be able to test vehicles. Smoothing it out defeats the purpose of the terrain. Several British groups I know have said they would like to use it as their own home rotation map and made some very specific requests but I’ve said no to almost all of these. So many people want and continue to demand features outside of the things Mike and I want from the map I’ve decided to leave it fairly open so people can add their own compositions in the editor. I think its the best way to make sure it does get finished. Thanks to many people in this community making Islands in ArmA 3 is relatively easy; there are some really detailed tutorials on how to do it. But making good, credible, believable islands is gloriously hard to do convincingly. I take my hat off to the likes of Ivan Buchta of BIS, Blud and others from the community that specialise in this. It is amazingly hard to make something that feels credible and realistic. By the time you get to play on Bovington I'm hoping it with be believable. But I'm not sure it will be upto the standards of Livonia or some of the other BIS or premium community maps. But I do hope it will be fun to use. Rock (in isolation) May 2020
  2. AS90 155mm Self-propelled Artillery

    AS90 is back on the cards - the original model was donated by UKF. I've replaced it with a 100% new one. I've just not gotten around to unwrapping or configing it. Stormer is not likely I'm afraid at least not from me.
  3. Starting 2020

    I had a bit of a bad few months before xmas. Lot of hospital time But I'm getting back on track now. The promised updates are coming along and will escape soon. New stuff is making it ingame together with some new stuff too. #backtobusiness #rksl #arma3 Going to be a fun year ? NEW - WAH-64E Well, its less 'new' but and more a case of here's one I made earlier. its an older model im just bringing upto a3 spec with new uv map and textures. Straight away let me just say its the British Version, the Westland AH-64 Apache. hence the WAH-64. There's some extra lumps and bumps that other versions don't have. It will be uprated to the new E-Guardian spec. With the new M-TADS etc. And at first at least I DO NOT plan on doing any other versions. It may come later but for now I'm focused on British Kit. NEW - Chinook HC5 and 6 After helping a couple of people try and wrangle the BIS Chinook model into the air for their own mods I decided to give up frustrating myself and just go and make my own. This is a new model made from genuine Boeing General Assembly drawings. All the proper dimensions and British lumpy bits. The plan is to create the HC5 and 6 versions. The 'normal' version of the modern British Chinook HC2/2A/4 appears as the HC6 and the 'Fat Tank' HC3 appears as the HC5. All the previous incarnations of the British Chinook have since vanished having been upgraded to provide a standard avionics and cockpit layout across the fleet. I prefer to keep my life simple and don't plan on doing any retro Cold War versions so please don't ask. Anyway, as usual: "Its done when its done." Please don't ask for release dates as a poke in the eye tends to offend and I don't enjoy hurting people that often. Rock
  4. I've been a bit distracted this week. Focused on making objects and the like for my other project but here's a taste of that. #rksl #Arma3 Come join the RKSL Discord to see more https://discord.gg/YegMy24
  5. AW159 Wildcat -CRV,S

    Changed Status to Closed
  6. AW159 Wildcat -Airframe Bounce

    Yeah, its a known issue. Its down to xml tweaking on the AFM. Its been a problem for the last 3 versions. Everytime i tweak the it out changes to the mass and flight model bring it back. I'm not entirely sure whats actually causing it anymore.
  7. NOTE: Straight away let me say they project is a LONG WAY OFF. The sole reason I'm posting these screenshot is that the BETA was leaked a few weeks back. I've been told today that the model is being offered to at least two UK themed clans/mod teams. So by posting these pics I'm hoping that the next person that gets offered the model might recognise it as mine. The model is being offered in MLOD and FBX formats by a German lad, ~20 ish. Real name is Michael Farkas. aka "Faust", "Greeba" and "Luftmaan" One thing to note is the stolen model does not currently have the inflight refueling probe and has absolutely no UV unwrapping done in the cockpits. And a few other bits are also purposely missing. I'd appreciate anyone letting me know if they get offered it and by whom. Thanks Rock
  8. Hermes 450: Predecessor to the Watchkeeper. After some feedback (inc moaning) about the Watchkeeper. I'm going to release the H450 as an OPFOR/Guer/RES equivalent. #stockingfiller #wip #rksl #Arma3
  9. RKSL MQ-9 Reaper: Nearly finished the Pilot's HUD. Yes its in knots and feet! Get over it ? Should be ready for Santa #wip #rksl #Arma3
  10. The previous pics show an unarmed Reaper, but that doesnt mean I haven't added support for the weapons. #wip #rksl #Arma3
  11. Bit before 4am... Repaint of the unreleased RKSL MQ-9 Reaper. Still some materials tweaks to go but really happy so far. #wip #rksl #Arma3
  12. AW159 Wildcat -LESH TOWING MOD

    Changed Status to Closed
  13. AW159 Wildcat -LESH TOWING MOD

    Already fixed and update pushed Update: 27 Oct @ 12:18am Edit V3.073 - Fix for the Fix for the Fix FIXED - Towing point CHANGED - AFM damper values CHANGED - AFM drop tables. REMOVED - DARV Comm hooks
  14. I can recreate it. I'm just not sure how to fix it without ruining the flight models. I have a few ideas about this but i suspect it may not be fixable given how the geo on the helicopter and Lesh's towing works.
  15. AW159 Wildcat -CRV,S

    Well the sounds are the default BIS ones with exactly the same config settings. So that would suggest its an ACE issue not an RKSL one.
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