I was wondering about something, why does every vehicle have to explode? Every tank, humvee, truck, stryker, helicopter and plane explodes when reaching damage 1. Wouldn't it be better if things rarely exploded, depending on ammo count and on fuel level, and then a bit less rarely burned. I'd like to see more knocked out tanks, crashed helicopters and destroyed planes, than everything blowing up and burning. I think the LibMod guys have done this the best in OFP, hats off to them. Tanks that actually look like they've been knocked out instead of being blown up at a javelin range. I can understand that being hit with a missile or bomb will blow up a tank, but sometimes I'd like to see more variety in the possible damage and destroyed effects.
This is one thing that bugs me, that is also actually part of the flawed hitpoint system that ArmA and OFP uses, that I was hoping would be refined. In a 2003 RTS game, C&C generals, you could mod it and set it so that small arms fire would not harm a tank. And it still used a hitpoint system where things acumulated damage. That armour system was rather easly made and I think it could be implemented into ArmA without major changes to the code. The system was made so that weapons were given classes, like small arms, gattling gun class, bomb, missile, etc; each had a setting in the .ini armour code file that you could set how many percents of damage would the intendend class cause, relevant to it's setting.
Lets say a missile causes 100 damage, and the armour code says the armour setting for missiles is 80%. The missile would case 80 damage instead of 100.
This is a kind of system that I believe could be implemented into ArmA without major problems.
Each ammo type could define it's own values for how much damage would it cause to each vehicle class. But then you'd have to define vehicle classes, which are already defined. Perhaps a more refined option could appear.
That would give about 6-7 extra variables and multipliers.
But that would create basically tanks that are no longer vunerable to small arms(you wouldn't be able to destroy a tank or an APC with an M16, a lot of mags and a lot of time). It something that I'd like to see implemented in a patch, if possible.
I don't know if this is possible already, if it is, my bad, I haven't digged into ArmA code a lot, if not, perhaps maybe this can be implemented? Maybe with EHs?
Also, this could be linked to the kind of damage explosions vehicles recieve, could allow for custom ones for each ammo type, a bomb could make the tank blow to smitherines, same with a javelin missile, but a sabot round could actually knock out the tank, by just putting it out of commision without blowing it up to pieces.
I, again, don't know if this is already possible in ArmA without heavy scripting.