I've been thinking about my poor little gunners in my bombers. What are they doing back there? Why isn't my tail gunner firing? This is information I would love to know. I mean, Wouldn't I, as the pilot, know what's going on in the back via radio comm in real life?
So... I've come up with a concept design for Gunner status in the bombers. Very simple. Take a look;
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As you can see in the image, we have a Wellington flying along. (Not sure how many gunners it actually has. This is just a concept) I have added small icons to the lower left side of the screen with pictures of the gunners along with Status indicators such as "Unconscious", "Reloading" and "Ready". Plus the amount of Fatigure they have. 100% means they are completely fatigued and useless. The more fatigue they gain the worse they become. This would be relevant, of course, to the skill levels they have in the crew. A lower raiting would mean they would become fatigued faster. G tolerance for example.
The gunner on the top; "Tailgunner" is Unconscious, which means he has been shot and is waiting to recover, therefore the image of him is black and white and has "K.O" (Knocked out) and the status message of "Unconscious". He also has Fatigue at 100% since he is not able to perform at the moment.
The middle gunner: "Waste Gunner" has a status of "Reloading" which of course means he is reloading. He also has a fatigue status of "32%" which means he would be perfoming at about 68% capacity.
The bottom gunner: "Tailgunner" has a status of "Ready" which means he has a loaded weapon and is ready to begin firing on any enemy within range.
There could also be other statuses like "Firing" or "Gun Jammed" according to whichever other conditions could apply in War Thunder.
Another potential layout for the gunner status could be a minimal version such as this;
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[TL:DR] Concept designs for gunner status icons. Shows what they're doing and fatigue levels.
Let me know what you guys think of this.