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How do I set up a turret?

So, I am currently getting my feet wet with Unreal. The project I am working on is a re-implementation of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz2T3U1DnKg

Now, in order to get that right, I obviously need to set up my models correctly. This includes the turret setup. Now, FreeSpace models can have multipart turrets (i. e. Turrets with separate bodies and barrels) mounted at arbitrary angles on a given ship.

My question is, how do I set up the Blueprint script to rotate said bodies around their pivot axes?

(Turrets are mounted on the base ship model using Sockets, if that helps)

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asked Aug 04 '14 at 06:26 AM in Blueprint Scripting

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avatar image Narghile Apr 11 '15 at 12:12 PM

I have created a turret, I made the Turret a Pawn and added sensing to it, so if it sees or hear you it will rotate and try to shoot.

The code if fairly long and would take a few screen shots. If you want it, I will post it up.


avatar image Narghile Apr 11 '15 at 12:30 PM

This is while I was developing it,


avatar image Narghile Apr 11 '15 at 03:01 PM

This is a little closer to how I want it


avatar image Singules Mar 02 '17 at 04:44 PM

Hi here is another interesting tutorial www.vaduunlabs.com/index.php/en/tutorials/29-adv-turret-animation.

"With the help of this tutorial, you will be able to animate turrets in UE4, which are always tracking the target correctly, regardless of their own orientation."

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Okay, so here's what I ended up doing.

Step 1: Get the direction to target in the turret base's/turret barrel's reference frame. This is accomplished through this function:alt text

EDIT: Turns out I made a bit of a mistake here. Instead of the "Transform Direction" node, the "Inverse TRansform Direction" node must be used. Sorry!

Step 2: Take the results from that, and use it to determine the rotation of the element you want rotated: alt text

et voila, Turrets that respect the way they're mounted and rotate using their own local coordinate system.

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answered Aug 04 '14 at 07:45 PM

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First you need an accessor to the mesh which is probably a sub component of your actor. To make it point into the correct direction, at least for a straight aim without any delay, get the vector from your turret to the target and use that to create a rotation, which can be added or set to the world or local rotation/translation of the sub component.

For detailed instructions for each step use google/answerhub/forum/wiki, for example: how to get actor mesh component in blueprint/c++.

And to tell you the truth, all this would be much easier/cleaner/shorter if you did it in c++.

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answered Aug 04 '14 at 06:48 AM

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avatar image The_E Aug 04 '14 at 07:17 AM

I got that far already (see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ8WP7LENJ0 ).

Mathematically, what I think I need to do is to get the lookat direction from the turret base to the target in the turret's local coordinate system, and then rotate the turret base around its "up" vector (whatever it may be at the time). If this is only possible in C++, or if I have to write C++ functions to get there, so be it, but I'd rather do everything I can do in Blueprint in Blueprint.

avatar image Jaydennh Apr 11 '15 at 11:02 AM

Hi, I'm having trouble with this, could you provide a little more help with this please?

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This took me a long time to get right, i am controlling the bone of an arm which would be your turret. the debug line is temporary. hope this helps, let me know.alt text

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answered Aug 04 '14 at 09:14 AM

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