OK. I now have an overhead cam that's operated by the numerical keypad.
8 move north, 7 northwest, 4 west, etc. the big plus and big return key move upward and downward, respectively.
When the big 0 key is down. the camera goes into a rotation mode. 8 and 2 rotate up and down while 4 and 6 rotate left and right. the rotation axi (axises?) are independent of viewing angle.
Its kinda neat.
What makes a 3d rts so cool is being able to have units under bridges and natural overpasses, and truely be hidden. What makes rotation and vertical movment so necessary in a 3d rts is being able to position your men in those spots, or to see units that are hiding in them.
Does anyone know how Dark Reign 2's camera works?