I must say, I'm really enjoying programming this new engine, I'm producing cool results almost daily, my morale is being kept extremely high, and as an added bonus, I'm really brushing up on my coding skills.
As Hopedagger pointed out in my last post, it would be cool to have an actual lightning image to go along with the flash during thunderstorms. I didn't want Mark to have to draw one, and I want as much of the engine as possible to be procedural, so I went about creating a way to make procedural lightning. The effect is actually really simple, you start off with a "start point" in a cloud, then you repeatedly add random line segments to the start point until you reach the ground. Then you just connect the dots, and just like that, you have a unique lightning image, like the one seen below:
Anyways, here's the movie for tonight, it shows off the lightning, and a new snow effect.
Dogfight Engine: Weather Effects II (5.73MB)
Let us know what you guys think. Peace Out!