How to improve my timeline graphic?

I’m making this graphic to explain a game mechanic and my problem (middle example) is that Aiming and especially Firing do not clearly appear as being main timespans (yellow and orange) but subsets of them. I cannot simply place the labels first because Rushes, Kill Bullet and Hit are events that occur at the beginning of those timespans. I can’t find a solution that wouldn’t make the graphic more complex.


I would recommend a Gantt chart here. This is specifically designed to show the components and length of multiple and/or nested time-based events. The time frame is certainly on a different scale, but the principles are still the same. Change weeks to seconds (or even microseconds) and the Activities into yours.

Example Gantt chart

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