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niles93
niles93 Jan 16 2014, 7:21pm says:

nice :)

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GenMoKai
GenMoKai Jan 17 2014, 12:35am says:

Looks really clean so far :) Also, not all the same models for every unit. I love there is some variation between units

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StrykerCraft
StrykerCraft Jan 17 2014, 5:35am says:

Reminds me of Total War, except with more detail

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Mythos_Ruler Author
Mythos_Ruler Jan 18 2014, 12:51pm replied:

I'm actually really disappointed with RTW2's unit rosters and art direction. The Seleucids don't have any Bronze Shield pikemen or Gold Shield pikemen, for instance. It's like they only did about 10% of the homework they should have.

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StrykerCraft
StrykerCraft Jan 19 2014, 5:47am replied:

The world has people like you, who do this amazing work to show them where they went wrong.
BTW, I haven't played RTW2, I was talking about the older generation of TW games.

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Guest
Guest Jan 19 2014, 10:27pm replied:

Atleast it wasent shoguns 10 units color recycle, i like both games, but shogun felt copy paste.

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Super7700
Super7700 Jan 19 2014, 11:15pm replied:

I can't say I agree with you there. Firstly, if I recall correctly, the Seleucids already have 4 pike units, so I don't think they need more. Secondly, the evidence for their existence in Seleucid armies seems to be extremely sketchy. While Macedon and Pontus had Bronze Shield pikemen, I believe there's only one possible reference to Bronze Shields in Seleucid service, and that's from a description of the Daphne Parade, which is hardly enough evidence for them to be a proper unit for the Seleucids. From what I've read the Gold Shield pikemen aren't even mentioned in ancient texts, but rather they were added in a translation to fill an apparent gap. So there's no reason to criticise Rome 2 Total War for their non-appearance.

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Mythos_Ruler Author
Mythos_Ruler Jan 20 2014, 1:17pm replied:

They declined to include unit types with some historical basis (Bronze Shields) and instead included generic unit types they dreamt up. It's true they have 4 pike units, but not one of them could have been the Bronze Shields? :) I just feel like RTW2 unit rosters are oddly generic when they don't need to be.

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Super7700
Super7700 Jan 20 2014, 2:29pm replied:

Very true, the rosters are rather generic, and it wouldn't have been very hard to differentiate the factions a little more. Also, some units have different names but are still nearly identical in appearance, such as the Hellenistic heavy cavalry and elite pikemen. Fortunately there are a number of mods that already have done a lot to fix this, such as Divide et Impera: Moddb.com which is looking like it's going to be the Europa Barbarorum of Rome 2 Total War.

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DarthKiller
DarthKiller Jan 17 2014, 6:42am says:

Real formation or just posing?

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Metalspy
Metalspy Jan 17 2014, 1:38pm replied:

I would like to know this as well. Please let the answer be "nope, not just posing! :D"

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Mythos_Ruler Author
Mythos_Ruler Jan 18 2014, 11:59am replied:

Half and half. Right now they don't hold formations for very long and devolve into a mosh pit. I took this shot right as they started to fight.

But in the future we would like to make combat less chaotic and more organized.

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ProdigalSon
ProdigalSon Jan 17 2014, 5:14pm says:

Most famous use of the term Syrian Wars is actually for those between the Seleucids and the Ptolemies. Roman-Syrian Wars might be the correct name here. Great pic though, bring on the Seleucids:)

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Mythos_Ruler Author
Mythos_Ruler Jan 18 2014, 6:32am replied:

This is most true. :)

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StrykerCraft
StrykerCraft Jan 22 2014, 12:56pm says:

Are those Marian legionnaires?

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adun7777
adun7777 Feb 6 2014, 10:43am replied:

kinda hastatii though

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adun7777
adun7777 Feb 6 2014, 10:46am says:

the phalanx need to be more tight

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Mythos_Ruler Author
Mythos_Ruler Feb 8 2014, 9:30am replied:

Not necessarily. The phalanx had open order, close order, and locked shields. When in close order, they could form to "locked shields" by the rear rows filing forward and "locking shields" with the fore ranks. At least, this is what is surmised (as far as I know, exactly how they closed ranks was not described in detail by ancient sources, we can only speculate and try for ourselves to see what works and what doesn't).

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