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Roman-Syrian Wars
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niles93
niles93

nice :)

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GenMoKai
GenMoKai

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

Reminds me of Total War, except with more detail

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Mythos_Ruler Author
Mythos_Ruler

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

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

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

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Super7700
Super7700

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

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

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

Real formation or just posing?

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Metalspy
Metalspy

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

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

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

This is most true. :)

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StrykerCraft
StrykerCraft

Are those Marian legionnaires?

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adun7777
adun7777

kinda hastatii though

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adun7777
adun7777

the phalanx need to be more tight

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Mythos_Ruler Author
Mythos_Ruler

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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