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Today we present you the long requested battlewagons from the hobbit trilogy with new design and overhauled upgrades.

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Greetings, companions of Edain!

Ever since we reworked the Dwarves to be more in line with movies, new battlewagons have been one of the most frequent fan requests. In Edain 4.5, we have answered your wishes: You'll be able to build all-new chariots in the movies' style!

Joragon has created entirely new models based off the Hobbit movies, making the wagons look much more fearsome:

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We took that opportunity to not only redesign the visuals, but also add new gameplay and upgrades to the wagons. Our primary goal was to create more distinction between the wagons of the different Dwarven realms, further pronouncing each faction's unique gameplay.

To that end, each wagon now starts with a different crew:

  • The Erebor battlewagon is manned by pikemen who stab at nearby enemies as the wagon plows through them. This gives the Erebor the best battlewagon for crashing through enemy lines, as befits an offensive faction.
  • The Iron Hills wagon comes with a crew of shieldbearers, increasing its armor. This makes it the best battlewagon for carrying support upgrades, bolstering the army while being difficult to remove.
  • The battlewagon of Ered Luin has two archers riding along, firing at nearby enemies. In line with Ered Luin's more unorthodox tactics, this allows the chariot to circle around enemies and deal damage without engaging them.

As you may have noticed, some of these crew members used to be upgrades of their own. Don't worry, though - we have introduced a host of new upgrades to replace them!

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Battle Wagon Upgrades

Each wagon can choose between one of three improvements. Two are available to all factions, but the third is faction-specific and thus further enhances their unique traits.

  • The Banner is largely unchanged. It's a support upgrade that grants leadership to allies near the battlewagon.
  • The Hearth is replaced by the Beer Keg. Its function remains the same, however: Healing allies in the vicinity. We just thought the Dwarven soldiers would appreciate a good barrel of beer so much more than some weird hearthfire mounted on a wagon. Style points!
  • Erebor gets the Wheel Blades upgrade, making the wagon lose less speed when scything through foes. Keeping with the faction's theme, the Erebor wagon is the most vicious killing machine of them all and can crash over twice as many enemies with this improvement.
  • The Iron Hills can upgrade their wagon with a Trophy of severed Orc heads mounted on a pike, demoralizing nearby enemies and decreasing their damage. The trophy debuff becomes more potent as the battlewagon levels up. This means that enemies are incentivized to destroy it as quickly as possible, in turn making the increased armor gained from the shieldbearers more valuable. The Iron Hills are the only faction who have both a buff (the Banner) and a debuff (the Trophy) available as wagon upgrades, making their battlewagons the best support units.
  • Ered Luin once again favors ranged attacks and lets you augment your wagons with a Bolt Thrower. This miniature ballista has been inspired by a scene from the movies and deals more damage than the archers, turning the battlewagon into a surprisingly powerful ranged unit.

Visually, some upgrades also add more crew members, such as an officer of Erebor for the Wheel Blades:

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We're very happy with how the new battle wagons turned out. We think they not only look much cooler (shoutout to Nazgul from the SEE mod, who created the awesome ram models), they also play better and add interesting new options to all three Dwarven factions. We look forward to letting you play with them! Let us know what you think of them in the comments :)

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Your Edain Team

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GrandSerpent
GrandSerpent

I see your point ET, you want us to have druken dwarves fighting multiple enemies 😎🤣
P.S: you are simply amazing with every update you show us. The 1 year waiting for this masterpiece was worth of it ❤️👍🏻💯

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Labria
Labria

New chariots look great. Is there any hope for new Thorin Stonehelm model in 4.5?
Moddb.com

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FG15 Creator
FG15

Maybe, but we can't say anything for sure, before we actually do things.
And you would know if there were any definite news, because then we would see it as an anouncement somewhere over here.

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Guest
Guest

Hell, thats cool :D These robust models just so fit sturdy dwarves, great job :)

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Glorfindel23
Glorfindel23

Amazing! The article is interesting and the screenshots are really beautiful. Keep the good work! :)

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Tabish
Tabish

Just Amazing!!!!
Is the Bolt Thrower available for all three factions r it is just for Ered luin and also Wheel Blades

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ElendilsCousin Creator
ElendilsCousin

The Bolt Thrower is exclusive to Ered Luin. Erebor instead can get Wheel Blades, while the Iron Hills battlewagons have access to the Trophy. These three upgrades are faction specific, so every realm can equip only their own upgrade.

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treefoz
treefoz

Looks awesome, but doesn't it make more sense for the Iron Hills to get the bolt thrower? After all, we only see the chariot as an Iron Hills unit in the movies, and the bolt thrower is the one we see on it.

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Glorfindel23
Glorfindel23

I think the team make that to make each chariots in connection with his factions gameplay. (Here, the tactic of Ered Luin is based on the moves, the positions of units and rapidity, this is for this reason that the chariot have a distance attack bonus).

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Guest
Guest

Looks Awesome guys
Keep up the excellent Work!!!

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The-Black-Serpent
The-Black-Serpent

Very cool!

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Goncho
Goncho

Beer in BFME. My goodness guys, I love it so much

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MrTodd
MrTodd

So cool! Once again it's a great and essentail concept, thanks Edain team.

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Guest
Guest

I have loved the new models of the battle cars. Edain team, do you already have an estimate of when the 4.5 update will come out?

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officialNecro
officialNecro

When it is done ;)

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Guest
Guest

that's obvious

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Kmogon
Kmogon

yes, but It's only known answer so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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LookingFor
LookingFor

One word comes to mind: CHARGE!

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Stahlrim
Stahlrim

Once again, great work! Yet another unit and feature of the game I sparingly used that I am now looking forward to using when 4.5 releases [and I have a computer that is NOT kaput]!

Thank you guys for all of your hard work! I very much look forward to your next update.

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Guest
Guest

Hello, I've been playing 4.4.1 for a while and love it! Might be a little off topic from this post, and I apologize if this has already been brought up elsewhere but I had one question/suggestion. I most often play as Lothlorien and I've noticed that their two base archers (Lorien & Galadhrim) have a shorter range than some of the other base archers in the game, even with the longbow upgrade. In other words, I keep finding my fully-upgraded ***ELVEN archers being slowly plucked off by a horde of orcs/dark rangers/etc only just beyond their range. This doesn't seem to make any sense... Other than that, no complaints!! This has always been my favorite game and you folks have done a phenomenal job expanding on it. Thank you for all your hard work!

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Kmogon
Kmogon

Galadhrim has smaller range because of their ability to change weapons - they would surpass every other archers in lorien which would bring monotony to faction.
For lorien archers you rather are mistaken. Everybody is sure that they have the best range in the game so you probably was taking your archers too close to enemy

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officialNecro
officialNecro

I can't remember right but I do believe the Longbow upgrade might be bugged. Either for both or just for ghaladrim archers.

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