Imperial Splendour attempts to create the best Empire: Total War experience possible without destroying the essence of the game, with an eye towards expanding and enriching the experience, while adding to the game's realism whenever possible. IS 2.2.1b focus on Britain and France, adding two periods so as to allow an evolution of the uniforms. IS made also a large rework on the visual and sound aspect so as to make ETW as enjoyable as last TW games. The CAI and BAI are totally reviewed, the Great Campaign is now really more challenging, and it will be difficult for you to impose to the World your imperial splendour.

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Today we present you our latest work on the West Indies colonial units and some new followers.

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Preview July 20 blog

As the West India Regiment was already in the June blog let's start with the British units!

The first units are the Black light infantry in 2 variants: Loyal Black Rangers, recruitable in the original British colonies and Black Chasseurs, recruitable in the other colonies. Both units have a bonus in fighting in the West Indies:

Loyal Black Rangers:

GB Loyal Black Rangers

Black Chasseurs:

GB Black Chasseurs

Also the British can recruit a cavalry unit in Hispaniola and Cuba, the Ulhans Britannique. Historically they were recruited for service in Hispaniola in Europe as an auxiliary unit for the British campaign in Hispaniola. Due to the climate in the West Indies and the yellow fever many men died. Therefore the unit has only 60 men.

Uhlans Britannique:

GB Ulhans Britannique

Also, all factions will have access to some generic colonial units in the West Indies, here are the first 2:

Generic Black Chasseurs:

Generic Black Chasseurs

Generic White Planter Militia:

Generic White Militia 2

As you can see, we also created a generic white officer for all West India units.

But that's not all. Finally, the British Highlander Light Infantry is done!

GB light Highlanders

Also, the Guards have now a light infantry unit replacing the light infantry of the Marines:

GB Guards Light Infantry

The 42nd Regiment of Foot, the Black Watch, received an update on their uniforms. They have now the correct lace around their buttonholes.

GB Black Watch

Here are the unit icons:

july update britain units icons

  1. Guards Light Infantry
  2. West India Regiment
  3. Black Chasseurs
  4. Loyal Black Rangers
  5. Uhlans Britannique
  6. 42nd Regiment of Foot 'Black Watch'
  7. Highlanders Light Infantry

july update generic west indian

  1. Black Chasseurs
  2. White Planters Militia

As already announced iporto9393's Train your Generals at Schools! -&- Fixed Trait and Ancillary Triggers mod will be added in the next update. Among other things, it adds new followers. Some followers are created also only for RotR. Here are all new followers:

For Admirals:

july update Admirals Followers

  1. Steward - A Steward cares for the needs of his master.
  2. Ship's cat - A cat is on a ship to control the population of rats and therefore prevent the provisions from being eaten.
  3. Coxwain - A coxswain is the man who steers a ship. But a loyal coxswain is much more. He commands the personal barge crew of his captain or admiral, follows him from ship to ship and can even act as his bodyguard.
  4. Boatswain - The boatswain had responsibility for rigging, cables, anchors, sails and boats. They were not eligible to command ships but could stand watches. They were less educated than the more senior warrant officers, although they needed to keep accounts. But access to the ship's stores comes to a price...

Note that each admiral can have only one follower out of the first three.

For Generals:

july update General Followers

  1. Influential Cousin - This man has influential relatives. In the world of the 18th century where kinship is a major factor in promotion having influential relatives is important. This secures future advancement even when having no talents at all. The cousin also attracts persons without a patron seeking patronage.
  2. Drummer - A drummer is needed to let the soldiers march in cadence. He gives provides the speed of the march. But he acts as a battlefield medic too.
  3. Fifer - A fifer is needed to cheer up the men with his tunes. But he acts as a battlefield medic too.
  4. Trumpeter - A trumpeter signals a cavalry unit how to move. Also, the sound encourages the men.
  5. Matador (only available for Spanish and Portuguese generals)

For Scholars:

july update Scholar Followers

  1. Female Doctoral Candidate
  2. Interested Wife

Especially the last to followers based on Historical people, especially Dorothea Schlözer and Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier. Both followers are very rare but they both give a bonus on the research speed and the Female Doctoral Candidate gives an additional bonus on the ability to research techs from the Philosophy tech-tree.

Also Pike's AI is also in the next update (thanks to myfate!) but there is a little issue we have to fix. This also answers when the next release is - not before we can fix the issue.

We will keep you posted on our progress!

Thank you for your patience!

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7ty7 - - 786 comments

I was just thinking about Empire TW last night and how it'd be great to get back into it.

Thanks for the update! I'm glad this mod is still alive and kicking, I like the new units & ancilliaries. It's good you can have an influential cousin tagging along and being useful :D

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

Great! And yes nearly every game doesn't represent how important family connections were at the time... It's time at least to bring back a little flavour of that:D

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Harpocratess - - 79 comments

Thank you so much for your work, it looks truly amazing!!

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

Thank you:)

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gilgamesh912 - - 273 comments

Amazing stuff!

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QuintusHortensius Author
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Ettenrocal - - 899 comments

Always fantastic!

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

Thanks to you too!

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var_Emreis - - 116 comments

Super excited for the next release, as always. Is France getting any new units at all?

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

We'll see. Maybe some units for the West Indies and Louisiana. The French European rooster is already completed.

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ElMataj0t0s - - 16 comments

I'm still waiting for Mexican uniforms blue colored, not yellow :(

btw I know that Mexico doesn't exist in the 18th century but lots of players play with that civ

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

Sorry, but as we focus on the late 18th century and history Mexico won't be part of our mod. Only some Spanish units based in Mexico will be incorporated.

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Little_Pebble - - 330 comments

QuintusHortensius Is the words "mayor factor" in "Influential Cousin" a misspelling of "major factor"?

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

Yes thanks!

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Guest - - 693,092 comments

So is the late era stuff going to added to the grand campaign or have things evolved entirely now that the whole focus is just on the late era itself as a separate entity?

I played this mod in the old days in the first releases and am just curious.

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

We focus on the late era until the late era is done and then move back to the old "grand campaign" in which the late era will be implemented.

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chris-the-hacker - - 53 comments

this mod is simply the best

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

Thank you very much:)

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Nicolai_Gyldenlöwe - - 26 comments

Hello! Long time fan of this mod and I just wanted to throw in a suggestion, have you thought of a new look for the map similar to what darthmod did with making the world map look like an old map from that era? The vanilla map is so plain and boring in my opinion even if it's more accurate and precise than Darthmod's. Is the theater maps their own files and this is very easy or is it a big hassle? I would love to do it myself but i can't find the right files, would think they're just images right? XD I apologize for my poor english it's been a long time. Thank you for giving Norwegian troops some love! <3

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QuintusHortensius Author
QuintusHortensius - - 950 comments

I tried once but failed... And thanks for the compliment on the Norwegians:)

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guest89524 - - 82 comments

We are in september 11 for now when do you wanna to make new dev blog ?

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