Welcome to the Legion of the Damned Modification for Soulstorm!
Team Thudmeiser proudly presents to you this mod which adds a new playable race, the Legion of the Damned to your skirmish games of Soulstorm. To install extract the contents to your Soulstorm root directory - note that you will require the Objective Points Modification for this to work. Although currently the Objective Points Modification does not support the Legion,iIt is hoped in time that their banners will be added to the mod.
Although loyalist Space Marines, the legion are VERY different to codex chapters - this is the third mod I know of to attempt this force and my second attempt to portray this unusual bunch, who are nowadays represented by a codex containing one single squad entry! I've tried to keep to the spirit of this, but have had to expand beyond the one squad concept by using units appropriate to lore and history and have even invented a couple of my own.
The Legion are small in number, do not require land, territory or conquest...indeed no-one knows who they are or why they fight. They appear from nowhere, say nothing and leave, surviving horrendous injuries. So how do you do justice to such a mob? Well I've tried something different, a bit experimental as we've been doing this a while now, but still work hard to come up with new game styles.
Have I succeeded? Time will tell.
The most important thing to understand is that your portal building is unstable and requires LP's to maintain itself. Initially it needs two to stop the health degeneration, any more than this will heal. However every time you progress a tier you will require an extra lp, so
Tier 1 = 3 LP's
Tier 2 = 4 LP's
Tier 3 = 5 LP's
Having any more than this at any time will cause the portal building to gain in health, but having insufficient will cause the portal to dissolve and you to fail.
The legion are largely invulnerable unless they have no morale, however once broken they will start to take heavy damage from pyromortis, which will likely lead to the soldier dying a fiery death - there is not a lot that can be done once you have entered pryomortis. If you happen to be near the portal that may help, but otherwise just know that you are a lot more efficient at fighting whilst on fire and sell yourself dearly.
Whilst Thudmeiser and gambit have done an amazing job on the AI, they have been met with heavy challenges owing to my semi-ridiculous design. Owing to their unique play style then the AI tends to be weaker than other races in team games, but note that they have been primarily tested in 1 V 1 against Hard AI. This has often lead to a position where the player has a clearly OP race, whilst the AI has a UP race as I've made a probably unsolvable balance nightmare. Thud has also show willing to assist with patching in voices at a later date - perhaps a slight deviation from the lore, but will certainly add to the experience - plus if it's a patch we can avoid any further arguments over voice acting!
Radical Rad - Original LOTD textures
Gambit - Testing, AI help, SCAR coding.
Arzgul - Testing
Odyssus - Testing
ghobot - Testing
Roderick - Testing, team colours
jones - testing, OP support
Mel_Danes - LOTD textures, dreadnought and original tacticals.
Thudmeiser and other LOTD team; Danimator and Grimnar 42 for access to their work (I have no idea who made all of their stuff, but thank you)
C2C team for their tactical models
Anyone else lost to time alongside the Legion who made this mod possible.
As ever, the following for flavour text:
The Dawn of War community for their ongoing support.
Relic for making such a damn fine game.
Iron Lore, because whatever you think, they gave us soulstorm.
Me! Thanks, me:
fuggles - Concept, AE, AI, 2D, 3D.
Team Thudmeiser have been involved in the majority of the race mods output in some shape or form and we are very proud of what we have accomplished. The Unification mod is a project that will allow all race mods to be combined into one single mod and play seamlessly together into the ultimate, albeit perhaps not so apocalyptic Warhammer 40,000 RTS.
First there are some utility mods that are required to get these running.
The project to combine all other projects. This page has instructions on how to alter you module file to combine races that you have installed. It also has links to the other required mods, Free UI and bugfix
A project that allows modders to do crazy things with the UI, included on the Unification page.
This project partially supports all of the mods and allows most races to have unique banner flags. It sadly stopped being supported with newer races, but there's always hope!
Now onto the race mods:
A special cadre of Eldar who dress as clowns as dance a deadly dance of death, so expect lots of bright colours as they specialise in holograms and trickery. Melee and movement specialists in their holographic suits, but very much glass cannons - whilst hard to hit, it hurts a lot if they are hit.
A loved but under represented Imperial Guard regiment who wear Pith helmets. Specialising in artillery they keep the enemy at a distance, but they are quire prepared to pay Orks to help them out with melee combat.
Steel Legion Imperial Guard
An original mod that was developed prior to Relic developing the Imperial Guard, this mod is very much about the legions from Armageddon and features a more classic selection of units. Mobile field cannons, horse cavalry and a famous Commissar all feature in this mod.
Vostroyan Firstborn Imperial Guard
The vostroyans work closely with the Adeptus Mechanicus to produce weapons for the Imperium. During the Horus Heresy they did not join the fight, arguing they were better utilised making weapons. To attone for this they now send their firstborn to war.
Adeptus Mechanicus Explorators.
The Adeptus Mechanicus believe that the machine God is the true God. They value machines over flesh and scour the galaxy looking for new technology. In this mod they rely heavily on machines to do the fighting whilst they power up their roving base.
A very famous mod indeed. With easily the best graphics in any mod for Soulstorm, this starts with those lowly space police the Adeptus Arbites and if things get out of hand, they can then call for the might of the Inquisition or the Canoness and her Battle Sisters.
When there is chaos to be purged, send in the Inquisition! Starting with the Inquisitor and his retinue in their quest to scourge the foul forces, when it gets too much they can call in the legendary Grey Knights! The inquisition rely on abilities to hold off the enemy.
The first chapter of Space Marines. This mod brings the whole Dark Angel chapter to the battlefield where you can pick one of three tech trees to bring the Ravenwing, Deathwing or battle company to the fight.
Legion of the Damned
The Firehawks Space Marine chapter disappeared in the warp, presumed dead. Since then there have been rumours of ghostly burning space marines who appear when times are bleak, dominate the battlefield and then slip away into the void. With a unique hitpoint based economy, the Emperor's Daemons are here!
Salamanders Space Marines
Hailing from a high gravity nocturnal planet, the Salamanders are bigger than regular Space Marines, but slightly sluggish. They are warrior blacksmiths who worship a cult of fire, so expect a lot of hammers and fire - look out for the their Librarian who has a whole array of powers that set himself on fire...oh and look out for giant Salamanders.
Blood Angels Space Marines
The Blood Angels are, if we are honest, ever so slightly vampiric. These loyal warriors have a flawed gene and can get lost in the maelstrom of battle in a red thirst. If they cannot withstand the call, they go mad and become part of the infamous Death Company. Featuring a line up of the Blood Angels greatest heroes, this beautiful mod will encourage you to be a bit wary around melee combat as whilst it empowers your troops, it is hard to get them out again.
Black Templars Space Marines
A very accomplished mod featuring the somewhat unorthodox Black Templars. Featuring their own crusade style armour and their own crusader tactics, the Black Templars are very much fans of getting in a melee. Pick a tactical doctrine and lead your champions to battle!
The wolves of Fenris are feral, brave warriors with powerful noses and a wild fighting style and this mod adds them to the game.
The forces of chaos unleashed! Pick one of 5 tech trees for each of the four chaos Gods or undivided loyalty and then burn the galaxy to ashes with a massive range of diabolocal beasties, just ensure to expand slowly as Daemons are not used to being in the mortal realm.
When the Imperial Guard fall to chaos, they become renegades. Whilst having naturally similar technology and style to their loyalist brethren they feature daemon engines and mutants to get up close and personal.
Thousand Sons Chaos Space Marines
A fallen chapter who have become inherently psychic over the years so expect lots of spells. Owing to a spell gone wrong, a lot of their troops are empty suits of armour - also this mod features a customisable class system for your hero to add a light RPG element
Khorne World Eaters
Chaos Marines dedicated to Khorne, the god of BLOOD and SLAUGHTER! A unique economy means that you are rewarded for being in melee, which Khorne would approve of.
A chaos space marine chapter who don't realy on daemons?! Night Lords believe in just using the foulest, most terrifying tactics on the battlefield. Expect lots of infiltration and morale damage - These marines are not chaotic, just evil!
The shadow in the warp consumes all. The tyranids are a race of swarming intergalactic predators that rely on a variety of different sized organisms from tiny to giant to devour living worlds whole.
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The supplementary Objective_Points mod version 2018.05.14 for DoW:Dark Crusade and DoW:Soulstorm. This mod is vital for running any other mod(s) with...
Legion of the Damned 3.0.
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