This total-conversion mod takes the Battle for Middle-earth II to the Fifth Century BCE, replacing the original content with two new, fully-fledged factions: Sparta and Athens. Completely new content, strategies and more awaits you. This project is brought to you by Kwen, Matias, Lauri, njm1983, Glaeken and Mike who are hosted at the3rdage.net, a division of revora.net.

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Mythos_Ruler
Mythos_Ruler

Niiiice. Love the shield. What resolution are the shield textures?

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M!ke Author
M!ke

IIRC, all shield textures are now at 512x512. Though I may be mistaken - I'll just wait for someone more knowledgeable to correct me :P

I'm glad that you like it! Having those walkable walls in has been quite a coding and modeling achievement for the engine.

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Mythos_Ruler
Mythos_Ruler

Damn! :) I think you could stand to reduce the shield texture size a bit and increase the wall texture size. ;)

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M!ke Author
M!ke

Well, it's all very much a work in progress - right now we're more concerned with getting things ingame and functional. Polishing and the like will be handled in due time :)

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Lauri
Lauri

The shield, along with various things from Leonidas, are on a separate texture that is 512x512. The actual shield only use about 128x128 of that ;)

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Buffo_Boffin
Buffo_Boffin

Yeah, walkable walls.
Nice work, it looks great.

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M!ke Author
M!ke

Thank you!

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MathijsRevora
MathijsRevora

Note: These walls are probably going to be placed in city maps as useful props. They're not part of the Spartan building set.

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DaredevilGR
DaredevilGR

For God's sake guys you just did what EA should have done years ago and you make it a random prop ? Make it expensive , difficult to construct at least but the people would love walkable walls ... Every decent ancient RTS gamer wishes for a game having these walls !!!

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MathijsRevora
MathijsRevora

I understand the sentiment, but Sparta explicitly rejected the use of walls, as they were considered cowardly. It won't be a "random" prop though, they will be properly represented throughout our city maps.

They will be available to Athens, however.

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DaredevilGR
DaredevilGR

Dorian , I know that Spartans would never use walls as a defensive measure to their home city . My point was not to have the walls completely as a random map prop as it would be a shame of your work . Spartans don't have to be able to use them but for Athenians is a must (should have mentioned that before to avoid the misunderstanding) , considering how vastly they used them through out every war (eg Pelloponisian Wars)

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DaredevilGR
DaredevilGR

According to that however , I believe you will follow the historical flow and make the Spartan infantry far superior to the Athenian (vice versa for the navy however) so to balance the situation right ?

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MathijsRevora
MathijsRevora

Yes, Spartan infantry will be mostly superior, and they will also have early access to Ekdromoi, a unit the Athenians will have only after upgrading their barracks.

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Mythos_Ruler
Mythos_Ruler

It is a myth that "Sparta never used walls." :) True, they had no city walls in the Classical era, but they did later in Hellenistic times. But since this mod is based on the Classical era, I suppose it's okay to not give them walls. ;)

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do_i_ob
do_i_ob

that however was during the decline of spartan "strength and honor"

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MathijsRevora
MathijsRevora

Indeed, many aspects of the whole "Spartan lifestyle" are nothing but a product of their clever conceived propaganda to intimidate their enemies. Still, in this case it allows for some interesting gameplay. :P

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M!ke Author
M!ke

Don't worry - the walls will be available for Athens, as has been said. The challenge for Sparta will be overcoming them ;)

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