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  1. Hmmm, here's the real problem: Apedemak and Amun are totally separate, competing gods. The temple of Amun represents the theocratical nature of the Egyptian styled cult of Amun. The temple of Apedemak represents the increasingly secularised Kingship of Meroe. The establishment of Apedemak as a god represent the move away from the dogmatic Egyptian character of the Amun cult. But Amun remained very important throughout this period nonetheless. (this means upgrading from Apedemak to Amun is a no-go, seen as Apedemak came after Amun. This should be the other way around for your plan to work) What is more unique than having totally accurate and relevant 3D models of buildings never before modelled for a computer game?? Having these 2 temples (the most important two), represents the fundamentally theocratic nature of Kushite society very well. Apedemak was a war-god, so units could definitely be recruited there. Temple to Amun does indeed fulfil an important civic duty, and new, unique technologies should be researched there, as well as recruit the Napatan Temple Guard. Also, the textures of the king smiting his enemies on the front of the temples, is perfect for the Amun temple, BUT, for the Apedemak temple that texture will be replaced, in time, with Amanirenas and Amanishakheto smiting their enemies. This will be the perfect opportunity to showcase two of the most iconic (female) rulers of Meroitic Kush in their full glory. + those will be the actual reliefs from one of the lion temples. I also think the pyramids being tied to phasing and territory expansion is more than unique enough, if the Kushites weren't unique enough in virtually every other aspect... PS: If you really want to implement this mechanic in Delenda Est, that would be cool, to see different gameplay mechanics for the same civ. For vanilla though, I'd like to keep it as historical as possible.
  2. The Kingdom of Kush: The Greek imports Boston Museum of Fine Arts collection This will be the fifth, and final post detailing the extensive archive of Meroitic objects from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Earlier posts on this collection can be seen here, in: Kushite Gold, Bronze, Pottery, Beads and Faience and Weapons. The matter of Greek, or better said Hellenistic influence in ancient Kush is a curious subject, highlighted very vividly by the Greek luxury imports, found buried beneath many of Meroe's pyramids. One example are the Mediterranean wine amphora found commonly in Meroitic graves. A column drum from the Royal Enclosure, inscribed with the Greek alphabet, tells us that Greek was even taught in Meroe. Many Greeks are known to have passed through, and even lived in the city, writing an array of reports on the region, people and customs of Meroe. Sadly, no extant versions of these records survive to this time. What we do have are the second hand accounts from the likes of Herodotus, Pliny, Agatharchides and Strabo. What is clear though, is that there was some level of Hellenisation going on in Meroe, be it only of a superficial nature... Want to know more? The following article is quite informative: Stanley Burstein, Frank M. Snowden, Jr. Lectures, Howard University, When Greek was an African Language, (Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC. August, 2006) https://chs.harvard.edu/CHS/article/display/1301 The Greek imports: The source: http://www.mfa.org/search?search_api_views_fulltext=NUBIA GREEK
  3. @wowgetoffyourcellphone Temple 300, from Musawwarat es Sufra (as a representation for the entire complex, which is way to big to model), which is the last one LordGood made. Should be called Aborepi. A small elephant statue next to the ramp would be perfect by the way.
  4. [Kushites] Units, Unit Textures, and Unit Props

    Here's a modern example of Hamar (South Ethiopian, Omo Valley) women still wearing those quintessentially Nubian ochre red dyed locks. 4000 year old hairstyle yo... Units with this hairstyle ("Nubians") are the ones that get (ostrich) feathers. Either no feather, 1 feather, or 3 feathers.
  5. [Kushites] Units, Unit Textures, and Unit Props

    Those are based on Ancient Egyptian hairstyles worn by nobility and young princes. I kind of like it.
  6. [Kushites] Units, Unit Textures, and Unit Props

    Yeah, feathers are good, but should ideally be reserved for the "Nubian" units (both Nubian Archer, and Nubian Spearmen). They're an archaic residual from Kerma-period Kushites, not necessarily used by Meroitic units from the Butana heartland. LordGood is doing very good work here, once again. @Lion.Kanzen Yes, those are a lot less stereotyped! Loved that show...
  7. [Kushites] Units, Unit Textures, and Unit Props

    Sundiata's unit proposals (so far) Historical Kushite unit-concept art, still eligible for revision. Suggestions are welcome. Meroitic Axeman: Meroitic Pikeman: Meroitic Cavalry Lancer: (This one is actually more suitable for a ranked version of the Meroitic Spear-Cavalry) Kushite War-Elephant: @wackyserious
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    Wooooow.... Historical reconstructions for the win! This is so rare, and so valuable, LordGood, thank you!
  9. I'm looking forward to it
  10. [Kushites] Units, Unit Textures, and Unit Props

    Well, I think Kush is the only place in Sub-Saharan Africa that Romans actually sent armies to fight...
  11. @niektb although I appreciate the respect, you really don't need my permission to add the Kushites... They belong to all of us + I'd be honored to see them in TM!
  12. [Kushites] Units, Unit Textures, and Unit Props

    @Lion.Kanzen Quite literally, "Hollywood Kushites" lol...
  13. Apart from the (still optional) merc camps, you've pretty much finished the entire Kushite architecture set... All-round amazing work @LordGood! You can be very proud of yourself! Really... Wow!
  14. [Kushites] Units, Unit Textures, and Unit Props

    I just think it's better to take that artistic licence when you really need it/don't have a choice. But if you guys really like it, I'm not going to oppose it. It's not ugly or anything, it looks really cool. I'm just nitpicking to get as many details right.
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