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  1. I enjoy RTS as an visually-appealing abstraction and don't care for the realism. 0 A.D.'s development is going strong in spite of the realism has become my takeaway.
  2. They look great. :] Glad to see more fauna.
  3. On the topic of bronze age weapons in Britain, Neil Burridge is the leading researcher of bronze age swords, and around the time of 0 A.D. Ewart Park swords and the Hallstatt C swords would be the most common type around. By 500 BCE, Britons would be using both iron and bronze swords, too. Here is some information regarding the Hallstatt C (800-620(?) BCE) swords: https://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=3475 And here are some reproductions of the types of European bronze swords, including one Hallstatt C type and one Ewart Park sword: http://www.bronze-age-swords.com/British_and_European.htm Here's an Iron blade from the Hallstatt culture that coexisted with the La Tene culture from a British museum catalogue: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=829507&partId=1&searchText=sword&matcult=29381&page=2 The site above is also a great catalogue for finding other weapons in this time frame, such as spear and axe heads as well as arts. Via trade, I think that both the bronze and iron Hallstatt & Ewart Park swords may have ended up in Britain during the time period. I don't think that they would have been the most common type of weapons found, but it's something to consider if you would like some variations in weaponry.
  4. Hi, thanks for providing evidence on the iron scabbards. I feel more confident that you're right given the circumstances of not having found any leather or wood-core scabbards.
  5. I don't know a lot about the Gauls, but one of things you mentioned is the idea that the scabbard should be made of iron. The primary function of a scabbard is to protect the sword and to make it easier to transport. Iron rusts, and an iron scabbard would surely not be effective for transportation in weather. While I'm sure iron scabbards may exist, I don't expect them to be as prevalent as bronze, wood, or wood-cored leather.
  6. There's Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars. It's FPS and TPS, which one can switch back and forth for better accuracy/immersion or better/realistic FoV.
  7. On the mail texture, I think there should be a layer of padding underneath. I don't know of any historical artwork where mail is directly touching the skin. Also, leather armor shouldn't be too common. I feel like that may be rare historically since layers of clothing is as equally or even more effective while being much cheaper than leather.
  8. The archery target seems a bit too anachronistic. Do we know that they were circle with red and white alternating lines in ancient times in any of the civilizations that are being represented in this game? Just wondering if we have better or more accurate options. If not, that's okay. It's threw my suspension of disbelief a bit, but I understand the wider audience also wouldn't know any better (assuming that red circles are a more modern invention).
  9. I think unique and unrecognizable is great to mod. As implied, there's a lot of focus on the later periods of Japan but not the earlier ones. One of the more interesting aspects of 0 AD is how it brings historical accuracy to dynasties that few would know about such as the Mauryan and the Seleucid dynasties. I think it's a great idea to bring less familiar versions of civilizations we've come to know to ROTE.
  10. Wow that's amazing! Can you link the museum or sites where you found the Wu Kingdom dao? I've always felt that there is a significant lack of research material (in English) done on Han Dynasty arms and armor. The Osprey books on China I heard are outdated and inaccurate. As a HEMA practitioner, the comparison to 15th century longswords gave me fairly good idea of the sword, actually!
  11. I love the straight edge daos! I've definitely seen those photographed and they fit the time period. In fact, they're used very often throughout Chinese history. e: I don't know about the length though. If experts think that's accurate (and being iron it most likely is). I've seen photos of bronze daos more often. e2: quick Google showed that iron jians swords were developed even before Han!
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leekfrith_torcs Thought you all might be interested in some recent archaeological findings in the time period of 0 A.D.
  13. A short, uneducated critique: compared to the previous versions, the new one is much better.
  14. Oh yeah, judging by the dating of the coin, you're in the clear of using that freely.
  15. This is one of the finest threads I've seen in this forum. Kudos to you! I've always wanted a Black civilization represented in 0 A.D., but the limited resources available was a huge setback. Even trying to search for some of these using my university's library system didn't provide much information. If you don't mind me asking, what is your background?
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