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I'm working on a simple re-skin mod that will give the Ptolemaic faction's native Egyptian units (such as the female citizen and the Egyptian pikeman) darker skin tones through mesh-swapping. As of this morning, I've managed to get the female citizen's re-skin working, but not the re-skin for the pikemen, and I need to change the unit icons as well.

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it's like an black people...like an nubian... im not good at ptolemic egypt's history but it's citizen class was nubians??

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32 minutes ago, destro said:

it's like an black people...like an nubian... im not good at ptolemic egypt's history but it's citizen class was nubians??

I'm using the Kushite textures and meshes for this re-skin simply out of convenience. They are supposed to represent indigenous Northeast Africans like the original Egyptians.

Anyway, here's a screenshot of my next step in the process. I finally got the Egyptian pikemen to look the way I want them to.

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33 minutes ago, stanislas69 said:

Ptolemies are not supposed to be black tho. :)

I only changed the ethnically native Egyptian units though. The Greek, Arab, Celtic, etc. units have not been changed.

I admit though, if I were aiming for greater realism (and to differentiate my re-skinned Egyptians better from the Kushite units), I'd give them a reddish mahogany-brown color like you see in most ancient Egyptian art. But that would require a lot of time-consuming texture-editing, so instead I went for simple texture swaps in the .xml files.

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There is actually a very large corpus of colored Ancient Egyptian frescoes, by the Ancient Egyptians themselves. Skin tones vary wildly from a very light, yellowish brown to a very dark reddish brown. Reddish brown is by far the most common skin-tone. As for the Ptolemaic roster, of course all the Greek and Galatian units should remain white. As for the female citizens and native troops, some melanin definitely wouldn't be out of order, although "Kushite black" is definitely too dark... 

If you're interested in improving their skin-tones for historical accuracy sake, I'd suggest, for "native" troops, something like 1/10 black, 4/10 reddish brown, 4/10 yellowish brown, 1/10 white. The black representing resident Kushite populations (quite a considerable group, apparently, even as far north as Alexandria), the reddish and yellowish brown representing native Egyptians, and the white representing Greeks and other light skinned peoples from the Middle East and Europe that weren't necessarily part of the ruling classes or nobility. 

While on the topic, after careful consideration ( :P ),  I'd like to suggest a similar more reddish brown skin-tone variant for a few Kushite units. Especially the Napatan temple guard and Napatan priest, could have about 1/2 reddish brown. Currently it's more a "faded" lighter brown instead of the reddish tint.  

If you want some Sub-Saharan ethnic flair, the "Nubian archers", a Ptolemaic mercenary unit was removed a few years ago "under dubious circumstances"... Another really attractive Kushite mercenary unit for the Ptolemies would be the "Aethiopian Axemen". At least 3 Ptolemaic and 1 one Roman (or also Ptolemaic) period figurines survive from Egypt depicting Hellenized axmen with Sub-Saharan features. 

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The Ancient Egyptians through their own eyes:

Basically, some of them looked very Middle Eastern/North African, some of them looked very Sub-Saharan/Horn of Africa, most of them were something in between. Not surprising from an Afro-Asiatic speaking population on the crossroad between Africa and Asia. One thing is clear, Ancient Egyptian women were drop-dead gorgeous! Yowza! 

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I decided to go ahead and create new, reddish mahogany-brown skins for the native Egyptian units since I didn't want them to be confused for their Kushite analogs. Here are some re-re-skinned Egyptian ladies. Now, onto the soldiers!

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