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Rodmar last won the day on February 15 2014

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  1. I believe this site could interest some of you: http://earlyridinggroup.org/research_periodriding_romans.html
  2. For those who don't know and despair, Catalan is more close to latin than Castillan (and thus, more readable by a French-reading and Italian-reading people). It is still spoken in all the western Iberian Mediterranean arc and the isles (from Alacant to extreme southern France and Baleares): more than 10 million people speak Catalan. It is cousin to another Romane language that was the vernacular in France's southern third and a dozen vales in the Italian Alps. Causes are the strong and early Roman influence in the area, a much lesser penetration and integration of Germanic upper classes from t
  3. Yes, it's very interesting, and on the first page I soon as I read "chariot warrior" I was already thinking about the Meso-Americans depicting never seen Spanish horsemen as "centaurs". But the author won't meet my dream about a possible allegoric origin of the "giant" description for Goliath, and only explains how his armament is fully credible in the Near East context of the time (because the Philistines were not Sea People anymore). To exploit: Armor and weapon descriptions for charioteers and others.Philistine heavy chariot manned by *three* crews.
  4. Thanks to Megamania, the link for the Battle of Halzhorn leads to another fictional documentary in German : About last Werkingetorix's battles you can hear some modern archaeologists.
  5. It could be AoM with all the HiRes fan artwork? 3D corn fields, painted egyptian buildings, particle effects?
  6. I stumbled on 2006 National Geographic 49' documentary (and fiction), both in French and then the original version in English, but I found it was _sold_ on Amazon... so I won't provide any link, just Ggle "Youtube lost cities bible" It's a recap about the ancient and recent delves in the SE Dead Sea plain. It also presents an explanation about what may have occurred in this region, several centuries before those events were recorded in a writing. In short, they discovered two cities quite near to each other, both being burned to ash, one of them showing evidences of battle at a gate, and the
  7. Did you mind those maps ? ("mine" is a few messages past this one)
  8. I'd just want to give you here a link to an old Indian martial art. I think it could be used as a base to devise an Indian unit, in either Empire Besieged or 1000 A.D. This thread could be then used to discuss the faction. Beware, as it could be a-historical (the Gupta being a northern empire). This is based on the mythological origin of all the far-eastern martial arts, as being related in Wikipaedia. An Indian monk, Bodhidharma, came to the Shaolin temple in China by the turn of the 6th century A.D. He eventually developed a spiritual-martial art derived from a pre-existing Indian martial
  9. I think they knew at least the "Wall of shields", to form a tight line to impress the enemy, and protect against cavalry and enemy self wall of shields, because a lone average warrior caught by this kind of line would be dead: it's a 1vs3. It would be nice not only to have various formation types but also various formation "durabilities". For the Celts certainly could hold the line until first contact but then you would tell the difference between them and more disciplined cultures. It should be the same for mercenaries: they should stick to their original culture's habits, not their master's
  10. "Saxons and Vikings on the battlefield..." how hard it is to see any difference between them, indeed! Thanks for the flickr link. Some nice eastern armors. Is this in Hungary? Also, what is Baranta? This place's name or as I found on Wiki, a martial art or criminal (raiding) activity?
  11. For a Theban faction, you should have Epaminondas as a hero, and the Sacred Batallion (ἱερὸς λόχος / hiéros lokhos) as a champion unit. Don't forget they got hegemony for nearly two decades in the 4th century, roughly between the Spartan rule and the third Sacred War (and the submission to Philip of Macedonia).
  12. But didn't a group of warriors move in straight direction when ordered? Very locally, a man would avoid an obstacle, but a troop in its whole would go through forest, bushes and other difficult terrain (they wouldn't run a mile in the opposite direction without being ordered so, or without facing an obvious impracticable terrain to cross). I feel like we are here at the boundary between boring, non useful, artificial micro-managing, and the reality of tactical orders, the spice of this game, aren't we? So, would it be possible not to include all the possible local terrain variety in the pathfi
  13. In short, the Ptolemaic army consisted of military colonists (sons of the Alexander veterans), Greek citizen under military conscription laws, and Greek mercenaries (Greek in the from Macedon to Anatolia meaning).
  14. This guy's videos are interesting in the sense that he questions established ideas. But he answers to himself in the second video: spears overarm are more practical in mêlée, when the shields come in contact, because the reach is shorter. In both videos he never tells about hoplitic formation. He only says that heroes on pottery are more than often depicted with spears overarm. So, either you dismiss the commune idea about hoplitic formation (and the famous shield bashing breaking bones, etc., as he does in another video), and you figure duel fights as if heroes (a bit like in some modern movi
  15. I think you are too harsh. Older times, older graphics, older engine, older AI, older hardware. However yes, AOE units did suck, but maybe not for the same reason for me. AoE was a fail the moment I realized all the unit sprites were the same. It was a total immersion breaking. A shame (how would have it cost to design a patch to correct the visual offense?). No way I could play the Yamato faction with its Roman-like swordsmen, for instance. In fact, I completed the well written and appealing campaigns, and then went with another game. I'm a poor chess player, anyways. As a result, I skipped a
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