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  1. balduin

    African civs

    @Stan` can you create a repository in 0 A.D. mods. So, that @m7600 can upload his files directly to the 0 A.D. mods repository?
  2. balduin

    African civs

    @Stan` will you create a repository and the mod? Is there a way to help you? I know that feeling.
  3. @Lunari8546 any progress? What kind of mod are you planning to create?
  4. balduin

    African civs

    @m7600 you did some really good work with the African civs this spring/summer. Would you be willing to work together with @Stan` to make a new mod repository in github.com/0admods/? Or do you want to create your own repository somewhere else? I am looking forward to seeing some progress towards the African civs mod. Once the artwork is in the repository others can work together on the mod with you and help you to make the first version of the mod. The 0 A.D community is usually pretty nice and helpful.
  5. @Roburetto thanks. I might give it another try.
  6. balduin

    African civs

    @m7600 @Stan` did you already agree on making a repository on 0ADMods. I would be very happy to see the African mod moving forward. @Nescio already pointed out that all African civs should be in one mod instead of several as they do not fit 0 A.D.'s time frame.
  7. The current model of the defense tower is a blend of the Debre Damo bell tower (color/size), the chapel of Bet Danaghel (architecture) and the Gondarian defense tower (size). I think, @m7600 did a really good job on the defense tower.
  8. Keep in mind Amba Geshen and Amba Mariam used both mountains as part of their physical security design. They were not build to defend a city or palace. Maybe, you can incorporate Ambas in the mod, by making a fortress sitting on top of a larger earth platform. The fortress itself should have a gate, just like in the photograph and some buildings (churches, monasteries) in it.
  9. The Ethiopians had Fortresses on mountaintops. Amba Geshen was one. Amba Geshen was used as prison and to keep the imperial treasury. The fortress was captured by Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi, from the Adal Sultanate. The capture attempts and final capture are mentioned in the Futuh al-Habasha. In addition, Francisco Álvares described Amba Geshen. Today, nothing is left of Amba Geshen, other than two rebuild churches. However, during the British expedition to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1868, British soldiers took a photograph of the gate of Amba Mariam or fortress of Magdala [1], before burning it down. source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1867-68_Abyssinia_Expedition,_(47),_Magdala,_sentry_post_over_gate,_(Custom).jpg The walls around Amba Mariam, don't look very different from the city walls of Harar Jugol or walled villages. For more information have a look at the topic I posted earlier: [1] Mariam and Magdala are both a name for Mary, the mother of Jesus.
  10. Yes, that is exactly what I meant. Furthermore, the Yemrehana Krestos Church which was build 11th or 12th century. According to Wikipedia: source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yemerehne_kristos,_esterno,_01.jpg The Yemrehana Krestos Church is a couple of miles/kilometer away from Lalibela. The architectural style not an departure from the Aksumit style, but rather the next iteration towards the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
  11. I read your sources again, less tired than the last time. Yes, they most likely used chain mail to some degree. However, it is still surprising to not see them in the wall paintings or later photographs. Maybe, wearing chain mail a fashion trend during the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century. Do you know if there are any descriptions of archer in Futuh Al-Habasa or by Francisco Álvares?
  12. Why are fortresses so important to you? I do not see a problem having a faction which does not have fortresses. I agree with @Ultimate Aurelian. In my opinion the world is changing constantly. Civilizations rise and fall. Nations are created and disappear [1]. However, not all the buildings, traditions and cultural aspects disappear. They coexist with newer buildings, traditions and cultural aspects. During the Solomonic period in Ethiopia, there were buildings from the Kingdom of Axum, the Zagwe dynasty and the Solomonic dynasty. Because the world is changing constantly, I see picking a time frame and simply sticking to it for the purpose of a 0 A.D. mod as essential. Try to understand how the civilizations might have looked like during the time frame you picked. Simply get inspired by the historical and archeological references in the design of units, buildings and ships. In my view it is very interesting that the Ethiopians have such a wide variety of buildings, because they used different building materials. I would embrace the difference and make it part of the mod. [1] For example Sudan and South Sudan are pretty new nations, formerly belonging together.
  13. The Solomonic Dynasty and the Zagweans are both Christian dynasties. In my opinion the cultural change from one dynasty to another was very minimal. I assume the biggest change from one Dynasty to another was the bloodline of he Emperor. In addition, "The church of Genneta Maryam, which is traditionally believed to have been built by Yekuno Amlak" Furthermore, the Sacred Landscapes of Tigray has 121 rock-hewn churches dating anywhere between the 5th and 14th century AD. Rock-hewn churches are very common in Ethiopia. In addition, I think they survived over several hundred years, simply because they are build from the rock.
  14. I actually think they used some quilted cotton armors. However, I was unable to find anything definitive. Almost all the wall paintings from the Ethiopian churches show Ethiopian warriors without chainmails. Even later in photographs and engravings none of them show warriors with chainmails. However, what you see a lot with the Portuguese arrival is guns. The Ethiopians were very fast in adopting guns. What surprises me is, that the Ethiopians were more willing to accept weapons from Christian empires, than from the Muslims.
  15. Yes, you are right. Yes, you are right again. However, unless you implement the people from the Swahili coast, what ships should the Kingdom of Zimbabwe have? One trick would be make them mercenary ships from the people of the Swahili coast.
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