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  1. @Sundiata, That is true, most of African history is in the dark. Another perfect example is Mali's back to back to back victory against the Portuguese Empire on sea(West African Coast). For all I know Portugal and Spain had some of the best navies back then but even this brilliant knowledge of history doesn't exist in "reliable" books. Are these Nile boats similar to Medium warships or even better? Will they be able to carry siege engines? Kush doesn't field artillery yet thus, her forces rely on ships that can deploy siege towers, elephants, B. rams etc to increase its military projection abroad. I hope that mechanism still exists because the other civilizations undoubtedly have stronger navies but the "siege craft carrier" ability of the Ptolmaic ship really quenched some stress. Same here. Ever since I saw their war vessels I've been digging in for more. But I'm shocked however that the bigger West and Central African empires didn't adopt artillery on a large scale similar to the smaller tribes or groups. I've not heard of the Ashanti Empire bringing cannons to the field but I do remember one of their kings signed a deal with the Dutch where they supplied slaves to be imported to the Dutch army in Asia in exchange for some number of cannons. Anyway, Kushite and sub Saharan ancient navies are yet to be properly studied and evaluated. But I remember from the translation of Piye's victory stela that the King was impatient and he commanded the Navy himself forming and leading a battle formation on sea. Other translations reveal Kushite ships vs Egyptian ships on the Nile "that were filled with all kinds of weapons of war". At the end of the war the Kushite king stated to have taken many many warships in Egypt. Kushite engineers even built causeways to allow their ships to encircle the Egyptian stronghold. These translations reveal a very sophisticated navy at the time, at least, on standard with those of the Mediterranean and Asia.
  2. @Sundiata, allow me to go off topic but do you have any book source that talks about the Naval warships of Kush? I heard they got some Ptolmey ships and employed it as part of their fleet (as seen in the game) but can you share a source? Ancient African civilizations seem to be lacking in information about their naval prowess despite the abundance of larger rivers and waters. I was shocked to see pre colonial West African ships armed with as many as 20 swivel canons and additional self propelled artillery. I have seen the images of the Kushite boats and crafts you shared but if you know any book that talks about the ships Kushites used; especially their warships or the Ptolmey's ships they obtained, please share. I however, read about Piye's 2 or 3 sea battles against Egypt (one where he arranged a battle formation for all his ships).
  3. https://books.google.com.gh/books?id=i54rPFeGKewC&pg=PA158&dq=Kushite+cavalry&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwicxdfGruDtAhWOSsAKHU58ApsQ6AEwAXoECAgQAg#v=onepage&q=Kushite cavalry&f=false NB: link leads directly to page. This book says makes a mention about Kushite chariots. It states that Piye ordered heavier chariots with the ratio of 3 men to one chariot.
  4. @Genava55 The battering ram has been accepted and ready for use under discussion at https://code.wildfiregames.com/D2815, the link you shared to me. However, is there an existing art for it? Or is the art going to be based on the rams of other civs.
  5. When day broke, at early morning, his majesty reached Memphis. When he landed on the north of it, he found that the water had approached to the walls, the ships mooring at [the walls of] Memphis. Then his majesty saw it was strong, and that the wall was raised by a new rampart, and battlements manned with mighty men. There was found no way of attacking it. Every man told his opinion among the army of his majesty, according to every rule of war. Every man said; "Let us besiege [it] .... ; lo, its troops are numerous." Others said: "Let a causeway be made against it, let us elevate the ground to its walls. Let us bind together a tower; let us erect masts and make the spars into a bridge to it. We will divide it on this (plan) on every side of it, on the high ground and ..... on the north of it, in order to elevate the ground at its walls, that we may find a way for our feet. The Piankhi Stela James Henry Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt: Historical Documents. (Chicago: 1906), Part IV 861 ff @Sundiata I don't know how this will help but I just noted that Kush had military engineers who were capable of constructing siege weaponry under fire or whiles battle was ongoing.These ranged from siege towers to causeways. In the game, I think the Greeks, Romans,(Persians?) have military workshops besides forts which are cheaper for producing such weaponry than fortifications. I don't really know how this helps tho. Also, the Noba camp and village are dope, however, I heard the archers are of two types; flammable arrow archers and non flammable. Why not replace the non-flammable arrows with crossbows?
  6. @badosuI saw a video on the Athenians and the player was able to build colossal statues of Athena. Is just that he didn't explain how. Is it possible for civs to build statues? I've tried with Athens myself but; no results.
  7. @Stan` @elexisPlease how do we build statues and sculpture works? I've been at it for a while now.
  8. I'm not sure about the upcoming update but new game features might arrive sometime in the future, let's hope so. However in my opinion, some civs should have all their ground units ranked. For instance, some civ archers should be better than others, some civ Calvary should be better, some war elephants should be better trained, some cavalry and chariots units should be faster or heavier than others, some civ infantry units such as spearmen should be more tactical than others. It could go like; Romans have aggressive sieges, Kushites have +? accurate archers, Mauryans the Elephants, Gauls have land superiority, etc. I'm not implying that the civs mentioned earlier have such tactical traits, I just want to give an example for better comprehension. It seems there are civs that are too strong gaping the others at light speed. Every civ must have a trait that makes it "strongest" among other civ units. Also, I believe that "artillery" didn't arrive at our doorsteps from the Greeks and that it was of practice elsewhere before.
  9. Of course. Kush's ambassador to wildfire games.
  10. @Genava55 Very true. But thank you so much for all you've done. You really helped in getting Kush as a civ on its own in the game.
  11. @Genava55 Unfortunately no. However, I'm not giving up yet . I hope archaeologist can break all barriers and enlarge our knowledge of Sudan one day. @Genava55 By the way, do you know if any artist is willing to design a Kushite battering ram or non royal Chariot unit before the next alpha update?
  12. Interesting enough, Arrian of Nicomedia described the use of war wagons by some Thracian tribes. Source; The Thracians 700 BC-AD 46 (Men-at-Arms) by Christopher Webber and Angus McBride, 2001, ISBN 1-84176-329-2, page 10
  13. @Genava55 The source is the book itself and other books but I can't share a pic or link. However, the crossbows were discovered along with other Kushite arsenal. Also, I'm not going to insist nor propose that the Kushites invented it, nope. Maybe they borrowed it later from Romans or Asians?
  14. Typical Etruscan house from the 8th century BC.Villanovan phase. Another 8th century BC home. Etruscan warrior in armor. Layout of Etruscan temple.
  15. They did but it was very short. The area was reverted back to Kush and Christian Nubia sometime later. @SundiataUnfortunately I can't find a free copy either and I'm still looking for a link. However, from my source, the page 138, stated it was used by Kushites because it was discovered along with a Kushite arsenal including armor, bows and shield and your usual Kushite weapons.
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