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===[TASK]=== Current issues with Celtic units and guideline for the next


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9 hours ago, Carltonus said:

The Gallic heroes are still a bit fantasy [and the] temple is still not really accurate.

Boudicca has a bronze girl-chested armor which is both fantasy and inaccurate:


Caratacos has the weird belt from its concept art, which is conan the barbarian -like stuff:





Cunobelin is less problematic but he has weird leather straps (purely decorative) over the body and with buckles (belt buckles are actually something the Romans popularized, the Celts used belt hooks and rings), there is also a Roman fibula on the shoulder (the penannular fibula appeared during the Roman empire) and the wooden scabbard that should be in metal and on the other side:



Vercingetorix still has a round shield (which isn't accurate), the scabbard on the wrong side and a weird belt:



Viridomarus uses the Battersea shield (which has been found in UK), a bronze fantasy cuirass, a weird animal pelt and the same problematic wooden scabbard:

Finally the temple... isn't really looking like a temple:


Honestly, you could use it for anything else and you wouldn't see the issue. There is nothing telling you it is a temple or any building with a religious function. This could be a storehouse, barracks, a noble house, a military camp etc.

The building isn't bad, except for the round shields, but it is super generic and unspecific.

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1 hour ago, Genava55 said:

There is nothing telling you it is a temple or any building with a religious function. This could be a storehouse, barracks, a noble house, a military camp etc.

If you hadn't said anything I could still happily think of it as a temple, now I'll be irritated whenever I see it :)

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12 hours ago, wackyserious said:

@Genava55 How about this one?

Much better. The fibula with the lambda is a bit odd but that's a minor issue and a great improvement


8 hours ago, Stan` said:

I wonder if the fortifications are mandatory.

The ditches are unnecessary. In fact, most sanctuaries simply follow the concept of an enclosed perimeter, many have ditches but not all have it.

8 hours ago, wowgetoffyourcellphone said:

Right, but what kind of religious props could it have*? 


*That would be "obvious" to players.

Well, there are some examples there:

Wooden statues and other wooden figures, weapon trophies, small shrines... I am pretty sure that something like Roseldorf's experiment would be obvious to the players:


On 11/03/2021 at 7:37 PM, Genava55 said:

I added in a post above a translation of a German article about a semi-academic reconstruction of a sanctuary in Austria with the addition of elements from other sanctuaries.

The original article with the references and the bibliography (I scrapped them for readability):


You can find a critical review in English of their work:


Some pictures to give you some motivation to read it:





8 hours ago, wowgetoffyourcellphone said:

Maybe something like this? 

A chainmail would be more accurate or even unarmored but with beautiful clothes.

4 hours ago, Carltonus said:

Thought the Battersea shield was made around or before the time of Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain? Isn't that used as a votive offering?

The site of La Tène with its dozen of swords, shields etc. is also a votive offering.

Votive doesn't mean non-functional. The old school interpretation of nonfunctional and ceremonial weapons isn't favored anymore. First of all because we are finding more and more decorated items with visible marks of use.


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5 minutes ago, Stan` said:

But it still has to be enclosed by wooden walls doesn't it?

I would say yes, this is THE feature of those sanctuaries, there are walls separating it to the outside world. And those walls weren't in stones. It can be wooden planks or clayed wattle and daub walls. 

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My initial suggestion was that the Battersea shield be a prop addition to the Brythonic temple or other structure. But since you insist in a combat use, let it be equipped to a proposed hero before or during the time of Julius Caesar's invasion, if any.

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15 hours ago, Genava55 said:

beautiful clothes

Not helpful.


On 02/12/2021 at 3:07 AM, Stan` said:

It could look like this basically. (Didn't make it @Sundiata did. I wonder if the fortifications are mandatory.



For the new unit texture, now that you're back @wackyserious maybe you could help?

EDIT: Scabbards are easy to fix. Just XML work.

I like this a lot. The existing temple could be some kind of capturable map object.

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21 hours ago, Carltonus said:

My initial suggestion was that the Battersea shield be a prop addition to the Brythonic temple or other structure.

It could be too. I interpreted your message as saying this is a ceremonial item. But as a prop it is also plausible.

8 hours ago, wowgetoffyourcellphone said:

Not helpful.

The idea of beautiful clothes?

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8 hours ago, wowgetoffyourcellphone said:

No, I meant "beautiful clothes" with no visual references for what you mean doesn't help. :)














And about the adornment, bear tusks pendant are plausible for Britain:


Glass beads too:


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