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Unit preview: Ancient Siege Ship

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Creation & Customization' started by aaglo, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. aaglo

    aaglo Furioso!

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    Hi all.

    The series of antique ships are about to be continued. And as usual, You may be a part of the creating process.

    This is the current shape of things. As many may notice, it's just basically two ancient triremes with a wooden platform connecting them, and a siege tower on top of all this ridiculous lump.

    But as far as I know (and a few www sites), these ships actually existed.

    Now, this picture is not the game unit size, so don't worry.

    Any suggestions and ideas for the graphics (and stats, but they are not important at this stage) are welcome.

    About the attack animation what I had in mind:
    - no rotation (duh!)
    - catapults throw rocks (or cows - :worship: Monty Python) from the holes of the tower
    - flaming arrows from the top of the tower
    - NO RAMMING ATTACK!


    Additional question: should the tower be made of wood or stone?
     
  2. Yoda Power

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  3. MarineCorps

    MarineCorps Explosion!

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    That is one odd ship. Cool looking at the same time.
     
  4. Steph

    Steph Multi Many Tasks man Retired Moderator

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    Hmmm.... Instead of a wooden siege tower, could you make a giant wooden rabbit? Then I do Lancelot and I will.... err... No that's not a good idea. Let's try with a badger instead.
     
  5. Steph

    Steph Multi Many Tasks man Retired Moderator

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  6. Kinboat

    Kinboat Conan the Librarian

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    What about flaming arrows from the windows and a catapult on top... I think a stone tower would've been too heavy to float... Also maybe make the tower less substantial. Break it up with more little windows or skip a beam every once in a while.
    I always imagined the tower being in the center when I pictured these things... maybe just a balance issue (don't want all that weight in the front) but I looks fine where it is.
     
  7. LBPB

    LBPB Chieftain

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    YEEEEEEEEEEEEPIIIIIIIII

    aaglo is starting to work on the roman siege ship !!!!!!!!!!! :) :)
     
  8. LouLong

    LouLong In love with Rei Ayanami

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    Yep, looks like a double quinquereme siege ship to me. Not very common but pretty nice. It would have the 'ignore city walls for attacks from the seas' if that existed :D .

    Otherwise it is just a beauty ! And will fit in prefectly well in the Punic Wars scenario.

    Now since it is a siege ship, the ram is not only not needed but it would make approach difficult IMHO.
     
  9. Madeira

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    What about just one of those triremes without the tower? ;)
     
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    he already made that:p look in the unit section
     
  11. Amenhotep7

    Amenhotep7 Spartiate

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    aaglo-
    You must hurry with this unit! Puhleez! You must hurry! For every second it is not out, I melt with anticipation! I'm melting! MELTING! Aaaaagghhhh!

    P.S. I know the ATG crew will love this one.
     
  12. aaglo

    aaglo Furioso!

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    Hi,
    thanks for the comments :thumbsup:

    Some replies & thoughts:
    - I could shorten the rams, but not remove them entirely. There were rams in these ships according to some pictures. Besides, without the rams the ship would look even more ridiculous.

    - I will do some fine-tuning to the tower itself (add small windows and supporting bars, ect.).

    - That flame arrows from the hatches and catapult on top sounds quite reasonable. The idea I posted was based only on my poor imagination - I have no idea how this ship actually worked :D
     
  13. Amenhotep7

    Amenhotep7 Spartiate

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    Question: How did this thing float? Wouldn't the tower make it too top-heavy? Still, I like it. I like your last two comments:
    - I will do some fine-tuning to the tower itself (add small windows and supporting bars, ect.).

    - That flame arrows from the hatches and catapult on top sounds quite reasonable. The idea I posted was based only on my poor imagination - I have no idea how this ship actually worked

    Do u have any idea when it will be finished? It looks like it's about ready now, since you showed that preview pic. Great job! :worship:
     
  14. aaglo

    aaglo Furioso!

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    Well, the ETA of this unit would be between 24 - 48 hours, I suppose.

    Well, I think this thing floated pretty well, considering that the tower was hollow and made of wood. The tower being in the front is balanced by the long rear - so it won't sink so easily ;) (i think).
     
  15. Amenhotep7

    Amenhotep7 Spartiate

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    That's what I as thinking after I posted and took another look at the preview.

    Question: ETA???
     
  16. Zeekater

    Zeekater hasn't been using drugs

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    don't be impatient, aaglo's work is worth the wait :D
     
  17. Amenhotep7

    Amenhotep7 Spartiate

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    That's not what I meant. What I meant was- What does ETA mean?
     
  18. Zeekater

    Zeekater hasn't been using drugs

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    ETA= estimated time of arrival IIRC

    --> when it will be ready
     
  19. aaglo

    aaglo Furioso!

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    Yep, ETA= Estimated Time of Arrival.

    Well, ETA for version 2 is about 0 minutes.

    Here. Comments are still very much wanted ;)
     
  20. Ossric

    Ossric Hedonistic Ruler

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    looks great, but how does/will it look compared to the other naval units? (size wise)
     

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