This Swiss Pikeman was requested by Kor for his mod "Age of Chivalry". I realize that he is a very specialized unit, but I'm sure that someone else could find a use for him. You can use him in any mod/scenario you want, just so long as you give me proper credit.
Unit modifications are overall quite rare - not since the halcyon days of modding, when mod pack studio was all we had and editing data files was out of the question, have many original unit mods been released. Since more or less the time Wildfire Games left AoK the majority of new units released have been either modified AoK units or units imported from other games/mods for other games. It is therefore more than refreshing to see Courtjester1 releasing new unit graphics, based on original 3D modelling work, for this old yet timeless game.
I must admit that this unit was requested by myself, but that does not in any way alter my perception of it, or the rating I am giving out. Quite frankly, 3D modelling is a rare thing to see for AoK, especially of such quality: many older modelled units tended to look good, but did not fit in very well with the graphics of AoK, which made them far less useful than they could otherwise have been and has caused many of them to be merely gathering dust in the Blacksmith. Yet Courtjester1 has managed to produce a unit that not only fits in with the AoK style graphics, both in palette colours as well as in animation and proportions, but also with the historical setting: I cannot be the only one who appreciates a Swiss unit in the game.
Furthermore, installation and use is as easy as could be wished for. Not only are the changed graphics provided as .slps (and the icon as a separate .bmp), those who merely want to use the unit in-game can simply load the .akx script (if they have Mod Pack Studio) to see it replace the Champion. That's possibly the only disadvantage of this mod: the replacement of the Champion is not the most self-explanatory, probably even the pikeman would make more sense. But this can hardly be considered a real flaw, and it is easily by-passed because all the graphics are available to the downloader to replace whatever unit he prefers.
Excellent and original unit graphics combine with ease of use for an exceptional mod pack. Let's hope Courtjester1 continues his 3D modelling work; even if he doesn't, he has already provided a valuable contribution to AoK's modding scene!
Possidon Official Reviewer
Posted on 03/07/10 @ 03:17 PM
Swiss Pikeman is a great mod pack by Courtjester1. It has two ways of installation. You can use the install script which replaces the champion or the SLP and choose which unit you wish to replace. It looks really realistic and has some great graphics especially dying graphics. It looks really cool and quite realistic and also comes with its own custom icon. The Swiss Pikeman is a great mod which looks much better than the stupid ES pikeman.