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Robin Hood

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Courtjester1
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Version: The Conquerors
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This unit was designed for the Robin Hood Conversion Pack, but may be used for whatever you want. Credit me if you use it.
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Mashek
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Rating
4.5
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions4.0
'Robin Hood' is a mod pack that replaces the elite plumed archer and plumed archer with the infamous outlaw of Sherwood Forest. The file was designed for the 'Robin Hood Conversion Pack', which is currently under-progress in our Scenario Design forum. It is available only through 'the Conquerors' as the file details read above.

USEFULNESS/NOVELTY: Despite there being countless dozens of projects made about Robin Hood, no one had ever actually thought of making a mod pack depicting the infamous outlaw, at least until now. The mod pack 'Robin Hood' comes out of a long tradition of good, notable works by the author and this is no exception. The unit is very creative and more than useful for Robin Hood-themed projects, if not very capable of featuring in anything else the designer has in mind for it. It is indeed better to use this than simply employing Ensemble Studio's uninspiring version of Robin Hood, which offers the designer little usefulness except a carbon copy from the standard longbowman. From the robin's feather protruding from the outlaw's hat, to the green garb, the mod pack offers the designer unique novelty value and the chance to accurately depict the Sherwood archer for the first time in a decade of AoK. 5.0

QUALITY/INSTRUCTIONS: The unit is made entirely from scratch using the 3D figure animation program 'Poser'. Not for some years has anyone ever really attempted doing this, let alone successfully, and the author's addition to our mod pack collection at the Blacksmith is a more than welcome addition. The quality of the unit looks and feels like it belongs to Sherwood Forest, and fits in notably well with the rest of 'Age of Kings'. Since his upload of the 'Danish Halberdier', the author has maintained a high standard and talent for realism with his works and 'Robin Hood' is clearly evident of that long tradition. Still, even the best works have flaws and I have just a few complaints that I feel detracts from the unit a bit in one way or another. While the unit certainly looks the part, it does indeed seem a little too large when compared to other units from AoK, particularly when contrasted with a longbowman. The over-sized boots are an obvious point here, and remind me of something cartoonish, or was it Link from Zelda? Another problem was the unsmooth transition I encountered when watching the unit slide from walking to standing, which seems to flicker noticeably for a brief instant. Hardly warranting too much attention, all this can be fixed by almost any keen modder, as the author has included a number of .slps so mod pack creators can play around with the unit a bit. The author has also included clear instructions on how to install, and an .akx file so designers can jump straight into the editor to test the unit. 4.0

CONCLUSION: While in my honest opinion still needing some final touches, particularly to fix the problems mentioned before, 'Robin Hood' is still a very well-designed unit and technically ready for designers to start using. All we need now is the 'merry men'.


In a sentence - A very high standard model, Robin Hood scenarios just became much more believable.

In closing - A highly-recommended download.

[Edited on 10/03/12 @ 07:45 PM]

Possidon
Official Reviewer
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions5.0
This unit was requested by me for the Age of Sherwood Conversion Pack as Robin Hood/Outlaw.

Rating: 5
Courtjester1 has created quite a few units at a very high standard and this new Robin Hood unit is no exception. It has outstanding graphics which blends into AOK perfectly. Again Courthester1 has used Poser to create graphics for Robin Hood’s new Attacking, Dying, Walking, Standing and Decaying graphics. There are many Robin Hood scenarios and campaigns out there in the blacksmith and this new unit will make the scenarios not only more believable but more enjoyable and more convincing.

There are two ways of installing this mod. The first and easiest is the .akx MPS Install Script and the second way is to use the SLPs and choose which unit you want to replace. However to use this Mod Pack you need to use the .dat file provided. This doesn’t affect anything apart from the number of frames of the unit.

Along with the great graphics and great installation devices is the beautifully made icon that Courtjester1 as implemented into the mod. It fits in really well with the unit and adds a big impact into the unit and adds a bigger effect.

Additional Comments:
A great new and unique unit that has many uses and also blends in extremely well with the rest of the game. A great Mod Pack. Courtjester1 has done it again!

Thanks again for designing this for the Age of Sherwood.


Possidon

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Rating
4.8
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions4.5
Statistics
Downloads:1,648
Favorites: [Who?]2
Size:1.25 MB
Added:08/20/10
Updated:08/21/10