This new unit by Achesun is a stone throwing slinger unit. Created for an unrealised Dark Age mod, this unit can be used as a generic slinger unit in a variety of mods and scenarios.
Beyond the slinger from the original AOE and the one in AOG, this is one of the only slingers that I have discovered for AOK, and the first custom/user made one. This slinger has a good design that can be used for generic units in all manner of different capacities, whether that’s a dark age mod pack or as a generic soldier in a medieval scenario. The unit comes with a custom icon and player colour adding to its usefulness as well. One thing which I believe would help some users make better use of this unit it, especially newer models, would be to include a stone projectile for the unit. Whilst there is one in the game data somewhere, it would be incredibly difficult for a new modded to locate this, thus making it harder for them to use this unit correctly.
The unit is made entirely from scratch using 3D middling in Blender. This is one of Achesun’s earlier blender units, and is defiantly a step up from some of his earlier units made in Paint. The unit has solid animations and the graphics run smoothly. However I also feel as though it also looks a little bit unrealistic and cartoonish. It’s head and arms seem to round and it doesn’t blend well with the rest of the game.
Overall a nice addition to the game with some good uses, but a little bit more work required to make it entirely worthwhile and perfect.