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  • Maybe try staying on-topic and talk about GW and the Old World project instead of telling people what they can or can't watch online to meet your moral standards? Stuff like this can make a thread toxic fast, so let's not go there.

  • Cataphract or something like it was actually in the running for the mounted beast's name, back when the concept for the unit was still in flux. I thought the reference to Byzantine armoured cavalry would have been fitting. We settled on Arena Beast later, to better accommodate all kinds of monsters people might use for this model and for the implied arena/Fetthis connection.

  • Quote from arwaker: “Just to be picky, Germany technically didn't exist in that time, it would be the Holy Roman Empire. ” Off-topic: a nation is not a state. Germans didn't magically spring into being when the empire was declared after the Franco-Prussian war. German people have existed for thousands of years (with that term used to refer to them). People living states that currently exist don't necessarily subscribe to that state's identity, if it has one to begin with. Lots of historical and …

  • Quote from Fleshbeast: “The problem is that the use of Roman naming is so heavy handed that it feels like i'm aping a historical with my rats. It's fine to use those influences, just don't use the exact same names as every single part of the real world inspiration. I'm not suprised BGT argued over it. It's incredibly destructive to the immersion and utterly lazy world building. ” As I've said before, it's not Roman but Avrasi terms that are being used. The adoption of Avrasi culture is crucial t…

  • The use of the eagle symbol in the vermin military is there to give them a cultural connection to Avras of old, the human fantasy culture featured in the world hymn (allied with dwarves, brought down by civil war and possibly by alleged vampiric manipulations), a culture the vermin have adopted and strive to emulate. Yes, it's partly based on Rome, but many fantasy cultures draw influences from real-world history. Do the people who dislike the eagles for the real-world influence want EoS to be l…

  • Quote from Vulgarsty: “Renaming "Plague Disciples" to "Plague Cantors" (I popped this in a separate thread, but I think it is more relevant here.... I think this feels a bit more thematic and more "Roman" any thoughts? the idea of shuffling hordes of Cantors intoning their dirges resonates a bit more than "disciples" which weren't really a Roman thing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Schola_Cantorum_of_Rome - an yes I realise this medieval Rome we are talking about here but the Latin thread is strong.…

  • If by elite you mean well-organised and able to work as a team, then yes, the Romans were 'elite' in that sense. But they were just people, not especially stronger, taller or more skilled than Gauls, Britons, Germans, Greeks, Carthaginians, Parthians, etc. There were no racial distinctions with regards to military/physical matters like we have between men, elves and orcs in real world history. If you look at Roman history, there are plenty of examples were the cultures I mentioned above massacre…

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  • Quote from bas_2312: “I agree, please change the Vermin names! My post was aimed at the linguistic analysis behind all the silly names. What does it matter where the name Legionaires originates from, it matters what images it brings to mind. ” What would you want them changed to? Right now they are rooted in T9A's background for the Vermin Swarm faction. Would you prefer more generic names like Ratman soldier, Vermin commander/politician, ... that don't suggest any background?

  • Quote from Ghiznuk: “They had lists of elven words, but did they actually design the language from the bottom ground up ? Anyone can just draw a random list of words, but how do they actually connect with each other, how do they evolve from each other, is a totally different matter. Also, I've never ever seen any glimpse of a connection between Dark-Elvish and High-Elvish, for example, it always all seemed random. Is it part of a linguistic system, or are they just that, a random list of elven-s…

  • Quote from Ghiznuk: “But I have a feeling that GW didn't really consider crafting an actual elvish language and just came up with random names that looked good on paper but without ever thinking about they were meant to be pronounced or what they actually meant. ” They did, all the elven armybooks had sections on language and the elven runes that tied in with the names of places and people in the setting.

  • They're talking about phonetic sounds now. It's an international set of symbols that represent sounds which are in turn applied to languages and other alphabets to help people understand the sounds they're supposed to make. Very few people actually know it (I know of it, but don't know the pronunciation).

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  • Quote from Shlagrabak: “Like a few others I do lament the fact that house Sicara has taken a backseat! ” The Shadowfurs are affiliated with House Sicarra. I wanted to have every major House be present in the book. It's hidden in the special rule, 'Sicarran Smugglers', but it's there. Centurion would be more appropriate for a unit champion, but sadly they don't get their own names anymore. A centurion led around 80-100 men into battle. Vermin armies can be much bigger than that. Consuls are the h…

  • Quote from Mandavar: “Quote from WarX: “But current approach is much simplier then you suggest. Unit's have only rule names in profiles. 'FiER(2) if Steadfast' is not a rule name. ” "Cohort Coordination" is not a rule name for all players besides VS players either. That is exactly the point. ” I think all armies have unique AWSR.

  • In this proposed 'democratic' system, who would actually do the work of writing the lore? Who would read books, follow courses, listen to podcasts to get a deeper knowledge of the history and mythology that serves as inspiration for the background?

  • Quote from Zwei: “You are right. Trial and Terror sounds weird ... the abbreviation does not. "Im going to use the Deepfire Thrower with TnT!" ” Nice, I never saw it that way. I'm going to use your abbreviation . Every weapon used to have an 'Overcharge (unique flavourful rule per weapon)' rule, but we streamlined it into one general term because it was decided not to have the extra stuff in brackets that had no effect on the rules. Since 'overcharge' or 'overload' wasn't applicable to all weapo…

  • We use 'vermin' and 'ratman/ratmen' interchangeably to refer to them as a race. House Stygia also falls under the main vermin culture, which is based on ancient Avras (in turn inspired by later republican and imperial Rome). Of course, all houses have their own specialization, but the main ones present in the book share the same culture in a broad sense.

  • Quote from Cam: “How did the team get away with calling the Pope a ruinous dictator? ” I would like to point out that the office of Pontifex Maximus was a Roman rank in a classical pagan religion long before Jesus Christ was born and St. Peter became the first Pope. Julius Caesar was perhaps the most famous Pontifex Maximus. Quote from Ondjage: “I dont see an problem with taking inspiration from real life religions and I think the catholic references are really cool ” We tread carefully around r…

  • Quote from Bogi: “What!? Because the models that we have are not the same? What is the point of people on the LAB all liking this and other similar posts? Bunch of merry men getting together to defend each other. There is nothing funny or anything constructive to like here, it is just asking a question, which is fine. Is this a game by the gamers for themselves or for other gamers? If it is for others, at least for some, this is an important issue, obviously it keeps coming up. Add a unit, easy,…