[Mod release] Imperial Guard Expansion: 2 new factions, new campaign, new intro, units and techs

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Aekar
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[Mod release] Imperial Guard Expansion: 2 new factions, new campaign, new intro, units and techs

Post by Aekar » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:50 pm

TLDR latest release here:

Download Imperial Expansion (version .03 - with Steel Legion, new intro and campaign)


Adds 2 new playable factions:
- "The Imperial Guard" (vanilla campaign, most new units)
- "The Steel Legion 47th Infantry" (new campaign and intro cinematics, mostly infantry units)


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This mod creates a new Imperial Guard faction which is expanded with new gameplay. For now it adds 21 New Units, 36 New Techs, 9 Weapons, many new buildings, and new abilities such as imperial doctrines and national decisions.

Since 0.03 it also adds The Steel Legion as a separate playable faction, and a new playable campaign and intro cinematics along with them.

New game goes up to research Tier 13 and also has superstructures, endgame buildings which occupy 3 slots.

The mod is currently being tested by all players who feel like it.
This means it could have crashes etc and not everything should be stable, but you can join the fun too :)


Unit List


Units include:
  • HQ Detachments such as the Astropath, the Master of Ordnance and the Ministorium Priest ;
  • Command units like the Platoon Command, Commissar, Company Command ;
  • Fast attack vehicles such as Bane Wolves, Devil Dogs or Hellhounds ;
  • Armored transports like the Chimera APC and Taurox APC ;
  • Missile vehicles like the Manticore and support artillery such as the Wyvern.
  • Light infantry units such as Conscripts.
Full unit roster and building roster available on our testing playground.


Objective


The mod and its new Imperial Guard faction aims at being a huge remplacement for the Astra Militarum ; you should hopefully never have to get back to vanilla AM. :P
It's made for all of us players to enjoy the game while awaiting further DLCs.
I like to expand released factions with much more content, this way I never harm potential sales and I increase our gameplay value.

It does not aim at being a uber faction or anything.
It should be balanced, though obviously will be more balanced with other factions from the same mod family.
It also tries to reduce minmaxing options.
Yes, using waves of conscripts as meatshield is interesting, but won't get you very far as well.
Yes, artillery bombardment is great on soft units, but you can't use it for 30 turns.
Yes, new leaders are great, but they are not hero and don't have refractor shield, they are squishy.

It could be played also in cooperative and pvp multiplayer.


Cons

- The mod is currently poor art-wise.
- Icons should be OK but do not expect great models. Simulation experts will enjoy the gameplay, but at first will not be at ease with current models. This is because I work alone on this.
- oh yes: and crashes. If you want something more stable just come back to play it later :)

Model quality will of course evolve in the following weeks and months.


Full Documentation

Download documentation (PDF)

The Testing Playground also has complete unit roster list.


Some examples


Faction Screen

One of the many factories:
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Tech Tree:
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A Manticore Unit:
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Some units (Hellhounds, Devil Dogs, Bane Wolves):
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Ten units per Platoon:
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Some doc excerpt:
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Superstructures:
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Master of Ordnance and one of his 3 skills:
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Ministorium Priest and one of his 3 skills:
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So where can I test this?


Latest release here:
Download Imperial Expansion (version .03 - with Steel Legion and campaign)


Old archive is here:
Download Imperial Expansion (version .02c - most stable - no Steel Legion)


Extract that into a Documents/Proxy Studios/Gladius/Mods folder.
Yes, you also have to create that "Mods" folder ;)



To report bugs just head to our Testing Playground to get started. This is a shared Google document.


Artists featured

Conscripts texture has been made by PotatoMcWhiskey !
Last edited by Aekar on Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:24 am, edited 2 times in total.

Aekar
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Re: [Mod release] Imperial Guard Expansion: tens of new units and new technologies

Post by Aekar » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:23 am

Update 0.03 released.
Updated first post with download link.
It's an alpha.

Latest release here:
Download Imperial Expansion (version .03 - with Steel Legion, new intro and campaign)

It adds the Steel Legion Infantry Regiment, it's new campaign, cinematics, and some new things.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/ ... 1492103654

But take care: it may have crashes and it lacks some of the new units.
Elements marked with (*) are in this version.


(*) - Adds a new faction: Steel Legion Infantry Regiment.
(*) - Adds a new 6 chapters campaign specific to this faction.
(*) - Adds a new intro cinematics (all credits go to youtuber Garrot! )
(*) - Adds a small tech layout for Steel Legion Infantry. It's temporary!
(*) - New textures for: Steel Legion soldiers, Chimera APC. Average quality.
(*) - New units: Armoured Sentinel (Armageddon's Pattern) for Imperial Guard and Steel Legion
(*) - Fixes an animation crash (fixed since 0.02c)
(*) - Fixes City Expansion upgrades.
(*) - Fixes most or all upgrades of:
Baneblade, Basilisk, Leman Russ, Lord Commissar, Marauder Bomber, Primaris Psyker, Tank Commander,Techpriest, Valkyrie, Wyrdvane Psyker.
(*) - An attempt is made to implement 1-unit-only limitation to Company Command. If it works, it will be extended to superstructures.


Update 0.031 still in the works.
Its changelog will be:

- New units: Heavy Weapons (Heavy Bolter), Heavy Weapons (Heavy Stubber), Heavy Weapons (Lascannon), Heavy Weapons (Frak launcher (AA) ), Mortar fireteams. Zets is helping on this.
- New units: Steel Legion Storm Troopers.
- Better textures for Armoured Sentinel, Chimera APC, Taurox APC.

Update 0.032 will include:

- New ability: "Dig in", available for all squad infantries (10 men+). It will add trenches to the tile and a defense bonus to allied infantry on this tile.
- New ability: "Make strongpoint", available for all heavy weapon squads except launchers. It immobilizes the unit but allows great resilience.




To access the old archive, it is here:
Download Imperial Expansion (version .02c - most stable - no Steel Legion)

If you want an almost no crash experience, go for 0.02c(no Steel Legion)
If you want the new campaign and intro cinematics, go for 0.03.

Please remember to set AI players to vanilla factions, to avoid the unexpected.

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