Friday, 8 March 2013

Details for upcoming Cathay update

Going to be focusing fully on Cathay from now on, seeing as they are the oldest of my army books without an update. Unlike Nippon, Cathay won't have huge changes in terms of units, as I am quite satisfied with their current selection of troops. There will however, be a few new units for you to play around with:

Brass Titans (pretty much their giant monster, which Cathay currently lacks)
Field Engineers (which will be able to choose from different weapons like hand mortars, fire bombs, sky rockets, and flame throwers)
Some kind of monstrous cavalry (on daemonic frogs. I'm not kidding.)

Apart from new units, there will of course be quite a bit rules changes, mostly in the form of nerfs to the War Machines like Dragon Cannon and the Fire Arrow, who are really overpowered at the moment (their rules were initially written for 7th ed).
The background will get a major overhaul, as I'm not really satisfied with their current history section (way to many names to remember during the Three Kingdoms era for instance) and there aren't many entries that coincide with the rest of the Old World, not even the mentions of Cathay from official sources. This will probably take a while to rewrite, so it might slow down the project a bit. That said, starting March 15, I will have 3 weeks off from university where I will have ample time to work on the list.

9 comments:

  1. Giant...forgs?

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    1. Frogs, yes, giant frogs. Do you have a problem with that? :P

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  2. Idk yet. I'd prefer to see the finished work first before having a problem with anything.

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    1. It's just a joke referring to a famous New York saying, I'm not trying to be rude or anything ;)

      The "demon frogs" are partly based on a piece of artwork I found online, and partly on a type of enemy from Jade Empire. Seeing as Cathay is lacking in both Monstrous Infantry and Monstrous Cavalry at the moment, I figured I should try to rectify that (they do at least have some monstrous beasts in the Foo Statues).

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  3. Looking forward man! I love the Cathayan army. What are your plans on the Strategems?

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    1. That section is pretty much already done. It will mostly see some trimming down to fit them all on one page, and rewording a couple of them a bit to better fit 8th ed.

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  4. One thing I find while playing the Cathayan army is the lack of high strength attacks. I mean, it can throw out tons of S4 attacks, but that's about it. Are you going to change it or is this part of the design philosophy?

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    1. The Cathayan army was partly designed to have more speed than strength in its human troops yes, but the addition of the Brass Titan and the new MC will give you some more punch in combat with strength 5/6. So you will have some more variety in that department coming up.

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    2. Thanks for the reply! Looking forward to the release. Quality work from you, as usual :)

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