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luca_nic
06-16-2015, 08:57 PM
What about the NPC minions? As I could see in the early gameplay, even if there was a samurai factions against a knights faction in a european castle setting, the minions of both factions were helding shields; however samurai didn't use any shield, so my question is: Are the minions "map-based" or "faction-based"? If they are "faction-based", why did they put shield on Samurai minions soldier? Do anyone know anything? What do you think about it?

CarbonBox
06-17-2015, 01:49 PM
there is a difference between a knight and a solider.
a knight is a high rank warrior and a solider is just a solider with a weapon and a shield.
in the same way a samurai is also a high rank warrior but their soliders are still soilders and they would have a weapon and a shield.

i could be wrong tho. im no historian

MisterWillow
06-17-2015, 09:36 PM
in the same way a samurai is also a high rank warrior but their soliders are still soilders and they would have a weapon and a shield.

Their point was, I think, that Japanese soldiers didn't use hand-held shields in battle after the advent of the samurai caste for a variety of reasons (http://samuraiantiqueworld.proboards.com/thread/28/use-shields-japan). In warfare, they used somewhat mobile barricades, but never shields in the same manner of European knights (or Vikings).

The shields in the gameplay video, however, are historically accurate (or nearly so) to pre-samurai hand shields used by Japanese infantry.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/95/Jidai_Matsuri_2009_572.jpg/800px-Jidai_Matsuri_2009_572.jpg

I imagine they did this to keep from having to redesign a moveset for a group that's supposed to be a secondary focus to the player.