CATW 03: 10 Years

The old historic Classical Age: Total War (CATW) overhauled.

Sooooo... What about that ?
If you want to play the very, very first CATW here you go. Try catw 03!
What's in this for you ?
The first fully working catw version back in 2008, completely revamped for the tenth anniversary, 2018.
This includes:
-All traditional vanilla models reskinned (at original size so light)
-Tons of new historical accurate units
-Using only vanilla models from BI and Alex in complement, so still light.
-Custom and campaign fully working for all factions playable (including senate and slave)
-Tested on RTW/BI/Alex.
-New buildings (carthaginian habour and socii barracks)
-New strat models
-New RS2 environment and vegetation.
-Working Historical battles

How to install

1-Unzip the catw03 folder, by using 7zip:
2-Move you catw03 folder in your current destination: Alexander or RTW-BI
Ex: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Rome Total War Alexander
Or: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Rome Total War Gold
3-Then just use directly the shortcuts inside catw03, make a copies to the desktop, drop them on the desktop.
They are all tailored for Vista/Seven/Win 10 types of installations and works with steam.
4-Enjoy. They are all tailored for Vista/Seven/Win 10 types of installations and works with steam.

How to Swap Unified Rome/Roman families

By default, the game featured the Roman Families for the late civil war struggle, at least on 3.4 To change it to Unified Rome you have to go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Rome Total War Alexander\catw03\data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign folder or your own path depending on your installation, then change "descr_strat.txt" to zzzdescr_strat.txt" or whatever you wish and rename "descr_strat - Unified Rome.txt" to "descr_strat.txt" and delete map.rwm to regenerate the campaign at next launch

Notes: Due to the game using new revamped banners and symbols from catw 04 and catw 05, strat banners for the roman families can look a bit odd. Sorry for the inconvenience but i'm unable to edit .dds files anymore. RTW seems too old now for Win 10. heck, Rome II is already five years old.

Featuring the traditional Roman split into three families, set on Vanilla map in 270 BC.

About this version

Classical-Age: Total War (CATW) is a mod designed on the basis of Rome: Total War. It goes back to a simple reskin project dating back from 2006. Since the release of the demo beta2a in French in September 2008, the official English version beta2 has been postponed to find a valid map. Catw 03 is in fact a solution for a fully playable campaign, as the former beta 2 (catw02) was only custom-battle playable, catw 03 revert back to the original setting to be fully playable in campaign and stable, on all three bases (RTW, BI and Alex). It's very light, due to the use of normal size skins and vanilla, low-poly models, most from RTW, but some from BI and others from Alex.

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Next steps:

-Mundus Magnus map elite 1.2 (if possible, it's only for BI now)
-Darth IA
-Add minor settlements (former towers)
-Unified Rome and Galatians, Illyrians, Pergamum.

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New (November) 7z version June 7z version


ArmeniaHAYASDAN (Armenia): A small kingdom well protected by the foothills of neighboring mountains, both Parthian and Scythian incursions, as well as a Seleucid empire that already has much to do with its distant borders, or a very young Bridge empire born of old satrapy only two years ago. At that time, Armenia was subject to the authority of the Orontides, related to the ancient kingdom of Urartu. They were not related to the Hittites, but rather to an ancient Thracian-Phrygian tribe who settled further to the east. The Greek influence was important and only strengthened afterwards. The Armenian army is described as a balance between infantry and cavalry, the latter being quite imposing. The infantry was composed of pikemen, assault troops recruited from among the mountaineers, and archers. The composition of the ancient Persian armies was naturally found in part. The cavalry included mounted archers and skirmishers as well as an impressive cavalry cavalry.

belgaeBELGAE: The Robust and impetuous Belgians described by Caesar as "the bravest of the Gauls" are in fact a population that has as much to do with the Celts as with the siblings... The Belgians were also good navigators and had invaded and colonized the south-east of britannie where they had settled permanently. The Belgian troops, unlike the autochthonous Bretons and the Germanic ones in the east, were well equipped, "in Gallic", with helmets and ribs of mesh, in particular for the richest warriors and the nobles. It differs little from other Gallic armies, except for the large proportion of heavy swordsmen and an absent cavalry, replaced by tanks. The latter had a very particular tactic, quite different from conventional tanks.

IllyriansILLYRIOI: Interesting faction and rarely treated in RTW, it had indeed been submitted quickly enough to the Romans, following a taste for piracy that had caused the Senate to a quick and radical reaction. The illyria in 300 BC is a patchowrk of peoples, some of whom are connected to ancient Italic tribes like Venetians, others more frankly Celtic, in contact with the Boiens and Pannonians, others more Greek, in contact with Epirus and with Macedonia. Robust and fierce, like the Thracians, bellicose, poor and robbed, the Illyrians had quite strong connections with the Greek world, more probably than the Thracians. Unification would be created at the very gates of Greece, a very powerful kingdom... The Illyrian army had an interesting mix. Although desolate, it ranged a great variety of troops according to the target peoples. The Celto-Illyrians of the north-east for example, had a clearly Celtic equipment. Most of the peoples being further south, in immediate contact with the epirus, were described as having an archaic Greek-style equipment, with bronze armor and a very specific helmet of a model that had been outdated for centuries. There were hoplitic phalanges, but most of the fighters remained skirmishers-swordsmen. Because of the mountains, the cavalry was small and of aristocratic essence..


KART'HADAST (Carthage): True empire in 300 BC; jc., she possessed a quasi-naval mastery of the western Mediterranean, and a network of trading posts and prosperous trading colonies along the African coast, from Cyrene in Libya to the Hercules columns, as well as south of Iberia. The founding cities of Syria, Tire, Biblos and Sidon, were not long ago lighthouses of Phoenician culture. Carthage, with its famous military port, the most modern of its time, its three walls on the land side, was said to be invincible. Its wealth was such that it could recruit mercenaries in impressive numbers. The Carthaginian army underwent mutations between 300 BC and the first Punic War. The African troops were composed of hoplites-citizens carthage, those colonies (Liby-Punic), then equipped with peaked helmet and bronze armor. These forces were complemented by Libyan and Libyan pikemen and Libyan and Numidian javeliners. There was also a hard knuckle of Cathaginian cavalry and Numidian light cavalry. With the Barcas, the Hellenistic influence was more felt, and the army of Africa opted for the phalanx and more modern equipment. It was added during the campaign of Hannibal, Iberians and Celtiberians, Gauls and Italics.

GetaiGETAI: Getes are (for some historians) the direct ancestors of the famous Dacians who gave so much trouble, some 350 years later, to the Emperor Trajan. For others, it was a neighboring people to the east of the Carpathians, which was invaded and conquered by the Dacians to the west and the Scytho-Sarmatians to the east. The mixing of these populations would give the Dacians that we know. The Gète society was typical of the ancient Indo-Celtic ancient civilizations. It was divided into castes between the priests (who were fighting if necessary), the nobles (tarabosts), and the peasants (komati). The last went bareheaded, hence their name "hairy" while only the first were entitled to wear a cap, red for the nobles, white for priests. Dispersed in small farming communities, Getes counted in the event of war to take refuge in the numerous citadels of stone built in well studied places. Getai are also considered a Thracian people, it was in any case by far one of the most powerful, with influences coming as well from Celts, siblings, as Scythians very close to the other side of Tanais. The army includes a plethoric infantry mainly of assault and ambushes, with many javeliniers and archers, supplemented by some bodies of heavy pikemen fighting in phalanx, and a powerful noble cavalry completed by many mounted archers.

PtolemiesPTOLEMAIS: Without a doubt one of the most prosperous kingdoms, the old Egypt of the Pharaohs had, after a long Persian domination, benefited from a real revival under the regulated cut of the Macedonians. Thanks to its wealth, its fleet, and an impressive network of alliances, as well as cities including Asia Minor and even Thrace, the Ptolemaic empire founded by Ptolemy son of Lagos knew only two enemies, the Kushites to the south , and the Seleucids to the east. Syria and in particular the rich Coile-Syria was the subject of incessant fighting. The Ptolemaic army was a mozaic of peoples with a Greek-Macedonian hard core, most of whom were settlers, the clerics. Beside, Egyptian native "native" auxiliary troops, generally called "machimoi" and descendants of mercenaries installed on the spot, whether Thracians or even Galatians, were used. Finally many mercenaries were engaged, some Greek, other Galatians, Nubians, Ethiopians, Syrians ...

HaeduiAEDUI: The Eduens was one of the two great Gaulish confederations, grouping to the immediate south of Parisii, a certain number of tribes under the authority of a single Vergobret. This confederation was intended to defend against the incursions of Sequanes to the east and to counterbalance the powerful Arvernes in the south. The Aedui army was fairly classic, of ancient Celtic character, with a plethoric assault infantry and heavy aristocratic cavalry. Their equipment, however, was considered inferior to that of the Arverns, which comprised the principal metalliferous deposits and the best blacksmiths. The light troops did not wear helmets, much less tack, and short swords were quite common. The Scute was of course their usual shield. The helmets of the north of Gaule had a particular style, they were simpler, round instead of being in point, with large neck-covers and guards. The coolus is a typical lightweight helmet. The Agen and the Port are reinforced variants. The Romans later adopted these models of helmets.

SuebiSWEBÖZ: The Suevi were a confederation of tribes from the center of upper "germania" on the shores of the Baltic. It was a generic term for many of the tribes of the interior. There was little talk of the Suevenes before Caesar, when they took part in the Ariovist expedition, and again when they crushed a Roman legion in the first century at Teutoburg under the orders of Arminius. The Sueve army is numerically strong, vigorous and aggressive, but poorly equipped. Only a few nobles have helmets and armor, most imported from Gaul or East, and the Suede warriors are known for their hairstyles, their famous knot that distinguishes them from slaves. The bushy vegetation and the reduced agriculture of these lands make them primarily an ambush infantry, not a pitched battle. For the war of ambush, they mainly possess javelins and piles, clubs and other rudimentary shock weapons. Axes and swords are rarer, but generally used by older and experienced warriors..

BosporosARCH BOSPOROS: The Kingdom of the Cimmerian Bosphorus, located in the Crimean peninsula, was a prosperous country, studded with Greek colonies. This prosperity came from fruitful exchanges between Scythians and Greeks, especially Athens. It was also the first state "helenistic", including a colorful population speaking the same language, and a culture of Greek essence. In 300 BC his sovereign was Spartocus III, of a Thracian lineage. It is around the area of ​​influence of this kingdom that the majority of kurgans (Scythian royal tombs) are located and many Maeotians and Scythians settled. A new threat, however, began to emerge, that of the Sarmatians, and the Scythian nomads of the north never gave up conquering the kingdom, which went into crisis around 150 BC, coming up against the Bridge. The Bosphorus Army is a mixture of these influences: The main cities, such as Panticapaeum, had a heavy infantry of the hoplitic type, supplemented by light and upright pikemen, as well as many Scythian archers and a powerful cavalry, also provided by the Scythians sedentarized, as well as mercenaries from neighboring countries, including Thracians.

MacedonMAKEDON: In 300 BC, Macedonia was managed by relatives of Alexander, Antipatros and his son Cassandra. The kingdom remained powerful and wanted, as legitimate homeland of the diadoques, an arbitrator within the quarrels of succession. Taken in the turmoil of the wars of succession however, the kingdom entered troubled times in 297, being difficult to maintain by demetrios I, then in 277 by his son, Antigonos II who founded a long and stable dynasty, that of the Antigonids. As a cradle of the Hellenistic civilization, will Macedonia take up arms again to unify the ancient empire of Alexander? The Macedonian army is an almost "universal" model in 300 BC; It includes a heart of heavy phalanges and auxiliary light troops, but also many Greek mercenaries. Of course the cavalry of the aristocratic hetairoi remains the spearhead of the Macedonian tactics, well complemented by a medium and light cavalry often recruited in Thrace, the Thessalians being practically "integrated" within his army. Little has changed since Alexander..

Galatians or ArverniARVERNI: This Gaulish confederation is undoubtedly one of the most powerful that has ever existed. The heart was the Arverne people "those who live near the Aulnes", was also one of the richest of Gaul, mainly thanks to the local metalliferous industry. The country was a major exporter of helmets, armor and swords, and their fighters, probably the best equipped. Their client-states were numerous around, ranging from Rutenes to the south, Carnutes to the north, through the Bituriges, Lemovices, Segusiaves, Cadurques ... The confederation made especially speak about it during the Gallic Wars, taking the head of the revolt against the Romans with Vercingetorix. The Arverni army was quite comparable to that of its neighbors, apart from the fact that its professional warriors were practically all equipped with helmets and a lot of armor. These were just as good in bronze, as the most modern ribs. They were already manufactured in 300 BC. I know it's the cattle and other Gallic transalpine that made them known to the Romans...

SyracuseSYRAKUSAI: The proud city of Sicily was without a doubt one of the most powerful and influential Greek city-state of its time. It had neither the cultural and commercial brilliance of Athens or the Spartan martial valor, but a wealth and a military and naval power which went far beyond the framework of Sicily itself. Syracuse was considered impregnable and was very well placed in the south-east of Sicily, to control the trade routes between the east and the west of the Mediterranean. As early as the 8th century, it was in the grip of the Etruscan empire, then with Carthage for the domination of the Mediterranean west, and in this game Rome did not weigh heavily. The Syracusan involvement in the sack of Rome in 390 following the defeat of the Allia is very likely. In 300 BC. it was ruled by Agathocles, tyrant and impressive warlord. The Syracusan army is comparable to a classical Greek army, composed of hoplites, and supplemented by "psiloi" of lower extraction. But the bulk of his strength is provided by the mercenaries, whether they come from Corsica or Sardinia, like the famous local archers, the slingers of the Balearic Islands, the Sicilian javeliniers, and especially the southern Italians, Osques, Bruttians, Campanians. Like Carthage, which was her great rival, she was able to fight in Africa itself, as in the time of Agathocles.

PontusPONTOS: The Kingdom of the Bridge was founded in 302 BC. by Mithridates, who had served Antigone side one-eyed. The kingdom was based on the ancient territory controlled by the satrapy of Kios in Mysia. It was the only remaining part of the old Persian empire to survive alongside the diadoques until 64 BC. The bridge was led by the Mithridatids, and enjoyed a certain prosperity thanks to trade with the Black Sea and control of some ancient trade routes to the East. After the fall of Lysimachus of Thrace, she had the assets to win in all Asia minor. The Pont army is a clever mix of troops inherited from the ancient Persian empire, like uprooted mountaineers like the ancient Takabara, massed pikemen, and archers, but added a Macedonian phalanx and a heavy cavalry, including the cataphracts of Cappadocia, the most dreadful of Asia Minor. With time, his army became even more beautiful and his influence grew, until he was defender of the Hellenistic world against Rome..

EpirusEPEIROS: The epirus was a mountainous region in the north-east of Greece and populated by rural Greeks (like Macedonians, considered as "semi-barbarians"). There was no real political unity for a long time because of the lack of a great city before the Molossians, the dynasty of the Eacids, a relative of Alexander the Great by Olympias. In 313, Pyrrhus's father, Aeacides of Epirus, was recalled to the throne and lost his life fighting Cassander of Macedonia. The country became a coalition of tribes, led by a Molosse, Pyrhhus, from 306 to 302, then again from 297 where he rebuilt the kingdom of Epirus. He reorganized the army on the Hellenistic model. The following is well known. In 300 BC the Epirote army was unconvincing, formed of hoplites and peltasts who served for a long time outside as mercenaries. Reorganized by Pyrrhus, it was a first-strike tool, which was the best in Hellenistic army, with knuckles, heavy cavalry, and elephants added for its expedition to Italy.

Scytho-SarmatiansSKYTHIA: Famous and ancient nomadic tribe of the east, the Scythians had a reputation of barbarism even exceeding that of Thracians ... They were known and appreciated by the Greeks as mercenaries, archers on foot or mounted, just like the Persians. In the past around 600 BC; they had launched a massive raid, which from the shores of the Black Sea, would lead them to Egypt ... This people of Iranian origin, famous for the excellence of its riders, was the master of the steppe, north from the Black Sea and between the Black Sea and the Caspian, a confederacy of tribes long unbeaten. In 300 BC, however, she had to face a new threat from the Caspian, the Sarmatians. The Scythian army obviously uses its mounted archers as their first strike force. Mounted nobles are often very well protected, and the use of Greek helmets and armor with scales is typical. With time, the Scythians had begun to settle on the banks of the Tanais as the Black Sea, or to live in the Bosphorus. A consequent Scythian infantry has developed.

Arche SeleukiaARCHE SELEUKIA: It is in the hands of its founder, Seleucos I, companion of Alexander, that the empire that bears his name knew its widest extension, going as far as Anatolia and Syria. His successors can not prevent this empire from cracking, except Antiochos III megas. Although possessing the stranglehold on some profitable commercial routes, this empire was a giant with clay feet, never able to prevent the splitting of its satrapies far away from the pressures of their neighbors, in particular the Parthians. The Seleucid army is a mixture of Macedonian-type conventional troops to which mercenary, auxiliary, and powerful elephant troops report. Galatians or Scythians, "Persian" troops were able to be part of it during the campaigns against the Ptolemaic Sovereigns, notament for the control of Syria. The "Persian phalanx" dreamed of by Alexander was never realized, except lifted and trained punctually in times of war. Like the other Diadochi, the Seleucids trusted only their Greek-Macedonian settlers.

BoiansBOII: For the first time presented by a mod on such a map, the Boiens were a Celtic people, of ancient origin, probably descendants of the first Celtic invasion of the center of Europe. They passed the Alps and settled in the Po plain, driving back the Etruscans who were never able to repel them. The Boiens, if one sticks to their name alone, extended over a vast territory, from the south of germania (bavaria), to pannonia (hungary, moravia, slovakia), and the transalpine and cisalpine sapling. It was a constant threat to the Romans, the Gauls themselves, but also the Illyrians, the Macedonians. The Boian army is plethoric if one sticks to its geographical extension, but essentially this Celtic for the most part, with interesting changes and adoptions of neighboring countries. The "alpine phalanx" is one of the Etruscans. The choppers were also numerous, and the way of fighting could differ from north to south.

IberiansCELTIBERI: The Celtiberians were descendants of the Celtic invaders who passed the Pyrrhena around 400 BC, bringing with them the culture of halstatt, although with time, they adopted the Iberian culture, hence their specific evolution. They were pastoralist tribes protected by an aristocratic and warlike elite who settled in the center of Iberia and slowly subjugated the west, driving back the indigenous Iberians to the south as well as to the east. Naturally, they made a lot of talk about them with Hannibal's campaign, which made him his main infantry mercenaries, his most reliable and valiant troops. The Celtiberian army is of course Celtic origin, but given the vast territory governed adoptions of its neighbors were common. In Catw, practically all types of Iberian infantry and cavalry will be available in addition to Celtiberians..

SPQRS.P.Q.R: The Romans do not show up anymore. In 300 BC their situation was much better than in the past. 90 years had passed since the sack of Rome by Gauls. But Italy was far from being submissive. To the north the Etruscans still survived the assimilation to the Boiens. To the south, the Samnites and the Osques remained valiant and formidable adversaries. Even further south, the Greek colonies could raise a mighty army, or call on their neighbor (like Pyrhhus). The Roman army experienced a slow and profound pragmatic and remarkable evolution that led it, almost naturally, to dominate the ancient world. The reformed army under Camille already possessed the triplex acies, and succeeded the old Hoplitic Etruscan phalanx. Under the successors, during the first Punic War, this "triplex acies" defensive was simplified for flexibility, equipment as tactics being reviewed deeply by Scipio in Iberia. Finally, under Marius, she became standardized and experienced her most profound change.

The ThraciansTHRAIKE: The Thracian realm is not often mentioned in the TW mods, at least in the historical sense. In 305 BC he was led by a brilliant officer, Lisymachus, a former somatophylax of Alexander. It was an empire that extended as much in Thrace as in Asia Minor, in 282 it reigned over Macedonia itself. As a result, it was difficult to maintain and his death in 282, the empire was dislocated between rivals, the Thracian return for a while to Ptolemy II and Philip V. The local kings of Thrace remained relatively independent, including the Odrysae. The goal is therefore in catw, to preserve this empire between Europe and Asia ... The Thrace army under Lysimachus does not only include a Macedonian hard core (phalanges and heavy cavalry) but also more auxiliary troops directly from the local kingdoms of Thracian subject to his tutelage, as the Odyses, but also for a time, Asia Minor. A variety that made it rich despite the dubious loyalty of some of these troops, compensated by mercenaries.

EleutheroiELEUTHEROI: The independent peoples of the earth. A variegated mozaic extending east from Hibernians (ancient Irish) to Garamantes in the Sahara, through the Sarmatians in the East to Indo-Scyhes, Parthians, south and southeast Arabs, Meroites, Numidians, Nubians, and Sabeans, Celtic North and Germanic peoples independent of Europe, and Italics, including Samnites ... This faction is in principle not playable, but as an opponent, it is more than formidable and its many "micro" -factions "well provided with troops and aggressive, will calm the conquering ardor of the most voluntary...