Hei Guys! this is a followup of my other thread about the state of the italians.
i personally think both genoese crossbows and condottiero could use some help, and i would like to propose some option for a change, as currently these units are either one-trick-pony, or with very badly priced upgrades
GENOXBOWS: the castle age one is decent i think, but pricy, and slower than average to create (18s vs 16s) thus harder to mass. Big Problem is their elitè upgrade which just sucks for that cost. i would also like to double down on their strenght to make them unique, looking at the rattan archers, which have a great PA, but make Geno the MA counterpart. SO:
Genoese Crossbows get +1 MA or -2s TT
Elitè Geno Cross get +2 MA (total of 3 or 4 depending on the base unit but 3 would also be ok) and is a bit cheaper (like 900/650 instead of 900/750) and faster (45/50s instead of the current 60)
All in all, Geno would feel unique in the MA department, without changing the concept of the unit. it would just further emphasizes that theyr counter cavalry but leave a big weakness for enemy archers. Comparing it to Rattan it would seem more or less fine
CONDOTTIERO: a weird unit with a very unique niche which i like, but the niche is so slim that the unit seems very little reason to be used for italians. other civs might have better reason to use that i guess. it has the bonus of not needing upgrades, but aside from very early IMP, its stats are just bad compared to a generic champion which is both stronger and cheaper against anithing aside gunpowder. it is also one of the few infantry units without a bonus vs eagles.
-Condos get +4 bonus vs eagles. making them worse than Militia-Line but at least decent
-Condos get +1 PA, making them a tankier variant of the champions but much weaker in damage. would also further help agains handcannons, since they still take 17 since they have 0 PA base.
-Another otpion for an upgrade could be “Condottieri are affected by chemistry”. This would sinergize with italians UNI bonus, make sense with their gunpowder theme, and allow them to stay a bit more relevant in post-imp, while having to research a tech for it, and +1 attack would not break anithing i think