Is there a good reason why the Awlpike costs about twice as much for Vaegir than for Swadia now?
I made an Swadian & Vaegir Inf with basically the same equipement for demonstration:
- Helmets are basically the same
- Armor pretty much the same (bit worse for Swadia, but nicely balanced by better boots), while the upgrade to mail is much cheaper for Swadia
- both same gloves
- Scimi is a bit better than the Sword
- same awlpike
- comparable shield (best)
Swadian soldier costs 979.
Vaegir soldier costs 1815.
The same Swadian soldier with mail would be only 1546.
Of course, the balance for both factions also hangs on Archers and Cav - but the Swadian Cav is very good, and crossbow-archer depends on the situation, I think they balance out.
Well, first of all, scimitars are not "a little" better, they are alot better. Vaegir inf has spears and swadians have only awlpikes, if they couldn't get these awlpikes cheaper - they would be an easy target for any cav out there, and with their swords they would become pretty much useless.
Vaegirs can get lamellar vest that has a little less defence for a bit lower price than a brigandine, and they can even get alot better armour for bigger price, though swadians can also get really good head protection pretty fast. So the only advantage swadian inf has over vaegir inf is quicker access to good armour. I guess developers didn't give them spears but made awlpikes cheaper for a reason, this reason might be in their stats.
Summing up: swadians have faster access to good equip, but vaegirs hi-end equip is alot better while the starting equip is not that different. Scimitars are decisive here, they can damage alot better than even the best swadian sword and cut easily even through armour.
Vaegir archers are better than crossbows for the reason that they can reload alot faster, I don't know a situation where a vaegir archer of the same skill as crossbow could be worse. In the end, the only advantage Swadia has as a faction is it's cav.
I think devs could give swadian inf spears and war spears and make awlpikes cost more, but Swadia definitely does not balance out.