i saw a video in which in order to upgrade a troop you needed a horse. if this means that you can need the equipment (at leas the major piece) to equip your troop when you upgrade them, then this would be like how you wanted it at first. i noticed that some features that were in the game in closed beta have been removed now that it is early access, probably because they need some polished or bug fixing, hopefully things get sorted.
P.S. good to see you back, i come and go myself. the forums aren't what they used to be.
Well… you actually do not parry with the crossguard, but with the blade… but yeah, blocking a twohander with a shortsword should be really hard - but that goes without autoblock too!and maybe on a weapon that is used? something like wider cross-guard means better block? that would help crafting as well