Well, this should be interesting. I've been using version 1.251 for awhile now (I found your mod through some obscure reference and I ended up at the link for 1.251, I shoulda backed up and checked the forum.), I was just starting to get bored from sitting in my castle on Mommy diffculty as a Peasant Revolutionary, with about 12000 Death Knights having a lovely little picnic in my backyard. There's always some idiot running around in the area that they take a liking to and they won't bloody go away! But anyway, I say this should be interesting since I don't even knw if this'll run or not! I have a rather irritating situation where I'm stuck with playing a ported version of Warband on a Mac.(Surprisingly, it actually works with mods. Unsurprisingly, it crashes a lot.) A decent, if two years old Mac. Commence the crashing and the frustration!!!!
I've been turning over the Aleph tweaks in my mind. I love them -- they are a signature part of this mod -- but there seem to be two problems that want resolution.
The first problem is the ability of players to exploit the limited flexibility of the AI to react to intelligent use of a player-controlled Aleph.
The second problem is the crushing firepower of massed Alephs in a marshal's kingdom army.
I'm really unhappy with the staggering cost of getting and using an Aleph in 1.6 -- quite frankly, I no longer use Marnid at all. Top tier troops are more effective for the money.
Some private testing (I added gold to an exported character to test this) showed really encouraging results solving problems 1 & 2 by simply reducing the rate of fire of the Aleph cannon to 30. It makes them less of a game-breaking, tactics-killing tool while not changing the basic functionality and usage. I feel like a slower rate of fire would lessen the need to make them so expensive to use in order to balance them.
I think you should remove the "male" modifier thing on some of the armors. Some like, the vaegirs bronze and steel armors can be, but some (Forgotten exactly which ones), like coat of plates etc. should be neutral. I haven't come across having to force anyone to wear a different gender armor yet (As the problem mostly occurs when you need to equip females with very heavy, e.g plate armor). That said, i'll still try to force on a green dress on Borcha sometime.