This is a lore-friendly mod which REPLACES all Guard armour in all nine holds with models imported from The Witcher II.
AS A REPLACER THIS FILE WILL WORK BEST WITH A NEW GAME.
Guards were quite short-changed in Vanilla, basically being given Stormcloak armour with different colours. Not the best if you're a guard facing down a Stormcloak charge and get mistaken for the wrong side... This mod creates a unique look for each hold, based on its prosperity and history. Solitude guards swan around in expensive half plate and ceremonial helms, whilst Morthel guards must make do with old maille and battered roundshields.
All guard armour is CRAFTABLE. However, before you can craft it, you have to find old discarded versions of each hold's cuirass. CLUE: check the barracks' and guard houses in each hold. This will unlock all crafting for that hold. Some require unlocks and the more expensive armours require ADVANCED SMITHING.
Solitude: Full (bodyguard only) or half plate, ceremonial helmet, pavise shield, ADVANCED SMITHING
Markarth: Half plate, pavise shield, ADVANCED SMITHING (not for helmet)
Remaining helmets: STEEL SMITHING
Riften: Maille and gambeson, pavise shield, blackened helm, IRON SMITHING
Whiterun: Maille and gambeson, pavise shield, IRON SMITHING
Windhelm: Maille and gambeson, pavise shield, IRON SMITHING
Falkreath: Maille and gambeson, round shield, IRON SMITHING
Dawnstar: Maille and gambeson, round shield, IRON SMITHING
Winterhold: Old maille, kite shield, IRON SMITHING
Morthal: Old maille, round shield, IRON SMITHING
Author: TH3WICK3D1, LordOfWar