Could you make another variant, (in crafting terms) to allow people to summon instead of skeletons "humans"?? I mean, skeletons with the base player skin on a diferent troop maker, using (for example) leather, bones, "meat" and milk on a higher cost in manufacturing? Because 3 stacks of bones per skeleton soldier it's too high for the real use of it, the good thing is that you can make them level up, but they are not cost efficient in terms of resources (if we think this: each skeleton drops 2 bones, and we need 64x3=192 bones, we will need to kill 96 skeletons for building one AND (this part I love it) craft his equipment) :/ too costly... BUT just that
Also what about a cheaper variation who doesn't level up and, maybe, lower health?? You know, for cheap bulk cannon fodder??
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I know armies aren't supposed to be cheap, but the real cost comes from the upkeep and the weapons and armor material and manufacturing cost. Recluitment isn't USUALLY the costly part.
And in terms of pvp the skeletons are one easy target for the players who are capable of killing a lot of them easily for a high cost on bones, wich will lead to not recluit them, unless you have a bone farm, or your enemy has a crazy big army and you need one distraction... even then... wolves, a few bones, then zombie flesh in less time a bigger (yet stuppid and weak) army XD.
So about recluiting "humans" (better living things XD) what about if they need to eat from time to time an X amount of "hunger points/food items"? (automatically, or from a specific block/chest for avoiding losing all the food of your house in 5 minutes xD). That will make them not expensive, but impose a real problem for the big armies??
We will still have the self sustaining skeletons and the living troops, so you will be given the option to select the option you mostly need now.
And for recluiting living troops... Just one block and ofering some food?? At least for they to come, then you will need to feed them and equip them.
Also think... I could have an army of 20 unarmored skeletons, ooorrr an army of 5 skeletons full iron and with diamond sword/axes... the bigger cost will come from the 5 skeletons, just because their armor, but they will be the most usefull troops