Seriously, there is NO limit for hiring 200 Ologs and just reck everything, except for servers where its banned to hire too many (but even there admins dont always find the "hidden" troops. anyways, this is another realism suggestion of me (seems like I cant do otherwise lol, barely made lore-suggestions). I think a great army takes great responsibility. they are YOUR troops so YOU must feed them.
Here's the idea:
chests: if you have a chest and put a itemframe with wheat on it, your troops can take out any item which they will eat (so dont put stone in it, they cant eat it, and they wont use it).
hired units like wargs will eat food from a "bucket" or trough (horsy water thing, can be found at cowboy salloons Yeeha!)
if you have a chest with a mug (empty) on it your troops will get drinks out of it. dont give them too much alcohol before a battle, especially not the archers. (are drinks stack-able? that would help alot)
3 stinking days...: if your troops will only get 1 sort of food they will complain, no one likes maggoty bread for 3 stinking days! we want meat! waiting too long causes desertion.
feed us feed us!: if you wait too long your troops will desert, yes even elves. or they will call it "going to the sea, where there is plentiful food in Valinor". This also works with drinks, you dont need to give them alcohol, but in ME that seems like the drink which is the easiest to find?
inventory: your troops will have an inventory where you can see their food, due mod mechanics I think its the easiest if that inventory will only include food.
sorry, I dont eat this: elves will reject any kind of meat
orcs will reject any kind of vegetables and fruits (so not bread and meat)
men will reject anything which you wouldn't eat either (maggoty bread for example)
dwarves wont reject vegetables, but you cant variate between vegetables to ease them, they need meat from times to times!
vegetarian men: sorry you wont survive Middle-Earth
wargs: meat only
amount of food: hobbits eat twice as much as men
wargs and uruks also eat twice as much as men
elves eat 3/4 (75%) as much as men
ologs eat 8 times as much as men (saw their body mass?)
the rest eats equally to men, also dwarves who already eat alot with a smaller body than men.
next to mine there are things suggested by others
[possible Future expansions]
EDIT: (creds to AlteOgre)
- If one is to hire troops, on has to place a dedicated food chest somewhere. This will be your personal troops food supply chest. As you mention, this can simply be done with an item frame with wheat in it.
- As soon as troops are hired, they will consume their food from that chest, but only when you're on-line, at a rate of about 10 hp per MC day ate two predetermined times of day: dawn and dusk, when they'll eat at least 5 hp worth of food (dependent on what they can get their hands on). When they run out fo food, you will get a warning which will grant you one MC day before the troops will desert you. if you're too late, or only supply part of the required food for next feeding, all or part of the troops desert.
- Any food item will do, except drinks.
- If your supply chest is broken, same mechanism will be activated as when it has run empty.
IMPORTANT: ALSO READ ALTEOGRE'S OTHER COMMENTS, CRUCIAL ASPECT ON THE MECHANIC SIDE OF THE SUGGESTION!!!
did I miss anything? notify me in the comments, kudo's welcome!