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Actually, the situation really is not as bad as described here.
Strelets has 3 ancient sets in the pipeline.
M091 - Caesar Army in battle Set 2
M077 - Spartacus Army
M110 - Spartacus Army before battle
M110 seems to be part of the next release batch in june.
The masters for M110 & M077 are looking excellent. :+1:
That said, I‘m fully supporting the request for a good range of Byzantines.
Recently I read a lot about “glaring gaps“ in the hobby, for example napoleonic french infantry, Scots Greys or WWII british paratroopers... all reasonably covered in 1/72.:face_with_rolling_eyes:
At the same time the different periods of the powerful & important Byzantine Empire (~330 – 1453) are largely untouched. More than 1100 years of significant impact on european & near east history, that really is one of the most striking gaps in the hobby.
Additionally, the list of possible enemies is quite long: Vandals, Goths, Longobards, Awars, Huns, Bulgars, Rus‘, Arabs, Sassanids, Seljuk Turks, Normans, Crusaders, Pechenegs, Ottomans, ... .
Further additions to Strelets very nice (later) Rome & Enemies range would be very welcomed as well.
Classical & Diadochi Greeks + Enemies could also use a much wider variety in 1/72.
Plenty of room for many more ancient figures to come, even without venturing into all too esoteric areas. :wink:
I agree totally with some wishes of my precursors and have to add still some others
We are missing still more ancient soldiers:
Marching/resting hoplites and light helenistic infantry
Diadoch soldiers especially Ptolomies for Pompeius and Caesars campaigns
Early Byzantines (5th-7th century) - useful for the early arab conquest and late persian campaigns
Huns - the huns of Hät are useless giants
Early Roman/Italian Armies as they have a very specific style...
The 3rd century AD for Rome is not covered by anyone I think, most of whats available does early(maybe up to 125AD) or late(post 300AD) but not the middle, though you can perhaps convert some later Roman troops too some extent, essentailly you'd be looking at a mix of old and new with different clothing, helmets etc.. oblong scutums with trousers...
Think here the siege of "Dura Europos" and the Sassanids...
Too many Romans, need the diadochian armies, more macedonians for Alexander's campaigns, hoplites, more ancient Indians, I think Persians are covered good though but there is a big gap for the Successor states period.
I absolutely agree with with the findings/suggestion about the 2 big 'hole'
Byzantine Empire (large area with a lot of colorful sets)
Successor States (from Macedonia via Egypt and Seleucids to Bactria and e.g. hellenistic City-States with a lot of different sets: infantry, cavalry and - important - war elephants)
These will open complete new collection ranges.
I'm pleased to see that some other people feel that the lack of Byzantines is a big hole and hope that one day it will get filled. Another thought that has occurred to me is the situation with late Romans. Obviously, another manufacturer quite comprehensively covered them but the sizing and quality of the sets is incredibly variable - nice heavy infantry completely dwarfed by medium infantry and really soft detail on many of the other sets. Although I bought that other manufacturer's range, I have not made much progress in painting them and organising them as an army as this variable quality demotivates me. I would love to see Strelets cover the late Romans with a full range of figures of much more consistent size and quality. There could even be a bit of a crossover with mid-period Byzantines.