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I quit/give up waiting for new ancient/medieval set!
HÄT is already for such a long time 'out of the biz' (how many year we have to wait for at least the 2 remaining Sassanid sets or the Pyrrhic elephants)
and now Strelets announce huge amount of new sets BUT no ancient or medieval.
Only Company is in the moment Linear-A with interesting ancient topics.
... and RedBox/Orion/Alliance with promising fantasy sets
I bought four of the Linear B Command set II, with the "Varus, give me back my Legions!" casualty figures of Romans and Germans. I think they are excellent. Very nicely detailed sculpting and go perfectly with Strelets' Romans. They also go well with all of the most recent Roman movie themes.
What I miss being able to buy are the EVO / LW smaller soft plastic ancient Catapult and Ballista. They were perfect for our 1/72 sets - not too big and easy to make conversions. They must have been limited runs. But right now I'm busy with the newest FFL and Boer War Brits. We waited a lifetime for good sets of those - and well worth the wait! :slightly_smiling_face:
Caesars Babylonian would be real interesting, but probably (and unfortunately) never will be realized (like their Chinese cavalry sets)
Speak to anyone in the business (toy soldiers) and they will tell you the sword and sandal types are the slowest sellers, interestingly I was in a brick and mortar shop the other day, this week, one of the few left in this neck of the woods, but have to try and support it even thought it`s almost three hour round trip, anyway they had about thirty boxes of 1/72 figures , wild west cowboys and Indians, and sword and sandal types, spoke to the guys in the shop, those figures have been there for years untouched and unsold, and it does not encourage them to buy new 1/72 figures even though they are obviously missing the best sellers, WW2 and Napoleonic.
Zvezda did many Ancient sets, and they sold out! figure's pose, sculpting, mould quality is the King
We are making few lines of sets simultaneously and we don't want to spread their delivery for years. Inevitably, we have to give priority to these lines, even with out 30+ sets/year.
Having said that, there will be other ancient and medieval sets in the not so distant future. No further details at this stage though.
With that comment; I've noticed that these things seem to run in cycles. For a few years there seemed a drought of Napoleonics as other eras were being produced by the several main companies. For awhile it was WWI; Strelets produced an extensive Crimean War range. We see "Colonial Conflicts" being addressed by several companies and for the last year or two Nappies have flooded to the point it's difficult to keep up with all the great sets.
What SR has just told us confirms that in my mind. The Ancient cycle is coming - hopefully I (who reluctantly had to limit my range of collecting) will get the break I need to catch up on my painting all these great sets that have come out.
bring on the Ancient and Medieval!!! and take my money.
I think the first set, that we may see next from Linear-A, will be their Amazons set (which according to their website is in "production started" status as of May 2019):
Amazons are like London Buses, you wait for ages and then half a dozen come along at once... :smile:
Would rather see Dahomian Amazons (the real deal) or at least Scythian dressed ones... surely now theres five different sets on the market theres room for them as well? :wink: