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Difficult question to answer as its often hard to predict what might sell well or not but everytime a manufacturer launches out on a new era or subject they take some risk. In this case we are talking about the largest relatively uncovered subject up to the 15th century so there must be a good chance of serious interest which ,if the produced figures are of reasonable quality, would generate sales.
Even if HäT did go ahead and finally make their Byzantine sets (which on current form would probably take them several years anyway) there is still room for more as its a varied subject which has as much potential for multiple sets as the Roman Republic / Empire.
For me personally, the Byzantines never sparked much romance, passion, or interest. One of my buddies always loved to play them. He usually beat the crap out of my Carthaginians.
What I would love to see is a big box or series on Palmyra, playing up the pageantry of Queen Zenobia's court, guard cataphract camel corps, and other exotic desert Arab troops. Going a little Hollywood would be fine by me.
I dream from byzantines, late antique, 6-7th century against persians, german tribes, arabs and civil war fractions....
Haha, sounds similar to my little collection. The Vikings are considering raiding the Aztecs, but Tecumseh's men may beat them to the punch! :P
I would buy Byzantine sets simply because they are very useful for most scenarios, but do I dream of them? No. My dreams have Tlaxcala warriors, Japanese Bushi, Genpei War Samurai, Hittite Spearman and charioteers (that are NOT based off Egyptian iconography, *coughCaesarcough*), Mongolian civilians (especially women), Ghanaian/Malian warriors for Sundjata's campaigns, and Sforza's adventures around Milano. My dreams are a little exotic though. But basically if they appear in an Age of Empires II campaign, I am interested. :joy:
I am very pleased to see the planned sets by Linear A but I don't agree that they are covering this range, like the Romans there are at least 3 separate eras and a huge range of troop types so what has been done so far and what is promised has barely scratched the surface. As for the decision to produce a certain set, you are right the choices sometimes seem to defy logic, I know there is always someone somewhere who will want some of the most esoteric subjects but there are some seem to have real stabs in the dark, for example I be very interested to know who bought Russian warrior monk artillery!
I believe that a couple of sets of Byzantines would sell quite well if folks simply knew more about them. At the height of their power, the Byzantines had faced several major powers in the region. Arabs, Normans, The Rus, several nomad tribes, and Turks. I have studied Byzantine history in depth now for nearly two decades and the stuff is brilliant reading if one is interested. For a thousand years almost the Empire stood against all enemies and weathered them each in turn. Ultimately it boils down to which period or periods would get a produced. The Justinian period was certainly busy with the re-conquest of so much of the former empire. I believe though that we could still use Late roman figures for this period (just my opinion). For me the real period of Byzantine greatness stemmed from about 900 till 1100. Here you get the battles with the above mentioned factions. I would love to see them produced but know better than to get my hopes up. Hope you guys are all well and weathering the plague.
Cheers from the Old North State. Ole Ben.