First, points to WA for continuing to post comments which some companies might censor for their sometimes critical character. This shows a refreshingly honest and open customer relations disposition – but…
I sit by my criticisms (I’d stand by them, but typing would be harder):
1. Again, without those mail shirts, which were widely worn in Europe too (I have 15mm Italian Wars armies, and my old Minifigs Spanish pikemen and genitors, made in the 1990s, are accurately portrayed wearing such armour), the bodies in this set don’t accurately reflect typical contemporary equipment, and surely that’s what historical gamers want to see on their figures.
2. Most of the bodies are depicted in slashed knee breeches, which were only beginning to make fashion inroads at this time.
3. Anachronistic helmets have been included because of the demands of fantasy gamers who have no interest in historical accuracy. Without them unnecessarily occupying space on the sprue there’d be room for additional historically authentic helmets, such as more cabasset variants. Those gamers clammering for Warhammer-inspired components could simply wait for sets in which such gear isn’t anachronistic (e,g, border reivers), or the proposed accessory sets, to be released.
4. As I’ve pointed out, halberds were only used by the Spanish to distinguish a few specialists, and two-handed swords (again, included at the insistence of fantasy gamers) were a German/Swiss preference. Halberds were used in numbers by the Portuguese, but unfortunately this set won’t work for that nationality because the boarding axes and bladed half-pikes they also used are absent. Without the anachronistic parts, and with fewer halberds, there would probably have been room on the sprue for them (and perhaps a helmet pattern our resident expert on the Portuguese informs us was unique to that nation), thereby extending the utility of the set in a historically plausible manner.
5. The slashed knee breeches render these figures unusable for the late 15th century.
6. It’s a pity that the company policy revealed in WA’s most recent post here moves the focus of its historical sets from authenticity to broad (Warhammer and generic) appeal. If WA wants to continue to sell to historical gamers it should maintain the emphasis on making its historical sets as true as possible to their nominal subjects, otherwise any gains in sales to fantasy players and those players of historical games who take a more ‘relaxed’ attitude to historical fidelity – many of whom are primarily gamers, rather than history buffs – might be lost in missed sales to ‘hardline’ historical gamers. WA might still come out ahead financially, but it’s a gamble.
There’s an obvious error in my In the previous post: assuming this set will contain 40 or so figures, Marc’s army will actually be about 200 strong; fine if it was to be at 1:1, but for a mass battles rule set way off the Marc :- ).
Anyway, I’ve said enough on this subject, and with WA doggedly refusing to concede any of my points we’re just going in circles, so I’ll just sit back and hope that future historical sets are more… historical*.
*I think I’ll need to avoid using the ‘H’ word and its variations for at least a year after this.