Here is a reality check for all you wargamers and a funny story. :)
I was invited to play in a WWI game that was presented by the author of the Old Glory WWI rules and it was showing off their brand new 25mm range (at the time) and the brand new biscuit foam trench system. The table was outstanding and the miniatures were painted beautifully. Commonwealth forces (Brits, Canadians, and Scots) along with one company of Americans were storming a German strongpoint. During the game the Brits and Americans were dying in droves and they ran steadfastly towards their objectives with a few lumbering tanks in support. The older gentlemen playing the Americans was literally crying and whining everytime his troops were picked on and he begrudgingly removed his miniatures. Finally after about 3-4 turns of listening to him complain the game master and author turned to him and said, "Over 15 million soldiers died during World War I, why should your soldiers be any different?" From that point forward the American player completely understood the point of his role on the battlefield and had a blast playing out the rest of the game.
Its the simple things in life that make us realize that sometimes we should just shut the hell up and play the game. :)
PS. In keeping with the subject of this thread, I don't think the new range is World War I. There is a lot of misunderstanding about this war and even when Warhammer Historicals released some really nice WWI rulebooks it was just a blip on the radar for a short time. There are wars that are consistently seen at wargaming conventions which in some way is the heartbeat of the industry. Here are some of the most commonly run games at historical conventions:
Ancients - already being done but could use a few gaps filled. Not really considered brand new so I doubt it will be Ancients
English Civil War - not being done but I don't think would yield the
sales to justify the production. Warlord Games has a really nice range
and there are several British companies producing metal.
French & Indian War / Seven Years War - not being done but a possibility. Could easily do French infantry, British infantry, German infantry, 1-2 artillery boxes, 1-2 cavalry boxes. if you did French and Indian a box of Indians would be cool.
American Revolution - not being done but a possibility. British infantry, American infantry, artillery, maybe some dragoons, or French.
Napoleonics - not being done but a possibility if they pick a particular
time period. Napoleon in Egypt for example or Waterloo. Something where
you could justify 6 boxes and move on. (French infantry, artillery,
dragoons / British infantry, artillery, dragoons)
American Civil War - not being done so a possibility. Easy range and
could possibly be covered with 6 boxes (2-3 types of infantry, 1
cavalry, 1 artillery, 1 command box)
World War II - already being done in 28mm and slightly touching 15mm
Those are my thoughts. Thanks,