We thought about thisfor a very long time and even talked to big possible partners. But the deal is this: even in the core box we have more than 50 different shapes (models) and more than 100 minis in total. With the add-on, there would be more than 140 minis. Estimating the weight and space needed for that, production and shipping costs alike would reach a whole new level.
As we want shiny and poppingly colorfull illustrations on the board instead of grey or one colored plastics, to really make this world come alive, standees are the best way to go.
With standees we can easily offer different skins for the heros, add more and more different units, Onis and even alter the skins we already have.
On the standees we can feature our beautiful artwork, even in the game and not only on the faction board or on cards.
Last but not least: We are a very small studio of 2 people and we really can´t take the risk of producing a game this size with minis --- especially as we want to have 22 factions in total throughout the coming years. This would mean, we would need more than 400 minis at some point ;)
We know that this game is strong the way it is, because it has standees. We put necessary/helpful values of the units on the standees, so you don´t need to look at a reference sheet or gaming aid.