@conner_wolf: You're basically ignoring the entire reason I brought up mounted combat, to point out that ground-based knights aren't truly what made knights so effective against infantry, it was their cavalry charge, and that individuals on the ground fighting against a legion are a tactical disadvantage. Knights from almost every form of fantasy fictional medium are infantry and not cavalry. Hence, ya know why I brought up that knights were far more effective when mounted to begin with then I went off-topic on how the Romans did adapt to cavalry. Oh and of course the fact my initial comment was in response to Nate discussing footmen in full plate, a la the Alliance.
And, again, infantry were given plate armor [usually half-plate] as time went on because it was ludicrously effective and a group of men-at-arms with plate are going to easily defeat roman legionnaires. So, we are back to where we started with the technological advancements that spurned the tactical progress of Europe is still superior to whatever era of Romans you wish to use [Be it Marian Reforms or the later Western Roman Gaul/Celtic Inspired soldiers]. Not to mention Stormwind Footmen run around in armor that looks more designed for Space Marines then humans without any noticeable strain which doesn't bode well for anyone else for their implied strength and endurance [if not the poor design of the armor, itself].
Also the fact that the Roman Empire fell to decadence and logistical nightmares and that's why they stopped using the legion tactic, and ignoring historical evidence that knowledge of Rome was incredibly rare until the renaissance.
Are you talking structure or equipment? Because structurally the 'legion' stayed with the Eastern Roman Empire even after the fall of the Western Roman Empire until 600 AD [IIRC]. If you mean equipment, they used that version of armor for maybe a century of its existence, so it isn't like that was some super important facet of what makes a Legion a Legion. If you meant tactics the Legions, themselves, grew, adapted and changed so much that a legion from any time period is going to look markedly different from another one, hell, even the ones from the same time period will look different based on where they were deployed [so what auxiliaries they faced, what opponents they faced and so were adapting to, what equipment the local blacksmiths were able to produce, etc].
What historical evidence? The one that ignores the Byzantine Empire's existence? Is it one of those that focuses on how the Dark Ages were some crazy technological and culturally repressed times which is incorrect? What historical evidence are you citing here?
As for why people don't like it, it's because people don't like when you snark them for no reason.
Then stop being sensitive and snark back, have fun with it.
But this isn't europe, this is Tamriel whose steel should be at least equivalent in smithing to that of full plate, since according to the game they're fairly close in terms of durability.
I meant partially the equipment and partially the tactics, you're right, things evolve overtime and the environment that the Byzantine Empire fought was not condusive to classical Roman Legion style, they were too slow and could not effectively deal with the cavalry they faced, who could literally run circles around them on the open terrain.
Yes, cavalry is effective, but infantry has a use and a purpose, footsoldiers were used even when cavalry was in use, and when compared to footmen, the Legion is a better tactic than just sending in a mass of individuals all fighting as independent figures, even if they are wearing full plate. Hell if you evened out the armors and gave them equivalent armor-which if we're talking about the tactic alone-it would basically remove any and all advantage the armored footmen have. But then you point out that the footmen wearing full plate was a tactic in and of itself, one of individual superiority, one where you expected individuals to reign supreme on the battlefield, sure, let's give them equivalent metals then, but they keep their styles of armor and such. You cannot possibly believe that the knights will just slaughter through the legion like it's nothing unless they're superhuman.
Yes, the dark ages were technologically regressive. That is a fact. The fall of Rome saw the loss of a lot of information.
And I'd snark back if I wasn't convinced the moment I stepped out of line a mod would come in and ban me because they're like that.