Step 1: Think like Julius Ceasar.
Step 2: Do not engage the Picts! Just put up a wall and be done with it! 😜
Step 3: Do not try to emulate the Romans (pronounced Womans) from Monty Python’s film, Life of Brian.
“I had a vewy good fwiend in Wome called Biggus Dickus.”
What you need to know:
Battle formations. Yes, this is important. You can’t win a battle if your army doesn’t have any cohesion. Sure, some of the barbarian hordes of ancient Europe mastered the chaotic method of rushing an enemy like a pack of mad dogs, but that only works if you catch your enemy with their pants down. Not going to work as well on the Romans… Except for those few times when it did… But who’s talking about that?
So, I’m writing my first big battle. There was a smaller one, but it was a case of barbarians catching their enemy with their pants down, so that was easy. Not much strategy required. This next scene, however, is far more complex.
So, what steps am I taking to develop it? Well, I’ll tell you. First, I have to know the terrain, position my army where I want them before the enemy gets to choose the battlefield. Then I have to figure out my strageties and formations. Who is going to be where and doing what? It’s so easy just to play it all out in your mind without giving any thought to the crucial details, and when you have a faceless army. But these are real people… Do they still count as real if they exist only in my mind? Anyway, some of them have faces, at least. And names, and back stories, etc, etc. They’re not just numbers.
I think I will buy myself a set of toy soldiers and paint and decorate them as dark elves. Then I will arrange them on the field of battle, which I will draw (very badly) myself. (I thought I was writing a book, but it seems I’m developing maps and role playing with toy soldiers. People will probably be very concernded if they come into my house and find my work space covered in little men with armour and swords, possibly with a few decapitated.)
Well, speaking of decapitating little men, I should get to work figuring out the best way to do just that.
Have a nice day, fellow bloggers!