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POLL: Do You Use "Historically Accurate" Middle Earth Armies?


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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Having said "I don't game Middle Earth" I'll hedge. I have some fantasy armies, and some--halflings, dwarves, orcs and goblins--certainly have a strong Tolkien influence. But in my experience fantasy authors almost never give you the detail you'd want for a decent scenario, and the same is true of SF writers. Most of the exceptions are actually stealing historical battles. Of course, this is usually true of medieval chroniclers as well.

So all my fantasy and medieval battles are just interesting battles, not attempts to recreate either Bosworth or the Battle of Five Armies. I don't have the information. Historical armies are types which usually went together, and fantasy armies are unified by theme and troop types. Specific named commanders? Usually not before the 17th Century.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
I use accurate armies
25
24%
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I use relatively accurate armies
24
23%
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anything goes
11
11%
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not a Middle Earth gamer
44
42%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Do you try to make your LOTR (and other Middle Earth eras) armies conform to the "historical truth" of the books – or are you more "anything goes?" Sabertooth games in their skirmish game, for example, didn't rule out having Isulder and Aragorn in the same army – even though they'd lived centuries apart.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.