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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 4:49 a.m. PST

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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