Any army is a reflection of society which creates it. Thus it is society, more than anything else, which will determine how army is shaped. This is evident throughout history: […]
Note on terminology: by “professional” here I mean “people whose job is fighting”. It does not mean that it is necessarily their only job or that they are under arms […]
Imrahil’s Statement In Return of the King, Prince Imrahil notes that the 7 000 strong force would have been a “vanguard” of Gondor’s army in time of its greatest strength. […]
In much fantasy, authors opt to use either galleys, sailing ships, or even both, without understanding how these two configurations interact. This post looks at that question.
There is not much detail regarding military structure and organization of Gondor in Lord of the Rings, as Tolkien set out to write an epic, not a history book. Yet […]
I had spent time thinking about whether to introduce gunpowder weapons to my otherwise-technologically-Renaissance setting or not. This article is result of that thinking. End result is: better not, unless you have a very good way of preventing any further developments of gunpowder-based weaponry
In historical fiction and fantasy, authors often make some assumptions about ideal weapons for a given body type. The idea that many subscribe to is very basic: close combat = […]