7 Tips to Creating a Fantasy Army in Fiction: Add More Than Swords


Check out this post from Charles Yallowitz via his Legends of Windemere Blog with 7 Tips to Creating a Fantasy Army in Fiction: Add More Than Swords

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Lord of the Rings

You might think it’s easy to simply plop an army into a story and watch the soldiers clash in the background.  Well, it can be done that way, but that prevents you from doing some world-building.  You can learn a lot about a world and its kingdoms by the military forces that exist in there.  So, it’s a good idea to put a little more depth into these creations and here are some semi-serious tips to help.

  1. Uniform uniformity is important.  Bandits and a mercenary force can have a variety of looks, but an organized military needs some commonality among its members.  This is because your rank and file soldiers have probably been given the same gear with only a few having unique looks.  It’s the officers that might stand out with flashier weapons and armor, but even they might have a common theme.  This can…

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