For me, watching a movie with less than accurate battle scenes or soldiers using pistols for 500-yard kill shots is a travesty. I find novels with a poorly written military and weapons used inaccurately impossible to read. I am not the only person that feels this way. Most readers will react the same way.
You need to understand several things before you can begin to develop an army much less write about that army. There are a lot of modern and ancient weapons to consider, but for this article assume any examples I use involve medieval arms, armor and tactics. It doesn’t matter what era your weapons or military comes from; what matters is accuracy and getting the details straight. Read more ›