I'm on the third phase of my first campaign and am trying to advance from Lyos (sp? the city on the island). Things seem to be going well for me- I've got a 7th level hero, a 4th level hero, 2 centaurs and 4 unicorns in one stack and 4 unicorns, 1 eagle rider and 3 centaurs in another stack. I attack 4 orc warlords and a bunch of other assorted orc units (8) in another stack.
Bad decision. The orc warlords creamed me. I never fought the assorted stuff. The warlord surprised me with the round attack which I'd never seen before but the damage was none too great. NP, I figure I've got 16 units around to kill off 4 and then heal with the unicorns and mop up.
Here goes: all my heros and centaurs archery the orc warlords. They do some damage but don't even manage to kill anything. I dividied my fire about evenly hoping to wound the warlords enought to make them die under unicorn assault but the results were so poor I realzied I was in trouble. Now the 6 unicorns and 1 eagle rider go to work- or should I say get worked over. I'm doing very little damage and getting whacked in the counter attacks. By the end of the round I'm down 3 unicorns and 1 eagle rider and none of the orc warlords are dead. Beat up- yes but with their round attacks I'm pretty much SOL right now since they'll kill most of my melee units.
What am I missing here, I just don't seem to be killing the bozos and with the way the AI deploys I'm not gonna get many changes to isolate and eliminate them- this 16 on 11 shot is the best thing I've seen. The Warlords look to be better than anything my Elves, Halflings and Dwarves can bring to bear at lvl3- am I reduced to attrition or do i need lvl 4 units to deal with these things?