Two Views Of Fantasy Warfare...
The D&D game is clearly rooted in the medieval warfare tradition.
Soldiers wear chain-mail or plate armor, and they wield weapons such as swords and bows.
Knights gallop across the battlefield on horses, and catapults bombard castle walls.
Yet, the presence of fantastic creatures and magic supports a more modern kind of warfare, in which flying creatures provide air support, soldiers use camouflage or magic to hide themselves from enemies, and spells that affect a large area can devastate clusters of troops.
It’s useful to think of D&D warfare as a continuum with historical medieval warfare on one end and modern warfare on the other end.
Before you take
your D&D game to the battlefield, decide where on
that continuum you want your battles to be.