Currently playing a fortress in the Masterwork mod.
I'm making it so every able body male is in the military and all the women and children do the work around the fortress.
Instead of having like 5 godlike soldiers, I have about 80 average skilled, and average equipped sworddwarfs. Battles are always really bloody and the hospital is always full of amputees and war victims. And all the wounded warriors that aren't at full capabilities are retired into the fortress guard.
No traps, no spamming crossbows, no bullshit. Just plain old army vs army combat.
And because there's no coal or any iron where I'm located, practically all the armor and weapons my army uses is from fallen enemies and from trade. Currently during times of peace, I'm creating a long tram to the center of the earth so my military can fast travel there. Going to create a small rest stop/barracks down there so that they can stay down there for extended periods of time.