Um...just a little problem, not sure if anyone asked about this...I like to go fight into the thick of battle--with my axe and I often got knocked out in the battlefield...I just hate it when I outnumber the enemy about 10 against 4 but when I die I just lost the battle and become a prisoner...is there a way to allow battle to continue even if I fall?
I do pretty much the same, never hardly take any damage though. But no matter how good you are (and you can always practise in Zendar) a few I can give you:
1:If you charge alone, vs footfolk, you will have about three of them right against you. You can kill them all and get the credit and xp, but the damage is more severe. If you charge with you infantry line, you won't get so many damage but in a 5:2 battle as you said you will probably get no kills. Just sayin', your choice.
2:Alix, the armoursmith in Zendar, will give you really good armour, the type you usually get late ingame, quite early for a simple quest. You have to bring him 25 Nomad Armour. Those are easy to get from the bandits around Zendar.
3: If you charge alone, I'd advise taking a sword, a really fast sword. Hack and stab. There's no room for swings when you're all pressed together, and you do more damage if you hit the head. I had a steward sword, that was quite good. Ca 34 damage and lenght and speed just over 100. With that I could attack the enemy three times before his swing reached me. And three times was enough with a sword like that.
Only costs 4500 denars.
Hope this helps