this is the issue. t5 unit is worth 5 recruits or less (depending on faction and how you'd like to calculate unit effectiveness). while costing 6 times the recruit wage.t5 unit is wort about 10 recruits
100 legionaries vs 500 recruits of different factions.
the empire and the sturgian recruits routed the legionaries with ~250 losses.
the legionaries killed 340 vlandian recruits and lost 36
the legionaries killed 354 khuzait nomads and lost 26
the legionaries killed 358 battanian volunteers and lost 84
the legionaries killed 354 aserai recruits and lost 82