Well guys im back uncucessful, damn elfs killed me!
im just experementing with some different setups atm but i have a question, is it better to rush raiding then to make your own weapons?
I don't think so, not for early defense. On average raids *use up* weapons. Of course it works out in the long run because you send them out with a kit of five crummy copper daggers and hope they bring back a Runic warhammer or a bayoneted rifle.
* If you're going for heavy archer defense, absolutely a good idea to rush for Elf raids, the steel bodkins are great and the rare Enchanted arrows are deadly. Whenever you score a greatbow give it to your elite archers. But it'd take you a long time to get enough greatbows for the whole squad, so get your fletcher workshop going too. Looted elven wood lets you keep making more longboats non stop too.
* Raids on Dwarves and Drow yield also some nice bars of metals, so those are great to grab supplies to feed your regular weapons industry.
* Looted weapon quality scales with your [SKILL:SIEGECRAFT] (I think), so you'd probably get better quality weapons from an Artisan orc working your forge or factory. Unless you happen to somehow have a master siege operator migrant ...
* Rushing Raids on Ruins to get the Ancient foundry blueprints is really powerful (a little bit OP at the moment to be honest) but that is a long term play, you need a mature metal industry to supply the raw materials for the Foundry.