Spoke too soon, I guess :)
I got a mission to chase off some bandits near a town (week 1) and it turned out to be a group of 9 heavily armored bandit raiders (4 with pikes…)
I managed to defeat them, keeping all 3 starting companions and 1 of my recruits, but my company will take some serious rebuilding. I got two decent armors (1 from a slain enemy, 1 from one of my fallen companions) and 2 of the 4 pikes, but it will be tough.
I mean, battles like this can be won, but it shouldn’t be something that frequent in the early stages of the game.
By the way, where do I find my savegames, so that I could send them, should I encounter another killer group early on?