Started a new playthrough and I’m not so sure it’s all that bad. Spears are cheap and using spear guys on the edges and reinforced flail guys in the center of the formation makes human enemies pretty easy. Spear wall, and beat the guys that come in the shield zone with a weapon that ignores shield bonuses. Slap fast adaptation on one or two guys and a few stacks turn into a guaranteed headshot. Thugs and most raiders have very poor head armor. Even raiders in small numbers can be trolled to death, and failing that retreat is tedious but viable. Short of a very unfortunate direwolf ambush, things seem pretty reasonable. Granted, a bad encounter with 3+ poachers or even just a marksmen or two could wreck my terribly outfitted group atm.