4. Actually, that might be your biggest problem IMO. I focus on getting a LOT of guys. I even recruit cripples. You know why? Meatshields, cannon fodder – every army needs it.
This does not have to be the case. I don’t use meatshields and do fine. Problem with meatshields is that early game, most contract won’t pay you the price of recruiting, feeding, paying and equipping even the cheapest of the conscripts.