Hired a promising wildman with negative ranged defence. Gave him a kite shield to compensate. Ambushed by goblins. Before any blows were struck (the battle event scroll to the top-left of the screen, showing two sighted events, is fully opened), he had already been poisoned and lost some hit points and padding. He spent the rest of the battle edging towards where the closest goblins were, but never quite getting there before they were killed.