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Quick and Dirty Warfare Rules for Shadow of the Demon Lord

Quick and Dirty Warfare Rules for Shadow of the Demon Lord
One of the (many) games I have been reading of late is the newly released Shadow of the Demon Lord by Robert J. Schwalb. The 'elevator pitch' would largely be this is the game you would get if you threw 13th Age, Warhammer into a blender and added a tiny touch of steampunk.
It also seems to capture the tone of one of my personal favorite book series, The Black Company quite nicely, and with that in mind I spent a furious half hour hacking together a quick-and-dirty mass combat system for it.
Rolls in the RPG are a d20 potentially modified by boons or banes, d6s that are rolled and you take the highest of the lot to  add to (for boons) or subtract from (for banes) the d20 roll.
At any rate here is my first stab at 'rules':
Step 1: Assess the Order of Battle

Both sides first assess the relative strength of their forces versus their enemy. For each of the following that is 'true', add a boon. (These are cumulati…