Alright, so, this is a question I've mulled over for days but haven't worked out an answer for. Say you have two nations (that seriously hate each other). The one in the east is a nation of Elves (mountain people) that specialize in mining and stonework. They like to use heavier, more brutal weapons as a result. Mattocks, pikes, the kinds of weapons made to pierce armor and rip heads off. What could the folk of the west do to counter this sort of warfare? Mind that their general strategy is to rain arrows from longbows on their enemies, flank them with lighter infantry (think Alexander's hypapists), while heavier swords/axes and shields hold the line. Is there any kind of armor that could stand or impede a heavy weapon like a mattock? Is there any sort of additional strategy the westerns could implement to make winning easier? Last question, should I even have Elves at all? Are they too overdone?