For making a quick skirmish scene with 5 people vs another small group ( The 5 people are all characters who's name you know, and have been introduced into the story already) Is it necessary to name each character, and what he does in the battle? Or is it sufficient to simply say "And the group of people clashed blades, while such, and such did blah blah." Is it important to say what each character does in battle? Or is this all humdrum, unnecessary details? Personally, as a reader, I don't need to see every little thing, battles can be described more romantically, ie "Steel clashed as each man sweat, and groaned to protect his life." blah blah, than to see"Guy 1 pulls his blade, and swings it heavily with all of his might, while guy 2 pulled out a dagger, and threw it, hitting the enemies shield. Guy 3 charged with his axe, trying to scare the souls of his enemies, Guy 4 prepared his bow, trying to pick a target." But I don't know, perhaps a mix of both, and it's not important what guy 5 does as long as "The group." Fights. But what are your opinions?