And they now have a good reason to not want to work with Jillian; she apperantly strong armed Haggar into ignoring the archwitch, and going after a few insignificant ground units.
Haggar has no equipment with which to attack Wanda. We have not seen any missile weapons or flying mounts, flying equipment or casters in Haggar's column. The column looks like a mob of concert fans wielding scavenged and improvised weapons. If they kill Gobwin Gnob's archery stacks they might be able to pick up the bows and then use them to shoot at dragons. Sammy could throw his ax and might injure one dragon (or maybe 4 if the dittomancer double doubles the axe), but the mob would still be useless.
Dr Pepper wrote: What could Parson come up with? How about mixing a few axes into the pikes, hopefully upgrading the formation from phalanx to landsknecht?
I think a book could be written on this topic. Landsknecht differed from phalanx and pikers by introducing fire arms into the formation I do not recall seeing any firearms. We also do not know enough about melee combat in erf world to determine if that would really be an upgrade. A mixed stack might not get the same stacking bonus. We do not have confirmation that missile troops get a stack bonus.
Ansom and Parson have an excess of options. If the pikers can see Jack and/or the archons detailed maneuvers can be painted in the sky. Maggy can also directly communicate with any troops (maybe also the archons?), in this case the stack leaders would be important. It is possible that a small tugging on the ear takes less juice than talking which could allow Maggy to direct the movement of a mass of infantry.
I would argue that an infantry hexagon is inherently stronger than an infantry square or triangle. A rotating formation would move uninjured troops into contact. Rotation also allows troops unstack and restack so that each stack of pikers has the maximum bonus when engaging. Without restacking each casualty will reduce a stack's bonus.
If commanders have access to mass communication they can concentrate more troops on the front line but still retain the fluidity of a checkerboard formation. Mass communication also allows very close archery support. If the archers aim correctly they will not hit friendly troops. The front line can fall back while arrows are incoming and then lurch forward at the same second the incoming barrage stops. Attempting too tight of coordination on a dusty medieval battlefield would have been extremely dangerous.
Giving the swingers slings might be more effective and efficient than adding muskets. Stanley would appreciate the cheap ammunition and might be open to paying for the upgrade. In real world ancient or medieval battles indirect fire would have been very dangerous to friendly troops and a lot of rocks would fly to locations that did not have enemy. If the slingers are getting targets assigned by magic users or from flying troops it could be brutal. A sling bullet about the weight of a baseball should fly much further than a baseball hit with a bat. So, if your slinger formation could fit inside a stadium then all slingers could aim for a point like the home plate. Several hundred slings could launch thousands of rocks per minute. Neither Haggar nor Jetstone has shields, visors, or chin straps.