I can tell you why I should hate this game. It's dated, AI can be a right bint, I don't like Fantasy and finally, Fairy's..... The sound they make is unbearable. Always giggling, like their hiding something...
But somehow this game is like crack. It aint good, it aint pretty and it's defiantly not going to do you justice in the long run, but its simply amazing.
Really subtle and smart game play mechanics, you've got to prioritize early on what you want to do, to get the edge over the AI. Really got to understand what each unit is capable of and what all the different status perks mean (there's one dude who can just phase himself out of the games material plain... makes no sense but meh!). Also the Hero system is done really well. They appear kinda randomly and you can give them war gear to basically help you're armies achieve victories on the battlefield. Some of the hero profiles are very humours as well. We once had a guy called bromon or gromos, dude was death in one ear, ♥♥♥♥ing useless dirty ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. But after a lot of TLC (Tender Loving Care) he became the stallion of the land and once took on a whole cities defence when his whole platoon died (he was up against 13 units and ♥♥♥♥ me I nearly had a brain aneurism).
All in all, this is a really gay/happy fantasy, with an awesome soundtrack and in depth game play mechanics for its time. Also there's a giant bird unit whose special ability is "Toss". I'll leave it to your imagination.