Every patrol on patrol fight I've seen (with 370+ hours played, I've seen more than a few), Stormcloaks always win with 1-2 members left due to their heavier weapons and shields.
Nevermind any balance issue, it is stupid watching legionnaires derp around with a short sword attempting to parry a fuckin' warhammer. There's very few legionnaires that actually carry shields and that makes no sense to me. All the more reason I want the Construction Set so I can make a mod that re-equips both sides for starters and maybe make different classes (and races) of soldiers too. There's a distinct lack of Orcs, Dunmer, and Redguard in the Legion, when they've always been staple specialist troops supporting the Imperial-dominated light infantry commanded by heavy armored officers.
Where are the Imperial Battlemages? The only one I've seen in the game was in the begining sequence at Helgen. Since then, zip.