I think we’re talking about different fights. I did the one behind the windmill (cheesed it, really) but this one is later in the game and is triggered when you talk to Ulrich about going to raid the place where the forgers are. As soon as you say let’s do this, poof, you are near the location, and what is worse, your battle buddy there won’t actually follow you if you want to, you know, flank or something. He charges in no matter what, and if you take a roundabout path to get an advantage, you end up watching him get slaughtered and have to fight all the enraged bad guys yourself. Ugh.
I do need more archer practice; are there any trainers like for sword and stuff? In real life, I have far less trouble with a bow because I can instinctively tell where I’m pointing/aiming, but in the game, it’s totally weird, and the power of the bows (that is, range) is wonky as hell. It’s like they are toy bows.