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Soldiers only affect the damage deal in increments....like you do more damage if your soldier count is 100+, 1000+ and 10000+. That's it, but it is significant. Which is why you'll notice Zhang Fei once he hits 1022 soldiers starts taking off a lot more, and then your damage gets another boost once you get to 10000 soldiers.
STR is definitely more important than ATP. Or let's just say, a low STR officer like Li Ru does poorly no matter the weapon you have equipped....whereas characters like Lu Bu can attack better with an axe than Li Ru can with a Spear.
Oh, and for the powers of ten, each doubles with damage. If Jin Xuan does ~50 damage with 1-99 soldiers, then 9assuming all else is equal) he'll do ~100 damage with 100-999 soldeirs, ~200 damage with 1000-9999 soldiers, and ~400 damage with 10000+ soldiers. That's why Guan Yu and Zhang Fei get semi-nerfed so easily at the first couple levels!