Gauntlet: Reserves

It’s been a while since I did one of these. We’ve been doing various things at the LGS that haven’t allowed me to participate in the last one for a bit. Having finally accomplished the last Gauntlet, it’s time for the next.

Reserves, one of the things that many have come to love in 5th, or hate. It seems either people toss their entire army in reserves if they don’t get first turn or they never use Reserves at all, afraid of being destroyed unit by unit upon arrival. There’s no denying if Reserves are used well it becomes a strategic asset but if used wrongly it can become a liability and unhinge your game. This is a bit of a wordy one.

Gauntlet: If you never use Reserves at all then put at least one unit in Reserves for a game. If you constantly Reserve your entire army then play a game where you don’t use Reserves at all. Lastly, if you make limited use of Reserves then put a unit in Reserves that you normally wouldn’t.

So, the last Gauntlet was about the amount of HQs you put down. How did you do?

Wednesday I used my Marines with Kor’Sarro Khan and a Librarian. Khan was joined by a Command Squad kitted out for close combat and the Librarian was with Sternguard, both in Razorbacks. I have to admit it worked out very well for me overall. I was able to run the Librarian as support, as I always do, and that left me Khan and crew to chew through things, which they did reasonably well. The second HQ gave me a second threat to present to my opponents, both effective in their own right.

Both of those HQs synergize pretty well also, at least with the Librarian having null zone, and of course a psychic hood. I was able to keep some nasty Tyranid powers from going off with my Librarian while letting Khan do his thing. It was nice not having to sacrifice attack ability for utility, or vice versa, with both HQs on the table. It’s something I’ll consider doing more often now, though not at the cost of the rest of my list of course.

  • At the moment reserve seems to be a favorite condition for scenarios dreamed up by our League Organizer. It’s been interesting to see the learning curve on how to compose the required reserve elements. Some of the failed lessons have been pretty spectacular. And the “wins”- things of beauty.

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