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I've heard people mentioning pushing back your opponent's deployment zone before. Now, when it comes to infiltrators, I understand how this can work because of minimum distance restrictions. However, during regular deployment I fail to see how this would be an issue. Everyone gets a little rectangle to deploy in (Table Edge x 12") and that's the end of it. Have I and all of my friends someone managed to miss something after many games and (for everyone else at least) many years of playing?
You play your game, I'll play mine.
Take a look at missions like Cleanse or Seek & Destroy. In Cleanse you deploy anywhere in your quarter of the board (except a certain distance from the table's centre), but must also not be within a certain distance of the enemy.
Why do the survivors remain anonymous -- as if cursed -- while the dead are revered? Why do we cling to what we lose while we ignore what we still hold?
Name none of the fallen, for they stood in our place, and stand there still in each moment of our lives.
--Duiker, "Deadhouse Gates"
If you play a scenario where the deployment is 15" in, then the placement is limited.
"They say the Darkness consumes you. They don't say what happens after It's done."
Ostsol hit it on the head but I'll explain it a bit more....
In most missions (especially Cleanse and Seek & Destroy) there are two limitations to deployment. First you must deploy in a restricted area. This may be a table quarter or a maximum distance from a table edge (there are others we'll ignore for simplicity). Second, you must deploy a minimum distance from your opponent (typically 24" to avoid first-turn charges).
With table quarters missions there is a point on the table directly between the opposing quarters which touch each other. If the player to deploy first places his forst unit at this point (but still within his quarter) the second player has a smaller deployment zone. The second player is limited by the second rule of deployment and cannot deploy a unit within 24" of the one his enemy just deployed. This, in effect, removes a 24" semi-circle of his deployment zone and forces his models toward the back.
This tactic is typicaly used by shooty armies to keep the enemy as far away during deployment as possible.
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