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sorry for the long rant here. i am not an experienced player (6 40k games to date) and i was playing an experienced space marine player (and GW employee) today. 1500 points of GK with SOB as allies. Almost half my points was an independant GM attached to an elite GKT squad of 8 with 2 psycannons and another FA squad of 5 both deep striking. Rest was SOBs in an immolator and more GK troops and orbital bombardment. Not the most optimal troop choices based on reading the posts here but all i have at the moment. About 30+ models in all. He had 50 space marines in all including a librarian and lot of heavy support (not tanks but krak missiles, lascanons etc.) .
bottom line is once i deep struck my termies in cover to my surprise he made every attempt to run away or attack all the other troops and since i didnt feel it was wise to move my termies in front of several different squads armed with plasma guns, krak missiles etc. i played it cautious and just shot psycannons and storm bolters which was quite effective (wiped out one unit entirely--he was rolling terribly today i might add). The only units that got into CC was the FA GK and 1 squad of regular GK who also surprisingly reduced 2 of his units below 50% before going down
in the end i won on victory points having wiped out a number of his troops (or at least had several of them below 50%) but i felt it was a hollow victory because i never got the termies in CC and he still had more figures on the board than i. he sort of chided me for playing conservative but when i asked him why he backed up his librarian and the command squad, and several of his units his response was "all those termies would tear me apart" and he had a better chance of winning on victory points if he stayed away.
has anyone else ran into this with GKT cause it doesnt lead to an exciting game? or perhaps maybe he was right that i was playing too conservatively and as he said i could have taken more chances with such a large squad of termies. but having read the tactica and the posts it seems like GKT can be somewhat fragile out in the open after deep striking so i immediately headed for cover and hunkered down until the time was right...but he never allowed that time to come
Runing from combat can be a good ploy, but with a large termie squad, if he had waited for you to charge him, he would of been torn to pieces. It's a defensive strategy that requires an aggresive approach, corner him with your other units and pursue him with the termies. You did have a large squad, and i think it was wise of you to hold out and wait, but when nothing was happening, you probably should of pushed the matter.