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I just had a rather satisfying victory against a Tau opponent with 1000pts of Nids. However, at one stage- things got a bit heated when I outflanked with my genestealers and broodlord and attempted to continue by assaulting his entrenched kroot. My opponent insisted that all units arriving from reserve cannot assault in the same turn, but I disagreed.
Because I was positioned rather strongly (flying hive tyrant is within assault range of his hammerhead, warriors on the high-ground), I decided it was probably unsportly to push on with a potentially crippling move in turn 2, so I simply moved my outflanking units into the field without assaulting.
In the following turn, his 20 kroot charged my genestealers, scoring his one and only kill-point for the game.
Now, when I read the rules, I couldn't find any clear guide about assaulting while outflanking on the same turn, and I don't see it addressed in the GW FAQ, so can somebody please offer me some advice for future battles?
Last edited by redbeef88; November 3rd, 2008 at 00:06. Reason: clarification
Units that outflank use the rules for reserves, except that they come from the flanks. ie, they are positioned just off of the board, and must move onto the board measuring from the board edge (not the model). This means they count as moving, but are still capable of running, shooting (not heavy weapons etc) and assaulting, unless an FAQ says otherwise. So the tau player is wrong, albeit i can completly understand his anger, its just his own fault for deploying to close to the edges when theres a broodlord on the prowl. (i'm a tau player myself, and i'm not overly fond of that tactic).
Good on you for being a good sport and thrashing him anyway (now you can go and say, i beat you with one hand/unit tied behind my back!)
Thanks for the info, Spartan!
Spartan's absolutely correct, when you move in from reserves you treat it as a normal turn. Basically, put your models' bases just next to the board, as though there was a section of board there that they would have been standing on all along. Then, move them normally. I play both Tau and Tyranids, and I've outflanked a Tau player with Kroot and charged, only to be outflanked by HIS Tau on the following turn who assaulted MY kroot!
I know where your opponent was coming from though. Your opponent was confusing reserves in general with reserves that come in from Deepstrike. When you deepstrike, you shoot as though you were moving, and cannot assault (this is the rule, there are exceptions). He's probably typically used to deepstriking his Crisis/Stealth/Vespid and shooting, then being unable to take his assault turn jump. This is absolutely correct on his part, but even though all Deepstrikers are Reserves, not all Reserves are Deepstrikers.
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