ADC taskings

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joe.harrison89
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ADC taskings

Post by joe.harrison89 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:36 pm

Recently, in a game, an old guard brigade moved up toward the enemy position with a view to charging as soon as they were close enough. All good.

Before they could charge, however, they went hesitant, and stayed hesitant!

The brigade roll is a good mechanism to introduce friction but , in this isolated case , it didn't feel right.

In the GdA amendments, there is a suggestion that the infantry assault ADC tasking should remain in place until the objective is reached or the charge is complete.

This is a good idea but how early can the assault tasking be attached? Turn 1?

This would have certainly avoided the Guard stopping for a picnic in the face of the enemy 😀

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Re: ADC taskings

Post by Archdukek » Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:20 pm

Hi Joe,
Yes you can use the Infantry Assault tasking right from Turn 1 and it’s often best to do so for your main attacking brigade since you are more likely to have the ADCs available for the order (2) plus 1 for a re-roll. That tasking then remains in place until completed but can be delayed by hesitant results. Waiting until you are close to the enemy to order an Infantry Assault is often fraught with peril.

For elite units who will be leading your attack it’s worth considering using the Brigadier Quality rule on page 97. Giving them an Excellent Brigadier would give them a free Command re-roll. Otherwise task an ADC for a Brigade Attachment re-roll.

Never assume your lead attacking brigade will pass its Command test! ;)

John

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Re: ADC taskings

Post by joe.harrison89 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:27 pm

Good advice.

To be clear, brigade activiation is necessary every turn whether the brigade has been issued an assault order earlier in the game or not.

I noticed that there isn't an equivalent assault tasking in Pickett's charge.

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Re: ADC taskings

Post by Archdukek » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:12 pm

Yes Joe, a brigade still needs to pass its Brigade Command roll each turn even if it has Infantry Assault orders, but you don’t need to task it with 2 ADCs each turn to keep it on those orders. However, it can make sense to assign an ADC to it to secure a Command re-roll and reduce the chance of it going Hesistant from 33% to 11%.

There are a number of subtle differences between Pickett’s Charge and GDA reflecting the very different circumstances of the two periods.

John

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