On Table Reserves

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baxterj
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On Table Reserves

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Evening all, we played one of the Vitoria scenarios, and whilst I was thoroughly trounced, we had a question regarding on table reserves. What is the benefit to the player of them? They dont appear to move faster than any other brigade, even if you use the Battle March rule (pg 98) which can apply to any brigade that fits the criteria. John

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See p32 - 8. Commit Reserve! point d.

A player can issue either an Assault or a Forwards tasking (or both) to a reserve briagde at the cost of just 1 ADC per tasking rather than the usual two.

Hope that helps.

DB

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Thanks Dave!

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Surely the point of a scenario having reserves is that these units need to be committed to the action taking an effort by the CinC at some point. They also don’t impact negatively on activation rolls as they don’t need to be activated. And, finally, when they are committed the ability to move forward at the double, and/or with Assault orders if Infantry, allows for the swift engagement of a breach in the line, counter attack or to move forward to support another brigade.
Reserves are cool, every army should have them.
We recently played the Hermandad scenario. Both players have few ADCs and for the time the French commander forgot about reserves as he was under so much pressure. Then when he needed to release them hi didn’t have the ADCs to do so. When they finally did move forward it was to secure the village as the brigade defending it had been defeated. The dilemma of command in full colour!

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