I learned an important lesson yesterday. Okay, I fought the battle yesterday, I learned the lesson today, but leave us not split hairs.
Here is the set up, Darthweasel has a unit of 10 Chaos Warriors just outside the corner of a wood. I have a mixed unit of 10 Skinks and 1 Kroxigor on that flank of the warriors. I get another unit of 10 Skinks in front of him angled in such a way that I can hit him with my 8" range javelins, but because he will have to wheel to make the charge he will not make it when he tries the following turn.
I get my shooting in which does 1 wound which doesn't get saved. There may have been more wounds, but if so they were saved. On his turn he tries to charge and falls just short, so moves 4", lining him up perfectly for my flank charge. I declare my Skink/Krox unit is charging him in the flank and then I make the mistake that probably cost me the game (okay, one of the two). I then declare that my ten man skink unit will charge him in the front. I was thinking I wanted to get as many units in as possible and do the damage. I now see that Skinks should flee from any other unit in the game including goblins unless there is something else in the unit with them. You see, I started the combat 4 ahead. I got bonuses for flanking, outnumbering, having a standard, and having a rank bonus. He got no bonuses. I lost five guys from the 10 man skink unit and did nothing with my attacks. I may have done one or two had I remembered at this point that the Kroxigor has a Great Weapon giving his attacks S6, but I definitely won if I just left the stupid second unit out. All of my bonuses came from the flanking unit. Had I taken in that unit alone, the best he could have managed would be a draw. He probably would have taken the break test instead of me. He might have lost his unit to the overrun instead of me. I might have killed his commander and acheived my objective instead of him wiping out my army and acheiving his.
The morals of this story are two-fold. More guys in the combat are not always better, and NEVER EVER, under any circumstances, use weak units to hold the front of an enemy unit.
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