We all have Golden Boys in our armies. Golden Boy is your go to or favourite model. The model you must have in every list. The model you expect the most from. The model that sometimes shines other times does not. Or too cool not leave out of the army list.
This leads me to the point of this post. While I was talking with Shawn after the Harlistar/Invisi-council vs Chaos Space Marines battle I mentioned how some players are afraid of losing certain models on the battle field. Which makes no sense to me. If you have a favourite model and don't want to risk them being removed or killed than don't put them on the board. Every model put on the table has the potential of being removed.
It is about this time during the conversation Shawn mentioned what I was saying makes sense. As he said, some people will move a model out of the way allowing the opponent models to assault troops because they don't want to lose their special model. Which I agree. Now I agree that you can't just throw squad after squad after squad into a mess and expect a solid result without some sort of plan. You need to weigh the terms of engagement. Certainly don't assault an Elite squad with half strength Troop squad. This goes to something I've been working on personally, also something many of you have heard. 'If all you have is a hammer. Every problem looks like a nail.'
|After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. - Italian Proverb|
Discretion is the better part of valour. Making sure you're using the right tool for the job. This doesn't mean using your favourite model against something it shouldn't fight. It means not being afraid to use the model to do what is was designed for.
Example from Eldar vs Chaos Space Marine game: Obliterators are tough monstrosities that are hard to kill. In Hammer and Anvil use Lascannon range to hit other table edge and Melta to hit middle field. Since it was Big Guns Never Tire. Sit them on the objective that is in the deployment zone and shoot away soaking up fire left and right.