Napoleon Bonaparte is my absolute favorite historical figure of all time. Of course the biggest reason behind this is his ability to apply his strategies to destroy his enemies over and over again on the field of battle. Most people when they hear Napoleon think of his defeat at Waterloo, but don't think about how he completely out generaled the finest leaders Europe had to offer battle after battle. At Waterloo I think Napoleon rolled way too many 1's, it happens to all of us sometimes.
Napoleon's winning strategy tended to look like this...
1) - Out maneuver your opponent so that the majority of your army is fighting a minority of your enemies army.
2) - Soften up your enemy with long range firepower.
3) - Engage your enemy with just about everything you have to further soften them up.
4) - Assault with your elites and watch your enemy run for the hills.
The point is, shooting with your big guns and your gun line does a lot, but nothing ends a battle quite like some good assaulting.
Here is why assaulting in 40K is the grand daddy of ways to defeat your opponent...
1) - Your enemy is always in range!
2) - When you charge you get an extra attack!
3) - Causing a single wound can destroy a unit with a failed leadership test and a sweeping advance!
4) - You get to attack during both yours and your opponent's turns!
5) - You get to move D6 inches after you destroy your opponent, even if it's not your turn!
When you assault you should be throwing 2-3 times the number of points as the enemy unit costs at them. The point is NOT to sit there turn after turn hacking away at each other. The point is to hit them and hit them hard to force a leadership test they will fail, so that just a few wounds results in that unit no longer existing, in just one round of combat! Having a multiple of your units in the combat ensures you win the combat, and that you also have a good chance sweeping advancing the losers.
That's all for now, don't forget to fix bayonets!