Sorry for the delay. You caught me by surprise! I didn't expect the current to end so soon, but fate would have it on a day I work a double shift.
Sorry for the suprise.
It seems to have caught many by suprise (not much participation), either that or we are suffering from the summer doldrums. I suspect that many members are on holiday. So far you've done a great job with your comments and in fact they leave very little unexplored.
I believe that the main challenge to using reinforcements is in trying to anticipate your opponent. Since both sides are (commonly) subject to the same reinforcements rule in these kinds of scenarios, there is a need for "gut feeling" in how best to anticipate your opponents deployment and a small part of pure bravado!
1. Do you put your primary hero on the board first and risk his exposure for a while, or do you hold him back until things are "safer" and risk he may not arrive soon enough?
I've always tried to bring on my main hero, having him on the board from the start where I want him placed seems important to acheiving any kind of early stratigic goals.
2. Do you bring all your Elites ( Trolls, Sentinels, Guard, etc.) on the board right away or prefer to bring on more standard warriors to have greater numbers?
This question (along with #3. "Archers for Volley Fire" and #4 "Cavalry") underline my comments about anticipation. Is my opponent using a primarily defensive force (slow moving, high defense)? I'd probably consider bringing on enough Archers to do Volley Fire to help break down his forces during the initial turns. Is the opposing force offensive (light moving, less defense)? Then I would try to anticipate and counter with heavier troops which would allow me to hold a tactical spot better until my reinforcements arrive.
5. Any other notes or deciding factors I may not have thought of here?
I think you've really nailed the main points. Maybe we can expand the discussion with some practical examples?
Obviosly some of these answers will be based on what type of army you take, how much calvary you have, etc.
I also think that one should consider your opponent. Some play very defensively others aggresively, and this tends to show in the type of Armies used.
I think this is a really good topic, Beowulf. I admit that I haven't given it a lot of thought before, so I didn't jump into the discussion. But I think the subject is all the more useful since I don't think I've ever seen it discussed before.
Ditto. Let's hope that we can get a little more input, but overall I think that we could easily explore this and other similar topics right here in the CTD.