Hi everybody. While rereading the example on page 226 of Band of Blades, of a Specialist protecting a squad from Harm, I wondered how this example differed from using the Bulwark special ability.
With Bulwark, a Heavy (or any specialist with the ability and points in Anchor) can “spend anchor uses as special armor against consequences to a squad you are defending”.
But on page 226, the Specialist (also an Heavy in the example, but fictionaly it could be another) does exactly the same, without Bulwark or spending Anchor, just by diving on the explosion with its helmet. Here, the Specialist just uses the Protect team maneuver, but to the benefit of a whole squad. And moreover, the consequences that the Specialist faces (taking the Harm instead of the squad), is the same, not worse, than if they had used Bulwark and spent Anchor.
So, if anybody can do it without Anchor/Bulwark, why would we take this special ability?
Is the answer just that with Protect only, it is not always possible to protect a whole squad, but, depending on the fiction, sometimes it will be only one squad member, while with Anchor/Bulwark, it is always possible to protect the whole squad?
Or is there something else that I’m missing?
(Edit: also, am I right in thinking that it’s not just Specialists, but any PC, who could protect a Squad as described on this page? Of course it’s more dangerous for a Rookie, but a Soldier with Grit would be better than many specialists, except the heavy, for this kind of action)