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Does the Shoot the big oes only appy to "size" creatures such as the bigger organisims?
For example, can Gaunts screen Stealers?
Or is it that Sze doesent matter and that your opponent can soot a ripper swarm behnd your warriors if he so pleases?
I only ask because I hear conflicting reports.
STBO is just the name of the rule, the actual rule takes away all screening options from the tyranid army. So you can shoot even a ripper base that is hiding behind a carnifex.
Grrrrrrr. Crap. That takes away all logic in the game!
Oh-well, I'll just have to get around it.
the name of the rule is decieving. it should just be the "shoot anything you want" rule.
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Ya around here nids are rare(i was the only player and I traded them off) The rule doesn't make sence. I wish they would rephrase it
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Or change it. Maybe they could do the same thing that they did with the Grots and Orks. If the "cover" save is passed, than take off a Grot, if failed, an Ork dies. Maybe something like that.
Uh.. Huh.. Did anyone see in second ed the Gaunts screening Stealers? I find it hard to believe you dislike the rule, unless you've never seen a game like that.
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Shoot the big ones isn't that much of an inconvenience really. If you take enough of the little stuff (At least 40% of your army in Guants) then your opponents will quickly realize that if they don't shoot the CLOSEST stuff, then they will be in big big trouble. If you follow the 40% rule, then you will have 75 basic guants in your army. This is nothing to sneer at, when they can move 6", have fleet of claw, can charge 12" and all of them within 2" get full attacks.
Most armies, IG aside, can only shoot so much per turn. This means that they will have to prioritize their shooting between the half million guants coming towards them, or the carnifex that won't make it into CC for another two turns. When you give your oppenent choices like these, you'll see that STBO won't come into play too much.
Or make it apply to every other army in the game as well...
Wrote already elsewhere, but a very strong rumour is that screening will no longer be a part of 4th Edition. Which of course is beneficial to the 'Nids, since others will have to get used to rules the Tyranids already play by!
And the LD-check to check whether to shoot at something besides the closest target is better than what the Tyranids used to have.
But won't know for certain before August when 4th Ed is out.
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Maybe Hourglass is on to something. Maybe the rule was designed to prevent people from having all "big ones". If you look at the fluff, a 'nid army would be 60% or more gaunts (not that anyone, myself included, really follows ALL the fluff for their armies, my Infantry Company, for example, has a surprising amount of armor). A clumsy bit of "social engineering" on the army list to be sure, but I think I understand what GW$ was going for now.