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Say I have a squad of terminators with a dreadnought behind them, and all are within assaulting distance of an enemy unit. Is it permissible to split the terminator squad during the assault (thus breaking unit cohesion) to allow for the dreadnought to move directly forward into base contact with the enemy unit as well?
Basically, does unit cohesion matter during the assault phase as long as the squad returns to unit cohesion during the movement phase?
The unit has to maintain Coherency during the assault move.
It might be possible to move the Terminators such that they left a sufficient gap for the Dreadnought to assault, so long as the Terminators maintained coherency.
Its not likely due to the size of a dread base, but depending on the assaulted unit's positioning, its theoretically possible.
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The problem there is that the dread cannot move through the termies unless there is enough room between the bases (doubtful unless he's already broken coherency). If there is enough room for it to move around the squad then you could just move the dread first.
From a practical standpoint you could try this approach, move termies first and shift them to one side i.e. you'll have to move closest to closest first, but as long as you can keep hitting new models you could try shifting the squad off to one side. This is pretty situational though and I'm not sure if the circumstances would allow it.
The true answer to this one is that you really need to factor this in next time you're moving for an assault and bear it in mind when deciding which chargers to move first.
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The key here is that you can only move one unit at a time.
If the dreadnough can get around the squad then you are fine. Charge with the dread first, then your opponent responds to the charge, then you move the Terminators.
Alternatively if you charge with the Terminators you may be able to leave space so that your opponents pile in moves bring the Dreadnought in range.
You cannot move two units at the same time. You must fully resolve one charge before the next can be executed.
Were it me I would charge the Terminators to one side, it doesn't matter which. When your opponent piles in some of them will flank the Terminators as they make their pile in moves and the Dread can charge these models.
The charge response is the thing!
As for cohesion, you must always finish your move in coherency. If coherency is broken by enemy action then you must regain coherency before undertaking other actions. You can't charge out of coherency.
There are quite a few elements which would have to line up nicely for you to execute this two-unit assault: the relative positions of the Dread and the Terminators as already mentioned, and also that of the Termies and the enemy unit.
As you know, the initial model assaulting must be the one which has the least movement required in order to attain BtB contact with the enemy unit. Afterwards, all the remaining friendly models may move up to their maximum charge distance but they *have* to use this move to gain BtB contact with an unengaged enemy model where possible.
If you had one model left who was say 5" away from an unengaged enemy model, you would have to move him into BtB with that enemy model. You couldn't move him 6" to the right to allow a gap to be left for your Dreadnought to come piling forward into the fray as that would be a contravention of the rules.
However, a little bit of judicious thinking out of a move sequence should allow you to create a gap for Mr Dread if you're lucky.
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Thank you all for the answers