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Hi, I've never had an issue with this but was brought up last night in a game relating to shooting then assaulting.
What happened was I was playing SM vs IG, and I fired the flamer and pistols of my assault squad into a unit of guard and his command behind the unit was also hit by the flamer. A heavy weapons team was also directly next to the unit of guardsmen which was not fired upon.
After shooting I declared assault on the guard unit and HW team which was within 1" of the guardsmen and within 1" of my assault squad when I was shooting, however he said I could only assault the guardsmen since I fired at them and that I can only assault the unit which was fired upon. Therefore, since I assaulted the crippled guardsmen only and lost because the heavy weapons team was able to fire at my assault squad and wiped them out for the winning KP.
I was not able to assault both the guardsmen and command since they were behind the guardsmen unit and not in reach. However, if they were side by side would I be able to assault them as well then too since technically I did fire at them too with the flamer hitting both units. Would this be the loophole to be able to fire and assault multiple units by having the flamer cross other units?
Was he correct in this situation? If I fired at the guardsmen (beleiving it would do the most damage since HW teams are 2 wounds a base now) can I:
a. Only assault the guardsmen
b. Assault both the guardsmen and HW team
c. Assault the guardsmen and command - if they were in range
Your primary charge must be at the unit you fired at. Once the first model is moved though, you can move models into contact with whatever else you like so long as 1. You have the movement to get there and 2. You retain unit coherency.
Pg. 34 under ASSAULTING MULTIPLE ENEMY UNITSAs an aside, only one unit can be the "target" of your shooting, other units hit by the shooting are not considered "targets" and so need not be engaged. They are just the poor bastards that wnadered into the way.If the assault unit shot in the shooting phase then it must declare its assault against the unit is shot at, but it can engage other enemies as described here
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Ya we looked that up too, but he said and was adamant that I could only declare and assault the unit which I fired at.
Thanks though! I'll be sure to know next time
You can indeed only declare your initial assault against the unit that you shot (so if they all die, or break & run out of range, you're SOL). However, if you make that assault, there's nothing stopping you from multi-charging anyone/everyone else as long as you follow the rules for moving charging units.
But yeah, anyway. You were royally screwed.
In addition to what has already been said it is actually possible depending on how things were set up that you were required to assault the heavy weapon team. In the rules for moving assaulting models it states thatSo if you are already have a model in base contact with every model of the infantry squad and have an assault marine who can reach the heavy weapon team then you are actually required to move into base to base with the model from the heavy weapon team.If possible, the model must move into base contact with an enemy model within reach that is not already in bases contact with an assaulting model.
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All of the rules for moving assaulting units still fall under the main heading paragraph of pg 34. "...with the unit they have declared an assault against." This is the context for which all the rules that follow are speaking of.The model selected must be the one closest to the enemy (going around impassable terrain, friendly models and enemy models in units not being assaulted).