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I played a game against a Plague Marine army the other day. My opponent was locked in close combat against a deamonhost next to two Rhinos. I swung my Hellhound around and targeted the back of the Rhinos since they have a rear armor of 10 and the Inferno cannon has a high enough strength to take it out.
I admit that I purposely covered the models in close combat with the template. So the template hit the rear armor of both Rhinos and the entire close combat (including my deamonhost). We played it and I took out one Plague Marine.
After the game I looked it up and the move was illegal because the template also covered a "friendly" model. Page 29 of the BRB states that the template cannot be placed to cover friendly models. (I did apologize to my opponent).
My question is this: if I angled the template so it DIDN'T cover my model, but still covered my opponent's (and, of course, the Rhinos which I was "aiming" at), would it be a legal move?
Yes, but you have to bear in mind that when placing the template it must cover as much of the target (whichever rhino you chose to shoot at, in this case) as possible, which will limit the amount of collateral hits you can inflict.
EDIT: Except that they were in CC, and as moob says you can't intentionally hit units in CC.
Last edited by Moglun; July 22nd, 2009 at 18:16. Reason: Corrected my mistake.
Put the box on the table by the window in the kitchen.
No, you cannot place the template (or blast markers for that matter) such that it touches anyone, friend or foe, in close combat. If the attack scatters onto combat, that's fine, but you cannot purposefully touch anyone engaged in combat.
See page 40, Shooting into & out of combat.
So long as the basilisk and Leman Russ shot didn't touch any of the models in Close combat to begin with but rather scattered into them is perfectly fine and legal though. Shooting at a unit in hopes that it will scatter into a combat near it is a strategy used often when the persons unit in combat is expendible.
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