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I dont know if this topic has been covered before, but i'll ask the question anyway.
In our small gaming group of 5 members, a recent argument has arisen about whether a unit can take cover saves AGAINST Markerlight hits?
Obviously, the Tau player insists that you cant, whilst the rest of us insist that we can. After all. it is theoretically possible to dodge a beam of light by ducking your head down behind a wall or piece of masonry.
There is nothing in the rulebook or the Tau codex or any errata articles that says that you can or cant so could someone please clarify.
I think this is a case of RAI rather than RAW.
A markerlight does not inflict any wounds, so you can't use a cover save against it.
Having an army and not owning a rulebook is like owning a car with no steering wheel.Originally Posted by amishcellphone
i am 100% sure that you can stack marker lights and one of them is -1 to your cover save. eventually you will reach +6 cover save and another marker light to another -1 to that means no cover saves. so yes, tau markerlights can ignore them if you use enough of them ^^.
P.19 BRB under "Roll to wound":This cannot be done. Markerlights have no Strength value, therefore cannot possibly cause wounds since the required comparison between Strength and Toughness cannot be made.To decide if a hit causes a telling wound, compare the weapon's Strength characteristic with the target's Toughness characteristic"
Armour saves, Invulnerable saves and Cover saves are all options open to the player whose target model has been wounded. If no wounds are caused, then no save of any sort is attempted since there is no reason to do so.
A cover save may be taken by a wounded model when the Armour Piercing value of the weapon is sufficient to ignore the Armour Saving throw of the target model, dependent of course on the rules for gaining a cover save being fulfilled. Since Markerlights do not have an AP, there is no need for a cover save, so the target model would use its normal armour save. But this save is only used when a wound has been caused, and since Markerlights cannot cause wounds, no save of any sort needs to be attempted.
Basically the Tau player is right.
"Tau Commandment #226: Participants who use Velocity Trackers in the Tau Clay Pigeon Tournament will be disqualified"
You take cover saves against other weapons that use the markerlight hits (seeker missiles, pulse rifles, rail guns), not the markerlights themselves. Although that cover can be reduced by the Tau player as antique_nova has pointed out.
I see it being this way on purpose, since the Tau player is effectively using markerlights as round-about way of getting BS4 most of the time (sometimes BS5). Most other armies already get that benefit, while other compensate by having far more shots or being better in close combat instead. The benefit for the Tau is that they can choose the other abilities of the markerlight instead, should the need arise.
Last edited by Krovin-Rezh; November 1st, 2009 at 21:05.
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