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So this question came up the other day during my game. I had a unit of 16 kroot with 2 hounds that were about to be attacked by a marine tactical squad. My question was, can I rearrange my unit in the movement phase so that the hounds are up front with out moving so that I can still rapid fire my kroot. An example below: K = Kroot, H = Hound
The thing was, the unit does not move anywhere and no ground is covered and I am not any closer/farther from the enemy, just a rearrange. So I was wondering if I can do this.
If you do this, the unit has moved. Depending on how your unit is situated, it might not technically be a legal move, as you must move one model at a time. There's no possible way to perfectly swap places without moving some models at the same time.
Do not be discouraged though, as I'll explain why you need not attempt this maneuver:
You stated that you wanted to do this so that the kroot may rapid fire? You'll be happy to note that movement does not stop the shooting of such weapons, it only restricts them to the 12" double-tap. (If the enemy is within 12" anyway, you must take two shots.)
Its important to remember that "rapid-fire" is not an action, only a type of weapon. You have no choice in the matter of how it fires. The fire mode is determined by range and your unit's movement.
So go ahead and move your Kroot. they still "double-tap" if within 12".
"It takes a vast amount of self control to be this dangerous."
---Ogvai Ogvai Helmshrot, Jarl of Tra, VI Legion Astartes
Also, models within the same unit do not block line of sight, nor do they provide cover saves to a target unit.
If you are moving the models in the unit inorder to make them within range, then you would most likely need to move them forward a bit anyway to get as many models within the 12" rapid fire range.
As psichotykwyrm stated there's no real reason to do so, if you aren't taking an actual movement.
Thanks, question answered +rep