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"If no enemy targets are visible or in range..."
The Fire-Frenzy rule says that, if an enemy unit isn't in range, he shoots at something else. How does that work? If you can't pre-measure, and you can't just assume distance for a rule like that in certain situations when 36-48" may be hard to judge, how do you determine if an enemy is or isn't within 48" of it's TL-lascannon? If you can pre-measure, then why doesn't the dreadnaught shoot at the target but misses because of the distance as fluff dictates? I don't recall the Chaos Dreadnaught being equipped with a targeter, you'll have to show me that FAQ when you can. If you do pre-measure and you're out of range, you normally lose the shot, so why is the dreadnaught an exception?
If this is just GW being mildly retarded with logic, then whatever, but I would like a good explanation, especially since a Chaos-riddled dreadnaught's mind wouldn't be measuring distances before going into a fire FRENZY, (frenzy being the main word there.)
Every whisper of the future from the Warp speaks of a hundred battles lost, a thousand lives devoured and a million enemies born. -- Inquisitor Lord Babel
This is one of those situations where you have to measure. Similar to times when you must charge the nearest enemy, etc. Just don't do it prior to guessing 'guess' weapons or if another unit is going to shoot along the same line of travel. It would seem unsporting to use the disadvantage to gain an advantage.
As WolfRaider said, you actually do measure in this case. It's not really that much of a problem because you can usually narrow it down to at least a few units that are closest to the dreadnought and measure from there.
The enemies of the Emperor fear many things. They fear discovery, defeat, despair and death. Yet there is one thing they fear above all others. They fear the wrath of the Space Marines!
Crazy Dread 1 wants to smash things. So he puts on his running shoes and takes off for the closest enemy possible and pimp-slaps them.
Crazy Dread 2 wants to shoot something . . . a lot. So he eye-balls the distances to various targets, and shoots the closest target because he likes when they spray blood and gibs everywhere, so he wants a closer view. Now, since this Dread has been killing things soooo long, even before he was wounded as a veteran CSM, he can focus his mind long enough to carefully determine who he can shoot. Now, remember when I said that he wanted to shoot something alot? If he realizes that his "enemies" aren't in range of his weapons, then why not use some of his noob CSM "friends" (and by friends, the ones that keep him chained up all of the time and put him in this painful infernal contraption) as a little target practice??? It all looks pretty much the same when you shoot anything with a plasma cannon!!!!