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I encountered some confusion when playing my brotherhood champ; the squad he had joined just assaulted and moved into contact with an enemy squad. After the defenders react move, only the two front-most models in my assaulting squad (two terminators) were in base contact with the enemy, although the brotherhood champ (along with the remainder of the squad) remained within 2" of the two terminators in base contact, and were technically engaged in combat and able to contribute attacks. However, each of the brotherhood champs stances, with the exception of Blade Shield, require the champ to be in base contact with the enemy in order to execute the attacks.
Question: in a situation like this, can the brotherhood champion not attack? Is his only option Blade Shield until he moves into base contact?
Just as Hockeyman said, ICs need to be in Base to base contact in order to attack not just within 2" of another model that is. This would also apply if you were using an IC that assaulted a unit while joined to another and for one reason or another your unit got to attack before the IC and your opponent allocated wounds to the models in B2B contact with your IC and removes them preventing your IC from attacking.
This is why Upgrade characters are so useful, they can't be specifically targeted in CC and only need to be within 2" of another member of their squad in CC to be able to attack.
Also note that your opponent should have used his pile in 6" move after you assaulted to get as many of your guys in base to base combat too.
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Actually, as long as the IC is in base contact at the start of the assault phase then he may attack whatever unit he was in base contact with, even if the models in base contact are removed at a higher initiative step. This is spelled out (or at least implied) in the first paragraph of the first column of page 37.
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