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just some clarification on multiple combat please as some uncertaities occurred. On the eldar turn, a unit containing an avatar, a wraithlord and a farseer assaulted a unit of genstealers. normal close combat then occured as normal. On the tyranid turn, three lictors assaulted the said combat but came into base to base contact with the wraithlord and farseer. The confusion then arised as to who attacks would be allocated. The eldar player stated that all attacks would be taken on by the avatar. Any feedback on this scenario would be greatly appreciated.
I believe that a model may allocate attacks onto any model it is in base contact with.
therefore only the Wraithlord and Farseer would be able to have attacks allocated to them as the Avatar was not in base contact with the charging models.
If the attacks were not specifically allocated to defending models, the defending player may take wounds wherever he wishes throughout the unit.
Different armour values etc can affect this and it is probably that he could allocate them to the Avatar as it is considered 'Engaged'. That's my understanding of the rule.
*now I better scuttle off, read my rule book, and amend this post if I'm way off the mark :blush:
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Wolfkin is, unusually, not quite right here.
Combats are fought by unit, this means that hits are allocated not to models, but to units.
You may only allocate hits to a unit you are in base contact with adn casualties are taken only from engaged models, those in base contact and those within 2" of those in base contact.
An independant character (such as the Avatar and Farseer) are always counted as seperate units, this means that ONLY those models in contact with them or within 2 inches of a model in contact with them may allocate attacks against them.
So in the above example.
Avatar Wraithlord adn Farseer unit asasault stealers, all are in contact with stealers and all may have attacks allocated against them by stealers in base contact with them and stealers within 2" of those stealers, as each is being treated as a seperate unit this means that all the attacks are allocated against each of them indicidually from the stealers.
Each of the characters and the Wraithlord allocate their attacks seperately, only being able to kill thso they are in base contact with and those within 2" of those they are in base contact with.
The lictors assault, but they are only inc ontact with the farseer (an independant character) and the wraithlord, now although the wraithlord is not an independant character teh Avatar is and therefore each of the three models in the unit is treated seperately in close combat, therefore ONLY the wraithlord and farseer may have attacks allocated against them by the lictors and each may only have attacks allocated against tehm by the lictors in contact with them, not ones in contact with teh otehr, stealer combat is resolved as above.