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If I had a chaos marine unit and I gave them Daemonic speed and a Bolt pistol, would it be either beardy or cheesy to only use the bolt pistol to test charge range? (as in bolt pistol fires 1 shot....oops, I fell short. I guess I'll charge next turn....) Please clarify this.
If you shoot at an enemy squad you can't charge elsewhere. So if you measure to one squad you can't change your mind and charge someone else. Furthermore, if you do not charge until next turn, or do declare a charge and are not in range you still remain where you are. So you do not gain an advantage.
Lastly, if you are basing your playing stratergies around these sort of tactics to gain an edge, I'm guessing your basic stratergies and battle plans are seriously lacking.
My advice, don't worry about these little tricks and concentrate on building a force you like and love playing with, win lose or draw.
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Well, if your chosen aspiring champions had speed then you wouldn't need to do that. I guess we are talking about an inch or so difference, so just use fleet of foot to cover it and then charge. There is nothing wrong with shooting and then charging. There are no failed charges in 40k, so if you are out of range and find it out by shooting there is nothing you can do anyway.
Of course this is all applicable for demonic speed, as the pistol and the charge radius share the same range. For normal charge units, firing one bolt pistol (and withholding other shots initially) just so you can premeasure to see if you are within 6'' is a bit shady.