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I've always played and understood that when you have an Indepant Character in CC, he can be targeted in CC - easy right?
Going through my various codexes, for example my IG one, the Heroic Senior Officer is an IC, but he become such after his retinue is lost. Does this mean he can't be targeted in CC until the bodyguard is killed off?
Same goes for my Grandmaster and Termy retinue. The rule book says they are a bodyguard, but does that include targeting in CC.
Does anyone play differently than I do?
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"Bodyguard" generally means the same as "Retinue", as far as the rules go. Also, Independant Characters are always targetted as a separate unit in close combat unless some special rule says otherwise.
With regard to the codices, pretty much all that were written prior to the 4th Edition rules say that such models are Independant Characters unless accompanied by a retinue/bodyguard. This would seem to indicate that while the retinue lives, the model is not an Independant Character and therefore cannot be targetted separately in close combat. This was simply the way codices were written in 3rd Edition. With the new rules edition out, however, you should ignore the rules for Independant Characters as described in the codices and instead adhere to the rules in the rulebook.
The reason for the 3rd Edition wording was to prevent people from separating ICs from their retinues. Targetting in close combat in 3rd Edition was much different from how it is currently, so it didn't matter that the model wasn't an IC while with their retinue. Now, there is an explicit rule that disallows ICs from leaving their retinues. Indeed, any codex written after the 4th Edition rulebook was released simply says to refer to the rulebook concerning the rules for ICs.
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