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simple question; i'm using fast cavalry quite a lot lately, and was wondering if turning a unit 180° counts as reforming? my main reason for asking this is; can i turn my unit around, run away, and turn around again to shoot my opponent in the shooting phase .
i'm unsure about this because you're allowed to reform a unit when it has rallied, and you can turn that unit around as a reform.
It doesn't have to, but if you want it to - yes.
For non-fast cav units (or anything without a free reform), you can do a turn maneuvre that lets you do a 180 (or 90) degree turn for only a quarter of your movement and continue to move and shoot missile weapons. You don't necessarily have to "reform" to do it.
For fast cav units and those that get a free reform, then yes - you can claim turning around is your reform. A reform allows you do completely alter your rank&file formation and facing with the sole caveat that the center point of your unit's mass remains in the same place. So you can turn around, move away, turn back, and fire all day long.
Turning (and adding ranks, etc) is quite different to reforming. You can turn around, taking 1/4 of your total movement, as many times as you like with a unit. From there you are still able to shoot with models in the unit.
With a reform, its a total change of the unit, a turn and add ranks etc, all in one. After a reform you cant shoot (or move possibly, i dont have the rulebook handy)
Note you can do a turn manover, and then add ranks, not counting as a 'reform' so then are still able to shoot.
Fast cavalry get unlimited free reforms that do not reduce their movement and does not stop them from being able to shoot. Think of Fast Cavalry units moving similar to a 40K unit.
Can't fast cavalry with ranged weapons shoot 360 degrees? You might want to check the BRB to be sure.
They can shoot 360 yes. Although its quite weird how if you have 2 ranks of a fast cav unit, only the front rank can still shoot backwards...
thanks for the help 8Y