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Red Block = Pheonix Guard
Blue Block = Skeleton
Red Circle = Great Eagle
A unit of skeletons are 1" away from the flank of the Pheonix Guard unit, but a Great Eagle is about 3-4" away from the Pheonix Guard. If the skeleton declare the charge on the Pheonix Guards they would be placed "on top" of the Eagle as they should be BtB in the flank. How do you resolve this? Should the unit of skeletons fail its charge? or, should the skeleton redirect its charge at the Eagle, since it's in the way of the 'free alignment' move? or, should the Pheonix Guards adjust its position until the skeletons would be able to fit into its flank?
Let me clarify this a little, I apologize for my awesome drawing If you declare charge against the Pheonix Guards, you would only need to move up in a straight line by 1", therefore touching the Guards first... but as you perform the 'free alignment' move to bring more models to BtB contact, you would clipped the Eagle and that's where the problem comes in.
Last edited by nekochen; June 10th, 2008 at 04:44.
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That's a tricksy one, I don't know if you'll get a satisfactory answer out of the rulebook. It'll be subject to different house rules everywhere you play.
If you follow the guidance in the Appendix 'Charging multiple targets' in the Errata & FAQ for the rulebook it gives a pretty good answer. All three units will end up involved in the combat. The skeletons will form a battle line against both the Phoenix Guard and the Eagle (maximizing the # of models on the Phoenix Guard first because that's the unit they declared on.)
The only problem is the resulting arrangement of the line. I would go with wheel until you hit the eagle and then line the elves up to the skeletons personally. That seems like the most rational approach. The skeletons have to stop and fight the eagle and the rest of the elves pile in on them. (meaning you'll have to shift the eagle down and 'reverse wheel' the phoenix guard.)