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Recently reading the rulebook for the first time (new WHFB player here, but somewhat experienced in 40k), I'm guessing here the attackers choose which model to specifically attack in close combat. Does that mean I can choose to attack the musicians and standard bearers off the bat, since they are always in the first rank?
You can only target unit champions, standard bearers and musicians are last die.
(If you kill them, someone else just picks up the standard etc...)
In pretty much every regard standard bearers and musicians are treated as identical to a normal unit member. Consider them 'unit upgrades' which will only be lost when killed (and standard and/or musician are almost invariably the last to die, even champions get targetted before they get killed) or defeated by the enemy and fled the fight (standard only).
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You can chose to attack the Standard Bearer or Musician, but if killed, a normal troop is just assumed to step forward and pick up the banner/instrument.
If there is only a SB/M/Champ left though, i guess you could target the SB say, and no one could be able to replace him, so that unit loses its standard lol.
The Champion is the only model of a unit you can target specifically with attacks and kill, without him being replaced.
If the SB, musician, and champion are the only only ones left I believe that the player being attack would be able to choose which of them gets taken away.
The attacker can choose to specify *attack* allocations. If you don't and just roll, you don't then get to choose which one gets pulled. It's a subtle difference.
The BRB states that you can never target a Standard Bearer or Musician with any attacks...so wouldn't that always leave it up to the defenders choice?
Latest FAQ says you can target specific non-champ/chart models.
/shrug, it's oddsauce
You can choose which model(s) to allocate your attacks to. However, if the musician or standard bearer are killed then the chap behind picks up the banner/instrument. Effectively this means that the musician and standard bearer will only be removed once all rank and file models are killed.
The standard bearer can be removed in another way, that is when the unit is defeated in combat and flees. They are assumed to drop their banner in the confusion, and the victorious enemy unit picks it up. In this case the standard bearer model is replaced by a regular rank and file model, and the enemy unit gets victory points for capturing the banner.
Champions can be targeted separately in combat, and can be killed. Often, since most champions have the same statline as the rest of the unit, but with an extra attack, is is a good idea to allocate one attack against the enemy champion.
The reasoning behind this is that the attack has the same chance of killing the champion as a rank and file model, but the champion is more valuable and dangerous so it's good to kill him. However, if you allocate several attacks against the enemy champion and cause more than 1 unsaved wound, you are wasting the extra wounds, which do not carry over to the rest of the unit. The Overkill rule (extra combat res for causing more unsaved wounds than the target has) only applies in challenges.
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