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Hi, I'm new to Fantasy and have a question about charges. There was another similar question to mine here, but that thread was from 2006 so not sure if it's current anymore.
Anyways, unit A overrruns into my unit X from a previous battle. On my turn, I then charge his unit A with my units Y and Z. In terms of who attacks who, is this the way it works?
Units Y and Z attacks A first.
Then A gets to attack X if there are still any members left who can attack.
Also, let's say A has a 3 ranks of 5 (3x5). If Y kills 3 and Z also kills 3 on the charge, how many in A can still attack X?
Record: Win - Loss - Draw: Hive Fleet Pandora (New) 32-6-6 Space Wolf 7th Co. 52-11-6
Blood Angels 12-4-2 Daemonhunters 20-8-3
Imperial Guards 12-5-2 Daemons 8-3-2
In your combat, A, Y, and Z all count as having charged. In the case of multiple chargers, the unit with the highest initiative strikes first, and then you go down the line. Then unit X will attack last. So if the enemy unit A had a higher initiative than Y and Z, it would still strike before you.
Also, units A, Y, and Z would all have their charge bonuses from things like lances and so forth... this would count even if A attacked units Y or Z.
** note that this does not take into account any special rules like impact hits from chariots, always strike first, etc.
For your second part, lets assume Y and Z have a higher initiative than A and strike before it. Who gets to attack out of A after casualties depends on the alignment of the attackers.
For example, if Y and Z flanked A in the counter charges, it could very well look like this:
In which case, the 3 on each flank would be killed leaving the middle three "A" models to strike at unit X.
If they charged unit A in the front and killed 6, then nobody would be left to swing at X (or anyone else).