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I have a question about charging and the space in which a model can fit. Here's the situation that came up when I was playing my friend's Nurgle army. My count on a winged nightmare (monster base) flank-charged his Great Unclean One which was crowded by models from a nearby combat. My friend said that you can only charge if there's room to fit the model in but that he'd let me put the model in the rear and count it as a flank.
But there was room for the nightmare's base to fit in, no question; however, with its wing-span, extended talons, and trailing tail, the model as a whole wouldn't fit in. I felt that as there was room for the base, then the charge counts.
Now it wasn't an issue and didn't change the ultimate outcome of the game (even though the count and his minions did take out the Great Unclean One). But I'm curious about what's "correct".
I think that as long as you can get the model's base in contact with the enemy model's base, then they can fight in combat. I don't think that the bases even have to be completely aligned with each other either, however, you should make every effort to get the bases of multiple combatants properly aligned with each other whenever possible.
If you only have two models in a fight and both are on large bases, but for some reason you can't quite get their bases aligned (usually because of some terrain getting in the way), then as long as one model has enough movement to comfortably make it into combat, just place the models as close as possible and count them as being in combat. Remember also that corners count for base-to-base contact.
One thing that is never allowed is overlapping bases, if parts of models overlap (typically wings and arms/weapons) that's fine, but never bases (that would defeat the point of having different base sizes). If a model's base would have to overlap the base of another model to make it into combat, then that model cannot get into combat.
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Well in this case I would say that the player you were playing against wasn't completley "Generous". If the bases can touch... even corner to corner its close combat. If the head wings claws or whatever get in the way it still counts as a sucessful charge.
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Thanks, guys. Those responses make sense.