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Lets say a nuit of 20 ghouls charges a unit of 20 skinks, and they start out real close to each other (so every ghoul can reach every skink and vice versa). Do the two units just line up in a single rank 20 models wide? That seems kinda messed up :/
Yes, assuming there's no intervening terrain or other units blocking their alignment, they'd all be lined up like their about to start a square dance. (And the ghouls would win because, well, they're cooler and skinks are super-puny).
Sadly keilah, it's true, they all have to line up. I had a similar situation a while ago when my beastherd charged a unit of ghouls, they all lined up until each end of the fighting line encountered either a terrain feature or another unit. Needless to say this was bad for my beastherd because I wanted some ranks! I won anyway, but had that terrain and unit not been there, it would have been silly.
"Peace, through superior firepower."
However, if you were the chargers, could you not elect to hold some troops back in later ranks?
Last edited by Aegir; August 29th, 2005 at 13:33.
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No, you can't. It states you have to get as many models into combat as possible (even with normal rank-and-file units). Besides, the only time you would want to hold back some (since most skirmishers don't get ranks) is with beastmen, because they can get rank bonuses. It's GW grand idea that once combat is engaged, everybody wants a piece of the enemy, even Elven archers...
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