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Me and a friend were playing our first higher point game last night (2200 pts). He is VC and I am Lizzies.
We had a combat situation that went like this...
My Temple Guard charged straight at the front of a large unit of Skeletons. A second unit of regular Warriors hit the flank. I end up killing a whole lots (like 20 something) of Skeletons after he takes casualties from combat resolution. He still has 8 or so left.
During his turn a small unit ofhis Knights hits the exposed flank of my Warriors. During the ensuing combat all his remaining Skeletons are wiped out. He only kills one Warrior. Our question became, Would the Cavalry take damage from the combat resolution score for the whole combat? They were only in base contact with the Warriors and with all the Skeletons now dead the TG were no longer in contact with anyone. But at the start of the combat round it would be all counted as one combat and you do score combat resolution by totalling up the points for an entire side, not just unit to unit.
All I could find in the BRB was rules for multiple units in combat fleeing and pursuing. Which doesn't happen here since Undead never run. They just take extra wounds.
So would the Cavalry have taken the excessive wounds?
Every undead unit in the combat takes damage for the amount the entire combat was lost by (TK pg 21, don't know about VC).
You only calculate one set of combat resolution for the whole fight, therefore any results should be applied to all units that remain in combat.
A friend of mine tried to tip a combat once by charging a vampire into the back of my unit. He then lost combat by about 5 and his vampire died through combat res. I laughed.
Helper monkey, bring me beer and donuts