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been reading through the WFB rulebook, completed the Movement, Shooting and Close Combat sections, and thought I'd ask some questions to clarify my understanding before I press on. Some of them probably seem really obvious to you, but they aren't to me, so please help me out.
1. I understand the rules for shooting at units in cover, in terms of half the unit needing to be in there to get the benefits. But what if I can actually only SEE part of a unit, because it's behind something I can't see/shoot through, such as a building? Am I only able to kill as many as I can see?
2. I'm not understanding the removal of casualties in the way it relates to command groups. The rulebook says that the front rank takes casualties, but that people press forward and so you take models from the back. If I lose my front 5 models, does that mean that the command group, which has to be in the front rank, is dead?
3. Do command groups have to be centred in the front rank, or can they be to one side?
4. I'm totally not understanding the rules about trying to contact as many enemy models on the charge as possible by wheeling to align yourself with them. It says you have to do that, but then it says that you don't have to if you couldn't contact them. That kind of makes sense, but then it goes and says that after you've contacted them, you get a free wheel move to form the battle line. That first wheel that you're supposed to do, is that supposed to get as many models in contact as possible right after you move forward into them, or is it supposed to set you up so that you WILL have as many models in contact after your free wheel to form the battle line?
I'm a 40k player, so I do have some familiarity with wargaming rules, but it also means that I'm quite pedantic about them, as you can see with some of the questions.
If your opponent kills your front 5 though, doesn't that mean that there are no models left in base to base contact, and you won't get any of your attacks back? (assuming a frontage of 5). (With the understanding that the models are taken from the back to keep it easy)
Yes, casualties are taken from the front rank (models taken off the back for ease) but the unit champion can only be killed if attacks are allocated against him.
So he can't be killed by impact hits etc. Your opponent has to physically state something like "...and the blue dice is the attack on your unit champion...." then they have to roll to hit, wound and you have to fail your save for him to die.
Okay then, so my new understanding (and excuse me if I'm a little slow) is that if you're wanting to avoid as many attacks back at you, you only need to kill 4 models (assuming you're not allocating attacks), because the champion won't be killed by those attacks, and being in the front rank, will therefore be able to attack back.
If you'll excuse my comparison to 40k, in 40k squad leaders (ie unit champions) cannot be picked out. But my understanding is that unit champions are more like Independent characters, in that they CAN be picked out. Is this correct?
In that case, how common is it for players to allocate 1 or 2 attacks to the champion when they charge, with the aim of knocking off that model with more attacks.
I can do 40K.
Yes, they fight like indepedant characters in 40k.
Killing 4 models will reduce the number of attacks back.
When I attack I just allocate 1 dice to the unit champion, that way if I kill him its a bonus but I don't go out of my way.
Also, unit champions can issue and accept challenges.
Okay then. That makes sense now. I was thinking about them as being like 40k squad leaders, and "hidden". But no, they're Independent Characters (with respect to being picked out).
I haven't gotten to the bit in the rulebook about challenges yet. I'm getting there slowly...
It does take time.
Apart from not having much time on my hands to actually read the book, I'm trying to go through it slowly and carefully to make sure my understanding doesn't get polluted by 40k rules. Hence the struggling with those Unit Champion rules. (which now that I find they're ICs, I'm assuming I'll read about later). Thanks for your help mate.
Glad to be of service.