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I'm confused about how the Nightshroud works. I'm contemplating using it on my General, with the theory being that anything wishing to attack them will die as the General plus any other models in base contact will kill the enemy first.
when is the item activated? Does it apply to the whole unit charging the vampire (and the vampire's unit) or only to those models actually attacking the vampire specifically.
If it only affects specific models...is it those in base contact, or only those who actively roll to hit the general?
If it is the latter (which is what I take from the item's description) when do you announce this to your opponent? When they declare that they are goin to roll to hit the vampire in question? Do they get to change their mind at this point and roll to attack RNF instead?
Sorry if this is something obvious...but it's not to me =)
This Roman knows...
Its always in affect, and basically the way it works is, when in combat, any opponents that attempt to attack you (before or after your characters attacks) lose ASF if they have it and instead always strike last, and lose all charging benefits (such as lances. but they still keep things like flail.)
Would you let your opponent then attack RNF instead?
This Roman knows...
God no - they have to allocate attacks when they make attempt to attack. Its part of teh risk of attacking something - for example, a Dark Elf player wouldn't suddenly announce his character has teh Pendant and then allow the opponent to attack someone else....
Its the advantage of using builds from the standard characters rather than special characters and makes magical item choice all the more fun for the "hidden" effects. One example is Heart of Woe - great for low-level characters - if your opponent knows a character has it, he isn't going to try htting that character is he? Not quite teh same with Caradryan - the opponent won't try to take out this guy with a character as he will know that the model is a challenge beast - ASF attacks AND the whole "wrath of Asuryan" thing going on...
What happens if your opponent has a character in a unit and he says the character is going to attack your vampire. Do you tell him then that you have that effect?
If this is correct then wouldn't the rest of his unit know to go after something else?
I would say that if your opponent declares his character will attack your Vampire then you would reveal that he has the Nightshroud. You only have to reveal the Nightshroud just before he starts rolling his attacks. A smart player will ask what your character has and what does his equipment do. The Nightshroud is really handy against High Elves and Wood Elves, as they can't afford to have you hit first.
A bit of advice:
If your opponent's character declares a challenge on your Vampire then I would suggest that you don't accept. Although you have the Nightshroud, you probably don't want to take the chance of dying. Accept with your champion unless you know you can win, like against an Empire Wizard or something. If you accept against an Empire character ask if he's got Van Horstmann's. If he's got frenzied Knights or something, then refuse the challenge altogether and let the unit crumble. Hope that next turn you can get something to support your unit.
You can't ask an opponent what the character has before the actual decision to challenge - generally if you have an Empire character fighting and challenging he WILL have some nasty tricks up his sleeve like Van Horstmann's. Also watch out for challenges against High Elves where he has the Null Stone. Your magical tricks and trappings become suddenly worthless..and if you have a Nightshroud you are suddenly just a T5 character with light armour, wielding possibly just a normal hand weapon...