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Question for you: If, during army placement, your opponent asks, "What mark does that unit have?" Do you have to reveal it?!
I play Khorne, and am thinking that if my opponent knows that my unit is "frenzied" ahead of time, he may place his cheap units near them to lead them astray...
IMO all models should be WYSIWYG, so if they had Khorne markings all over them they should have the mark of Khorne and your opponent should have no need to ask,
Generally speaking I don't reveal my marks, and certainly don't reveal which units are chosen until I have to for whatever reason. It's not bad gamesmanship not to reveal them since it would give your opponent a tactical advantage in knowing the location of such units. Which to avoid, which to block, which to engage etc.
As DjSmed said, it may be a case of WYSIWYG, so your opponent may be able to work it out anyway. Besides, at the end of the day it is just a game. If you want to reveal them, go ahead. If not, just say something corny like "wouldn't you like to know" or "you'll find out soon enough" to keep things friendly
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I totally agree with DjSmed here, thinking that WYSIWYG should apply, at least to some degree, when marking your units. Painting up a warrior unit in shining armour, with red-and-gold embrodiery and then calling them chosen of nurgle is a bit wrong in my book.
Revealing if they're chosen is another thing and can't be modelled in the same way. No need to tell your opponent about them ..
Even if my warriors aren't technically 'marked' as Khorne they are usually still painted red and brass/gold to make the army look nice and fitting. I can't afford undivided painted warriors in addition to red painted. So you just say this is marked, this is just red.
As to revealing, I don't see why you should need to. Other magic effects don't need explaining, marks are magic.
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I don't think marks are magic in that sense of the word. It's more like equipment, which mave to be shown on the model (or MARKED on the model).Originally Posted by Archaon
When using magic items (a sword for example), you have to show it on the model. You can't show it's a magic sword .. but a sword. As for marks, you should show that the unit has A mark. The rest is up to the opponent to decide (.. is brass and red khorne or tzeentch?). :sleep:
I think a certain amount of common sense should be applied here.
I always tell people which marks the unit has got but that's just me
But what about people who have perfectly legitimate fluff to their army that contradicts their color scheme? For example, my army is a former knightly order from Talabecland (red and yellow), but they turned to Tzeentch after the Great War of Chaos. Therefore, all my warriors and knights are red and gold. I didn't make this fluff to confuse my opponents. Indeed, I made the fluff prior to getting back into the hobby.
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I tell my opponent as I deploy what everything has. Not everything, but like "he's got some fun magic items, a great weapon, and the mark of Slaanesh", or "warriors of Slaanesh with a magicalness banner".
Basically the army is entirely WYSIWYG with the exception that everything is painted purple, so if my opponent asks "so what in your army is immune to psych", I'll point out what unit cannot be marked.
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No worries, but i'd probably let my opponent know what was going on as a precautionOriginally Posted by TheCommodore