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Question is, without a model is the tyranid spore pod a solid object with a single opening? Or similar in nature as the SM Drop Pods which flower open and can be seen through (although granting a cover save)?
I've seen some conversions so far, and they appear to be solid in nature, and could be used to block LoS? Is this intended?
Can small units use their own pod to block LoS?
I couldn't find a specific rule in the codex stating either case.
EDIT: Sorry just realized this could be in the Rules Sections instead, if a mod would like to move it that would be great.
The way I look at it, they're Monstrous Creatures, but can't move. So you get the 4+ save for having one between you and the nasty stuff. If it's killed, there is no intervening terrain left behind, so cover goes away.
It's no vehicle, like the SM drop pods. Sorry to burst your bubble on that.
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Well, a spore will provide cover to a MC behind it only if the spore model actually obscures at least 50% of the MC's body. It won't actually provide cover automatically by virtue of it being a MC itself.
Without a model from GW ... hard to say what it "should" do. I think it's fair to expect spore models to be capable of providing cover, FWIW.
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Ok. I was just trying to get an idea of how people are playing with them. True LoS, with a solid structure Pod, would mean a tyranid commander could hide 2-3 zoanthropes behind it, without being able to "see" them. Therefore blocking line of sight.
I'm not trying to gain or negate an advantage, as myself I'm primarily Ultramarine player, check my albums. I've seen some serious work on tyranid pods just by googling them. Some have the flowering type, but most are solid.
I plan on modeling some myself, so I was curious if I should make them so they could be seen through, or just make them solid. My games are all friendly but slightly competitive, so I'd like to take the rules into consideration before making my own conversion.
Sure they can block LOS. These are MC's and not open-topped transports. It all depends on how they're modeled. To model something similar in size and height as that of a marine drop pod sounds perfectly reasonable, and that appears to be the majority of spores that I've seen. Smaller is ok, but if you model something larger than a drop pod, you may start to hear complaints and accusations of exploitation.
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It blocks los if it (actually physically) blocks los. Thats fifth ed. Until (if) gw comes out with an official model whatever you're using will or will not block los and that will be that.
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