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I was playing in a local league last week and an opponent objected when I tried to mount a squad on a Raider it had not started on at the beginning of the game. He argued that different squads could not use a single transport during the game. I did not believe this, and said so, but he was adamant and it was late, so I vowed to look into this further.
I could find NOWHERE in the rules where it is even hinted that a transport is limited to hauling the squad initially assigned to it. Nor could I find ANYWHERE that if I start grots on a raider, I cannot subsequently (after grots disembark) embark warriors or an independent character or other eligibles on the Raider.
While not everything in 40k is intuitive, I believe the transport rule is. The Raider's are the technicals of the future, after all!
Anyone else run into this kind of argument?
It's a silly rule because when a unit disembarks from its troop transport it can act freely, therefore, it should be allowed to pick up a new unit.
Yep, it is, on re-reading it (slower, with feeling).Originally Posted by MiketehFox
My first read I understood it to mean 'type of squad'. So if I buy two Raider squads, the Raiders can be used interchangeably between the squads...after all, I did purchase both so there is no 'play balance' issue.
Now I am at a loss to figure why 40 millenia can pass and even races more advanced than Monkeigh are not willing or able to trade vehicles when it would be to their advantage. I guess I understand the SM may leave their personal belongings (teddy bears, whatever) and so be unwilling to jump on a different Rhino, but as piratical raiders, DE are opportunists and should behave as such.
I started playing with 3rd edition, so am probably missing some history on why this rule came about...
I agree wholeheartedly. To me, it is an unnecessary complication. The access points, armor facings, not aassaulting on the move (typically) make more sense. As long as you don't overstuff a transport, anyone should be able to hop on. We do that today...so 40,000 yrs from now, I can easily imagine Monkeigh and more advanced races doing so...Originally Posted by gdlwalker