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Greetings fellow Fire Brothers and Sisters!
A quick query, if I may?
1. Using Pathfinder Team as an example, are they allowed to fire underneath their hovering Devilfish at an enemy unit?
2. If the answer to the above is "Yes":
a. Can the enemy fire back at them?
b. If so, do they have to take a target priority not to fire at the vehicle?
c. Or must they fire at the vehicle?
I must assume that this has been covered before but I wasn't able to find any threads in my initial searches. Sorry!
Thank you for your time.
~ Ravenscraig ~
Skimmers never block line of sight for either player unless they land in which case they are no longer skimmers until they move again and they block LOS for both players as a normal tank. A skimmer can only do this in a turn it does not move.
An unit must make a target priority test if another enemy unit is closer than the one they are firing at, this includes tanks. This test does not apply if the target is a vehicle unless another vehicle is closer.
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2. a. Yes, the enemy can fire back.
b. yes, they must make a target priority test.
c. only if they fail the target priority test.
in addition, skimmers never block line of sight unless they have landed or are immobilized.
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a quick clairification. target priority tests are to be made if you want to fire at a unit that is not the closest unit, or if you want to fire at a vehicle that is not the closest vehicle.
you can always choose to fire at vehicles OR units, so for example the example you listed with pathfinders and a devilfish. the opposing player can decide if they want to shoot at troops OR vehicles for any given unit, so no your devilfish never screens your pathfinders by forcing a target priority test. however you can force a test to save your pathfinders by making sure that another unit of troops is infact closer to the firing unit.
A unit may choose to fire at vehicles instead of troops, but it does not work the other way. A unit may not choose to fire at troops and ignore vehicles. It means that a tau unit jumping out of the back of the devilfish for a FOF has a little protection against shooting (very small, but it is there).
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Thane of Ravenscraig:
you can use your devilfish to screen your pathfinders.
the enemy HAS to shoot at it (as its the closest target) even if it can't damage it UNLESS it passes a leadership test.
the pathfinders can shoot and be shot at since the devilfish is a skimmers and doesn't block line of sight.
ah ok sorry XsickpeopleX is correct sorry about that (i was quoting from memory) i was incorrect in 1 part, you can choose to ignore the troops and shoot at a "large target" at will. but not vise versa. its odd its set up thisa way because you will get situations where a unit will be forced to fire at a target it cant hurt if it fails its leadership test. but this is indeed the rule as GW has written