So I was at a friendly store tournament last week and I learned that apparently I've been entirely mistaken about how charges work.
My opponent charged one of my units with an extremely wide unit of his own while mine was far off to his left (still in his forward arc)
According to him, when charging one measures the closest distance between the units. If the charge roll (plus movement) is equal to or greater than that distance, the unit makes it in automatically. In other words while charging the unit gets a MASSIVE free wheel- in this case on the order of 12 or 15 inches.
I always thought that if one had to wheel while charging this distance was included in the maximum distance one could charge.
Well we looked it up in the rule book. Under the rules for charging It says that the unit may wheel up to 90, but does NOT say that this wheel is free. However, in the previous section about rolling for charge distance, the rules simply state "measure the distance between the units" and on another, completely unrelated page, it says all distances are measured between the closest points in the unit.
So as of now, it appears my opponent was correct. He was a good sport though, and allowed me to back my units up because I didn't know the rules (nice guy). Still, this rule seems EXTREMELY hokey to me. If he had successfully completed that charge, the models on the right side of his unit would have travelled like 24 inches in one charge.
Please tell me there is some rule, some errata somewhere, ANYTHING that says this is not the case.