Friday, August 3, 2012
Barrage and Squadrons in 6th Edition
Lets talk about two of the rules that got changed a bit with the move to 6th.
First let us discuss barrage. It definitely got an upgrade with the ability to allocate wounds from the center of the blast unlike most shooting which goes front to back, this makes it a lot harder to hide that IC in the back, or protect your squads with the not able to be insta-killed guy in the front (i am looking at you warboss on a bike.
However there has also been a very large negative put on barrage, it no longer ignores night fight. Because of how the barrage rules read, and how the night fight rules read, you -must- be within 36" in order to -TARGET- any unit, no matter if your weapon is barrage or not, when night fight is on. This came into effect in a recent game between myself and CVinton, and really changed the dynamic of the game so much that we simply wiped the game off our respective records when we discovered what happened. Will this rule be FAQed? Perhaps, it does seem a bit silly that you cannot fire a weapon indirectly during night fight, but we shall see. The rule is very clear once read, and makes things like the Manticore far less scary.
Secondly let us talk about vehicle squadrons. It was a big sore point for many a player in 5th edition that when taking vehicles in squads, you would lose the vehicle entirely when it would get immobilized. 6th edition has changed that, it now becomes its own unit and is left behind, leaving the rest of the squadron to continue as normal.
It -seems- like an amazing change, but we are forgetting something. With the new edition comes new damage charts for vehicles. You only get immobilized from rolling a 5 on the damage chart or rolling a 1 on terrain tests, not from losing all your weapons, then suffering another result. So the chances of this actually happening are quite thin.
So the new squadron rules are bonus... but a deceptively small one at that when you combine how easy it is to kill most vehicles these days (Minus those wonderful flyers of course).
What do you guys think are some of the neat or not so neat things that you have seen so far in 6th? What has caught you by surprise and made you look a bit foolish (like the barrage rule did to me)?
Once again, if you readers have anything you would like me to cover in a post (I recommend Imperial Guard questions but hell I will give any subject a shot as long as it pertains to 40k) shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, burn some heretics, kill some mutants, and do it always.....
FOR THE EMPEROR!