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Hi one of the current rules of 5th ed that have always annoyed me is concerning cover saves from troops. As it stands the current rules suggest that units can stand infront of another unit to allow units behind to benefit from a cover save. It does get ridiculous so I shall present what I believe it should be amended to and why.

This amendment (coming to that in a bit) copies a bit from the rules grots gave in the old ork codex. In this players were fine to screen boys with grots and got a cover save for it. All well and good. However if this cover save was ever passed a grot bit the dust instead.


The amendment:

Units that are being shot through another unit gain a 4+ cover save. However if this cover save passed then the wounding hit is instead targeted against the unit nearest to the firing unit in a straight line (also this can affect friendly models) If a unit gains a cover save equal to or better than this (such as from hiding in a ruin) then this cover save is used instead. Note that the stealth rule does not allow the 4+ cover save gained by shooting through other units to be increased to 3+ or better.


Is it just me or is this actually sensible? Please comment now!!!
 

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It's not that the unit between the shooters and the target actually absorb the fire, it's that they ruin or spoil the aim of the firing unit. Even says that in the BRB. That and it speeds the game up a bit. Sort of like cover saves not allowing armour saves. If you were allowed both, the game might take too long to complete and get really boring and stagnant.
 

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yeah also I think the old ork rule was grots could be used to gain cover saves, but the grots themselves did not die if the save was passed. The only time grots died randomly I believe was when they were used on mind fields.
 
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