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Old 05 Mar 2006, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
Aunshasta
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Default Cover height and skimmer question

My group and I have been experimenting with different types of terrain and making things more and more complex in our games. The question came up about "line of sight" blocking terrain and skimmers. If we are right so far (and likely we aren't) the following is true:

1) Woods block line of sight through them

2) Woods (and other terrain) can be of a number of heights (such as height 1, height 2, height 3...etc.)

3) Terrain of a lower height than a model in it does not provide cover or block LOS to or from the model. Example, a Height 2 monsterous creature standing in height 1 woods can be seen and shot at and can also see and shoot itself.

From skimmers:

4) Skimmers do not end their movement "in" woods or other difficult terrain areas. Instead, they "hover" above them gaining no cover benefit from them.

5) Because skimmers are hovering, they do not block LOS like other tanks can.

So now here come the questions:

6) Can a skimmer fire freely while "hovering" above a woods hex (much like a monsterous creature standing in lower height terrain)?

7) Can a skimmer "choose" to hover at a higher height behind a woods area (actually in the clear with the woods in front of it) so that it can shoot over/past the woods at a target? It could also be targeted in this case.

8) Could a skimmer elect to end it's movement "hull down" in the above terrain situation in #7 where it could theoretically end it's move at a lower height to either gain no LOS or at least a glancing hit only result?

9) If a skimmer is hovering at a higher height, either because it can from #7 above, or it has ended its movement over higher height terrain, then could it shoot past a second peice of intervening terrain at the same or lower height? If true, the idea may eventually allow a skimmer tank to choose to be at such a height at the end of it's movement that no LOS are blocked by terrain to any point on the playfield. Considering a railgun outfitted hammerhead, this is very dangerous.

Please help out a noob and his buddy and comment on what we need to do to cover these situations. (And yes, he plays with 'nids and monsterous creatures and I play Tau)

-Aun Shasta
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