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Horizontal vs. Direct Measurement
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Old 28 Sep 2008, 04:22   #1 (permalink)
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Default Horizontal vs. Direct Measurement

First of all, I am terribly sorry if this question is answered clearly in the 5th edition rulebook, as I have said before, I still do not have my own copy, and I really need to fix that. :P

Now, with that out of the way, how exactly should measurements be made when playing 40k?

Should they be made horizontally, over the battlefield, without taking height differences into account (unless specified by the rules)?
This seems to be the way things were done in 4th edition, at least with movement. The book says that a model may move up and down the same distance it moves along when taking a difficult terrain test. But that means if you roll a six, the model could actually end up... *frantic calculations* 8.5 inches from where it started!

Or, should measurements be made directly from the starting point to the end point, including any height difference between the points?
For example, a unit of firewarriors with pulse rifles could not shoot at another unit elevated 36" in a tower 2" away, and the model above could only move 6 inches up at a 45 degree angle, about 4.2" horizontally and another 4.2" vertically.

Actually, does it even matter that much, as long as all measurements are made consistently?

Any help would be appreciated, as this is kind of starting to give me a headache.
Thanks.
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Old 28 Sep 2008, 04:35   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Horizontal vs. Direct Measurement

I use a 6 inch string to do movement around corners and heights.
The string would only go horizontally and vertically, not in a direct line to the end. Most models can't jump that far.

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Old 28 Sep 2008, 04:39   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Horizontal vs. Direct Measurement

Buy a rulebook, or look at your opponent's. You can't play the game without the rules, and we can't replace the book.

But this is different in 5th Edition. Weapon ranges are measured at the required angle. And moving up and down between levels in a building costs 3". For other sorts of climbing, it is really left up to you and your opponent to negotiate.
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