Taking Cover, how to interpret

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dsenebrecht
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Taking Cover, how to interpret

Post by dsenebrecht » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:25 pm

Newbie here. just finished a simple game. haven't played in a few years so forgive the basic questions.

So i get that taking cover reduces the vulnerability of a unit......e.g. someone shooting at them in the open has to use the Okay column instead of the Great shot column.

1) if you are "taking cover" can you fire? can you spot? do other stuff?

2) If not, for example if a squad wants to move forward and get off some shots and then take cover, should the sequence be for example, if using 3 actions, (A) roll 1D6 for movement, (B) fire with the 2nd D6, and then (C) take cover with the 3rd Action

3) on the next turn, the squad is still considered to be "taking cover" do they need to use 1 action to "remove cover" before they are allowed to spot, move or fire?

Thanks!

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Re: Taking Cover, how to interpret

Post by Archdukek » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:09 pm

I've always understood "taking cover" to mean the troops are making themselves as small a target as possible using the local terrain or hugging the ground, so no they can't do other actions whilst still claiming they are taking cover. However, there is no cost to "remove cover" when troops are activated and do something else like spot or fire then they are no longer "taking cover". Having spotted or fired they could always use an action to "take cover" once again.

So to answer your questions:
1) No you cannot fire, spot or do anything else when "taking cover".
2) Yes that's the sequence to follow. The squad makes a rush forward, snaps off some shots, then goes to ground. It will neither move very far not fire very effectively but it will be better protected if the enemy shoots back.
3) a squad which has used an action to "take cover" in a previous turn remains in that state until it activates and does something else. There is no cost in action to remove cover.

Worth remembering that using an action to "take cover" is not the same thing as using terrain like a hedge or wood to give a squad cover. A squad lining a hedge would still be classed as an OK shot at best if fired upon even if it used all its actions to spot or fire. If it used an action to "take cover" in the hedge it would improve its position so that it was now a Poor shot.

John

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Re: Taking Cover, how to interpret

Post by dsenebrecht » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:14 pm

Thanks for the clarification!

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