Risk to Leader question

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Risk to Leader question

Post by sjwalker51 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:08 pm

Opinions, please, on a slightly unusual situation that arose today...

A badly shot-up section has been reduced to a 1-man rifle team in light cover and a 3-man LMG team in hard cover, within 4” of each other and with a JL nominally with the LMG team.

In the next round of enemy fire, they score 2 Kills on the rifle team and 1 Kill on the LMG team.

1) What is the risk of the Leader being one of the casualties - is it 1-3 (the total number of Kills scored) or 1-2 (the actual number of Kills that can be inflicted).

2) if the former, should the JL casualty be in addition to the 2 inflicted on the squad (1 per team) or instead of the 1 inflicted on the LMG team?

Hope that makes sense!

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Re: Risk to Leader question

Post by Truscott Trotter » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:14 pm

I would say 1-2 the actual number of casualties.
(Do not have book with me ATM so cannot check wording on 9.1.1)
Being nominally with one team is irrelevant as long as the JL is within 4" of a team receiving a kill.

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Re: Risk to Leader question

Post by Capt Fortier » Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:53 am

Variants of this question or something very similar have come up before - see for examples relatively recently: Anomalies when apportioning casualties to LMGs and Leaders and
4 Kill results on 2 riflemen and attached junior and senior leader; the latter including a ruling from Richard, although perhaps somewhat contested!

Given the JL is within 4" of a team or section that has taken kills, and the round of firing saw three kills, I'd say you would do 1D6 check and the leader is hit on 1-3. An alternative reading of Rich's ruling would be that the leader is an automatic hit from the surplus kill on the rifle team (but still test for effect).
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Re: Risk to Leader question

Post by ianh » Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:13 pm

That's pretty much what we did - 1-3 chance and 1 man dead from each team.
Resulted in a knocked out JL and a wiped out team - but due to poor dice rolling only one off the Force Moral

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