LPG - LOS Oddities
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- This article is part of Warmachine University's Learning to Play the Game (LPG) series, which is "Intermediate Training" aimed at new players who are still learning the core rules.
In this lesson we'll teach you how to shoot around corners! How to make free strikes disappear! And how to saw a lady in half...! No not really.
Shooting out your arse
Since you can draw LOS from any part of Model A, there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting it at your arse. As long as the end point (at Model B) is within your front arc then you're good to go. Clever positioning will let you shoot around corners.
Left Arc, Right Arc ... I'm the guy with the gun
In addition to the LOS rules quoted above, huge-based models have additional rules for their left and right field of fire
The thing is, LOS isn't tied to firing arcs. You don't need to draw LOS for your right-hand weapons from your right-hand side, and vice versa. You can get LOS for any weapon from anywhere on your base.
Free Strikes - Disappearing Act
Free Strikes (pg 44 of rulebook pdf)
The trick here is, you can get out of the free striker's LOS without advancing. What you do is advance a different model in between to block LOS, then the original model is free to walk away without eating a free strike.
Since it normally takes at least two models to block LOS to one model, this trick is only worth doing to protect your "high value" models. For example, a caster that has only 1 hitpoint left.
The forest LOS rules get a bit weird if you apply them to U-shaped forests, like the one pictured below. Rules as written:
- The red model can not see the blue model (because it is behind a forest).
- The red model can see the black model (because you're looking through less than 3" of a single forest piece).
If you have a piece of terrain like this, you're better off not using the rules-as-written and instead discuss it with your opponent before the game. Or better yet don't put this piece on the table at all.