My Dark Artisan DE formation charged into combat against a unit of 2 Zoanthropes, one of which had a wound on it from shooting.
The Talos and Cronos attacked at the same initiative before the Zoanthropes. As explained in The Assault Phase section of the BRB, p.51, I put the wounds from each MC into different wound pools since they have different strengths and special rules.
The Cronos wiffed his attacks. The Talos landed 2 wounds, one of which was instant death due to ichor injector.
My opponent then declared he'd take the instant death wound on the Zoanthrope with 1 pre-existing wound (they have 2 each), which is not
in base contact with the source of the wounds, thereby negating the benefit of the instant death rule from killing the other full health model. The Question
: Can he do that?
I took a picture to show that the Zoanthrope with the pre-existing wound is clearly NOT in base contact with the Talos (yellow).
He argues that the section on p.52, "A Wound must be allocated to an enemy model in base contact with a model attacking at that Initiative step."
takes precedence, and that since both the Talos and Cronos were at the same initiative he is justified in putting the wounds on a model NOT in base contact with the model that dealt the wounds.
But in doing so he ignores my argument, which is from two paragraphs sooner - "Wounds are allocated and resolved starting with the closest model, just like in the Shooting phase."
Since the Talos dealt the wounds, the Zoanthrope in base contact with it is obviously closest and must take the wounds first.
Basically he is saying that base contact doesn't matter and that the wounds DON'T come from the specific model that dealt them.
And I'm saying that the rules say the wounds DO come from their specific sources, just like the assault rules say it is similar to wound allocation in the shooting phase.
Who is correct?
I dedicate these deaths to Odin Allfather, Spearshaker, One Eye.
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