Ok, here's the updated rules for Movement within the Action Phase.
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Action Phase: Moving Infantry
Although moving your models around seems simple, moving around well is one of the hardest things to learn in the game. It’s not enough to just close with the enemy. You also have to hug cover and time your advances so that you can hit your foe in force at his weakest point.
These rules will cover how to move units made up of infantry. The rules for moving Vehicles will be covered later.
All Models Move In Units
All models in the game will belong to, and move within, a unit. Even if a particular unit consists of only one model.
Each unit's leader has a Command Radius, equal in inches, to double the unit's Leadership (Ld) characteristic.
|[Figure AM-1] The infantry model on the right is fully within the 6” Command Radius of it’s unit leader on the|
|[Figure AM-1] Each of these models is completely within the leader's 6" Command Radius.|
Leaders Always Move First
The Leader of a unit is always the first model to move. If a unit's leader has been killed, then the unit itself may not move at all, although it may still Shoot, or perform other actions that do not require it to move.
The Leader’s Move Is Final
Once you have moved the unit's Leader, the Leader model may not be repositioned once you have let go of the model. So choose the position of this model carefully! You may reposition and tweak the final positions of the other models in the unit around the leader, but the leader model itself may not be relocated without your opponent's permission.
Special Rule: Swarm
A unit with the 'Swarm' special rule has no predefined leader. Instead, the unit's leader is chosen by it's owning player from amongst all surviving models at the beginning of the unit's movement for that turn. Place a marker or a die next to this model. It will be the unit's leader for the remainder of that turn.
Special Rule: Battle Tactics
A unit with the 'Battle Tactics' rule has been fully briefed on the details of the engagement and will know what to do even if the unit's original leader is killed. If the unit's leader is slain, simply swap any other surviving model in the unit with the original leader model. Any special weapons or equipment carried by the unit's original leader will be considered to completely replace the weapons and equipment of the model which is being swapped out.
Moving A Unit
To move a unit, you will first select the unit's leader model and move it a certain number of inches, based on the movement order given. You will then place the unit's other models anywhere that lies fully within the Command Radius of the leader model.
How far the leader, and the unit as a whole, is able to move will depend on the type of action that you have selected.
Regardless of the type of move selected, no model in a unit may be placed any closer than 2" to any enemy model; unless the unit's leader has first initiated an assault.
Moving Into Assault
Normally, no member of a unit may be moved or placed within 2” of any enemy model. The only exception to this rule is when you wish to initiate an Assault. This allows your unit to engage in hand-to-hand combat with one or more enemy units.
To initiate an Assault, a unit's leader must perform an Advance, Shooting Advance, or an At-The-Double move that brings it into direct base-to-base contact with at least one model in an enemy unit.
Once an assault has been initiated in this way, the rest of the unit may be placed within 2” of enemy models, or even in base-to-base contact with them. Models which are placed in base-to-base contact with the enemy may strike them with their close-combat weapons in the Assault Phase. While the models in an assaulting unit which are not placed in base-to-base contact may only lend supporting fire to their comrades.
The precise details of how close-combat works will be covered in the rules for the Assault Phase.