On the nearby thread I asked one question, but I suppose it'll be better to make separate thread. So, I just want to get it clear for me (and for our community), how to deal with situations described below.
Let's pretend we have a group of fast Auxilia which moves 2BW forward and contacts three corners of three columns of Warbands.
What will happen next? On the one hand Aux group must conform one of the columns, due to: "...group contacting a group conforms to that group".
But on the other hand we have Figure 13d, which force Wb groups to conform or fight as overlapped.
I really need your reasoning to get the game logic.
This is a fairly easy one Zendor...it’s just the infamous Figure 13d with an extra column.
The moving Aux group should conform, but that’s physically impossible, no matter how much movement the Aux group has. So the Wb columns must conform instead. Therefore:- Wb-A1 conforms to Ax-D1, Wb-B1 conforms to Ax-D3, Wb-C1 conforms to Ax-D4, ...leaving Ax-D2 unoccupied with two nice overlaps.
As the Aux group has not made contact with any enemy front-edge, it cannot claim the free sideways slide.
Also note that unwritten hidden rule again...groups are never forced to break-up when conforming. Only their owner, a combat outcome, or being made to turn-to-face can break-up a group. (Nowhere is this mentioned in the rules, but it is implied, or many of the diagrams would be different)
Greedo, when first looking at the diagram and eyeballing the distances I also thought that they conformance should be by the shortest distance necessary - i.e. as you suggest. However after a second's reflection realized that as the contacts were on their corners, the WB were conforming to the element that specifically contacted them.
Oh I see what you mean. They don’t rotate around the point of contact. They have contacted at the corner and conform to that contact.. ie the slide and conform happens in one move... ok. Thanks goragrad