Here's a question I posted on the warhammer forum regarding the White Cloak of Ulric. Since my Empire are 95% ready to rock it at events, I wanted the local scene's opinion before I start planning my evil tactics.
Forum post here (sorry Ben you can't see this :P): http://warhammer-empire.com/theforum/index.php?topic=43778.msg742265#new
Here is my argument for my position:
Now the rule for the -1 to hit states "Enemies in base contact with the wearer".
Now on a casual glance my mind read it as "enemy models in base contact with the wearer" which it clearly does not say, and is distinctly different.
So I look for precedent from 8th ed. army books, and (more importantly) within the Empire army book.
In the warrior priest prayers section under soulfire the damage part of the spell is described as affecting "all enemy models in base contact"
So I now have an argument that the white cloak affects "enemies" in a way that is different to "enemy models" (in base contact).
This leaves 2 options:
1) GW oversight to be corrected by FAQ in 2018; or
2) white cloak affects enemy units (ie "enemies") in base contact with the wearer.
then turn to other books for guidance. There is guidance from the
Vampire Count book, which was the one released before the Empire book.
This is important if I am to dispute option 1) (which is also a poor argument- eg "I think the entire Dark Elf book was a GW oversight to be corrected by FAQ")
for the Nightshroud says it affects "enemy models in base contact" with
-1 to hit. This looks like a deliberate attempt by GW to distinguish the
white cloak from the nightshroud BECAUSE it is also supported by the wording of soulfire which has the same wording as the nightshroud.
with this I (think) I can comfortably state that the White cloak
affects all enemies in base contact, which I now read as "enemy units".
WHAT THE MEANS FOR THE EMPIRE
has massive implications for our character set ups-and also for magic
lore choice. Whitecloak on Archlector now means that the entire unit is
protected from whatever enemy is in base contact with the Archlector.
Any supporting charge will benefit from the unit in b2b with Alector
being -1 to hit.
This can be combined with postive buffs to make
us very untouchable/very killy (for infantry based armies with
hurricanum in tow), or allow knight based armies to take a more
offensive lore (like metal for nuking other knight buses and that ever
so handy transmutation of lead).
This also feels very much in line with one of the book themes: modification of "to hit" rolls as defence/offence.
Do you guys have a similar view, or have I completely misread the text?