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Now, if the unit in orbis survives the charge, does it strike back? The rules say that a unit can strike back unless the charge 'came from it's rear or behind its flank'. Thus it seems to me that the orbis can indeed strike back as it doesn't have a rear or flank from which a charge can come. Have I got that right?
If the unit charging the orbis is cavalry, and the orbis is not disordered, does it get the +1 save modifier for receiving a frontal mounted charge. I think not, on the basis that, although the orbis 'counts as having no flanks or rear' it still counts as having a front. Is that right as well? The definition of orbis doesn't seem to me to say that such a unit doesn't have a front.
Note that if you say a unit in orbis doesn't have a front, it presumably can adopt any facing when coming out of orbis (a difficult activation). There is also a problem if you try to have e.g. a light unit in the same box as a unit in orbis (how can the lights and the orbis be facing in the same or opposite directions?). Evades in or through a box containing a unit in orbis also get complicated
Simon, in a much earlier thread you said a unit in orbis doesn't exert a ZOC. I can't see how that follows from the current wording ('all units exert a ZOC into the box directly to their front'), unless a unit in orbis doesn't have a front at all. Maybe the absence of a ZOC for a unit in orbis is something you were thinking for V2, rather than the current position.
Apologies for all these questions; a recent game triggered me to think about orbis for the first time and I realized how little I understand about them.