Hello. We started playing AP and questions arose...
1. Is this the correct sequence for loading, laying and firing tank heavy weapons?
- Loader spends 2 AT to load and lay gun. Place a target marker on what you plan to shot at. In the same turn, the tank can move prior or after loading/laying. The tank could move next turn as long as it does not fire while keeping 'target' as long as remains in LOS
- When the gun is loaded and laid, the gunner could fire NEXT turn spending 1 AT (and could also AIM if so desired).
- The tank CANNOT MOVE in the same turn it fires. Does that mean it cannot rotate the turret (if it has one) and / or it cannot traverse (rotate the direction it is facing without changing direction)?
2. If the above is correct, what does a Shot 1 AT ammo mean then? In other words, most tanks have one ammo type that is Shot 1 and other ammo types that are Shot 1/2. Do Shot 1/2 ammo have to wait two turns after loading / laying to fire?
3. If the target moves, the tank MUST load/ lay again (spend 2 AT and re-target) and therefore cannot fire until the next turn? Is that correct? If so, why 2 AT when the round is already loaded, why not 1 AT to re-acquire target in same turn?
1) Almost all correct, can move before but not after laying. (Pag. 25 pointing the gun in a different direction and/or moving, after having loaded and aimed (the gun), causes the immediate removal of any eventual target marker already placed.)
2) Shot 1 ammo are standard shells, they are stored right next to the loader ready to use. Most AFV also carry a few special rounds for occasional use, however those are usually stored in much harder to get places, and need to be retrieved and fuzed, hence the 1/2 shot value (can shoot only once every two turns). This makes no difference the first shot or whenever you keep moving target, but it does if you lay the weapon and keep shooting at the same target, in which case you can fire every turn with standard ammo but only once every two with these. (Note that you can still fire every turn, but you can only use a special round every other shot!)
3) Correct. Yes, only 1AT to lay the gun again if it is already loaded. (pag.25 To place a new target marker, in the new direction the gun is now pointing at, is a new laying Action and requires the expenditure of a new AT.)