The new version of the Vanguard rules has the update:
“Break Away action updated to free Melee attack with no retaliations. Models Breaking away can no longer engage another enemy model when doing so”
So it is clear that when breaking away the opponent gets a free melee attack and so one no longer just makes an armour save. This change has led to a few probelms linked to special abilities though. For example, the Goblin sneak has the ability:
“This model can always Break Away without having to make any Armour Rolls.”
Can the sneak still simply break away? Probably but it isn’t as clear as it was.
Trolls have the “vicious swipe” ability that says:
“When attempting to Break Away from a Troll, enemy models have a -1 modifier when they make their Armour Save roll.”
but they also have crushing strength (2), so does this become an armour save for melee attacks that hit with a modifier of 3? Or does only one or other of the modifiers count? Again, not entirely clear though it seems like a modifier of 3 is probably right. The change also makes breaking away a fairly pointless endeavor unles you have very good armour and/or lots of wounds. It feels like a poor change to me. Anyone else got any thoughts?