I've seen that issue debated before, so looked it up. The only thing I am crystal clear on is that it is a contentious issue ( http://www.tacticalwargames.net/taccmd/ ... 8&start=90
I found this FAQ in the most recent netEA Tournament Pack:
Q:It is possible for an aircraft to assault into a formation which is completely covered by the Zones of Control of a formation of Scout units. That would force the dismounting troops to enter the ZoC of the scout formation, which is not allowed. How should this work?
A:In general, treat this as if the unloading formation is starting a move in enemy ZoC. They are already Engaging the target formation, so that requirement is met. The other requirement is that they must attempt to move out of the enemy ZoC. Keep in mind that as enemy units are contacted, they lose their Zone of Control.
If the dismounting troops enter a target’s ZoC, they must attempt to reach base contact with that unit, per the charge rules. If the dismounting troops can move out of all enemy ZoC (avoiding the target’s ZoC entirely and escaping the screening ZoC), they may choose to do so instead of charging to base contact. If the dismounting troops cannot escape all enemy Zones of Control, they must attempt to reach base contact with the target formation.
I also have 2 photos from the game we played, where the assaulted formation wasn't completely in scout ZOC but was covered enough to make an assaulting unit have less freedom of placement.
In this Tau tetras (diamond shape in bottom left corner) make a semi circle around the riptides (the other 4 tetras don't show up in the photo)
The Thunderhawk has landed in the narrow gap between scout Zones of Control.
A closer view shows the assault marines and TH, several of which are in CC, a few in FF, and all have avoided the scout's zone of control. Avoiding the ZOC is the reason for their unusual funnel shape; they'd all prefer to be in base to base.
They won the assault and hacked down some tau as usual, but reading that FAQ they might have had an alternative way to do the same assault. The TH can't barge riptides because they are WE, but if it had collided with one they might have been able to jump out into both the riptide and scout ZOC, and then go in to contact with the closest units (riptides) while still being in the scout ZOC.