Post by taldarinzphoenix on Dec 23, 2022 20:25:08 GMT
The Rulebook says a unit cannot choose to use hand weapons over a “special weapon”, but there are units that can be equipped with halberds and shields. Can such a unit decide to use its hand weapon and shield instead of halberds in combat? Or is the purchase of a shield purly for defense against missile/magic attacks?
Post by FvonSigmaringen on Dec 23, 2022 22:16:13 GMT
As the Requires Two hands special rule states (BRB p. 75): "If a weapon requires two hands to use, it is not possible for a model to use a shield or an additional hand weapon alongside it in close combat (although a shield can still be used against wounds caused by shooting or magic)."
In old editions, I'm pretty sure there were spells that destroyed your "special weapon" and you had to revert to using a hand weapon instead.
Sweet Shield benefit! 🤣
In the 6th Edition, you had the Bane of Forged Steel spell (Lore of Metal), where the original version stated:
Cast on 11+This spell has a range of 12" and can be cast on an enemy unit which is visible to the caster. If successfully cast, the enemy’s weapons begin to crumble and rust away. No weapon bonuses or penalties apply to the affected unit for the remainder of the battle. For example, a unit wielding Great Swords will not get their +2 Strength bonus in combat for the rest of the battle, but will now not have to strike last. A unit with missile weapons may not shoot for the duration of the entire battle. Affected units are assumed to use hand weapons instead. War machines and magic weapons cannot be affected by the Bane of Forged Steel – only ordinary weaponry carried by troops [Italics mine].
However, the sentence in Italics was later changed by an Erratum to read: "Affected units are assumed to use their fist/claws, etc, and so cannot benefit from the rules for using two hand weapons or a hand weapon and shield."
In 7th you could chose to use a special weapon or a hand weapon each combat - which was handy for say spearmen, when their numbers diminished enough that the extra rank from spears was no longer of use.
Unfortunately in 8th, as stated above, you have to use the special weapon
Post by Grimfang Gogulk on Jan 1, 2023 23:49:50 GMT
Yeah, it looks cool. I like those old, metal Bretonnian halberdiers with shields slung on their backs..
"-Gork an´ Mork made da Gobblinz fer us ta kick, kill an´ eat. Dey is nothing, dey is less than nothing. Even dere magic is weak an´ pointless. Only use dey got in a fight iz katchin´ Humie arrows. Wiv der´ eadz..