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1. can you mix and match weapons in a unit. IE can some have flails and some have hand weapons and shields.
2. how many ranks fight in close combat?
my rulebook hasn't come in the mail yet, but i know the basic rules already. Just can't look it up.
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Models in a unit are all armed the same, with the exception of characters that join the unit. The unit may carry more than one weapon, e.g hand weapon, shield and great weapon, but when in close combat, you must declare which weapon or weapon combo the unit is using if there is a choice. The entire unit must fight with the specified weapon until the combat is over, i.e one side is broken from combat or wiped out.
Generally, only models in base to base contact fight, so if the unit is engaged to the front only the 1st front rank of the unit will fight. If the unit is armed with spears, then they may fight in 2 ranks, and pikes allow 3 ranks to fight. However the extra rank only extends to the front of the unit for combat. Badly worded i know, but basically if the unit is fighting to the flank, only the warriors on the flanks in base to base get to fight.
Hope that helps. Dec.
Don't pikes allow you to fight in 4 ranks?
But deciever has pretty much given you the low down.
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Another important thing to note is what happens when your men die in close combat, if your opponent kills your fighting rank you can't attack back. This is a really important rule and probably gives a reason to field pikes/spears.
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