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Hi. I know about the bonuses that you get with hand weapon + sheild in close combat... the question is do you get it with flails and shields... (does the flail count as a hand weapon..)
Example: I have a unit of 15 Marauders with flails and shields... what bonuses would they receive?
I had this long signature made up, but I didnt like it...
A hand weapon is a Hand Weapon. Not a flail, a greatweapon, a halberd, or anything other than the Hand Weapon. Its a separate weapon type than flails. So no. You dont get the armour bonus.
Seeing as Flails uses two hands, you won't even get the basic shield bonus in close combat, much less the hw&sh bonus.
You can only use the shields to save against shooting attacks, or you could elect to use basic hand weapons in close combat, rather than your flails, so that they get both bonuses and a 5+ save as a result.