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If you buy a shield, i grants you +1 armor and an 6+ ward save if used in cc.
But if you use, lets say your Spear in cc, you loose the 6+ ward save. (Shields on the back then)
But do you also loose your +1 armor when you are not using your shield?
The +1 to armour is from the shield, the 6+ parry is from having a shield and handweapon.
So yes you get the +1 armour even if you use a one handed weapon that is a hand weapon. You would lose the +1 armour when using a two-handed weapon.
Are you sure?
Because i mean even if you don't have your shield equiped, you still got it (for the +1 armor now).
Here's an example, how i see the whole thing:
A troup of skavens are equiped with spears, hand weapons and shields.
They get charged, chose to use the spears in the first round of cc. Now they got a 6+ armor save.
In the second round, they swith to handweps and shield, they got a 6+ armor save and an 6+ ward save against front attackers.
Correct me if i'm wrong pls.
a spear is a one handed weapon. when you use weapons that require two hands, then you will not use the shield (and not have a 6+ armour save)
Note the skaven cannot use hand weapon the second combat round. When you have spear and shield equipped, that is what you use in all combat rounds
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You cant swap equipment during a combat. Once you use spears use are stuck using them until one side is broken or wiped out.
A shield used with a spear will add +1 to your amour save.
A shield used with a hand weapon will add +1 to your armour save and give you a 6+ parry ward save.
Thats just the way it is.
Just to further clarify weapon use, if you have a special weapon (read: something other than a hand weapon), you have to use it. So now a unit with spears has to use them, and will always use them. As others have said, shields can be used with spears for the plus to armour saves.
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.
I can see it clearly when you choose to bring (or buy) a special weapon that you must use it, but what about troops that have a hand weapon, spear and shield as part of their base equipment? Wouldn't they get to choose what they use for each combat? Otherwise, why even list that they have a hand weapon at all...
Thanks for the clarification. It helped a lot understanding.