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hey i'm am/was sure about spears fighting in 2 ranks (HE in 3) but @ gamesworkshop today one of te staff said they only attack in two ranks if being charged and not when they charge an enemy unit. is this true?
You really should check the book before asking here - it's amazing what it can answer (On pg 55 in this case).
If you don't believe a member of staff (or whoever), get them to show you the rulebook. It's not a secret document .
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On a more serious note, the GW staffer was right. Any weapon that fights in more than one rank only gets the full bonus if they're standing still. Its under the Fight in Ranks rule at the start of the Weapons section of the book.
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Actually you fight in one less rank, so if Pikemen charge they fight in 3 instead of the normal 4 if they are charged, High Elfs fight in 2 ranks when they charge, 3 if they get charged, and normal spearmen fight in 1 rank if they charge, and 2 if they get charged. So you don't fight in one rank you charge, you fight with one rank less than normal if you charge, that is if your using your spear or pike.
Don't forget that this fighting in two + ranks is lost if you are being flanked or hit in the rear.
I believe you can always use the 'fights in ranks' rule to the front only, regardless of whether you've been flanked or not. Can't find anything in the rulebook to contradict this (which doesn't mean I'm completely correct of course!)
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i think he means that if you get flanked, you dont get ranks for combat bonus