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Hello, I have a question regarding Space Marines and their default weaponry.
The SMs come with both Bolters and Pistols as their default wargear. Does this mean they can pick which weapon they want to use during a shooting phase?
Yes, you can choose which weapon to use.
For example, if you want to assault a unit you can declare you're using your pistols instead of your bolters.
Also, if your squad has a heavy weapon guy with a missile launcher, if the squad moves you can't use the heavy weapon so you can use the pistol instead.
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I play Space Wolves, and Grey Hunters have as basic wargear a bolter, bolt pistol, and close combat weapon. My friends, myself, and also the people at my local hobby store, all agreee that you can choose what you use each turn. Also, it makes sense that way, that a person can choose what they shoot each turn!
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Ok, thanks a bunch for the quick answers. Apparently my Nob Biker with painboy-playing friend thinks it's "OP" and that you have to pick which weapon you want at the start of the game...
hes an ork just bash him and show him your bigger and stronger he has to agree with you then (im an ork also) and you use eitehr per turn as you choose but you have to State which you are using otherwise its the bolter if you dont say anything
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Alas he has had some problems with the beating (me) part. So far he always lost... and lost badly!!! (Normally because of bad deployments... real strategic misses from the get-go)
Of course we only played 3 games, so he has ample chances to make up for that!
And while what you said is true about him changing freely between the bolt pistol and boltgun (it's in the codex!) someone mentioning using the pistol and close combat weapon. Alas the space marine codex does not give a close combat weapon as basic marine wargear. If you go read the chaos space marine codex you can see that it can be done as the basic wargear clearly states that the chaos space marines have a close combat weapon apart from their bolter and pistol. But the space marine codex does not have the close combat weapon.
So you can use the pistol to shoot instead of the bolter (usefull for charging cause boltguns are rapid fire and cannot shoot and charge)
Like it was said they can also used to shoot pistol if they have heavy weapons (since the heavy weapon replaces the bolter)
What they can't do is use the pistol to get the +1 bonus to attack cause they dont have the close combat weapon. It's just not in the codex...
Some people also mentioned elsewhere using dual wield of bolter and pistol, wich cant be done since the bolter is a 2 handed weapon.
And if the close combat weapon was implicit, why was it not also implicit in the chaos space marines?
True. The bolt pistol is actually the tac marines only cc weapon on the profile.
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