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I'm not a Marine type player. My son does play the White Scar Marines and recently he has been adding Storm Shields to some of his units. Also, a buddy of mine has Space Wolves with Storm Shields. Here's what I don't understand for the life of me: When using a Storm Shield, it deprives the user from an extra attack for paired weapons. I guess they assume you need a free hand to use it, which is the most logical assumption. I mean the shield is large and isn't worn on the arm like a buckler is. So why does the FAQ allow you to use the Storm Shield with a two handed weapon like a relic blade? How do you grip the sword and the shield at the same time? If it doesn't take a hand to grip the Storm Shield, why couldn't you use a paired weapon with it? Am I missing something here?
'Two handed' doesn't strictly mean that you always need two hands to use it ... at least not in 5th ed (consider banner bearers carrying bolters for instance), just that it's too unwieldy to fight with a pair of them.
Yeah, the fluff for the Relic Blade says it's a two handed weapon, but there's no rules at all for two handed weapons in the BRB.
Storm shield->No two weapon bonus
Relic Blade->No two weapon bonus
But that's fine as you only have one weapon anyway. I imagine Power Armour lets you lift even ridiculously heavy swords with one hand so it doesn't matter anyway.
just watch the picture of the honour guards in the space marine codex at page 108, they hold there relic blades in one hand and its just an small axe. so a relic blade does not have to be a two handed weapon
So a Relic blade is a one handed weapon in a two handed weapons' body? I can see the Games Workshop developers sitting around a table at night reaching for their 8th beer each and talking about this subject: one says to the other, "how are we gunna get a 'hic' marine to use a shield and the dumb 'hic' weapon that needs two hands"? The other says "well I don't think it's a problem mate 'burp!', he's got three arms as far as I see"!
I think of it a weapon you need two hands to swing, and the shield as something that straps to your arm - you can use the hand for leverage, but you ain't holding a weapon with that arm alone.