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Extra Hand Weapon?
I've been considering a number of options especially now that the horde rule is so tempting.
If we give them Spears they get an extra rank but lose +1 str 1st turn of combat
Giving an extra hand weapon gives the extra rank of attack and the +1 str but costs more
Giving Shields give the parry save and a 5+ armor save
Also which combo would you horde?
I have gone for spears and shields for both my units in my 1000 point army. Reason being because they look much cooler than if i gave them hand weapons. I like the extra rank bonus of attacks because i like to roll lots of dice lol. one thing that does confuse me though, why dont units armed with spears gain a strength bonus vs cavalry??
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because spears are so cool allready :p
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All da boyz have choppa & shield combo in my armies... and would stay that way in a horde too
Big 'Uns with Choppa and Shield, for the choppy goodness first round and the defense capabilities to weather the storm the round after. I plan on a unit of 40! =D
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Double choppa to chop all opposition
I use all option execpt for spear (I didn't even notice that there is such an option), but the most common is 2 choppas, because it is more attacks that get higher strength in the first rouns of combat, and of course the fact that you still make these attack even if you are attacked from the flan/rear (which make them better than spears).
i use shields and ECs, my large Bigun unit has the shields, and i use 3 blocks of 24 with ECs, i usually keep them close together for the idle of Mork, i still use 2 large units of Gobbos, no Black Orcs though, haven't used them since 7th, thinking about throwing them back into the fray sometime.
Oh and even though i use 2 of the options i voted for ECs, if your not sure what too bring you can't go wrong with extra choppiness, specially since the army lacks alota natural A2+, outside of squigs and Savages.
I've gone for Spears too for the same reason you have, they look cool. I've modeled the Orc in the Front rank with Choppa and shield and the rest with Spears, which are poking through the rank of choppas. Almost like they're well drilled Orc Romans, almost.
I figured the Extra rank of attacks trumps the additional strength of a single choppa and shield. A 6+ Ward isn't all that to talk about either. 2 Choppas is cool but after the first round they're down to their basic strength and they kick out the same amount of dice as a spear unit but with a worse save.
As for the bonus Vs cavalry. Spears don't but Pikes, which are meant for taking down Cav, do. You can only get them in Dogs of War though. They are very dirty. Especially in this edition!!!