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I was reading for x time the Army Book and I realize somethig that I could't find answer somewhere else. (I searched but still forgive me if has being mentioned somewhere else).
On Skeleton Warriors section, says that they are armed by default by hand weapon and bow.
And then you have a options
a) replace bow with shield, foc.
b) replace the bow with shield and spear for +1 point. (not the HW)
Does this mean that they can still keep the hand weapons? If yes, isn't better to get this upgrade and for the sake of 1 point per model have the choice to use either hw or spear where needed?
Unless it actually states otherwise, all models are armed with a handweapon even if they have other weaponry like spears, halberds or great weapons. So unless it actually says that taking the spear and shield upgrade takes your handweapon away (I don't have the TK book) you will keep it.
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The time when you will actually want to use spears rather than hand weapon and shield are so rare that they pretty much don't exist, so you might as well save those points.
And yes, everything counts as being armed with hand weapons unless it specifically says that it doesn't. And of the top of my head I can't think of any like that.
Even though the "upgrade" is "only 1 point", arming entire units does add up. A unit of 20 skeletons fighting in 2 ranks because they have spears will never earn those 20 points back except in the rarest of circumstances.