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hey i was just wondering how you guys equip and run your skeletons
do you give them light armour and/or spears
do you horde them or go for ranks
I was thinking of having 2 units of 50 with light Armour and shields and go 5 wide, 10 deep to deny steadfast and deploy them on the flanks of my tomb guard
There's already another thread similar to this a few posts down which covers most of your questions, however I can help where it doesn't.
Skeletons should be used as anvils, with Ushabti, Charriots and Knights as the hammers. Light armour is a waste of points as you aren't looking to win the combat with the skeletons alone, giving them light armour won't really help since the genius of skeletons is that they cost so little and can be easily replaced (thank you Lore of Nehekhara), the units that will actually break/destroy the enemy are the ones you should invest in, units such as Charriots, Guard, ect.
In smaller games I use a substitute to this, a horde of 39 skeletons with full command, spears and shields. I then put my Hierophant in there to substitute their 6+ parry with his 6+ regen, meaning that I have a unit that can wear away at the opponent whilst staying at optimum strength (they've actually taken apart a unit of 30 Grave Guard and a Vampire).
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As karrain said, they're an anvil unit, not a hammer unit...anything you do to boost their offensive output is irrenevant (and probably a waste of points). Anything you do that reduces their survivability (like giving up the parry save for sword+shield) is a very bad idea. In light of those FARs (flat ass rules), light armor could be a decent investment. It isn't. For two reasons. First, cost. You're increasing the model's chance of surviving by, at best ("at best" means against S3 weapons) by 1/6...only problem is, it costs 1/4 more...the numbers don't add up even before you take the save-reducing effects of S4+ into account. Not only is it more expensive to buy light armor than it is to buy an equivalent quantity of additional skeletons...but by buying light armor, you're reducing your starting model count, which is important because your skellie-raising mechanism (the lore attribute) can't raise the unit above its starting strength....When you can't, as vampires do, start with 30 models and magically increase the unit to 40 and beyond, the number of models you're starting out with gets to be pretty important.
Anyway, bottom line is, I'd recommend sword'n'board for all core skellies. With bodyguards for liche priests, you have a dilema. They aren't supposed to get into melee on purpose, of course...so the initial thought is "hey, give them bows, so at least they're contributing to the fight as they cower in the back." The problem is that cowering in the back makes for poor-to-nonexistent line-of-sight to enemy regiments...so you're paying a 50% premium for bows that often won't have anything to shoot at. I'm still doing it, just saying it makes less sense to me every day...I may eventually go sword-pure...which is probably hilarious to the vampire players who only wish they had access to shooty troops!
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Now back on topic, the only iffy area I see in how we take our skellies is when they are meat shields for our liche priests. After reading ALOT of repeated threads I think my personal favourites would be in a nice small block of 20 spears. This is because if I am deploying my priests behind my lines the skeleton archers like Marnepup has said, will be wasted back here because they cannot see anything and for me personally if I am paying points for a model to have the ability to shoot then thats what I'll use it for. If we had the option to stand and shoot as a charge reation then I might re-consider and for 1pt per model less i can trade in the bow for a spear and get another rank of attacks and a 6+ save.......
Sword 'n' board would probably be as good but without a prince to give the unit that automatic WS boost and some hitty goodness, the priest would have to continually magically augment them and having the extra rank of attacks in the long run I think would be worth the points in this situation.
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