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Hand weapon and shields
Ok are elite infantry have now got the option to take great weapons, so what I'm asking is,
Will yours have the extra killy great weapons or be hard as nails with hand weapon and shields?
BEN DIESEL FTW!!!
I plan to have both, but just to start I'm using great weapons.
I'm going last anyways, I might as well be strong enough to scare away even dragons! Chop'em good lads!
I voted for Great Weapons. But you'd have to tag them with 2 Corpse Carts with Loadstones. As you can now raise them you don't need to worry so much about them being shot at, and for their points, you can get a lot!
A nifty combo to pull off is Banner Of The Barrows with Helm Of Commandment if you plan on having a magic heavy army and want to keep your general out of combat. It basically means the GG are hitting on 2's, and with the Corpse Carts + Wizards, a Vanhels should get through.
I'm not quite sure yet, but I'm currently leaning towards Shield and Hand Weapon (for my first squad at least). The added defense will give me more attacks when I finally do get to attack, and I have killing blow to make up for the loss of strength.
Thats how I see it at least...
As with most other setups it's a matter of battlefield role. I think there is a good potential for both. GG can really knock the boots of a lot of other units if they carry GW's, but then we have the problem with survivability. While GW's might do a lot of killing, it might not be the way to go if you are not vastly superior in the magic phase. On the other hand: If it comes down to just smashing things, more than winning a combat result so that you can autobreak the enemy, the GW's are just good fun if paired with corpse carts!
I am certainly going to own a unit of each (if not more)...
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i voted great weapons because that S6 weapons are very nice, combined with killing blow. you are only going to get one attack anyway, so why not hit hard. and about getting as many attacks when you finally get to attack, i doesnt matter, you should be striking first with the ASF bound spell from corpse carts. ( give these lads the Royal standard of Strigos, gives hatred of all ennemies). by resurecting them, and making them ASF, armour doesnt matter as much. they are also T4, so they are kinda tough. if your really worried, give them the regen banner with BSB ( rediculously expensive though.
but anyway, my main point is the S6 KB attacks will be great at popping knights, especially with ASF from corpse carts, you should always have two nearby anyway, so you should get at least one through the dispel defense. Im just having so much fun imagining Konrad in a unit of GG with great weps
another lovely idea.....give a vamp nearby staff of damnation. the extra attack for the GG, especially with GWs would be awesome, and hurt alot if combined with the banner i suggersted ( hatred against all)
I have always liked the fluff and style of grave guard, and now that they can be raised I can feel like I am actually making a good choice when I take them now. I plan on having both types of units in the new rules and each has a special role.
I'll be getting both, they are imo very well balanced.
How ever if your going magic heavy then Great Weapons become attractive (using Corpse Cart / Vanhelsto hit first).
If your magics weaker then I think the resilience of HW&Sh will actually help more. The combat res lost before your Great Weapons hit will make breaking units harder. Also without magic they are likely to get charged, and the extra resilience will minimise your losses in the first round.
Grave gaurd? What are those?
Anyways, I think I'll use my GG with shields and hand weapons. The enhanced defence is nice if you can't be guarenteed the first attack, plus it helps against shooting. You can't always depend on IoN since the GG won't be the only unit taking losses. Besides, even if there are no units injured then you can't IoN up some skeletons or zombies or something depending on your VT or VC setup. You should always have more than enough uses for your PD.
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I'm definitely digging on the Banner of Barrows though (no pun intended). Combined with a caster lord with Helm of Commandment and you're almost guaranteed to hit on twos, wound on twos against just about everything! That's sick! Staff of Damnation them to get it again! You're looking at a very possible 8-10 wounds a round if you go first.
And then that caster lord that's not doing anything else but making them awesome? He's going to bring back anything that the enemy might kill (which will likely be a rare occurrence anyways!). God I love the Grave Guard!