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I have questions about the flail choice, and its use with marauders.
1. The rules state a flail to give a +2 str bonus in the first round of combat. Does this an "one-use" deal, or do I get this bonus in the first round of combat with every new foe I come across?
2. Would I be better off equiping marauders on foot, or horseback, with flails?
Thank you for your time.
Yes they count for every new foe you come across.
Flails are a preferance choice when talking on foot, but you may find a great weapon just as useful when on foot. Both give +2 strength, and use two hands (so no shield in combat), but the flail strikes in Int order but only give the bonus for the first round. Great weapons strike last but are always +2 strength. So on foot its prety even but on horse its a different story.
On horse a flail costs more to upgrade than if you were on foot as you will have noticed and for a good reason. Sure its only for the first round but you effectivly have a lance for all intents and purpose, only better as you get the bonus even if you get charged. Slam on a mark of khorne and your presenting a cheap (optionaly fast cavalry) unit, that with 5 including a champion can produce 11 strength 5 atacks and 10 strength 3 from the mounts.
Scary as that combo comes up to only 122pts if you give them light armour. it also means your opponent will be just as scared of your horsemen as that 275pts knights unit.
So yes, flails on marauder horsemen wins out over on foot.
Hope this long winded answer has helped,
Agrees with the above
With the new book I almost always mark my marauders khorne w/ flails. Foot or otherwise, because you have now turned your cheap core troops into hvy hitters like your warriors/chosen.
I remember about 3 weekends ago assaulting a bunch of elves holed up in a house with my 12 man marauder+flail unit. It was funny since he kept forcing me out of the house for 3 turns, but every time I moved back in I got the +2 str bonus again since it was the first round of a new combat. =)
Thank you all.
I will be sure to load up, all my marauder units, as such.