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Just picked up some Scorpions (and Karandras for the heck of it) and ran into a question whilst playing a buddy of mine. How many attacks does the Exarch get when equipped with the Scorpion Claw/chainsword and at what strength?
A. Base attacks +1 charging, +1 two CC weapons, +1 Mandiblasters at S7 (doubled for the claw, +1 for the chainsword)
B. Base attacks +1 charging, +1 two CC weapons, +1 Mandiblasters at S6 (doubled for the claw)
C. Base attacks +1 charging, +1 Mandiblasters at S6 (doubled for the claw)
The rulebook says that you can only benefit from one special weapon at a time, so I guess it boils down to "is the scorp chainsword a special weapon?". The codex (I think, at work, don't have it in front of me) just says that it's a "close combat weapon that grants +1 Strength". For the sake of not being a jerk, I ran option "C", but wanted more experienced people's opinions for future use. Thanks guys.
C is indeed correct, you don't get the bonus attack because you do not have dual powerfists. You can also only use one special close-combat weapon and thus cannot gain an extra strength from your Chainsword.
Base Attacks + Scorpion's Claw + Mandiblasters + Charging = 4 Attacks
You, however do get to use the Scorpions' Chainsword if you would rather (thus striking faster and a bit moreweakly, both of which can be to you advantage at times.). Another option is a Claw AND a Biting Blade.
You don't get two close combat weapons bonus either way, but in some cases it can be advantageous. Sometimes.
C is correct, don't worry though 4 WS5 S6 attacks is still pretty sick, and enough to devastate almost anything in cc.
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You can indeed use the Chainsword instead of the Claw in order to strike at initiative if you want, not likely that you'll be in a situation where that would be the better plan. Getting the Biting Blade and the Scorpion's Claw is an oddball combination of weapon, but it is legal, and since you can't use the Chainsword and Claw together, you may as well bring along the Blade if you've got points to spare since it's better than the Chainsword given the above scenario of wanting to strike at initiative.
Last edited by Fleeting Ęther; August 29th, 2009 at 01:25.
Thanks guys, glad I did the right thing. I'll keep in mind the Biting Blade/Claw combo, though I think I'll mostly stick to the claw. Rep incoming