Recently on this very page a few new faces have turned up eager to take to the field with an army of the empire. Some of the new list or ideas of list have had spears in them and I need to ask why? They do the empire no good, WS3, S3, and I3 does not impress and getting more mediocre attacks is not going to help at all. Elves can get away with it due to all the good rules and stats they have, the empire can not get away with it. Swordsmen are better at survival and points denial, halberds are better at killing, ranged weapons are a matter or choice and knights are just awesome core.
Spears have no place in our army unless the next ed of warhammer changes things to give spears a better battle field role other than an extra rank of attacks.
Spears are the cheap buys in the army and I can see at first why some newer folk may want to take them. Everything in the empire army bar one or two things are worth taking and I would rather take an army of archers and helstorm rockets than take spears.
This is in no way a slam at the people taking spears, I just ask that people look at what they do and ask will an extra 5 S3 attacks really make a difference on the battle field. I am a hypocrite and use them with my goblins but I use 60 in a unit and those guys are dirt cheap. Lots of things in the empire work well together but spears don't go with anything. Swords and halberds should be the main combat infantry other than greatswords but even they will need to be used right.
Anyway my little rant is now over and I hope that anyone who is thinking of starting an empire army or who has just got into them or back into them will read this and know not to take them.
Please don't take spears.