At the risk of being sigged out of context <ahem> I agree with Sakura 100%
On this particular subject ;-) Seriously, she's got the correct handle on the rules.
It doesn't say 'if the weapon has a unique name' it says 'unique RULES'
There's no other weapon out there with that name, but that doesn't mean it's an 'unusual' weapon with 'unique' rules. I can write 'Ouchmaker' on the side of a Power Axe model, and write in my army list that my captain's axe is named Ouchmaker...that doesn;t mean it;s not an axe. It doesn;t make it unique or unusual in any way.
Rules-wise Dante's axe is absolutely no different from any other master-crafted power axe. And it's downright silly to claim that it's somehow impossible to master-craft an axe or spear or other non sword-shaped weapon, because that's what you're doing. If it's a Master Crafted Axe then somehow it's no longer an Axe?
Your point has already been brought up and dismissed by myself and others in this and other threads.
The rules for unusual power weapons require UNIQUE RULES
While a particularly stubborn player may argue that any power weapon with any special rule is no longer a power weapon, absolutely nothing makes it an unusual power weapon if it doesn't have any unique rules.
Remember, the class is 'unusual power weapons' not 'unique.' just because a WEAPON is unique (Yes, it's the only axe with that name), does not mean that its RULES are.
A unique weapon with no unique rules is NOT an unusual power weapon. A mass-produced weapon with its own unique set of rules IS an unusual power weapon.
Also, here's another thing to consider: Capitalization matters with GW
'Special Rules' with caps refers specifically to rules from the 'Special Rules' section of the book. There's no other thing it could possibly mean.
'special rules' without caps MAY refer to Special Rules, or it may just refer to rules which happen to be special or unusual in some way.
That's why every single time a specific rule is referenced it's always capitalized, to avoid confusing common words and phrases with specific rules.
I'm a BA player and I hate the fact that Dante's I6 has been wasted but I'm not going to pretend that a Power Weapon that is both named as and modeled as an Axe, with absolutely no unusual or unique rules is not a Power Axe
Dante's Axe is a master-crafted power weapon. Master Crafted is not a UNIQUE rule, therefore it is in absolutely NO WAY an 'Unusual Power Weapon'. If you want to get picky and argue that being Master Crafted means it isn;t a Power Weapon either, that's fine, you can count it as a plain old CCW in your games.
But in my book (the big one with all the rules in it), a Power Weapon that is not Unusual, is a Power Weapon per the normal rules for Power Weapon.
'special rules' does not always mean 'Special Rules' and just having special rules does not mean it's unique.
Last edited by Galahad; 07-10-12 at 08:23 AM.