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empire halberds

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so i have been looking at alot of empire army lists and i always see these guys as detachments hardly ever parent units?

is there a specific reason for this the pros for me of the halberds outrank that of a swordsman. we are hitting on 4+ with most of our core choices anyway so that ws4 to me becomes a bit pointless where as a group of str4 halberds with shields for the same price seems pretty tasty considering they can now fight in two ranks!

so basicaly am i missing something here for me being able to hit on a 4+ and usually wound on a 4+ is better than a 4+ 5+

obviously theres the fact of initiative but were usually hitting last anyway ...?
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Halberds don't affect initiative, so I guess it's whether you want to do damage or survive.

WS4 doesn't just affect what you hit on, it also determines how easy it is for the enemy to hit you. Being hit on 4s is much more preferable to being hit on 3s. Swordmen will also get the 6+ Ward save from the Hand weapon and shield that Halberdiers won't.

On the other hand, Halberdiers wound T4 on 4s, rather than 5s, and T3 on 3s, rather than 4s, which is a major improvement.
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