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This is for all of those who find a change in 5th and go "Huh?"
So feel free to ask questions and answer each-other's in a sane manner.
The first one I have is, how is a power-fist a two handed weapon, and why was it changed from before?!
 

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A powerfist is a two handed weapon in that it reaplaces a large weapon. In third ed a character could still only wield 2 handed weapon and a single handed weapon at the same time. By making a powerfist 2 handed it stops models without special rules taking power fists in pairs and so being able to gain a +1 attack for 2 close combat weapons as it is classed as a specialist weapon and so must have 2 of the same type of wepon to gain a +1 attack.

...or that's what i assume as i don't have a rulebook in front of me ATM.

In previous editions you could kit a character out with a powerfist and then by giving him a bolt pistol(and innumerable other pieces of kit) could increase the amount of massive attacks ou are doing. This is a way of toning down powerfists now that they cannot be singled out for destruction as they could in 3rd ed.
 

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A powerfist isn't a two handed weapon and for as long as I can remember never has been. In the latest edition it's simply a special type of weapon that can only gain the +1A if the character has another powerfist. The whole two handed, single handed weapon rule is gone, books that still state this (like the Eldar codex are from 4th edition and thus use 4th edition language).

Also I think they did this to make it a little more difficult to gain the advantage of carrying such a weapon (whereas before people would merely pay for a cheap pistol weapon and gain such an advantage)
 

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A powerfist isn't a two handed weapon and for as long as I can remember never has been. In the latest edition it's simply a special type of weapon that can only gain the +1A if the character has another powerfist. The whole two handed, single handed weapon rule is gone, books that still state this (like the Eldar codex are from 4th edition and thus use 4th edition language).

Also I think they did this to make it a little more difficult to gain the advantage of carrying such a weapon (whereas before people would merely pay for a cheap pistol weapon and gain such an advantage)
That never bothered me.
Mostly due to the fact that a power-fist is so slow, the model is often removed 'ere they even get to strike.
 
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