Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Curious Case of Unusual Power Weapons vs. Normal Power Weapons: Dante in Particular
Anyway to the point of the article is the particular and unusual case of the unusual power weapon. Now according the page 61 of the big Green Book (BGB) an unusual power weapon is defined as a power weapon with its own UNIQUE rules <- the key word being unique
Any of these weapons should be treated as AP3.
To find an awnser I will play Bill O'rielly and have both sides make their case and then fact check where needed afterwards....
So this is the argument of the pro-dante having a power axe camp
So this is an issue as there are many name brand weapons for special characters but there seems to be some confusion as to what a unique rule is. Some seem to believe that any power weapon with rules is unique yet Nay I say! It is not! For some of these weapons are just using USR's and there is a clear difference between Universal Special Rules and Unique Special rules. If the rules designers intended for Unusual weapons to be considered a weapon with a USR attached they would have stated any weapon with a unique or USR. Yet they did not so any of these new brand power weapons with just USR's such as a MC power sword must follow the same rules as listed under power weapons which is to use what is seen.
For instance the large controversy falls around Dante and his Axe. It states that is axe is a Master crafted power weapon and ends right there. It has no UNIQUE rules to it, just a USR. therefore it is a Power Axe that is just master crafted and therefore would follow the rules for a power axe and not be ap3.
Now the counter argument is as follows.
A power weapon is further defined stating that if you have a model which is defined as having a power weapon without any further SPECIAL Rules it is one of the following. This clearly makes it different from unusual power weapons so that nay character with a power weapon that is not just a plain one as described it must be a unique power weapon. Since Dante's Axe has a special rule, of being a master crafted weapon, it is therefore an unusual power weapon.
So we do have a good argument on both sides yet I must throw out an example. I take a normal HQ choice that has modeled on it a power axe so I buy it a power weapon. I then have the option to make this power weapon master crafted for 10 points. If I buy it master crafted then does it make it not a power axe anymore but a UPW? Seems weird in this perspective but what makes that different than Dante's power weapon. In general an FAQ clearly needs to be written defining what a unique special rule is. to me a unique special rule is a non-universal special rule. So for instance a rune priest with that awesome axe modeled on is in fact an unusual power weapon since it has it's own unique special rule not found in the main rulebook yet my hq choice that bought a power weapon and master crafted is not since it has a usr and therefore it is not unique. Clearly this needs an FAQ yet only time will tell.
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