Can Cause Fear: This unit frightens all enemy units, reducing their leadership when nearby. It is also immune to fear. Fear penalties do not stack.
Charge Defence vs. Large: When bracing, this unit negates the charge bonus of any large attacker.
Hide (forest): This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Undead: The unit is Undead (does not rout, immune to terror, becomes unstable when is low).
Skeleton Spearmen is a Vampire Counts melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer. Little more than shuffling bones with swords and spears, Skeletons perform a dutiful, if not exemplary, job in the battle lines.
Beneath the mud lie the grave-stained bones of bitter, ancient warriors. Long held beneath the earth, they are clad in their corroded armour, their lifeless hands still gripping the swords, axes, spears and shields they held in life. Provided their remains have not been blessed by the rites of Morr, a Necromancer or Vampire can use the coiling energies of Dark Magic to instil a semblance of life and a flicker of spirit into these dormant warriors. As the regiments of past massacres claw their way to the surface, their empty eye sockets glow with unholy power. Silently, they gather together in a semblance of their old ranks, mutely awaiting the commands of their new lord as the remains of their tattered banners flap in the unnatural breeze of their creation. Lipless horn blowers raise their instruments and sound a spectral, mournful dirge.
↑Anti-Large: Anti-large units have an advantage against targets that are at least as large as a horse. This advantage can be a damage bonus against large targets or an attack that focuses on a very small area. However, some units are simply better against large targets because their attacks are slow and easy to dodge by skilled melee combatants.
↑Charge Defence Against Large Foes: When standing and bracing against a charge of large enemies (such as cavalry or monsters) this unit will negate the enemy's charge bonus.
↑Shielded: Shields have a chance of blocking arrows, bolts, rifle shots and similar small arms fire - but only in a forward facing arc.
Like regular Skeleton Warriors, Skeleton Spearmen aren´t exactly formidable fighters, but they do their job adequately well. They enjoy a higher melee defense and bonus vs large compared to their fellow undead, but will struggle to kill anything that isn´t mounted. Thus, it is best to deploy them on the flanks and let them take enemy cavalry or monstrous charges before charging in with your own cavalry or monsters.
You can also keep them in reserve to plug a hole or deal with larger units that manage to turn a flank or get behind your line. The only other Vampire Counts units with an anti-large bonus or the extremely expensive Blood Knights and Terrorgheist and they are the only stock VC with charge defense against large. As such you may find it prudent to keep one or two in your armies even if you can afford to to phase out the sword armed skeleton warriors.
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