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A javelin is a short hunting spear designed for throwing, rather than melee. Its lightweight design allows it to be thrown farther than a spear, but its balance makes it unsuitable for melee combat, in which case it would function as an improvised weapon. Javelins are rarely used in the Empire anymore, as warriors rely on better weaponry like crossbows and guns. Variations on design include the Tilean pilum, which features a soft metal neck that bends on impact and prevents enemy soldiers from throwing them back, making them hard to pull free from a wound or a shield.[2a]

Source

  • 1: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd ED -- Core Rulebook
    • 1a: pg. 109
  • 2: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd ED -- Old World Armoury
    • 2a: pg. 38