It’s no coincidence that picks are similar to axes. Both weapons evolved from the same ancestor, the stone axe. Where they diverged, however, was in function. Where axes are designed to chop, picks are designed to pierce. Excellent weapons against armour, capable of punching through chain or plate, picks are popular weapons for heavy infantry, especially Dwarfs. Furthermore, picks retain their usefulness as tools, good for splitting rock and ice. Though still used in some regiments, picks are slowly disappearing in favour of the more versatile hammer, which incorporates the spike on one side and a hammer on the other.[1a]

Picks, like most hand weapons, are hafted with the business end fitted with a square socket to fit over top the haft. Instead of a blunted head, it features a tapered spike ending in a sharpened point. Some picks, called bisacuta, have spikes on either side of the haft.[1a]

Types of Picks

  • Climbing Pick: This is a small pick used to assist in climbing.[1b]
  • Crowbill: This pick looks like a hammer, but instead of a crushing end, it features a beak. These are the preferred weapons against heavily armoured foes.[1a]
  • Pick: A standard pick is a double-headed weapon with each arm of the head ending in a slightly curved spike.[1a]
  • Military Pick: Similar to a crowbill, this pick features a smaller beak that’s notched to deal greater damage to the foe’s armour.[1a]
  • Miner's Pick: This larger pick has a heavy spike on one end and a wedge on the other.[1b]


  • 1: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd ED -- Old World Armoury
    • 1a: pg. 30
    • 1b: pg. 68