They're good for a few things.
First, sure, you can use them in a damage down set - AF better for things that can be shield blocked, but note that it is "Damage taken" not "Physical damage taken". One could use them in a set made for taking a large magical attack or something, or for kited mobs where shield won't proc, etc.
Second is that they've got a generous chunk of MP on 'em. One possible use for that is to toggle with Homam for cure cheat. Homam has 31HP/MP, Askar has just the 30MP. If you're at higher levels of MP, that may help out...so why not use for that if you have 'em? Could also use in Chivalry (or max MP in general) macro if you don't have Homam I guess.
They've also got some Enmity, where AF and Homam don't. Sure, not the only piece with it...but if you've got 'em...
Prior to I.R. feet, getting more than +1 Enmity in this slot was somewhat rare too.
WS, same sort of thing I guess. They're not -that- hot for it, but if you don't have Hecatomb/Rutters/whatever and aren't using Atonement for whatever reason, then they do have STR.
In addition to all that, yeah, they do look pretty good in town =P
They're macro-wear to be sure, but not without purpose. I.R. are a good alternative now, but Askar were around first.
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