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So, the Bret Lord I am going to go with looks like this -
Silver Lance of the Blessed, Cuirass of Fortune, Virtue of Discipline, Shield
First, he's a unit killer. Or Breaker, I should say. I feel like this set up is more reliable than the Knightly Temper approach to squad breaking. Basically gets 4 almost automatic wounds, while denying my opponent an outnumbering bonus, I feel like he'll be pretty good at taking out basic infantry blocks (something I hear Bretonnian has a tough time with).
Now, to that end, you may have noticed he doesn't have a mount. That's my question.
What mount should I go with to help him break infantry?
If I leave him mounted on a barded warhorse, he'll ride with a group of 8 Knights of the Realm with a full command. The Knights would be carrying the War Banner as well, for a further bonus. This is the safest option.
I could also mount him on a Pegasus or a Hippogryph.
On a Pegasus, he'd be supported by 4 Pegasus Knights. I know he can't join the unit, but that doesn't mean they can't coordinate their charges and fight together. This would help him strike weaker enemy units, and improve his chances of getting a flank or rear charge. This is a risky option, but has the potential for a big pay off.
The Hippogryph would be about the same as a pegasus (including the support of the Pegasus Knights). He would end up costing almost as much giving him a unit of 8 KotR to ride with (actually, 62 pts less if you count the KotR's War Banner). The bonus to unit breaking, however, would be pretty good - as the Hippy causes terror and can cause some damage in CC. It's very risky, perhaps more so than the Pegasus, but that's partly what appeals to me about it. I also like the characterful nature of a Lord on a Hippogryph.
Edit - Depending on how much my Lord costs, of course, the rest of my army will be - Hero Light (1 scroll caddy, BSB, possibly a cheap foot paladin), 3 units of 9 (8 if they have a character) knights (2 KotR, 1 KE), 2 trebuchets, 4 pegasus knights and the rest on peasants. This should be 2,000-2,250 pts.
Last edited by grimmtu; June 24th, 2008 at 20:47.
a hippogriff can really wreck some units, with terror and a stout Lord on top, but thats a ton of pointage. because you only have one other hero, I'd run the Lord on a warhorse to offer some support to your other troops. if you had a standard bearer paladin somewhere, go for the pegasus and roll with your plan just as it is. flying knights really cause people to bottle up and disrupt their plans
I'd say the horse. In fact, I'd almost put the warbanner on a different unit to support them, this guy at the front of a lance of knights is going to break most things with ease.
If you wanted a bigger mount, the Hippogryph is probably better than the pegasus. It is tougher, so people won't be able to easily shoot it out from under him, and quite a nasty beast once it hits combat. But I beleive it is US4 so he won't be negating ranks, either flying mount will probably need a unit for support at the front if you want to be destroying big infantry blocks.
Like I said though, if he's on a pegasus or hippogryph, he'll have 4 pegasus knights to support him.
I simply voted for the Warhorse because you're still allowed to join units.
Ive voted warhorse because as a Brett lord isnt THAT great at CC (in comparison with things like vamp lords, Dwarf Lords etc.) I always feel he is better served giving greater punch to a unit of knights- on his own its a bit of a one-shot weapon, even on a Hippogryph.
I agree though the idea of a brettonian Lord on a Hippogryph is very appealing!
PLAN CLAN MAN!!
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man- S. Johnson
If i played bretonnia, I would take hyyogrph. I can only guess it's similar to a Gryphon.
At under 3000 points, the Hippo isn't viable imo. Too high a % of your army's total points. After 3000 points however, it can be a useful add on to an army, however, so can a Proph, so you have to balance out the options there.