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I am curious as to how effective a 'Dragonslayer' type Bretonnian Lords are.
The way I look at it, there are basically three types of Bret Lords - the Duelist, the Unit Breaker and the Dragonslayer. The apparent popularity of Duelist type lords speaks for their effectiveness. Unit Breakers, much the same. Rarely do I hear about a dedicated Dragonslayer, but it seems like they could be pretty effective. Most armies has some kind of Large, hard to kill options - not necessarily dragons. The Empire Steam Tank comes immediately to mind. If your opponent does not bring these large, powerful options, the Lord will still be capable of doing well against infantry simply because he is a Bretonnian Lord.
So, as I see it, there are two routes a Lord can go to be a Dragonslayer - Virtue of Heroism or Virtue of Audacity and a Sword of Heroes. Both options seem risky - the first because it hinges on landing a successful killing blow attack. The second, because it relies on getting high rolls on the d3 wounds.
It also seems reasonable to give such a Lord a Pegasus or Hippogryph to help aid in the hunt.
I'd like to hear feedback on the competitiveness of a Dragonslayer-type Lord, on any experiences you've had using them, good set-ups, etc. The fluff appeal should be obvious... knight in shining armor... dragons...
Here are two possible Lords I've come up with -
Bretonnian Lord - 252
Grail Vow, Virtue of Audacity, Sword of Heroes, Dragon's Claw, Shield, Barded Warhorse
Bretonnian Lord - 269
Grail Vow, Virtue of Heroism, The Grail Shield, Lance, Royal Pegasus
Why not put the Lord on a Peg on a Griff?
"The Lady Demands"
You'll want more protection than that - the chances are, if your opponent has a big gribbly with a decent rider atop it, they are going to be just as capable of skewering your lord before you can hit them, or else you have just created the same rod for your back as your opponent did - a big "shoot me" target....And with a lance, you won;t have enough attacks, even with Virtue of Heroism, with your mount (either Hippogryph or Royal Pegasus) easy wounds to lose the combat...
A certain Brett character being run in the AoD currently (vs monsters) looks like he might end up doing prtty well.
I think the SoH combo is the best. Consider it like the Tenderiser or Rending Blade (it can also apply vs Chaos characters and Vampires). imo it really doesn't rely on getting super amazing wound translation rolls.
Doesn't it only apply to T5+ though?
I think I would have to agree about the Audastic Sword of Heroes build as the better...
When you are only dealing that many hits it seems kind of foolish to make the hing of your character a Killing blow thing. Vs the extra wounds which whould be rather nice in just adding to what you have already done.
While I don't know the average Initiative of most monsterous creatures, which could GREALY change this thought, why not make a dragon slayer with a build of Virtue of Knightly temper, Sword of heroes, and Cuirass of Fortune. Tack on a Shield, a mount and either the Grail Vow or the Questing vow and you have a pretty good sounding hero there.
"The Lady Demands"
I currently run a combination of both the duelist and the monster slayer, but still has decent protection.
Lord - 240
Warhorse, sword of heroes, lance, gromril great helm, virtue of confidence, gauntlet of the duel, shield.
Against ridden monsters this is the best you can get.
All those re-rolls and multiplying wounds.
Against units, you can still murder the unit champion/low toughness hero for overkill or kill off vampires, chaos lords, dwarf lords, oldbloods and ogre characters with ease...