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I wanna convert my Dreadlord to be mounted on a giant cold one, using the Carnosaur model from lizardmen....not the most original idea i know but it will make an amazing centre piece for my army. Does anyone know what the rules and points are for a Carnosaur? Or any other warhammer monster that would be appropriate?
I'm pretty sure if it's not in your army book - you can't use it statwise, you have to pick the nearest equivalent and just use a different model.
Could use it as an intermediary I guess - in lower point armies it's a Cold One and in higher points it's a Dragon.
Otherwise no dice I'm afraid.
There's no reason you can't do this from a modelling point of view.
As for using it in games, you could maybe get away with pretending it's Manticore (using the "counts as..." rule). It has vaguely similar stats I think, and the Carnosaur also has a rule that makes it frenzied, though it can't fly - maybe you could buy a pair of Balrog wings and convert it (these are one of the few Bitz that GW now sell separately IIRC).
To be fair, given the Dark Elves' predilections for raiding and for monsters, it's not unfeasible that they'd have captured a Carnosaur at some point, so provided that your opponent agrees to let you do it, you could just buy him a Carnosaur at the points cost given in the Lizardmen book.
You can't do this in tournaments though.
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Thanks for the comments guys, i might just use the manticore stats then and maybe give it the Cloak of Hag Graef to represent its tough skin. I know thats not allowed but it would be a fun addition to some friendly games if my mates let me use it. Didnt really expect to get away with it in tournaments anyway, but it will make an awesome centre piece model.
Another idea i had would be to use the Mumak model from lord of the rings and count it as a chaos mammoth or something like that and cover it with Dark Elf crossbowmen. I think i have a serious problem with rule mixing and an obsession with large centre piece models.... still it would look realli cool!
yeah counting it as a chariot would work really well, thanks for the idea.