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After my first game of WFB with my elf army I found out that my lord on a dragon seriously lacks hitting power. The Claw of devestation with its rerolls and anti armour save seems to be the business but is it just too damn expensive?
If you think there is a good altenative let me know as I will be playing it again tonight.
(also it will stop my converting a lightning claw onto the the poor little bligther 8X)
I'm a fan of just using a lance for the lord. His attacks plus the dragons should be plenty for its purposes, then you have the points to spend on other equipment.
But it depends on what you want him to be doing. Killing characters? Warmachine hunting? Or taking out rank and file? Go for the sword that gives +3 attacks if you want to kill Rank and file. All those attacks combined with a flank charge should send anything packing.
Don't expect it to be able to do everything though. Heroes generally need support, and it can still be shot down.
Last Game iI crashed him into a unit of 7 empire cavalry (with 1+ saves) and a preist, he spent the next 3 turns chewing on them to no real effect. He killed 4 of them and the priest (or rather the dragon did) then he got a unit of greatswords in the side that finished him due to CR of huge amounts)
So i rather want him to protect flanks from cavelry like this and to safe guard my flank of archers/bolt throwers by being more easily able to deal in one turn with units like this.
If you want to deal with a unit of heavy cavalry, a lance on the charge should be sufficient to do it.. Thats 9 s6 attacks needing 3's to hit, and reducing their armour to 4. Cause a few wounds and they should flee. If you want a bit more assurance, take the Sword of Hoeth. Much cheaper than the claw and only a bit less effective. Dragon should kill one or two, he should kill one or two, and both will be effective in the second round if you don't get them in the first.
You shouldn't be huge amounts down in combat res against great swords in the flank.. Did they cause lots of wounds? You get +1 for flank charge (negate their banner) the flank charge negates their ranks, so they are 1 up to start with from outnumber. A dragon and prince charging should chew a few up, leaving none to retaliate and you ahead in combat res.
Hmm, will check that out (im in work atm) 8Y when i get home.
I didnt get the flank charge on the greatswords, they got the flank on me 8X
As I was stuck there for 2-3 turns before they came in and waved their "banner of double rank bonus nastiness"(TM).
The dragon did most of the nasty business in killing and he was fairly ok at it, but, I had the prince equipped with a reaver bow and the amulet that makes him a level 1 wizard so he sat there with his low strength hits hiding in his armour doing nothing much. :party2:
This game I know he will be heading into combat rather than hanging around shooting so I am looking for the best CC weapon to equip him with to deal with cavalry and maybe flank charging infantry units in the later game.;Y
Yeah I thought about suggesting bow of seafarer to go with your sword of hoeth, a couple of s6 hits at the cavalry would kill one or two. But then I remembered that you will have a movement of 20" and will probably wanting to be getting into combat ASAP (who wouldn't with a dragon?) so I figured it was better not to suggest it. I'd say leave the bow for someone else, if you were riding an eagle take one. But a dragon can do far more in combat than the bow will.
Good luck with it.
I usualy run a dragon noble with lance lions honour and vambraces of defence this makes him stubborn and a rerollable save plus a 4+ ward save and a 2+ save vs shooting.
i wasted my whole life on warhammer so it's a good thing i have 2 wounds and a 2+invul