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To me the choice to have one is obvious:
A. I'm new
B. I love the model
C. It's a friggin' dragon!
But there are three, and multiple rider choices, how do I choose? Does it all come down to how many points I want to spend? Is one a better deal for the cost?
How about the rider and wargear? Are there established tactics and "best" choices that I should know about that are pretty standard?
Armies: Ultramarines 2nd Co.
(coming soon) Wood Elves for my final army.
I always choose the middle level dragon, the expensive one is too expensive, the cheap one is too weak for me, the middle one is just right
Personally I never see the point in putting an archmage on one.
When I use a dragon I either use a dragon mage (sun dragon) which can guarentee the fire spell to beef the rider up or a prince on a star dragon and just realise that its going to be a lot of points.
Both work well but for me an archmage on one is just a bit too flimsy
Armour of Caledor
Vambraces of Defense
Gem of Courage (Incase you ever have to break, you don't wanna be flying off the table)
It's an unstoppable force and stronger than any other unit I can put together. Being able to reroll a 2+ armor save with a 4+ ward save makes the prince indestructible and the dragon can pump out a lot of damage for CR. The only issue is break tests if they ever happen but that's what the Gem of Courage is for.
Agree with Regnal. That's the same combo I use along with probably every other person that runs a prince on a dragon. If the prince has a lance, you have 6 str 7 and 4 str 6 attacks on the charge, all probably hitting on 3s. That can break alot of things.
Yep, forget the archmage on dragon. A dragon mage is pretty cool, but a bit fragile and hot-headed. A prince on dragon is around the best way to go, don't take a sun dragon but either of the others are ok depending on how much of an army you want around him. Don't forget on that first turn when you are moving him up into position before he can charge that the dragon has a breath weapon, it is easy to forget and actually quite powerful if you use it.
Absolutely - the S4 Star dragon breath template is actually a briliant weapon when taking apart large infantry blocks. And causing a panic check may cause some serious hurt against the enemy battle-line, maybe even paying for the Dragon itself....
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I believe that everyone has given you plenty of advice about the lord on the star dragon and his equipment. The moon dragon and the star dragon are close combat nightmares. If you put an archmage on them your enemy has an easy target.
The question about the moon and the star dragon for what 70 you get an extra attack, str and wound. I believe that is right the coffee pot is within reach but not the book. Therefore I could be wrong.
Now the dragon mage and the sun dragon have to be played differently. There is a whole thread well written about this dragon and tactics. This DM is fun to play with but you have to have another mage included to get that all important +1 to your dispell die roll.
I really want to run a lord/star dragon combo and a dragon mage. That includes all the heroes and lords choices. Have not got there right as I am still working on the other dragon. The first one took me two weeks and I know this one will take longer.