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A few weeks ago I was talking to a fellow gamer about Dragon Princes. I claimed that their best advantage over other cavalry was their 18" charge / march move.
He then pointed out to me that as Dragon Princes have barding their move is reduced to 8" therefore giving a 16" charge / march move. He claimed they used to have special barding which negated this in the previous army book and that the new book doesn't mention anywhere about not being subject to this penalty.
I have looked for it and cant find any exceptions to the penalty and conceded that they do indeed appear to have only a 8" move.
Now to make things a little cloudier I was on the official GW website and find this:-
If you read the whole item it clearly states the Dragon Princes to have a 18" charge.
So I decided to put it out there to you guys to try and shed some light on it. Your opinions would be greatly appreciated!
This is a good example of GW failing at rules. They have a 16" charge.
first: your link doesn't work
ok about the movement: in the last army book it was possible to choose for ithilmar barding witch negated the penalty for barding. in the current book there's no difference in barding, so all barded horses have -1' movement.
the only unit that can charge the full 18" are the ellyrian reavers.
i personally don't think it does make such a big difference.. you have to move your DP's carefully anyway, so if they move fast, or fast, it doesn't matter much.
i personnally think that the main advantage of the DP's is that they have the best armour save of our army, and the champion is capable of winning challanges against some heroes
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Well, it worked OK for me. The link that is.
That link is the same reference that's in the Army Book. Elven steeds do have 9" movement.
It's reduced by one from the barding, which is a standard rule. Thereby giving it a 16" charge/movement range.
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Its not so much the 9" inch move of the elven steed from the stat line example that puts things in doubt - its the description in the article above which claims that Dragon Princes have an 18" charge move which somehow fails to take into account the penalty for barding. I wonder............
The old book DID give the Dragon Princes the special barding, called Ithilmar. They were the only cavalry unit to have it, Silver Helms had to take the -1 penalty.
In the new book, none of the units have the Ithilmar, which I feel is a sorry loss. However, I think that this was done to differentiate our cavalry from that of the Brettonians, who's "Warhorse" special rule means that their mounts do not suffer the -1 for being barded.
Our charge range is still 2in greater than the average range. Most steeds are only Mv8, which means that enemy heavy cavalry is moving at 7 and charging at 14. Our horses move as fast as the Brettonian cavalry, but I would take either regiment of our knights over Brettonian knights any day, just because ours are actually priced more fairly.
There is a fair chance that the author of the piece about Dragon princes simply used the previous editions description and forgot that their move is reduced in 7th edition.
GW staff members are pretty good but obviously they are only human.
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