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I'm just starting to get into WHFB and I'm about to start an army of High Elves. To start my collection I want to make a really awesome commander to be my general, and I really love the idea of putting him on a griffon (if nothing else, because griffons are cool!). From what I can make of the monstrous mounts rules, it seems you don't get armour bonuses, the enemy can easily pick him out AND get a +1 modifier.. all these things appear to make him easier to kill. Is it worth putting your commander on a griffon? Or should I just give him an elven steed?
Also, if I do decide to put him on a griffon, is there a suitable miniature? Or would I have to convert one using a Bretonnian griffon.. err.. I think it's the brettonians with the griffons...
Yes, he is easier to shoot Dalahir, but you have to randomise all hits to see what it hits; 1-4 it's on the griffon, 5-6 it's on your rider. And then they have to roll to wound separately. As for whether it's worth it or not, monstrous mounts tend to be expensive and take away good characters with great leadership values away from the bulk of your army very quickly. I'd definitely not make that character your general if you take him / her and only take them in 3k point battles and upwards as anything less and you'd be pouring too much into your characters in terms of points spent on them for any points value below that.
As for the miniature, you will have to use either the Brettonian lord (which is actually a hippogryph) or the Empire Elector Count ( a griffon) and then put a mounted Elf Lord on the beast.
Hope that this helps you out. (Y)
The iron crowned is getting closer,
Swings his hammer down on him,
Like a thunderstorm he's crushing,
Down the Noldor's proudest king.
Under my foot, so hopeless it seems.
You've troubled my day, now feel the pain.
- Blind Guardian
I think Grimbog meant that you use the griffon part of the model and then add one of the mounted elf lords to it to finish the model. I like the idea of a monster as the centrepiece of an army, but remember that in battles, he will become the target of a lot of shooting.
If you use him correctly however, he could be devistating
Wouldn't Eltharion the Grim be a pretty suitable model?
And the High Elves' general is randomised anyway, so I wouldnt worry too much about taking leadership away from your army. Unless ypu have really few characters, that is...