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Just a query. I have seen a lot of Liche Priest models on a horse, with the staff of Ravening. I know it is a great weapon to have and want to include it in my own army. I was wondering if it is best to have a priest on horseback, or is it just a waste?
at 8 points a horse is a good investment, and gives you're priest some mobility. The way I use it I start my game with either my priest in the casket crew or the SSC crew, and once my skellies and tomb guard start getting into combat..I move him up to get in range of those units for incantations.
A mount is just useful for effectively increasing the range of the Staff, as its standard 18" is quite short. Admittedly it reduces the line of sight, but as you move before you aim then most of the time you should be ok.
It can be useful for some added speed. That being said make sure you dont use it in a small unit of light cavalry as they can all be eliminated fairly easily by a fireball. This leaves you a priest who moves as cavalry model which can actually hinder his movement compared to skirmishing.
Well, you could do it like I did - switching legs on him. I'd give you a pic, but the fact is he's really ugly right now, with a horrible blotchy paint job. Might deter you.
Other than if you are super super pressed for points, there is never a good reason to keep a caster on foot. They can still join blocks of troops or calvary, and they are double their normal movement. And especially with TK seeings how the army is very dependent on magic, so you need to keep the casters mobile. I always have all 3 of my liche priests mounted, including the one with the CoS.(incase i need to abandon the casket)