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I was just wondering - is it ever worth taking a chaos dragon as a mount for your general? Nobody seems to use them because they are so expensive, but they are exceptionally powerful, good in combat and very useful against armies with low leadership. Terror can really hurt those armies. Plus it can be handy in a fast moving army, particularly cavalry based, as it can keep up and will draw fire away from your other units. 2 breathe attacks too, so it has got its own ranged attack if it needs it.
I am thinking particularly about a 2000 point army, seeing as that is the most commonly used army size.
Personally I think it depends on what you are playing against. I don't think that they should be completely overlooked because of their cost - they're expensive for a reason
Other thoughts please? The reason I ask is because I am tempted to take one in a 2000 point army just to see what it is capable of.
BOLTTHROWERS AND CANNONS HURT! ALOT!!!
Also you can be targeted by all shooting, making it very easy to kill if concentrated upon. So no, I never use a dragon, MAYBE it wouldn't be a HUGE disadvantage in 3000pts game, and I would take one if I were in a 4000pts game, though never on my general as he is to good with is 12" Ld.
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Too true. I find that Tzeentch benefits the most from a dragon. It has it's place in other armies, but it's so much harder to keep alive.Originally Posted by red120
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Well obviously I wouldn't field a dragon against any form of gunline, so against dwarves, empire etc. they are a big no no. But against something like a Lizardman army, could a dragon do well in that situation? Because Lizardmen have very little shooting (damn those skink poison attacks!), and although they have good magic that can be countered with scrolls and the like.
A carnosaur might give it a little trouble due to the ultimate predator special rule.
They can also take cannons as well.
It tends to get even more expensive because tzeentch lords are like 400 points on thei own (without equipment). Add a dragon and a sword to this and it's pretty much a thousand points on one model (half the army).Originally Posted by Fat_Badger
I was actually thinking of using a dragon in a 2000 pts tournament, but went for an exalted daemon instead. This because it's the terror ability you want! With an exalted daemon you still get the flying terrorcausing monster, without wasting your lord choice. It's cheaper and you also got the option of making him a sorcerer.
The only reason I find for using a dragon is so that you have a model that can break a unit on it's own (khorne anyone?). But as you mentioned .. it attracts alot of firepower! Especially compared to an exalted daemon.
Is it viable to take a Tzeentch lord on a dragon in 2k pts?
I want my general to be pimp, but mortal pimp, no demon pimp.
(I said no demon pimp... )
No, it's not viable, possible but not clever. A Lord of Tzeentch on a Dragon with a load of gear (Staff, Golden Eye, etc, etc) will cost so many points that you'll have bugger all left to actually buy a decent amount of troops. And lets be honest, at 2000 points, your opponent will not only have lots of troops, but also plenty of things to take care of that Dragon.
"Peace, through superior firepower."
come on, a dragon at 2k is great, especially a tzeentch dragonrider which can survive even against a gunline for long enough to get into cc. The dragon is large, thus making it very hard to protect against flank/rear charges from it as it can see and thus fly over enemy regiments when it wants to charge. It's perfectly viable if you are able to keep him out of your opponents line of strength 4+ fire by hiding behind hills/woods and such. and remember to be patient, he does not have to pay for his points by killing things but by threatening and you can even, when there is no/little shooting to worry about, park him beside your opponents units and use the breath weapons to great effect. but he is no win button like the dragon was in earlier editions.
good luck if you decide to try him out.