I decided to put Curu's list to the test for some fun. I mainly just wanted to mix it up and run the star dragon list for some kicks. I scheduled a game against a friend of mine and had no clue what he was going to run as he has almost every army. He ended up showing up with bretts because I always run magic/shooting DE's or HE's and he wanted to outmaneuver me. ;) Better luck next time Ben.
If your not familiar with the Star Dragon list;
Prince on Star Dragon, Vambraces of Defense, Great Weapon, Armour of Caledor, Talisman of Loec - 622
Noble BSB on Great Eagle, Heavy Armour, Shield, Great Weapon, Dragonhelm, Dawnstone, Potion of Foolhardiness - 214
Noble on Great Eagle, Dragon Armour, Shield, Helm of Fortune, The Other Trickster's Shard, Great Weapon - 191
High Mage lvl 2, Annulian Crystal, Dragonbane Gem - 180
32 Spears, full command and flamebanner - 323
31 Spears, full command - 304
23 White Lions, full command and +1M banner, skeinsliver - 415
5 Dragon Princes - 150
2 Great Eagles - 100
Lord, reroll to wound, heroic killing blow, horse 2+, 4++
Lvl 4 Heavens, horse
lvl 2 Beasts, horse
BSB horse ???
15 Knights Errant, No stand n shoot Banner
13 Knights of Realm, +1 Leadership Banner
13 Knights of Realm, Flaming Banner
4 Pegasus Knights
50x Men at Arms, FC
20x Archers, FC, Flaming
We rolled up Blood and Glory. We don't play the auto win though. We just play the person that breaks the opponent first gets an additional 500 vp.
Left to right he had Men at Arms, Trebuchet, Archers, Knights of the Realm w flaming lvl 4 and bsb, Knights of the Realm with general and lvl 2, Knights errant and Pegasus Knights. I had an Eagle, Star Dragon Prince, Spears with a lvl 2 in a building, Bsb on an Eagle, Spears, Noble on Eagle, White Lions, Dragon Princes, and an Eagle. He vanguarded up his Peg Knights and prayed.
I basically fly all my fliers up to threaten his units and start laying on the pressure while trying to stay out of the the front arcs of his knight buses. I tried to position to where I'd have 3 possible charges on that trebuchet. If he got a couple hits on my rank and files I couldn't hold the charge from the knight buses. I cast vauls and it gets scrolled and that's it for magic. I flamed the men at arms and did around 11 wounds. (speaking of... quick rules question. Can you use breath weapon after you march. I know you can't shoot on the march. but I thought monsters acted as single characters so they could. We didn't know so just went with it.)
He repositions all his units to better counter my superior speed and movement. Magic sees a comet go off in between my white lions and and spearmen. No other spells get through. He declares to shoot at my noble eagle. I ask him if he really wants to shoot something that would get a 2+, 2+, 2++ save and he then elects to shoot at the naked eagle and destroys her. His only trebuchet shot the whole match goes 10" wide and hits nothing.
I charge his trebuchet with my noble. I reposition everything to set up traps for his buses. I'll go into more detail on this in his turn. Magic sees nothing eventful. I kill his trebuchet and reform to face his archers and the back of the nearest bus.
His lord unit charges my spear block and I hold. His Knights errant charge the same unit and I flee. His lord unit only had line of sight to the spears and is forced to failed charge them. The knight errant can either fail charge and get flanked by the white lions next turn or redirect into them. He chooses to redirect. (I actually had to wheel to him as the bus unit was crazy long and hit his other unit on the wheel.) Basically I didn't even care what unit charged what as long as he wasn't able to double bus a unit. I can handle any one on one combat he can throw at me. If he were able to double bus any of my units, they would immediately be destroyed. He charges the peg knights into the dragon. I don't think he thought he could kill them. He was just trying to prevent me from getting a charge next turn. I hold, fairly certain my star dragon prince could take his knights. He moves everything to get into better positions. He reforms the archers to shoot at my noble eagle. He only gets 3 Power dice and casts wildform and I manage to dispel on 2 dice. His meteor comes down killing some white lions and killing like 10 spears. Archers can't hurt the noble with shooting. His 15 knights errant loose 5 guys to the white lions before they hit. I loose some in return. I honestly forget who wins combat but we both stick. I kill two peg knights with my prince and dragon and he gets no wounds on me but he stays.
Man looking at the board I'm really comfortable for the upcoming turn! I charge his archers with a eagle noble and he holds. My eagle and dragon princes charge his errant bus in the flank to EASILY DESTROY THEM!!!!! I only need like a 4 on the dragon princes and a 3 on the eagle. Eagle makes it on a 1,1,2 and the dragon princes fail with a 1,1,2... WTF lol :p well there goes that plan. My next SUPER AWESOME GAME WINNING MOVE. I charge the bsb eagle noble into the middle bus so when my dragon knights blow through his few remaining errants I can get a flank overrun and fight with them twice... remember those dragon princes that failed their charge... :) As long as he can hold up the unit a turn I can throw a dragon in their rear next turn so no worries. I mean its the flaming unit so I'll get a 2+, 2+, 2++ save. I make it no problem. Magic sees me get a vauls off which he uses all his DD to dispel. I throw 3 at Flames of the phoenix on the men at arms and IF it. I kill my lvl 2 mage and only manage to kill like 5 out of 39 mean at arms. HAHA This turn of easy game winning is going south quickly. Combat I kill some archers with the noble but he holds. My dragon Kills the peg knights and reforms to look at the battle. My eagle provides little support by himself and the white lions and knights errant duke it out but everyone holds. Four errants left I believe. My bsb charges in and does 3 wounds to the Bret lord. He passes all of his saves and in return sees a heroic killing blow on my eagle... Oops. Remember how it was the flaming unit.... well I got mixed up and the bsb unit was flamming. HAHA SPLAT! Well that didn't go as expected.
He charges his buses into my white lions. One hitting in the flank and one barely clipping the front. This is gonna get bad. His men at arms advance to join the battle. Magic sees him getting off a heavens spell that hexs my white lions. -1 to hit I think??? He miscasts and the phase ends nothing else of note happens. I have 11 white lions left... This gets crazy. I kill a couple of guys not really doing much. Hes counting out his gazillion dice for the knights and I realize that if he kills one guy on a higher initiative that he looses a butt load of attacks from the flanking bsb unit. His lord makes way and kills a guy! Horay! The bsb whiffs his attacks. So now the flank bus only gets one side of attacks and two guys in the middle, of which one is a wizard, and the front unit only gets the one file of attacks and the front guy was his lord. So he only gets like 33% of his attacks he was counting out and manages to kill all but two guys!!! Stubborn white lions hold and next turn he's about to pay. My eagle however flees into the way of the dragon princes... really these guys can't get a charge off for anything! My Eagle noble breaks the archers and runs them down.
The star dragon charges the back of the lord bus unit. The noble eagle charges the flank of the bsb unit. The spears charge the other flank of the bsb unit. My other spears get out of the building anticipating the men at arms. My eagle rallies and my dragon princes shuffle over. No magic because my mage is hanging out in the realm of chaos having a pint with tzeentch. To sum up hand to hand; I blew through him and had enough static res to destroy him. His lord unit held on stead fast. A.) because of some amazing ward saves and B.) because of that meteor that thinned my spear ranks out earlier in the game. The knights of the realm with the lvl4 and bsb are run down by the noble and spears. The lord unit holds on a 10 and the errants stay. (I don't remember if he rolled snake eyes or we forgot to test them. shrug.) Funnily enough I have one white lion left and its my unit champ. So his lord still can't challenge my prince or make way to go fight him. White Lions = ♥!
His men at arms charge the flank of my spears because they overran right in the way. I fled and not willing to try and roll an 11 or 12 and getting flanked himself he redirects into the full spears ouside the building. No magic of note. He finally manages to kill off my last white lion freeing up the knights errant which reform. Dragon Prince kills some guys but he holds. The men at arms end up winning by just the charge but the spears hold.
My eagle charges the flank of his lords unit. The Dragon princes charge his 3 remaining errant knights. He holds to redirect them away from the lord combat. The dragon prices kill a knight errant and force them to run also killing the banner. They attempt to pursue but bump into the back of the eagle... yet again! Haha. My spears broke his Men at Arms but failed to catch them. His lord challenges and my Prince has to accept. I put one wound on the Brett lord and he Heroic killing blows the star dragon. Seriously?! Is there anything this build can't kill?!? My Prince finds that battle without his dragon is too scary and runs for the hills. Luckily the eagle holds and saves his life by distracting the knights from pursuing.
He fails to rally his errant knight. He rallies his men at arms and faces my spears again. Magic sees him get wildform off and +3 Toughness to his lord. His lord kills my eagle in combat with killing blow. The lord unit reforms.
I charge the spears into the men at arms and the noble into the rear. I charge the other spears into the flank of the the lords unit and the dragon knights into the front. My Prince is still pissing himself and fails to rally. Lets face it his 7,000 year old pet just got decapitated with one blow by an angry human. You'd be running too. Don't judge! I crush the men at arms and run them down in combat. I fail to do any wounds to the knights but a lucky spearmen gets a wound through on his lord. I win combat through static res but he holds.
His knight errant fails to rally but doesn't go off the board. So no points there. I stop wild form but he still gets the +3 toughness on the lord. I throw one dragon prince at his lord because I had to. I hit twice, roll box cars to wound and he fails his 2+, 4++ save on both!!! WTF?! He calls it right there as I kill the lord.
All and all it was a fun list to play. I don't think I could ever take it to a competitive event though. No matter how you slice it, you have a little over 700 points tied up in the Star Dragon Prince model. He is super fun to play and kills like a mad man. But one crappy I,S,T test or lucky cannons or killing blow and your down an uber amount of points.
We started kind of pretending the battle was real at one point and basically narrated what happened to my Prince and his Lord and we both had a great laugh at the silliness of the situation. Basically my Dragon Prince balls into the back of the knight unit throwing guys left and right and his lord is too busy fighting the white lions to notice. Finally after the lord kills the last white lions he turns around to see the dragon and rolls his eyes and casually strolls to the back of the unit and lops off the dragons head with one swing and my elf starts crying and runs away never to rally. :p Lots of fun.
I'll probably go back to my magic/shooting list next with some improvements to the list. I just wanted to mix it up and the list seemed interesting. Hope you enjoyed.