[Archive] Lammasu - worth it?


Most of the lists I’ve seen posted include a Sorceror-Prophet on foot. I was wondering what people thought of using the Lammasu mount?

An extra level 2 wizard with a powerful lore (shadow), improved mobility and protection from magic weapons is very good, but worth 200+ points?


It’s a huge points sink, that’s the major downside. Sure the Lammasu gives some stellar bonuses and protection for the rider and could be an excellent choice if played right, but a straight-up Lv3 Sorcerer-Prophet on a Lv2 Lammasu leaves you only 5pts shy of your 25% cap in a 2000pt game. Sure you’re effectively getting two casters for your points but it’s still one model and his mount. Speaking for myself, I’ll likely give this a try at some point but so far in 2000pt games I just want a few more options for my points than a single target on the table that has 25% of my army’s cost associated with it. Although… at some level we can’t get away with this as the LoA has high costed units anyway.

Time of Madness:

The lammasu is only viable at larger point games (2400pts+). At 2000pts it leaves you with no points for protective gear.

The Lore of Hashut in my opinion was designed for a mobile caster. The short range of the spells really makes it worthwhile when mounted on a flying beast.

The best ability of the lammasu is the option to take shadow magic. There are some great spells in the lore which would really help the chaos dwarfs out!

Personally I’d rather field my prophet with protective gear in a large bunker of infernal guard.

Time of Madness


I’ve got a 3000pt game lined up later this week, and I was strongly considering taking a Sorcerer Prophet on a Lammasu. It’ll not be cheap (Lv4 plus Lammasu plus magic items = 600pts ish) which is the main factor that is putting me off, but I thought it might be a whole lot of fun to use.

What’s the general concensus on the Storm of Magic upgrades? (I know this one has been submitted for the FAQ) - Would you play it so that you could take them or not? And if you can take them would you consider them worth taking.

If I do insist on taking a Sorcerer-Prophet on a big flying beastie, (which I almost certainly will), would you say that the cheaper Great Taurus is a better option? Ha snayone actually tried using a Lammasu yet?


If I do insist on taking a Sorcerer-Prophet on a big flying beastie, (which I almost certainly will), would you say that the cheaper Great Taurus is a better option? Ha snayone actually tried using a Lammasu yet?
I would say that the cheaper great taurus is the better IF you want a mount...
I will play a bale taurus in a next tourney, I will tell you if it works... The tourney is no limit, so it's not the best idea but I'm making a conversion I want to play...
Not tried the new lammasu yet (except in SoM game), but have tried the lammasu with HS, not very easy to use. Pretty tricky I will say... The lammasu is very expensive, not enough good to go in close combat... Plus cannon and initiative tests...
The best use of the lammasu is in Storm of Magic games (tried and convinced! Two sorcerers with 3+ ward save, immune to stomp attacks = great!)
What's the general concensus on the Storm of Magic upgrades?
The breath I believe. Having a breath weapon is always a good idea.


I’ve been running a Prophet on Lamassu. It’s… well, it’s not great. 2500 points is standard here, which means I’m still able to equip him with protective gear, but the poor T5 no save Lamassu is pretty much ruined by anything that even looks at it strangely.

The Mobility and magic protection has been crazy-good with the lore of Hashut, and keeps fast calv and small flyers wary, but I can’t help but think that those 200+ points could be spent on a Hellcannon, or two Death Shriekers. I’ll still take him, because I love the mini, but It’s definitely not optimal.

As for upgrades, I’d suggest the breath. Always grab the breath. Having a flyer with a very solid way to deal with incorporeal creatures is great.


What magic did you run with the Lamassu? Did you get any crucial spells off? Breath of Hatred/Mindrazor combo on Chaos Dwarfs could be game winning

Groznit Goregut:

There is this thread called Pros v Cons: Great Taurus or Lammasu where I said this:

I have to admit that I loved flying around the table in 7th Ed with my Warlord on Wyvern. He was very tactical by just just offering flank charges and such. He could also smash in on weaker support units. Sure, you don’t see that as much in 8th, but they still are there. A prophet on Great Taurus (or Bale Taurus) could smash some smaller units on their own. Or…if a unit gets stuck in with a dwarf or Steadfast Hobgoblin unit, the Taurus in the flank could be quite mean and turn the tide.

I will fully admit that cannons are the worst thing to face. They can kill the mount out from under you. Thankfully, though, they are only with two armies. You will see them at tournaments, but you might not face them. Even then, if the mount does die in combat, you still have to kill the Prophet to get the points for him. He’s not auto dead if he loses the mount. You can save him and he can still cast spells.

I’ve got a question about the Taurus rule of -1 to wound. That means on the wound to roll, right? So…a cannon fails to wound on a 1 or a 2. That’s 1/3 the time and much more likely to happen. Besides cannons, that rule does reduce the chance of him being killed by lesser shooting. Even T4 handguns will have a hard time.

What happens if you take a Prophet with the Lore of Fire on a Great Taurus? Remember that he heals d3 wounds went having a Lore of Fire spell cast on it. While you can’t rely on the ignorance of your opponents, you can cast 2 augment spells on yourself to get those heals. If a cannon hits, it will have to roll high to kill it. You have a good chance of getting those spells off and healing the guy up. Your opponent might not think of this when you cast it the first time, and that might make a big difference. First turn you get into a position to charge the war machines. You get blasted with a cannon. You cast the spells and your opponent lets it through because it’s not a big deal. You get healed. Then you charge the cannon to take it out. No more thread from that.

So, Lore of Fire can heal the Taurus when needed, but are the spells worth while? You can buff other units, too, which helps. The damage spells can be good. The Sig spell is really not bad at doing some damage to some units. If you are also planning on going into combat, you can weaken a medium unit up when you cast a 3d6 fireball on it. The, charge in, do damage, and Thuderstomp and I can see you smashing someone without being taken out in return. Oh, sure, it greatly depends on picking the right units, but really not a bad choice. The Fire Lore can really help reduce things on the flanks, which is where I see a Great Taurus doing it’s thing, anyways.

Personally, I think it’s a bad idea to use a Great Taurus because Chaos Dwarfs are not going to have a lot of units and all the support stuff is going to be a real problem. This will be on the flanks and handle a lot of stuff that we can’t handle too well. What are you going to do when you see a Orc and Goblin unit with a ton of chariots, pump wagons, and Mangler Squigs? This guy can really clean up. Terror on the flanks is still pretty darn good. It’s usually away from the enemy General and BSB, so no re-rolls. Flank units don’t always have high Ld. Enemy sometimes fail their rolls. I’ve taken a lot of stuff out with my Arachnarok on the flanks this way. You can also redirect, too. Make something small flee and redirect into something else. Making a unit take a Ld test or be WS1 can be pretty devastating, too.

Let’s look at the Lammasu. Not as tough and not as many wounds, but also causes Terror. That helps charging little stuff. I can also see the MR being quite handy. 4+ for the beasty and probably 2+ for the prophet. I could even see the Prophet doing well in challenges with enemy characters not getting to use magic items and the mount joining in. Depends on who you are fighting, but not bad.

I think the Lammasu really comes into it’s own as a mobile platform for your caster, though. The extra spells you get from him are great. He can zip around and

The Lore of Shadow would be just awesome to use. The only one that isn’t good is Steed of Shadows. Even the Pendulum could be good on the flanks of an enemy army. Reducing a unit’s Toughness is great for Doom Rockets, like Baggronor suggests. Really, who wouldn’t it be good for? I could even see using the stat hexing spells on someone that you can then charge into combat against. A support unit with Great Weapons might not be so tough when you reduce their S by a few. Or some other support unit you can now be in combat with and not fear it so much.

S9 Chaos Dwarfs is good with MindRazor, but can be situational. Imagine casting it on a horde of Hobgoblins with 2 hand weapons. Against a standard 5 x 20mm unit, that would be 28 S6 attacks! That is much more impressive when you want to grind out a unit. If you take Lore of Hashut and give the unit Hatred, that can be very, very viscous.

I’ve also just thought of a sneaky trick. Take a cheap Khan on a wolf in your army list. Keep him within 18" of your Lammasu. You can get up in the face of the enemy and cast all the close range spells you want, but when the Lammasu casts a Shadow spell, you can use the Lore Attribute and swap places with the Khan on wolf! That will get your Caster out of the way of any units and your Khan can just flee. Pretty darn tricky!

Lore of Hashut with any of the flying mounts is also really good. You really need to be in short range with your caster for those spells. This lets you get close enough and cause all sorts of issues. The same can be said for Death, too. You can get close enough to take out key characters early in the game. That’s terrible for some armies. It would also give you more power dice to feed your other casters (or other spells).

Alright…enough rambling at this point. I think there are a lot of valid strategies with flying mounts. There are a lot of pros and there are cons. Cannons are the worst thing, but only used in two armies. You could go to a tournament and not ever face an army with cannons or a lot of shooting that could hurt it.
I think they are very viable. I’m thinking of going with a Bale Taurus with a lvl 4 fire prophet. It think it will wreck things in combat and even survive most cannon shots.