I dropped the spears down to 24 so that now they are just for sac dagger/speedbump for the RxB who now have sheild and full command. The idea is that the RxB will hold the line long enough for CoK charge.
Dropped hydra and lifetaker/guiding eye for (which im not entirely sure about, maybe drop spears or shades instead). Picked up 2 Repeater bolt and another 10 music, shield RxB for more shooting power; im thinking that my list is supposed to be more defensive and the original one had too much close combat units.
Also thought to throw dread on a peggy and have him hunt strays warmachines, while i wait for their army to come to me, then when the combt starts he'll go where needed for inspiring presence/asskicking.
What do you think?
also what do you think about keeping hydra and dropping BG for a chariot? I've heard that a combined chariot/hydra charge can handle just about anything. Also dropping shades and dark riders for a third Bolt thrower.
Also wondering the efficacy of taking a corsair mainstay/sac dagger bunker and if it would be worthwhile to make that corsair unit horde size (probably ~40).
The idea is to make the army tougher to kill with return fire.
How about switching the magic items on the sorcs, so the sorc (hero) has sac dagger in bunker and supreme with tome using shadow lore?
Lastly, does the toughness 4 of the pegasus transfer over to the dread since the peggy is a monstrous beast, making the model montrous cavalry and with the new rules concerning which stats to use when receiving hits as MC.
Sorry this reply is so late.
Again, your best build will be determined by what you play. I know most casual players like to build an "all comers" list. I feel DE are not an army you can do that with. I have been playing quite a bit lately and noticed a few things: Since my shooting has been less than effective, so now I break up my crossbowman into 2 10 man units. I also tend to bring my Bolt Throwers more often, as I have found the longer range and lack of Multiple Shot penalty way better than regular crossbows, (I have 4). If I face say, Dwarfs or Empire, I leave the Hydra's at home as well. I am currently trying out a Dreadlord on a Black Dragon and Sorceress lvl2 on a Dark Pegasus combo, which to answer your question: Yes the rider of the Pegasus becomes T4 and 3 Wounds.
A few points:
When using the sac dagger, be very careful in a unit that small. If you cause yourself 25% casualties, you test for panic.
I still like Crossbowmen, but remember, your shooting can become trash very quickly. You can go from needing 3+ to 5+ pretty quickly. You are automatically at a 4+ because of Multiple Shot. You move and now its a 5+ to hit. If your target is skirmishers or in any cover, your at 6+ now. Not to mention Str3 AP sucks against most things you will be shooting at: Chariots, Monstrous Infantry/Cav....pretty much anything you can really knock down and Panic.
The Pegasus Dreadlord is a good idea. Remember to kit him out: Crown of Command, Sword of Might, Pendant, Heavy Armor, Sea Dragon Cloak, Enchanted Shield (that depends on who you play with. My groups lets me get it for the book's 5pts.) Impale on the charge and stomp is badass too.
Do not bother with the Chariot. You will almost always charge into, or get pulled into a combat you don't want, and of course Stupidity. My rule of thumb: If the chariot is not core, don't take it. (Gorebeast is the exception. As is anything High Elves.)
Corsairs are very good, but a glass hammer. You do get a straight 5+ in combat, unlike spearmen. If you give them 2 hand weapons and the Sea Serpent Standard, that is a dangerous horde, but expensive. The attack output against say, a unit of 5x5 25mm models is around 40 attacks I believe. If you can get Mindrazor off on that unit....that's dirty.
With that said, I would def give your supreme the tome. You need Pit and Mindrazor....NEED them. I would give the hero level sorceress (if you still have to have her) a dispel scroll and knock her down to a level 1, unless you really want the sac dagger. (Its a very unfriendly piece of equipment.)