So there's this amazing manticore model being made by Raging Heroes and I'm going to get it; I demand it be in pretty much every list I field.
Unfortunately, as we know, the medium monstrous mount isn't the most competitive of choices. The local gamers around here don't invest too heavily in War Machines, so it's pretty much just pincushion firepower I need to worry about.
I was thinking of taking a Master with Ring of Darkness (halves BS of incoming ranged attacks) with Dragonhelm to help keep him alive. Alternatively, I also thought about the Ring of Hotek + Cloak of Hag Graef to help with wizard hunting. I can flank-charge a wizard's unit and put him in a miscast bubble while tearing through standard rank-and-file infantry.
How should I best use the Manticore for optimum killing ability and survivability? Obviously not by flying out in the middle of the field, but it seems like a great counter-charge or flanking unit.