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So I am fairly new to Warhammer Fantasy, but have played 40k for a while.... and while I always have a main army (for Fantasy I have chosen Tomb Kings) I also have an insatiable need to build a themed army with alot of fluff and backstory behind it.
For example in 40k I have a Daemon army, mixes all gods together and goes for the balanced, combined arms approach. Conversely I have a Space Wolves army built around a sinbgle great company and its fluff.
I'm kind of like the Warlock Engineers..... I would rather spend my time on something completely new than spend my time perfecting something which works most of the time.
So to that end, I chose the Skaven as my theme army and the theme is...... Clan Skyre!
Lord is going to be Ikit Claw, Warlock Engineers as Heroes, Warplock Jezzails, Weapon Teams, anything that seems Clan Skyre is going in! Even if it is a crappy army on the tabletop, I just have to have a themed army. (Its the one thing I'm OCD about)
But I had a question.... what sort of core unit seems Clan Skyre? I know as a greater clan they would be likely to have lots of skavenslaves and clanrats but to me, Stormvermin seem to be the most Clan Skyre like.... representing the fact that as (arguably) the most influential clan, their soldiers would be armed and armored to the teeth with the best gear they can make, steal or buy.
Well, it's your choice, but personally I feel that using alot of slaves is the most "Skryre-ish", researching their mad contraptions requires subjects
For the Stormvermin, convert them, add cogs, gears, goggles etc. and use them as a bodyguard for your lord, this would also make a great centerpiece unit, and very themed as the elite seek to further enhance their abilities using the methods available
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if i were you i would wait till you get the 8th edition rule book before deciding how you want to build your new army, Warhammer Fantasy is about to change big time come July 10th....