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Excess complication or just unnattractive?
Wouldn't know, I actually Play Tomb Kings... And I know one of the guys at my local GW plays. I guess I"m the minority though?
I think the reason is people just think the egyptian theme is cheesy. I don't play them. I don't know much about them. To me they look cool at first glance, but then after 10 Tomb King armies have the same look it gets old.
I know a guy playing the tombies, but I have never met them. I must say that they look pretty cool at first, but I think Darkknife is on to something. I guess you will get overwhelmed by all that egyptian-style after a while, but some of the models are really cool.
I would have to disagree. The whole egyptian theme is what draws people to Khemri i think.
They are a very difficult army to play against, and are hard to use as well.
They have awesome rules, units and spells and are a brilliant army from GW(Y)
Umm, I disagree with stonehambey for the following reasons:
a) If you look in practically any GW you will see at least three unsold Tomb Kings battlions that never seem to be bought. How come the more popular Dark Elves have no battalion?
b) I konw 'bout 30 warhammer players and none play tomb kings. They are deemed unpopular.
c) Yes, they look cool. No, they don't really look any cooler than anyone elses. Take a look at a hydra or a cold one knight.
d) I think peoploe are more attracted to living things. You can associatemore with them. It's subconcious.
Your point about attraction to the living is very valid. It is proven in many games - mmorpgs, table top, rpgs, etc.. most people want to play good guys, or at the very least, not something very alien.
The Tomb King box however is garbage. The money you save is the cost of the Cavalry that you will ALMOST never use. So while you would be getting the "Cavalry for free" - I just wouldn't have the time / patience to paint them.
Not to mention that you may not get chariots if you're doing a more static army.
I am normally one of those people that loves to play the good guys aka some really cool humans or so (I have blood angels in 40k, Eldar in Epic, Delaque in Necromunda) - but I felt I needed a change.
Oh.. and I'm Egyptian - so I think that kind of did it.
I think there is a connection between VC and the tomb kings. My friend picked the counts because he liked skeletons, undead, everliving and such stuff. Many people might think of the undead force, but then there is two of them, and for some reason, the undead-lovers choose Vampire Counts. My friend was actually thinking of choosing tomb kings, but he found the VC:s more mysterious and the vampire-bloodlines-thing made them more interesting.
That's pretty clear - VC over TK.
A) Uber Character. Probably one of the biggest draws of people to their fantasy armies. Regardless of how many times people will attest to the opposite, everyone* (ok or 90% of players) absolutely looovvveee their general - and how can you not love a VC General?
ZOMG VAMPYYRZ factor and hollywood - dey getz all da chikz
C) It is much more straightforward to play. Much much much much more. No ranged units at ALL. No war engines AT ALL. Super General that either an incredible caster - or an incredible killing machine that is typically easy to gear out.
Yes, go to GW backrounds, there are very strong connections. Also, i believe you can use TK and VC in the same army. And building on th battalions thing-if what you're saying is true, then it makes sense to have a DE battalion because:
a) TK ones are never sold
b) GW would sure make something because the only cheapish plastic things we druchii have are warriors. We'd be saving like $80 (or £50). Oh, wait-THAT'S why there isn't a battalion . GW can't afford it.