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did some thinking, and basically tinkered quite a bit to find a way to include both the black coach, (because it's made of epic win!) and the blood knights, (who are always fun), in my list!
i'll be taking this list to a tournament in april, so advice/comments are always welcomed!
i know there's going to be a few dirty lists cropping up... one of my friends for example is bringing a dark list w/2x hydras, ASF black guard, lots of xbows & a possible 28 PD magic phase!!!
i know there's also bound to be a fair few tzeentch chaos warrior armies, plus a smattering of beasts, more vamps, high elves and lizzies... i'm sure the odd empire/ogre will show up as well too!
anyways, here's my revised list for the tourny:
Neferata, Queen of Mysteries. Vampire Lord w/Hand weapon. Level 3 Wizard.
Master of the Black Arts, Forbidden Lore, Lord of the Dead.
Sword of Battle, Nightshroud, Book of Arkhan.
Cost; 425 pts
Anise the Black, Vampire w/Hand weapon, Nightmare. Level 2* Wizard.
Dark Acolyte, Avatar of Death w/Heavy armour, Shield.
Cost; 198 pts
Neferru, Vampire w/Hand weapon. Level 2* Wizard.
Dark Acolyte, Avatar of Death w/Heavy armour, Great weapon.
Enchanted Shield, Black Periapt.
Cost; 180 pts
Ptra’s Golden Cohort; 13 Skeleton Warriors w/Hand weapon, Light armour, Spear, Shield.
Standard Bearer w/Banner of Hellfire.
Cost; 143 pts
The Falcon’s Host; 14 Skeleton Warriors w/Hand weapon, Light armour, Shield.
Standard Bearer w/Banner of the Dead Legion.
Cost; 153 pts
The Hawk-God’s Legion; 14 Skeleton Warriors w/Hand weapon, Light armour, Shield.
Standard Bearer w/War Banner.
Cost; 153 pts
7 Dire Wolves w/Doom Wolf.
Cost; 66 pts
Knights of Vengeance; 6 Black Knights w/Hand weapon, Lance, Heavy armour, Shields, Skeletal steed.
Standard Bearer w/Royal Banner of Strigos.
Cost; 207 pts
The Knights of Apophis; 5 Blood Knights w/Hand weapon, Lance, Heavy armour, Shield, Barded Nightmare.
Cost; XX pts
Black Coach inclu Cairn Wraith w/Great weapon, 2x Nightmares.
Cost; XX pts
Unless you are really really worried about hochland long rifles i would get rid of the enchanted shield or at least switch that vampire to using hand weapon shield combo for avatar.
Another point is that you only have one vampire that can raise your units above starting, and you are taking FL so you might need his casting else where, IMO you don't need armor on a vampire that is going with blood knights or black knights, both units should get the charge off. Another thing the hatred banner would gain much more benifit in the blood knight unit as the higher str and more attacks means better use for hatred. If the black knights still need more kick the Banner of the Barrows can go to them
against other high strength or multiple attack opponents though, i can turtle with the hand weapon/shield for a 2+ save!
it's all about the versitility here, and with only 3 vamps, i need my characters to be able to do a little bit more...
also, i'm not giving the blood knights a banner, (especially if i have to take away the blood drinker), as they will die for sure! the idea being that they're going to cause alot of hurt though before they go! if i were to give them a banner, then all i'd really be doing is giving away even more VP's for the unit; cost of upgrades + 100 extra for a captured banner... i'm already giving up a couple hundred points anyways with them, i don't need to nearly double it!
i'll have to tinker a bit more and see what else i can tweek, i do think i'll be going with a second LotD though, especially because the coach could leave me a few dice short on turn1!
thanks for the insights,
I see your point with the Enchanted Shield combo and versatility, but as you didn't use the flayed hauberk at all you could always take the 10 pt hit and bring that so you always have str 7 and a 2+ armor save and can still fit in the periapt.
I was assuming Anise the Black was to be joining the Blood knight unit, because of how she was set up, and the loss of manuverability if she joins the black knight unit. So i sure hope you are not assuming you are gonna lose the Blood Knights, i would definetly suggest you get a banner for that unit, because if they get shot to pieces then the extra 100 dosn't matter but if they make it to combat they had better win, and remember if your vamp with blood drinker raises any blood knights back they can still fight because the vampire fought at a faster initative so thier turn hasn't come up yet, weather you get charged or you charge. The only reason i would take a kastellen is for the balefire spike, that would be kind of nice against all of the regen out there nowadays.
If Both your Blood Knights and your Black Knights make it to combat out of the 2 units you should be more worried about the Black Knights being beaten and disintegrating,