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I currently dont like the zombie models for VC so I have 2 questions; is it possible to field an army without zombies and still be effective (not just army list but the summoning aswell) and if this isnt really possible can anyone give me some conversion ideas to make them look snazzy and not to mention gory.
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What with the book being changed from a Necro to Vamp base, Zombies are no longer needed at all. They are nowhere near as good as they used to be. In all the lists ive written up for them so far, ivegone with Ghould, and no Zombies. They just dont seem worth it any more tbh.
they're not totally worthless - just not as effective. But, I agree, you don't have to have them. On the other hand, I think 2 big units of skeletons is now practically mandatory.
The way I see it is zombies are now useful only really for summoning. I mean, you can summon a very large amount of them really easily, making for great flankers. You just summon them then use dance them into a flank or the rear. Even if the enemy does get a few extra kills off of them, the fact that the foe just lost their rank bonus and you have +2 from a rear bonus more than makes up for it. Plus, would the enemy even be able to run? IIRC you have to run directly away from the attackers. Now they have an attacker on each side- wouldn't they automatically die if they are forced to flee? And its quite possible you are now outnumbering considering the massive amounts of zombies you can easily summon.
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I would still go for zombies when i make a VC army, but that's just because i'm a zombie afficiando. I've gone through the new and old armybook this weekend and i tend to agree that 2 skeleton unit seem mandatory.
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Last edited by Zema; March 10th, 2008 at 16:16.
I don't think I'll ever purchase zombies as a squad (don't quote me however), but I will be raising them in most of my games as:
a) They're easy to raise squads of
b) They're easy to raise models in squads
This can make a fast and easy screen for your advancing troops as the enemy must kill the 10x2 zombie unit you just summoned before he can hit your skeletons and such with shooting and magic.
^ Similar to above. Zombies won't find themselves in my army list, but I will certainly be raising some. So they're rubbish in just about every way, you can raise a tonne of them in a magic heavy army, and soon it becomes something your opponent just can't ignore.
Either that or they'll hold up an enemy unit / block gun lines for a while.
Bottom line, they may be rubbish, but they are still very useful.