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Having just picked up my 3k army for VC's (lots of gluing, lots of painting...), couple of things I noticed abou thtese guys:
1)The Vlad model, as impressive as it looks, just doesn't funtion well. His stupid cape kleeps casuing him to fall over, and I'm sure it'll make putting an enemy unit up against him difficult too, and he just won't rank up in the skellies - his sword and cape get in the way. I've got to put together 3 specific skellies that are designed to go to his right, behind him, and behind his left, just to rank up!
2) So, luckily the new Skellie sprew is plain awesome! As well as the usual customisation, there's a ton of options all in the one sprue, so different shield options, head options, spears of course. The thing I really like about it is all the spare bits you get - Putting some of these onto a base properly can count as a skellie when you raise past the starting point (so, 20 full skels in the front, then the guys 'rising from the earth' behind)
Thats all I've got so far. Can't to put the Ghouls togther!
Nice to see yet another person starting up Vampire Counts.
1) That always seems to be a problem with character models these days, more often special characters. The only real way to help is to weigh down Vlad's base and specially build models around him, which is pretty much what you've done.
2) I definately agree that the new skellies are some of the best models I've seen. They are indeed very customisable.
I think that in the coming months, I may buy 3 or 4 battalions. To get my aim of a 5000 pt vampire counts army working.
May I ask what you have purchased in your 3000 pt army?
Good thinking dave, but that means he can't leave the unit. Dunno if he ever will, but if I need to get him outta there ASAP, will look kinda weird...
Jack, yeah, Ill have to weigh down the base, just annoying when they don't design the models to WORK!
The lump of VC's I just bought was: 2x Battalion boxes (can't too far wrong here! so, 40x skeltons, 20x ghouls, 40x zombiex, 2x corpse carts), 20x Grave Guard, 1x Vargulf, 5x Wraiths, 6x Black knights (Im using Bret knights, using Tomb King horses and Skele knights heads. Looks like plate mail armour skele knights!), 4x Fell bats, 20x Dire wolves, Flying vamp, Vlad (counts as a Vamp Lord, tho), Necro. I think I can get it upto 2.5k, but I already had an old Vamp that I mounted on a Manticore, so I can fudge 500 points with an Abysal Terror Mounted Vampire Lord!
Last edited by timk1111; April 1st, 2008 at 03:59.
That's a damn good start to an army. Good luck with gaming and whatnot. Let me know what kind of army composition works for you if you want..
Once I get a few games in, I'll definatley report back! It's been quite a few years since I've started a completely new army, so it's exciting indeed. I started with Chaos 9 years ago, and this is pretty much the first time I've commited to a brand new army.
Was a tough choice between these guys and daemons in the end...but I wanted an army with magic for a change (as I run Khorne....probably guessed that!)
Last edited by DavidWC09; April 1st, 2008 at 13:27. Reason: vampires do not bypass swear filters :)
I posed my skeletons so i could fit them round any characters (some in the far corners of the base etc). Also i didn't add that extra bit of cape onto Vlad as with the Winged vampire i didn't add the bat on (filled gap in with greenstuff). Neither models are very practically, though the winged vampire was probably made with the purpose of scout/flying. Good models though, particulary the Vlad model, absolutely perfect, no mistakes or anything.