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I have been flipping through a few pages of the army lists and Ive noticed that very few incude zombies. Is this because nobody likes using them, because they arent a very good unit, or because they arent worth the points?
Well, there are a couple of different takes on zombies. If you have a bunch of casters- you really don't need to spend points on them, because you can raise a whole new unit with Summon Undead Horde.
Also they are crap.
But they look really neat, so i try to include some, because at 4 points per model, they are dirt cheap. They are pretty much only good for holding up a unit for a round or two. They are incredibly disposable.
They are not worth paying the points for, you should spend your points on other things unless you want to go for a zombie horde army. People raise them during the battle since they are very easy to raise and more useful in places besides your battle line.
I think Devigirl has pretty much summed up the stance on Zombies.
Some people will take a big unit of them, preferring to use their spells for other things.
Some will take no zombies, and just use magic to raise units where and when they want them.
I personally don't like them, so I don't take them. I am but one person, though, and as we see above there are people who like zombies, and will include them in lists.
Besides, most people agree they have their uses; being raised behind units to destroy them when they break and flee, shielding other units from charges, the kind of thing a cheap, disposable unit is perfect for...
Ok, thanks. Thats what I thought it was.
I am thinking about making a themed army from the Vampire Wars Von Carstein Trilogy. The body of the army is made up of mostly zombies with a few ghouls thrown in.
Well don't let anyone discourage you from doing so. Pretty much everyone will tell you never to take zombies, and they tend to be right, but since there is no limit on core units, you can cram a massive amount in your army so it will still be effective because of sheer weight of numbers, and because your opponent will be unable to get to your vampire characters who will probably be doing most of the killing.