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So I want to play Vampire counts but I want to spend as little money as I can. So I would like to know what is essential for an army, I already have Mannfred because I want to mainly be raising dead guys.
buy a couple of boxes of zombies ; do 500 pt skirmish games -- but if you want a big army there is no cheap way; I dont have vampire book yet so I cant tell you what would be most effective in such a small window but im sure you could buy mannfred and 40 zombies -- thats less than 100 bucks I think.--- you could also buy the battalion or spearhead if you want more character models
Last edited by Concilliator; September 1st, 2008 at 16:19.
If you want to be raising more troops through necromancy, you will need quite a few skeletons and zombies. Skeleton and zombie boxes are only $22.00, so a couple of them won't break the bank. Vampire Count armies tend to grow throughout the course of the game though, so you will need even more models than are actually in your army.
I was going to get a few sets of Skeletons, because I heard Zombies weren't very good. I was going to get one set to have take all the ranged fire, but I wasn't going to have them as a base group. Also Fell Bats and Dire Wolves, are they worth it, or do they die before getting to the enemy?
Get the following core units for an effective but cheap VC army:
Skeletons - 2 boxes
Ghouls - 1 box
Grave Guard - 1 box
Dire Wolves - 1 box
If you have any friends who play Bretonnians, see if you can pinch a unit of the old Bretonnian Knights, and call them Wight cavalry...
I'm actually going to use Lord of the Rings Warg Riders as Black Knights and have the Wargs look like ghosts and the rider like zombie vampires. I just need to change the bases to the square ones. Other than that I think I will do that, it sounds logical.
But for future refrence, should I get a corpse cart, varghulf, blood knights and stuff like that?
personally the varghulf is the whole reason to collect a vampire army -- im buying that one first just to paint !--- after i get my second job
Be careful using Lord of the Rings miniatures, as they are a slightly smaller scale, and you may find that they look bad next to larger warhammer models.
Blood Knights and the Varghulf certainly give you more bang for your buck. The Corpse Cart is more of a support unit.
As for Fell Bats and Dire Wolves, well I don't have an y experience with the bats, but dire wolves are very good for screening your blood knights, or for simply getting to grips with the enemy quickly.
One thing you can do to grow your army quickly is to Ebay bits. I have a whole bunch of skeletons and zombies that are composed mostly of heads and arms coming out of the ground with tombstones behind them. Tombstones by themselves can be great, since they can represent any thing you might happen to summon.
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Blood Knights are very expensive in money and points, you probably won't want them. Some people like them, others don't. The Varghulf and Corpse Carts are pretty good and useful.
Also, with the zombie or skellie boxes, you get lots of extra arms and heads, you can convert models to be raising out of the ground, which not only looks cool it allows you to get more models out of the boxes. Just buy some extra bases. You can probably get 30 out of the zombie box comfortably, and the new skellie box has an extra torso or two so you can even have a couple of them rising further out of the ground.