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I had an idea the other day of an army composed mostly of skeletons, grave guard, black knights, and other skinless warriors. The fluff revolves around a certain vampire who poured over tomes of ancient, pre-imperial battles and found the site of a great battlefield, littered with the remains of some of the greatest warriors of old. He raised the piles of thousand year old bones, armor, and weapons and has been leading them ever since. Basically lots of old, corroded armor and weapons and stoic skeletal automatons.
My question is, can it work? I know people say to mix skeletons with ghouls and zombies, but would mass skeletons be a competitively viable move? I know ghouls are killy-er and zombies raise faster, but could the staying power of skeletons work while I position grave guard or black knights for hammer and anvil tactics? I'll need to use dire wolves to cheaply negate ranks and march block and maybe a few other non-skeletal things, but what do you think? Workable? Competitive? Is the fluff worth pursuing? I'm most concerned about the strategic implications of such a list. Also, should I convert non-skeletal things? I know that's a lot of questions, so don't feel like you need to answer them all.
yes, they can work very well I think. Skeletons are weak in close combat, but they are quite cheap and have an okay armor save. Grave Guard are good in close combat, especially when nearby a vampire with the helm of commandment and carrying the banner of the barrows. Black Knights hit hard, though their low weapon skill can be an issue.
You don't need any zombies at the start, as brand new units can be raised during the game. Ghouls hit hard, but they are also unarmored. Toughness 4 is better than 3, but there are so many Strength 4 units out there that I would prefer the armor over the extra toughness point.
I think your all skeleton army should perform well.
If you are still thinking of taking other things such as dire wolves grave guard black knights and so on, then I don't see why it couldn't work.
Sure you are restricting yourself slightly but I am sure there are plenty of competitive armies which feature no ghouls or zombies.
Collect an army that you like the look of I say. For example I never take Black Coaches and probably never will. Don't care what the rules are I just think they are naff and their fluff is naff. Corpse Carts on the other hand I would take regardless of the rules because I love the concept.
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I've been painting the boxed set and things were going well enough, but I was wondering what I'm going to do about that corpse cart when I come to it. The zombie thing doesn't really mesh with with my theme, but it is a useful unit. I decided to turn the corpse cart into a bone cart, filled with piles of bones and skulls, but I'm not sure how to go about making it. Is there some way to use green stuff to make mold I could use? Perhaps drop a glob of GS in the middle and press a mold of skulls and bones into the surface until it looks like a pile. Is there some cheap skull pile model I could use that would be to scale? Any other ideas?
I think you could probably get away with the pile of bodies currently in there, maybe add a few skellie bits or a complete skeleton on top. The cart is still going around the battlefield collecting bodies, so they would be fresh.
You would want to make different models pulling it though. Skeletons or grave guard probably. That would give the actual cart a bit of an ancient feel, but still have fresh newly collected bodies in it.