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I've been playing the cookie cutter VC footslogging w/ heavy magic build for a while and I am extremely bored. That coupled with the 0 comp scores I get at tourneys I want to change it up a bit. With the cheap price of Chaos Knights I want to convert some to bloodknights and use them. My questions are:
1) Is a Zombie Dragon Lord a viable option in 2250 with Blood Knights in the same army?
2) What are the different build for a Lord/Hero to go in a unit of BloodKnights or on a Zombie Dragon?
3) Do Black Knights work well with them?
4) And how much magic should I bring and how should I go about it?
I used one in an Votewar which proved to be a little bit controversial.. TBH, a Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon IS a viable proposition, but equipment is very much a chance thing.
Walking detah is useful to up his combat score, and Red fury is good to get the wounds. With Red Fury, I would opt for a cheap-ish weapon like a balefire spike (though watch out for High Elves!) or Sword of Might or biting blade to ensure that I get through that armour.
Given Wristbands of Black Gold to deflect the odd missile attacks on him, and Cadaverous Cuirass or even the NightShroud armour, this guy becomes very difficult to defeat on equal terms - he is -1 to hit with shooting and combat, has a 3+ ward against missiles, has a Terror causing mount, +1 combat resolution and significant advantage in the first round if he ever does get charged by virtue of the nightshroud.
Support Vampires would have to be leading Black Knight units or sitting in the infantry blocks - I would very rarely put a Hero level or worse still, a Lord level, character inside a unit of Knights of teh Blood Keep, as these guys are just too unruly with their Frenzy. In an small elite force, unless you have adequate interference for them to direct their charges, they will be a curse more than a blessing as they are a significant proportion of your army, and could be led like around the battlefield by some very cheap enemy units.
Finally, screens of Giant bats and etheral units would be great to help diffuse the fire to be directed at your cavalry, as well as trying to get to those war machine crews, who are generally going to be sitting away from their general (unless you ar facing Dwarves or Empire)
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I don't think you'd ever use such a list in a tournament, especially with a lord on a zombie dragon. Though I think it goes wrong when people try and max out in cavalry intending to just charge them head on, which leaves there core units 3 units of 10 ghouls or 3 units of zombies. Would be best off having 3 big core units and then using 1 or 2 big cavalry units to flank or/and the bloodknights to punch through.
Important thing to remember is that as of the FAQ you can't give a Lord on Zombie Dragon (or other mount for that matter) Dread Knight, as you have to ride the barded nightmare. So if you want a lance your options are limited to the 2 magical ones.
A build I had a little success with was:
Lord - Zombie Dragon - Lvl 3 wizard upgrade
- Infinate Hatred, Red Fury, Ghoulkin
- Flayed Hauberk, Wristbands of Blackgold, Balefire Spike
And either Book of Arkahn OR Black periapt + Cursed Book
Obviously Ghoulkin is the first port of call for changes as it's army specific, good for my army, maybe not for yours.
Has punch in combat and a decent amount of protection. Also nice for challenges as with the Cursed Book you get 1 round of combat where the enemy will be hitting you on 6's
For Mounted Lords to go with Blood Knight's I'm experimenting with:
Blood lines: Infinate Hatred, Dread Knight, Forbidden lore
Items: Walachs Bloody Hauberk, Book of Arkhan, Power Stone
1+/5+ armour/Ward save, lance and re-roll misses for combat. Book of Arkhan and Forbidden Lore to guarantee the Van Hels to get your kngihts into combat (Or ASF and re-roll for when they are in combat) and a power stone for when you really need to get it done.
As for how much magic to bring, I'm firmly in the camp of bringing as much magic as you can get. A cavalry army is fast, add a couple of wizards with VanHels (and maybe The Book) and that fast army becomes very fast.
2000AD's answer to all "How do VC deal with ..." questions: Forbidden Lore + 2 Power Stones.
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I run the same but with blood drinker instead of the book and power stone, and red fury instead of forbidden lore......my blood knights never die as my lord s able to raise them back with all the wounds he causes
I have absoloutely no experience with zombie dragons.....i like to try one but.....cant seem to find the money for the conversion i want to do