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Warhammer appealed to me for a long time, but I was trapped with 40k for my first years of hobbying. When I finally decided to try out Warhammer some years back, I mulled over which army to have. WIthout any codexes, or the rulebook, I went through the background of each army. To me, Vampire Counts were the best.
Something about the vampires appealed to me. Their power, the diversity. The fact that I could have anything from human to bestial, to who knows where? Most of my stories, and my interests are character driven, adn what better army than the one where the core units are soulless animations, mere extensions to the characters theselves.
However, my biggest concern was the limitations of the bloodline powers. I wanted a warrior vampire and beast. I wanted a haunting beauty, and a powerful beast. It was with the coming of the new codex that put all those troubles to the grace.
However, I sson found msyelf oming up with dozens of combinations, several different themes and styles of play. So it was that I brooded and brooded, until a master plan evolved. I would create four armies, each 3,000 points, led by a vicious, yet unique leader, all serving under one terrible vampire. The Lost 23 was born!
Since then I have developed characters. I even won the fluff fantasy competition last summer with several characters from my growing VC armies. I have all the models for the first army, and it is about half painted.
Now then, what is YOUR vampire story? What got you involved with the bloodscukers of the Warhammer fantasy? Why do you stay?
Edit: If you find yourself actually stalking the night, and want to talk about it, this is not the place
Last edited by daelrog; February 3rd, 2009 at 07:37.
I am heading off to the Peace Corps. It is bery likely I will not be back. Good luck to all of you endeavors.
The diversity of their background is surely a drawing point for myself. The vampires happen to be in that delightfully grey area between being evil and wanting to do good despite their darker nature, to everything in between. My initial VC army were made up of your typical von Carstein vampires, fuelled by the lust for power and influence, soulless monsters with little care for anything else.
However, my newer VC army is being headed up by the ghost of a vampiress who seeks to obtain and maintain a harmonic state of the area surrounding her home inside the Empire. She sometimes leads armies of ghosts and spirits to make sure that things get done like they should but most often she weaves her schemes and plots to make the imperial forces do the job for her.
Moving on, the very gameplay of the undead forces suits me perfectly. They are reliable, stubborn and methodical and while not very skilled or elegant in and of themselves, several units working together can create an unyielding machine to grind down pretty much anyone.
Finally, their setting is so wonderfully gothic and their fate and background rather tragic. They've simply got a nice mood going on, heheh.
I had a similar experience to you daelrog, I first got into the hobby when Lord of the Rings was released (2001) I think, and quickly went on to 40k simply because it was what my friends played.
I decided a year or 2 ago that I wanted to get into Fantasy, and loved the idea of a cruel and dark Vampire Lord leading an animated Skeleton army, the defeated foe of a centuries old war - but unfortunatly the old army book didn't quite live up to my image and I didn't like how it marginalised the powerful Vampires in favour of Necromancers, plus I was reluctant to collect an army that was rumoured for a redo. I looked at a few others, however my interest in Fantasy waned.
About a year later after I saw the new Vampire counts models, I decided to come back, but put off getting any models until after the 40k GT so I could focus on the army I was taking, that was in Novemeber and I have since bought my first lot of Fantasy models after 8 years of the hobby!
At the moment I haven't quite decided where I am taking the army, just painting Skellies and other units that really attracted my attention like the Varghulf and Grave Guard.
TBH the way I got into Vampires is a little bizarre.
Firstly, when I got engaged, I took my wife to a Games Workshop for teh first time, nd she loved a couple of the Lahmian models, so I bought her the mounted and on-foot blister pack. I already had a neferata model somehow (I intended to use her as a basis for the Everqueen..)
Then a few months later I ordered a High Elf Spearhead from an online store. Said delivery never arrived, and the seller had no more HE Spearheads, so we agreed he send me a (brand new) VC spearhead instead, along with the Wight King standard bearer and an old Black Coach he had spare.
Simultaneously, I received a load of skeleton warriors in a Freecycle lot that I had collected, along with tonnes of 40K miniatures. These were the old skellies but hey they were stll handy models! I realised that I had the makings of a VC army, and gave the models to my wife to start her off on the hobby.
I also had an old Mordheim wizard which makes an excellent necromancer, and a few older wights and other models. When I saw the grave guards sprue, I realised that I could easily combine them with skeleton horsemen to make Black knights. Unable to find the older model horsemen (with conical helmets and 2-piece breastplates) I resorted to using the Khemri Horsemen as the basis.
To conclude, the collection of the Lords of Undeath I have is a pure accident, but a very happy one at that!
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I started warhammer young, had no idea how to play the game, it was the models that really interested me.
The first warhammer model I bought was a TAU XV8 battlesuit without realizing it was my first step into a much larger universe
Right after that I moved to a new city, I just happened to make new friends at the local school that played 40K, so it went on from there. One of them collected Lizardmen and eventrally due to peer presure lol I thought about collecting fantasy as well. I thought about reading all the codexs and decide after.
So this time at a local warhammer store, we were just browsing the collection and I saw a 6th edition VC codex, and thought y not start here, the cover looked bad ass. Then I realized the entire amry consisted of a few charaters that are so powerful they can take on pertty much anything, and the rest was made of expendable troop that can be summoned back. And right there the decision was made.
I love to convert vampire models, currently I have a model for each line except necrachs(they're next). For the rest of the army A friend bought the warhammer starter chest with the orc and empire. He wanted the orc only so I asked for the empire which I then converted into zombies. Latter I bought a box of zombies and a box of empire militia and also "borrowed" bits left over from my buddies (skinks, old saurs, skaven, orc, HE, Bretonia) to make now too many zombies to count.(some are just a hand sticking out of the base haha)
I'm gona get the VC battalion next for the skilis and some GG as well.
My first army, when I got in to this hobby, was Tau. Why I picked them is another story for another thread, I guess.
But even when building my Tau (a process I never really finished, to my shame...) I thought about a fantasy army. Something about the darker, evil armies appealed to me more (perhaps as a contrast to the Tau)
I remember thinking it over quite a bit; considering a whole bunch of armies, and Lizardmen, Dark Elves and Vampire Counts were all high priorities. Eventually, after agonising for many months over the decision (well, not really, but it sounds better) I made my decision.
Dark Elves! (Although Vampire Counts were a close second)
Then I forgot all about this decision, and when I finally did start a Fantasy army some time down the track, I picked Vampire Counts.
I blame the Lahmians. Them and their Beguiling, Seductive ways. How could a mere mortal resist their powers?
I got into the game over the last few weeks. I saw some of my brother's dark elf models and thought they looked awesome. Since I have always enjoyed fantasy more than scifi I started with that. I looked through the backgrounds and when I saw there was a undead army I was interested. I always liked the idea of commanding an undead army so the vampire counts was a perfect fit for me. The fact that they cause feaf and immune to psycology only increased my desire.