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Hello, I want to start a Vampire Counts army, but am not sure what to buy. I own the army book but have not played a game with them. I want to buy of the bat a 1000 point force. I am thinking that I want a heavy magic army, so what should I buy?
Well what you need to decide is what core choice you going for? ghouls or skeles? some ppl take both but i advise you choose one, reason being the enemy wont be able to stop all your summoning dice (i got about 13 in my army... shit that number). but what he can do is decide which to try and stop. If your skeles has been shot to shit he will focus on stopping those summoning apose to the you vamp that is specialised in summoning ghouls. And it means you can have all ur vamp with same appropiate vamp power.
So i suppose starting with core is a good place to start, theres a few threads which is better but i personnaly think you cant beat ghouls but hey. Zombies are another must, whither there in your list or not you will probably find yourself summoning them at some point and apart from that get a vamp or two and grave guard, most armies have them but again you have to decide about 1h and shield or 2h so if you want something simple and limited choices as your new to vc then go for black knights
well thats my block of text for the day, hope that helped.
I would buy the battalion (good all rounder) a couple of vampires and some grave guard. That would reach around 1000pts and is a good solid start for future developments
I got a head start with my Vampires. I collect Tomb Kings too so I got all my skeletons and I am using Tomb Guard as Grave Guard. Zombies are a must have, as are at least three Vampires. I find that getting bloodknights is also unhealthy for the opponent. I have had them demolish pretty much any unit they come into contact with (excluding a Great Unclean One).
The battalion is a great buy, also keep your eyes open on local craiglist. Nothing wrong with older models for a fraction of the price.