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Hello everyone, I am thinking of starting a VC army based of a terracota army theme. With a Emperor leading the army and couple of generals and sorcerers helping out, with the bulk of the army being the soldiers and cav. What units in the army list would best represent this? Also does anyone know of a model maker that sells ancient chinese minis?
I've always loved the Terracotta army, it's such a cool idea, only the sculptures aren't that great. Well firstly I'm assuming you know your colour scheme, right? I'd say you need a Wight King in there somewhere as one of your generals. You're going to have to use Skeletons and Black Knights to make up your list, also Grave Guard will help. The Terracotta army also had chariots in there, but I don't think anything but a Black Coach would work in your list.
The thing about using the Terracotta Army is that you're quite limited on your unit selections. I can't see how you'd fit zombies, dire wolves, cairn wraiths, varghulfs and in my opinion most importantly: the corpse cart. Those units are all pretty sweet and with a Terracotta army themed list it'd be hard to fit in some of the other units. Your list would just be skellies and Black Knights. I honestly think the Terracotta army would work best for Tomb Kings, with a lot of foot soldiers, cavalry and chariots. You could argue that you won't be able to fit in things like Ushabti and whatnot, but you can always model them so they look fairly Terracotta army-ish.
Are you sure you want to use a model maker that sells Terracotta army pieces? I don't think it would go down well in tournaments and at your local store if nearly all of your army was from another company's range. You could try a lot of green stuffing with some skeleton warriors. Also have you heard about Warhammer Historical: The Art of War? The Art of War is an ancient Chinese book written about how to conduct a war. Warhammer Historical: The Art of War is a book in the Warhammer: Ancient Battles series that is all about the wars in China. It's pretty much fantasy with a few other rules. They have some models that don't look so great but they're still some Asian looking models.
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To bagotrx: If he's aimig at a Terracotta army, I'm not sure there's going to be a viable way to convert GW minis well enough. As long as he's fine with not having it as a tournament army (more power to him) then it should be fine. That beig said, I don't now of any outfits.
To Duront: Interesting idea. Just saw it for the first time a couple months ago. It's not as spectacular as it's made out to be, but it's pretty need. The things that make it amazing are...
1) Quantity. There are lots of them. Lots.
2) Individuality. Every single one looks like a differnt guy.
3) Color. Yes, that's right, the Terracotta army actually has vibrant colors. Of ocurse, as soon as they were unearthed, the oxidation made short work of the color. That's why they've quit digging up the rest until they learn a way to keep that from happening.
4) THe First Qin Emperor. One of the most interesting historical figures I've heard about. (I did not see the 3rd Mummy movie though)
Vampire Lord w/ things likelord of the dead, helm of commandment, etc
Corpse Carts (Use chariots for these)
Depends on how much you want to fit this theme, you can always expand to other Chinese aspect such as usiing a dragon, or including a few ancient spirits as wratihs. Just some ideas.
Hope this helps.
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You could use lots of the older 2 piece Empire spearmen, the ones with the lion shields, for your "Skeleton" Terracota soldiers. Also you should use either HE or Empire knights for your Black Knights, but I am not really sure which will look right. Also you could bring in a smaller dragon in as a Varghulf. I am not sure on the rulings about "count as" in your local tournaments, but at least you would be using almost all GW minis, and I think that there is even some smaller dragon models available even.
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It's going to be hard to make a Terracotta army based list. There probably aren't any good models in the GW range for good conversions, except skeletons with a lot of green stuffing. Good luck!
Sounds like an interesting idea but its going to take a lot of converting with green stuff to get the look you are after.
You could sculpt your own skeleton helmets, chestplates etcand get them manufactured, if you are a reasonably goo sculptor, and as these guys are undead, it doesn't need to look immaculate.
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So how is this idea going, any updates or did you abandon the project.