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Hi everyone. Just switching over to FB from 40k. I've been playing Orks and Nids for the past couple months but needed a little change of scenery. Both my 40k armies are hordes so naturally I was kind of drawn to VC. But I'm starting to think about doing a more elite army with lots of knights in the long run. For the time being I'm going to just do a standard undead horde until I can afford more units since the knights are rather expensive.
My question is, is such an army (elite intensive) effective? I'm not looking for a huge win count (I play Orks, remember?) because I enjoyed the fluff in the codex, and I'm working on my own VC backstory, but are they competitive at least? Also, aside from the battleforce, what else should I buy? I liked the look of the winged vampire, so I was planning on buying him with the battleforce here soon. Anyway...thanks for any insight and sorry for the rather winded post.
Yeah, OFC! You can really make a good VC Army with lots of Elite Troops If you focus a Magic VC Build, you will easily be able to spend less on Core while more points on Rare and Special
IMO elite armies are not always the best, but commonly the most fun and most "fluffy".
After the battalion, I would buy another 10 Crypt Ghouls, and then that winged Vampire that you like the look of.
If your playing for "fluff", the Vlad had a reasonably sized unit of Black Knights, so he could fit the bill as a Lord. He also isn't too shabby in the magic and CC department, having Walking Death, Beguile, Aura of Dark Majesty and the Carstein Ring (which also gives him a 4+ ward).
He also had lots of Skeletons, so if you wanted more fluff, you could buy more of those.
Vampire Counts are the only army which offers effective Min/Maxing. You play 40k, so you understand that concept. In fantasy, we Min/Max on our force organization charts. Unlike 40K where you can have 2 troops, 1 hq, and up to 3 of each other type, WHFB operates on a gradual scale.
At 2k, we need to have 3 core, 1 hq, up to 3 special, and up to 2 rare. VC are good because they can make cheap, minimal sized Core choices for about 80pts each, and use the rest of the points to fill out with knights and other elite choices.
Other armies can do this as well, but the true strength of the Vampires lies in their abilities to add models to the table after deployment. We can raise entirely new regiments of Zombies, and make our Skeleton units bigger through using magic. It's the type of list that I use, and while it may be "cheesy" it is also very powerful and can be made very fluffy.
Thanks for all the advice everyone and a healthy dose of rep for everyone. Once I get a little more cash in my wallet I'm going to go out and buy my vamps. It kind of hurts to say that since I've been working 50 hours a week, but student loans suck big time. Anyway...my basic backstory will consist of a vampire lord who after Vlad perised and Konrad took over, they fled the army to start their own. They saw Konrad as more of a liability in his deranged state than a valued general. I might make use of the cap'n's fluff shop since I've been really busy with work and the girlfriend, which is another 50 hour a week job lol