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When i played warhammer several years ago i collected the storm of chaos army of sylvania, now ive come back to find with 7th ed vampire counts they aren't recognised anymore!!
As i have lots of zombie levy (zombies with light armour sheild, spears and command) in the new incarnation of vc should they be relegated to being mere zombie hordes or would it be acceptable to represent them as skeleton warriors with armour and spears?
i think i remember reading in liber necris that it isn't the amount of flesh on the undead that makes a skeleton or zombie... (hence my "zombies" could be skeletons if suffused with the correct amount of dark magic and have been warriors in their past life... albeit newly raised ones)...
SO what do you guys think? I like alot of the new army book, i just dont fancy having 80+ zombies ...i'd prefer skeletons... lol
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I don't know about the more hardened tournament folk out there (where you may see several armies over a day and therefore it'd be more important to immediately be able to identify troops) but i personally like a bit of variation in my units.
My buddies and i often proxy units and so lomg as you're clear which is which I can't imagine too many people in friendly games minding it!
That said i'd probably not use zombies as skels over the long run without minor conversions.
If you were going to buy some skels and/or grave guard you could easily convert a unit with the spare heads/arms.
As one of the more hard-line tournament players, I'd prefer to see nice clean ranks of skeletons instead of proxy-zombies. It's true that the less you have to tell me which unit is which, the happier I am. I make very basic decisions based just on the looks of what I'm facing, so if I get a glimpse of my right flank and think "oh hey, just zombies" and you charge me with skeletons, I'm going to be kinda ...annoyed.
And don't fret the fact that you have 80 beautiful zombies. You WILL use them in a normal game. I personally maintain 120 zombies and have had no trouble getting them all onto the field by turn 3. And nothing scares the enemy more than realizing that you just raised 480pts of models onto the table. The WORST thing to have happen is to get that awesome 'Summon Undead Horde' spell off, and roll astronomically high numbers, only to find that you don't have enough zombies to put onto the table.
I know how it feels to have to rebuild an army from scratch. I had to do it with my HighElves, then I build my VC, and now I'm dropping almost $500 to return to my Space Marines. It's a business friend, they want our money.
you can always put skeletons on the front rank... like 5 skeletons in front and the rest is zombies...
this will make it quite clear in my opinion...