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This is just something I've been wondering about, as I've managed to get my hands on the new Vampire 'dex. - Every time when I've previously tried to kick-start an undead army has failed due to the cost of doing it, and also the question in the title. (2 Vampire counts codices stand as evidence of it...)
So - to all of the generals of the shambling hordes of undeath out there - what do you think?
Is it a good idea to invest in extra models than those in your army list in order to raise more of them up?
I think it depends if you want to base your strategy around raising or not as to how many extra models you have. At the moment I don't have master of the Dead on either of my necromancers and only 1 unit of 40 Zombies I have a extra 20 zombies to add to the unit when I use IoN and will do the same again when I add another unit to the army. so I deploy two boxes and have a third in my case to add with. I know some people have armies were they are deploying 2 units of 30 or 40 skeletons and adding more and more every turn with IoN to buy the opponent in models bit it is a more money and space consuming army to run.
Yes people i know that my spelling and punctuation is awful but I am product of British teaching pollicies so what can I do about it?
I run ~70 skellies in my armies but i have 40 zombies incase i want to change my list or summon a new unit. Generally speaking though, your opponent will let you proxy zombies as you CAN summon a ton of them and everyone understands people have budgets
I say go for it! The army is hella fun!
To answer your question - yes. There is no such thing as too many skeletons. Sometimes your unit will get completely wiped out, other times it will have over 60 models in it.
No such thing as too many Zombies. I personally have seen my friend (who has 120 of them) run out of models and have to use dice as markers. By turn 3.
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