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Started to paint some VC figures I've had in the attic for a few years, (well my son and wife actually)
Looking to join a club with my son asap.
Started to Read the codex, picked a blood line - Von Carstein.
painted so far?
2 Von Carstein Vampires on foot
1 mounted necromancer
about 7 wraiths ( my painted effort was consigned to the waste bin )
8 Black Knights
1 Spirit Host
2 Wights on foot
4 mounted wights
4 Dire Wolves
1 Doom Wolf
Then to my horror discovered today that my Codex was out of date , hence was unable to apply magic items etc... and finish off my first draft army.
So i am in desperate need of the following guidence.
I am looking to build a 2000 points army with plenty of variety
Can anyone help with some ideas on magic untill I can get the up to date codex?
Also am unsure where to put characters
I was planning on having
1 Vampire Count
1 Vampire Thrall ( what figure would this be )
Sorry to sound so sad!!!!!!
For the Vampire Thrall you just use one of the Vampire models.
For magic items you will want to give you're General (Vampire) a ward save. So The Ring of the Night, for example, can do that. For your Thrall the Flayed Hauberk is nice (very good armour save). For Necromancers a combination of: Power familiar (more dice=good, but pricey points wise), Book of Arkhan (more spells=good, not so pricey as Power familiar, but doesn't help with your efforts to dispel your enemies' spells), Black Periapt (more dice=still good, very cheap), Cursed Book can go on anybody, (makes it harder to hit, very good, pricey points wise).
I'm not sure how to give more advice without posting the actual rules.
I think reading the tactica in the tactics section while keeping to think on your own will help considerably.
Reading other peoples lists will give some comparable solutions and an idea of what you will be facing.
Try out some different armies (or compositions) to find out what suits you the most, and to get to kow the rules you hadn't thought of before. Use stand in models for trial battles with units you don't actually have, thats okay. I kept myself from buying several armies that way :blush:.
Other than that just practice writing army lists.
Good luck, and I hope I've shed some light on things.
asquabbling they squandered and gambled
till dawn did freeze their drunken dice
Google search "blood keep." It's a nice site that lists strategy for all the bloodlines. Also, as already mentioned, the tactica here is great.
Magic? Vampire armies need it. I like to make opponents burn dispel dice on something other than Invocation of Nehek, and after he has none, then I'll fire off a summoning. Even if my summoned zombies are crushed in the next round, they kept something more valuable safe and can pave the way for flanks. So you definitely want necromancers. I haven't heard of many people who field less than 2 in a vampire army, unless you've got Necrarch.
Good luck and have fun.