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Hi I'm a bit new to Warhammer Fantasy as I just came from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. I know I want to do a Vampire Counts army because I like the characters and fluff. I was thinking of using one of the Alternative Army Lists from the back of the Vampire Counts book. The two I am tied between are the Necrarchs and the Necromancer's army. I like the Necromancer's army because they are (obviously) Necromancer heavy, use lots of magic, and get Skeletons/Zombies/Undead Units at a special 1/6 discount. On the other hand, Necrarchs provide the army with a much needed Vampire Lord character, and have a greater variety of units to choose from. In addition they can field unmounted Zombie Dragons as a Rare unit.
On to my main concern: are these types of lists viable in a Warhammer Fantasy battle? By this I mean are these lists capable of competing with other non-custom lists, or do they only share a place in under the control of the most fluff-driven generals?
If these lists are actually useable in a competition-driven battle, could some tips be given for a new Vampire Counts (and Warhammer Fantasy in general) player on each of these armies?
Thanks a bunch.
They are useable, certainly, though the Necromancer list might end up frustrating your opponent to death - what's the point of killing stuff when there's a huge amount of them to begin and more just rise up turn by turn?
One of the things to take note of, however, is that allk of the Appendix lists require the opponent's permission. They are not allowed at most tournaments, though this is entirely tournament dependent.
Use Light, Beasts, Metal instead of Heavens
NecroLords: Use at least one Death Mage
Brets: Use Peasants&Damsels
Skaven: Don't use Skryre SAD
They usually aren't tournie legal and require opponents permission to use, the reason for this is that they weren't playtested much so they are unbalanced. If your friends agree to them, go for it sometimes, but I wouldn't convert models to look like the variations. Just proxie.
Personally I prefer to stick to the legal lists.
Yeah, the legal lists provide you everything you need. Just decide what general you want to run and then build the army around it. Theme and fluff is everything with VC.Originally Posted by strewart
A lot of those variant list add ons can just as easily be done with Dogs of War units. If you really wanted some archers or anything like that. The best part is that doing that is completely legal and doesn't need your opponents consent.