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Yes the worst thing I could possibly make a topic about, and I'm doing it.
You see, upon taking up Warhammer Fantasy ages ago I knew the army I was going to play, Dark Elves. And I knew exactly what I wanted; an army that could get accross the table in no time and circle around to my enemies rear and assault them from behind, taking out one or two units at a time and whittling them down. But then I found the Vampire Counts and the concept of an army lead by a bunch of fast, lethal women attracted me. And I was torn, an army of fast cavalry lead by psychopathic witches with an amazing dragon, bolt throwers, versus an army lead by swift, lethal seductresses. And then it kind of donned on me how much an army of Dark Riders would cost and that was the swinging factor over to Vampire Counts.
Ah, but then I found the unit for me, the oh so amazing, make me drool, cavalry unit that totally fit my playing style; Dire Wolves. And thus I fell in love with them. And my discovery of the Fell Bats which are almost the same thing as two Dire Wolves strapped together, but they move two inches further and when reduced to only one wolf they still get the attacks of two. And not to mention the Black Knights which are able to add in some high powered punch.
However after getting out of Warhammer for a while and then just now picking back up on it I continue to have a love for dire wolves, fell bats, and black knights, however I think I'm kind of realising I'm not so much a Lahmian player as every time I go to make an army list the entire thing winds up being necromancers and the only Lahmian I take is the Countess who I'm too paranoid to even get near combat, since she'll most likely die, pretty much ending the game right then and there.
So, I'm starting to question being Lahmian, the fluff and everything is great and I love the concept, but I kind of want a leader that can be out there supporting my wolves
So, I want a fast moving army able to get around behind the enemy and to be able to do quite a bit of damage. And I want a general who will be able to pack a bit of punch in combat and able to get there fast. So I guess I'm kind of leaning towards Strigoi... with wings! Ah, if only they didn't have such hideous models. Or maybe Von Carstien, though I kind of don't think I like them all that much. Then there are Blood Dragons, but those I also dislike, for some reason or another. And Necrarchs, but those just don't belong in combat at all (though... Hand of Dust would be amazing in combat).
So, I guess it's pretty much between sticking with Lahmians and going for Strigoi and finding some decent models for them.
*Sigh* Darn my inability to choose.
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Von Carstein would probably be the best if you want a very mobile army, as their aura of dark majesty, and other abilities make them extremely mobile. Army of Sylvania is very strong on the wolf factor if you like them so much. The count can use invocation to summon wolves with one ability, and all vamps can use the summon wolves power. One unit of wolves can also be made scouts which is pretty awesome. Fell bats are also a core choice though they don't count towards the min, btw you can dl the army list from the warhammer site. The only disadvantage is that black knights are rare choices. I agree that the models do suck eggs, but you can always do some modifications and make your own carstein. Hope that helps.
Why stick to one, I own 4 lahmians, 1 Von Carstein and one blood dragon, and since I own lots of grave guard, black knights and skeletons its pretty easy to swap out and go for a blood dragon cavalry army or a lahmian skeleton hoard etc. After all the main change is only the vampire model.
A Lamina Countess or Baroness? Ok the Lamian Baroness is somewhat weak with no armor, but you could always give her the sword with +1 strength and first strike, and she can get her three strength six attacks before being touched. With a countess you could try the same tactic and also give her a good saving throw (at least 5+, if not higher)
I like Blood dragon barons, because they can wear armor and with their cheap power can be equally good defensively or offensively. The counts I like less because of their dampened magical abilities.
The opposite I thing is true for the Strigoi. A Strigoi count also has only a 6 saving throw to protect him. However, the count with regeneration and a 5+ saving throw. Now that is nasty.
Von Carstein are good all arounders.
And it weas recently pointed out to me that a Necrarch count can be very effective as a spell caster.
I think regardless of what line you play you always have to be careful with your general, and use other vampire in your army offensively. I don't think there is a bad line it depends on your playing style.