I'm a bit frustrated. I'm in the very early stages of putting together a VC (Blood Dragon) Army. I've been playing around with Army Builder, working up various lists at different point levels, and I keep running into the same problem: How to allocate my points.
I don't write up any lists under 2000 points, because I don't see the point of a VC army that doesn't have a vampire as the general, so mostly I'm looking at lists of 2000, 2500 and 3000 points.
I end up spending a significant amount of points on my Heroes, because I know that my skeletons and zombies aren't going to win too many fights without a Lord, Count, Thrall or Wight Lord in there to do the killing. For that reason, I'm loathe to include more than one necromancer (at 200 or maybe two (at 250. At 3000, I usually add a Count in to back up my Lord, since he provides almost as much magic as a necromancer would, is much harder to kill and racks up an impressive body count. I bump up my magic phase by including the usual bound spells (Hellish Vigor and Dance), but those also bump up the price of my Heroes.
I also know that I need a fair amount of rank and file troops (mostly armored skellies with HW and shield) in order to outnumber in combat, while at the same time needing a hammer unit (GG, which I love), flank defenders (wolves/ghouls/spirit host), warmachine/mage hunters and maybe some cavalry for that extra punch. I like some of the DOW units, too and have a few lists that include some hired dwarven crossbows, or occasionally a giant, or even a cannon. I know that many people take a dim view of including DOW choices (especially missile troops), but the way I look at it, my Lord didn't stay alive for all those centuries by not compensating for some of the inadequacies found in his native troops. So, please, spare me the DOW=cheese speeches.
So, anyway, what happens is that when I go to make a list, I end up wanting way more than I can fit into it. When I trim it down to size, I always feel like I'm short a few units, usually rank and file, or heroes, if I add them in last.
I'd like to ask some of the veterans on the forum to give me some general guidelines on what percentage of my points I should be spending on each part of my army at the given point levels.
Thanks in advance,