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Hi, i have always been intrigued far more by necromancers than by vampires, so i was wondering whether it is possible to make a reasonably competetive army just using necromancers and wights and without vampires.
I am aware that choosing not to take vampires means losing a lot of fighting power, is there anything i could do to compensate, or are there any tactics i could use to get around it.
It's too bad you don't want to play a vampire count. With a lvl2 count + 3 lvl2 necromancer you'll probably dominate the magic phase, and the count will be able to deal some hand to hand punishment.
If I had to play a list with no vampires, I'd go with:
lvl 2 necromancer
lvl 2 necromancer
I can't suggest you the equipment, as I continuosly change my arcane\magical items.
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WHFB : Orks & Gobbos, Vampire Counts
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I think you need vampires to add combat res to weak core units, but you could use a master necro with cloak of mist and shadows and the obsidian amulet to keep him alive. Otherwise, you're going to see him die a lot and that means good bye army.
Try out necrarchs for a few games and see what you think. That gives you strong magic and a vampire.
I've only once tried to go with a Master Necro and 3 lvl 2's, but I sorely missed my vampires. Not that I lost, my opponent actually gave up in the 4th turn, because of the massive wave of undeads raised, and general magical mayhem. But if you like necro's more than vampires it certainly can be done. And my match was against chaos, not the weakest hitters out there. They just couldn't hack up enough stuff to get to my characters.
Also a Master Necromancer is cheaper than a vampire, so you've more points to spend on some heavy hitters, to compensate for the lack of vampire combat strength.
Just be prepared to hear cries of cheese when you go totally nuts with magic. And look out for units with insane amounts of attacks, like witch elves, plague monks or khorne chosen knights/warriors, as they can still cut through your massive wall of undead. I recommend spirit host for those types (or redirect with wolves, works wonders against frenzy).
I've tried the Master Necro on one other occasion, with 2 lvl 2's and a Wight Lord. It was against lizardmen with a 3rd generation Slann, and it worked pretty much the same. Surround with undeads and make them run by outnumbering.