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After having played wood elfs for the last many years Im thinking of a change. I realy enyoy wood elfs but the problem is that im beating everyone actualy out of several years playing I have only ever lost 1 2k game.
I like the VC for a few reasons
They are rare where I live.
There models looks cool.
They got heroes that crushes people in close combat and they are resilant (unlike WE who dies when someone shouts to loud in there ear).
The converting posibilites seems endless.
Im mostly interested in Van Carstein basicly becuse I think they are "real Vampires"
I have a few questions.
Since VC dont have an army box whats a good starting buy?
Are Vampire Count generaly seen as Overpowerd? (I want to get away from the overpowered nature of wood elfs).
Economicaly is it cheaper or more expensiv than the averge army (I dont have loads of money).
Here's my humble attempt at advice:
Please keep in mind that I'm a newb, myself.
Good starting buys for VC:
- a Vampire of your chosen blood line
- two boxes of Skeletons and probably two boxes of Zombies, as well
- a blister with two Necromancers (or just convert two spell casters from another range)
- a unit of 5/10 Direwolves (most people just buy the goblin wolf-riders- about the same
price and then you can also use the goblin parts to fill out your zombie units)
- Additional possible starting units: Ghouls, Black Knights, Fell Bats and Grave Guard.
One of the best bonuses of choosing VC is that you can convert most of your units from any
other army; you just have to make them look dead. I've seen undead Orcs, Giants, Ogres, Goblins, Elves, Bretonnians, Empire... you name it, you can make it into an undead army.
VC characters are powerful, but not OP, since they are also expensive and need to be powerful in order to compensate for the fact that our regular troops (skellies and zombies) are pretty darn weak.
It can be expensive to field a VC army, but no more so than any other army. Also, there are ways around that; like using plastic knights from other ranges, instead of our metal ones; or modeling Skeletons and Zombies emerging from the ground, so that you can get more models out of a box. Like I said, any model can be made to look dead (or dead-ish). That's a nice advantage.
Good luck and welcome to the dark side!!
VC are cheaper because rather than buying metals, you can convert from other army's plastics and make a cool themed army. But they're more expensive because you raise more models, so you need more than 2000 points worth for a 2k game. It balances fairly well depending on how much you convert and what you plan to do with your magic.
VC aren't overpowered, they can be a bit weak when you first start (much like WE I imagine) but once you start using them well and getting used to them they are fairly powerful.
Rumours say that that VC is getting revamped in not very long. That means new models, new rules etc. Just wanted you to know that.
If you still want to start right away:
Good luck and welcome to VC!
Rork edit: Woah! Check your spelling - you only give "special chocies" to your girlfriend.
according to my local gw manager the new book is out next march