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I want to make a Nippon/Cathay themed army. The best representation of this, since I already have Talabeclanders for Empire, are thus Warriors of Chaos.
I was wondering if a non-magical spam list had some fun and viability in this environment; before I go and purchase some miniatures. All I see in most lists are sorcerers on disk and small elite knights of chaos units complemented with some throw away units.
For instance, I could provide R&F "ashigaru" (marauders) blocks as well as elite Samurai warriors (warriors of chaos), perhaps aided by the mounted Seven samurai (knights of chaos).
I see my leaders and heroes as potent warriors; perhaps one or two would be long-moustached sorcerors (with or without marks but themed accordingly). I also have Dragon Ogre miniatures which could easily fit the Oni aspect. If I do end up with a sorcerer on disk it will be a magician on an eldritch magical flying cloud instead of a tzeentch disk.
Anyways tell me what you think regarding both army composition, playability and theme.
I really like this idea, however, I will warn that without missile-weapons, WoC really lacks ameans by which to cover their advance or pull the enemy without using magic. Your infantry is going to. Be hardpressed to cross the table, and without magic, any opponent with casters or missile weapons is going to make you slog the whole way.
Remember that our casters are still armored, and that perhaps a Daemon Prince "master blaster" could serve as an Oni King or a god. I would take at least defense against magic if you plan on winning some games.
All cav, non-magic lists work great and are fun, but foot lists are boring, you'll spend 4-5 turns just moving forward and pulling models off the table.
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Indeed High Elves and Brettonian best suit Nippon/Cathay lists. I have seen a pretty good Cathay army that used the Brettonian Rulebook. For High Elves you could field a few dragons to boot as well. As for the magic....well the High Elves have been to Nippon and Cathay more than once.
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