Just an FYI guys, the next part of my Eldar Tactica should be up in the next two days. Sorry for the delay!
Once upon a time, there was a young boy sitting in a hobby store. That young boy had no money in his pockets, and watched with envy as the other kids could buy to their hearts' content. Ire and envy built in the young boys' mind, so much so that he could not stand to witness the joy of others. He held himself tightly, wallowing in the unfairness of lacking money to buy miniature models. And then, out of the rain came a traveler, learned in the ways of money blundering. From his hands came a spurt of golden light; the young boy was taken aback at the sudden intrusion, but his doubt quickly turned to jubilation. "Here you go, little afro-man. Give yourself some love." And the boy snatched the money in excitement, running across the store in triumph. What would he choose? What would he take? Would he decide in time to go home, and live a merry night?
Or.......I could just say, cheers JT for buying me an army. My buddy JT did good yesterday, but gee....sometimes he can be a real cheap-skate. Is it too much to ask for some cheesy fries? I mean, a $700 Vampire army is nice and all, but what use is it if I can't eat something nice? Nah, but seriously, you are the best my man! Now go paint everything in five weeks or I will gut you....
If you can't tell already from my slightly exaggerated introductory paragraph, I'm quite happy with what transpired yesterday. I got about $700 worth of Vampires, including;
*A Vampire Battalion
|It couldn't all fit in the same camera shot! So much stuff....|
*A box of Zombies
*A Mortis Engine
*A pair of Terrorgheists
*A trio of Black Knight boxes
*A trio of Vampire characters
Vampires are a Fantasy army that I have wanted to do ever since witnessing the incredible feats a Vampire is capable of in a melee; master magicians and combat monsters dually, they give me the potential to have a truly crazy Lord not quite possible for High Elves. The Undead theme of simply flooding an opponent in constantly rising dead is awesome, as are the incredibly detailed models; though the price still irks me, Blood Knights are truly amazing models, for example. Their big models present something of a unique challenge to me, with detail and construction requirements the likes of which I've not seen before. They are a well balanced army book from what I can tell, with a range of viable builds such as massed Black Knights or Grave Guard, and either dual Terrogheists or Mortis Engines certainly being the common themes. In a Warriors of Chaos-dominated meta, Vampires will really spice things up in a way that my High Elves wouldn't be able to; drown them in bodies that simply keep being resurrected, and smash them with elite combat characters and brutal magical attacks. It is through Vampires that I have chosen to learn the Warhammer Fantasy table top game to its fullest extent. Warhammer Fantasy will eventually become as big a forum for tactics and hobby on this website as Warhammer 40K, and what better way than in an army book that can consistently deal with all of the new armies that have been released thus far in 8th Edition. Expect a Vampires Tactica in the coming months, and be sure to check out JT's inevitable slew of hobby articles focused on painting these models!
|"Can I kill something?" "No."|
For now though, I want to talk about building these models and how even the few I have built so far have really given me a big challenge. For most, they would usually start constructing the Core choices of their army first so as to more quickly have a playable army up for practice games. Because I purposefully ignore tradition and logic, I went with an odd choice; one Black Knight unit, with the full command for my eventual "bus" of fifteen to be built. These guys are pretty cool models, and are surprisingly easy to construct for a cavalry model; though there isn't much going on with the model as say a Dragon Prince, they nonetheless look really cool and stick very well. It was a joy building these, even if it was time-consuming as I wanted to be really careful with what can be very fragile models. My favourite part of the kit was really how well these models fit into my army case; my Dragon Princes and other cavalry models seem to never fit into army case slots due to their size and lances, but the Black Knights fit perfectly without worry of "bending-lance syndrome". I like them, I really like them. As foils for my Vampire and Vampire Lord, they don't need to do too much in my games aside from being expendable bodies and, in the case of the champion, challenge jockeys; Invocations make this a funny tactic indeed.
|"Not enough mana." "FFUU-"|
|"Get him Norman!"|
|My Vampire Lord, with her mighty chalice!|
|The regular Vampire, lance and all.|
As you can see, I have been having a lot of fun with the Vampire models. Tonight I hope to get some of my Zombies built, and then I will look at building the entirety of the Battalion tomorrow so that I can at least start playing some decent sized games of around 1500 or so points. If I get lucky and finish my second Terrogheist, I could have my first 2000 point game tomorrow too! Have you got any new armies or projects in mind? I would like to hear about it all - whether it is a Skaven clan of five rats or a Caledorian force of dragons - to really get an idea of what that sense of jubilation at starting something new in the hobby is like from another person.