I know I shouldnt have, as I am now keen as to use my Vampires and going to have to work damn hard to keep them on the shelf, but I played two Border Patrol matches last night with my Vampires.
Match 1 was against the new Chaos list, in this case consisting of a Nurgle Sorcerer, 20 Marauders and a unit of 5 Chaos Knights. Against that I had my Vampire, 2 units of 20 Zombies, 1 of 15 Skeletons & a unit of 5 Dire Wolves. The match went pretty well and lasted really until Turn 6 which was nice. Key points were the Skeletons charging the flank of the Chaos Knights who were stuck with a unit of Zombies in front and routing them, and then my General being killed when she charged the Marauders on her lonesome. LESSON 1 - DO NOT CHARGE ANY UNDEAD INTO ANYTHING UNLESS YOU CAN WIN THE COMBAT, and DONT CHARGE YOUR VAMPIRE ALONE. Mind you I only had to get 3 wounds to his 0 and I would have won that combat. Result Vampire died, my army disintegrated and at end of Turn 6 only the Marauders and Sorcerer were left on thef field.
Match 2 was a bit more complicated. Richard had his VC with him so we combined our border patrol lists against the same Chaos army and 500pts of Ogres. Our VC lists were modified slightly and we took:
- 30 x Skeletons
- 20 x Zombies
- Corpse Cart
-20 x Zombies
-10 x Crypt Ghouls
-10 x Skeletons
-5 x Dire Wolves
This game was incredibly enjoyable. With two Vampires we were popping up units of Zombies all over the board and at one point had 5 newly raised units causing havoc and march blocking all over the show. Best cast of the game saw a unit of 15 Zombies appear on the flank of the Chaos Knights. Unfortunately while the Ogres were wiped out the Chaos Knights went untouched and managed to rampage through the VC battle line. End result was my army was virtually destroyed, only my Vampire and two newly raised zombie units left and the enemy winning on VP 800 to 450, as they went for table quarters in the last two turns. LESSONS HERE - set up your raised units of zombies to flank charge not just as screening or march blockers. Also the 125pt limit on your hero for Border Patrol rules really makes it difficult for your Vampires, and why couldnt we keep the old rule whereby Necromancers were allowed to be Generals.
Still VC are fun fun fun, will have to get painting.
Match up next week is 1500pts of my High Elves vs. Calebs Chaos