Taking onboard some advice from Doug and Caleb over the last couple of weeks and my limited experiences with Vampire Counts to try and put together a reasonable 2,250pt list. Using the models I have I've come up with the following.
The Skeletal Horde
Really believe that a Vampire Count army should consist of Skeletons and Zombies and a few wolves howling in the background. Hence any large VC army I build will be built around the notion of the 'Skeletal Horde' a big force of Skeletal Warriors and associated undead support units. This means maxing out on Skeletons, Grave Guard and Black Knights the 3 Skeleton units in the army. Unfortunately at this stage my collection only includes 40 Skeletons, 10 Grave Guard and 16 converted Black Knights, not quite a horde -hence the inclusion of Zombies and other bits.
Vampire Lord Lvl 3 Mage + General
w. Dread Knight, Red Fury, Infinite Hatred, Walachs Bloody Hauberk, Wristbands of Black Gold, Black Periapt.
In defence this gives him a 1+ AS, 5+ WS in melee and 3+ WS against vs. missiles including magic. On attack he keeps his standard 4 S5 attacks @ WS7 - S7 on charge with Lance but he can re-roll or failed hits in every round of CC, and each unsaved wound generates an additional attack for a maximum total of 8 in any round.
w. Dark Acolyte, Avatar of Death, Enchanted Shield, Book of Arkhan
Basic 3+ AS/2+ in HtH so not that great but options are limited. Book of Arkhan is necessary in case I don't get Vanhels when rolling for spells.
Crypt Ghouls x20
w. FC, Spears, War Banner
w. FC, Spears, Banner of the Dead Legion
Two units of 20 rather than a smaller unit that I attempt to raise up to 20 and beyond. Keeping Spears as they benefit in some areas, banners add a nice additional bonus in CR.
Dire Wolves x5
Dire Wolves x5
Fell Bats x4
Black Knights x12
w. FC, Barding, Banner of Barrows
Thats right 12 Black Knights. Figured why not have a single huge unit of fear causing, killing blow equipped heavy cavalry. Would have liked two units of 8 but one of 12 is good enough.
Cairn Wraiths x4
TOTAL 2,246 pts
Only two heroes but of them the key is my General is will be damn hard to kill. And even with only two characters I still have 7 PD & 5 DD with the ability to save one DD for the next magic phase. The whole point of the army is to get numbers to bear as quickly as possible, hence 2 characters both tooled up as far as they can go and LOTS of units.