Saturday, 7 January 2012

I Vant to Drink Yoor Blood

The Vampires of the Old World claim dominion over the mortal remains of all earthly creatures. To die is to surrender oneself to their powe.  Patient, cunning, devious, the Vampires work to conquer the lands of the living with ancient and corrupt sorcery. Should they succeed in their dreaded goals, the rays of the sun shall be forever suffocated by the night, and the age of men will be replaced by an age of the dead. The world will be transformed into a ghastly necropolis of mindless and uncaring slaves, ruled over by the iron will of the Vampire Counts. When death alone is certain, how can the living possibly hope to prevail? 
And so Games Workshop launches the pre-order for the new Vampire Counts army book coming out on 14th January 2012.  I have to say that while i have never been a big Warhammer Fantasy Battle, i am tempted with this.  I already have a Dwarf army (which has had no GW love for years - for shame!!).  
However, i like the look of the skeletons as they are back to being earthy and gritty.  I am slightly perturbed by the likes of the Vampire coven throne which seems a bit over the top, like some of the other bits.  It says "display only - do not touch" as it seems to have quite a few 'pointy bits' - how on earth are people going to heft it about to games without breaking it?

Finecast is also making an outing here with figures such as Issabella von Carstein, Krell, Lord of Undeath, Winged Vampire Lord, Heinrich Kemmler, Manfred von Carstein, to name but a few.  Unsure why they went Finecast with the bats (£15.50 for 2 40mm stands really is a bit much) instead of plastic - but there you go.

The 96-page full-colour hardback Army book contains all the rules needed to field a Vampire Counts army, as well as detailed background information, bestiary, accompanying artwork and miniatures showcase. 

As ever you will need a copy of Warhammer Fantasy Battle to use the book.

Is anyone intending to go all Vampire?  Let me know what you think about the book, what the figures (especially the Finecast) are like and how they play.

Wee Ivor

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