Make sure you’re getting the most out of your new army of bloodsuckers. This one is for the Vampires in the Soulblight Gravelords army!
The new Soulblight vampires have hit the Realms, and with them, a host of brand new rules, models, and strategies. Two brand new bloodlines also debut, bringing some brand new toys to kit out your undead overlords. With so much new stuff, it might be a little daunting to find the best synergies and ways to play, so here are three combos that may help tip the balance in your favor. Note that this list isn’t exhaustive. And more wacky strategies will show up as the Soulblight see more table time.
Vhordrai Bomb (Prince Vhordrai)
This is the most simple vampire trick, and it doesn’t rely on a bloodline specification or any other models. All you need to do is take Prince Vhordrai and give him the Amethyst Pinions spell from the Lore of Vampires. That will up his movement to 20″ on a successful cast, or potentially 26″ on a 9+, meaning you can position him and his deadly mount in the perfect position to charge your enemy’s most vulnerable unit. With a charge damage output of 16 wounds from his lance alone, he will easily delete anything you point him at, and his dragon will definitely solve anything he can’t kill himself.
Dog Bones (Vyrkos, Necromancer + Coven Throne General + Grave Guard with Great Weapons)
Now this one does require a bit more investment, but I assure you it is well worth the investment. In Vyrkos, any units of Deadwalkers or Deathrattle within 9″ of a Vampire add 1 to their wound rolls, which offsets the wound penalty Grave Guard suffer from taking Great Weapons. The vampire you want nearby will be the Throne, who, as your general, will also want to take the trait that allows it to use a single Command Ability for free. Pop the Throne’s command ability on the Guard, and they’ll be hitting and wounding on a 2+ with a 4+ save in return. After that, the Necromancer can target them with Vanhel’s Danse Macabre, allowing them to fight a second time in the combat phase. If you have the points, consider also bringing a Balewind Vortex to plop your Necromancer on, giving him more range and safety from combat.
Granny’s Boys (Belladamma Volg + Blood Knights)
For an incredible Blood Knight bomb outside their usual Kastelai line, consider keeping them close to Granny V. Have her cast her Killing Moon spell on the Blood Knights, giving them exploding 6s, and watch your vampiric knights ruin everything they touch on the charge. It helps that Volga is no slouch in combat, so she can charge in herself beside them, especially if she hits a 9+ on her cast and can give exploding 6s to herself.
Any fun combos that you’ve discovered?