To be honest I had a practice game with a m8 who came to stay last weekend (not the one just gone) and I really wanted to shoot myself I was so bored.
Its a wierd one, I think that was bad list design I think the thing that bugs me about VC is not being able to push the game or have many tactical options. I didnt have vanhels only had 7 PD (sheffield system) No wraiths, not much chaff and spread my combat power around so couldn't break any skaven unit.
I think that changes when you have wraiths, vanhels and some punchy units/characters just need to find my way with them. I love the background and image of the army so that generally shines through for me.
In more ways than one I find the army challenging to use effectively and there are so many options to make interesting lists. No one really uses them consistantly on the UK scene and does well and I think I have a lot to learn about the army which makes it exciting. I get frustrated with them at times but Looking back at the games ive played I have not played the army particulary well and tbh I think they are challenging to use well and compete in Uk tournaments with emphasis on scoring Big wins. Although they are pretty safe there is the X factor of loosing the vampire lord and its game over really makes the army appeal to me, that weakness you need to protect. I think Vampires are a players army if you want to win tournaments and you need to be spot on with your play style and List design and Its appealing to me at the moment.
while I have the enthusiasm I will paint them
who know's in 6 months time I might saying how much I love the army or I might have put them away to gather dust until 8th edition