112 turns in, and the Vampire Counts have been busy. A war against the Greenskins meant the Vampire Counts needed to find some allies and fast. “And war making the strangest of the bedfellows, we actually managed to tie up a defensive alliance with the Dwarfs as we had a major, highly aggressive mutual enemy,” says Creative Assembly’s Al Bickham.

Bickham goes on to give us a look at the Vampire Counts campaign and some of their unique mechanics and technology.

I was hoping to see more about how Vampire Counts recruit and the video dives into the details. There are two ways to do this. The first is the more traditional route where you recruit units based off buildings you’ve built in certain provinces. But, since Vampire Counts field undead units – there’s another way. ‘Raise Dead’ allows your lords to raise these units during the same turn.

Raise Dead Vampire Counts

Where you are on the map makes a difference on the type of unit you can raise. Throughout the map, your lords can raise a certain amount of low-tier zombies and skeletons.

But the site of major battles increases the chances of higher-level corpses. Once the dust settles, you’ll see a battle site marker.

Battle Marker Total War Warhammer

The above image shows a victorious battle that took place on turn 65 with 2957 casualties. “Due to the presence of this battle site marker, additional more powerful units may be available in this region’s Raise Dead pool,” reads the pop-up card. You can see how the units differ when near a battle site marker in the image below.

Raise Dead Elite Units

Bickham goes on to talk about how you can maneuver two factions against each other and gather better forces from the remnants of these battles.

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He also briefly dives into the four Vampiric tomes (that’s the technology tree). Various tech brings better upgrades and reduced costs to units, and improvements to the overall faction via Vampiric corruption and more.

Here’s a short video that goes over Vampiric Corruption in detail.

If you’re itching to see the Vampire Counts in action, check out a Siege Battle below.

I’ve always been a big Total War fan and can’t wait to see how Creative Assembly tackles a non-historic game. Total War: Warhammer isn’t their only foray into fiction. They’re also busy working on Halo Wars 2.

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