The Vlad special character has always bugged me, and reading Inheritance, the first in the Vampire wars trilogy has inspired me to create a Vlad special character that more accurately reflects the one in the fluff, as well as being fun and actually okay to play.
M WS BS S T W I A LD
Vlad 6 7 4 5 5 3 7 5 10
Weapons and Equipment:
Vlad has the Carstein Ring, and the Screaming Sword. He also wears heavy armour.
Screaming Sword: This sword gives +1 Initiative and WS. In addition, once Vlad has inflicted a single wound on a model, he gains Frenzy and Red Fury.
Vlad may ride a Great Nightmare for +30 Points. It is a Nightmare, but with +1 strength and attacks.
Vlad is a level 3 wizard and knows spells from the Lore of Vampires.
Vlad has Walking Death, Beguile, and Aura of Dark Majesty.
Vampire, Undead, Terror
Vlad must always issue a challenge and accept any challenge against him. If he is wounded once by the opponent facing him in a challenge, he must attempt to convert them instead of making any attacks. The character fighting him must make a leadership check. If he fails, it is removed from the game, as Vlad converts him to a Vampire. If he succeeds, Vlad may make no attacks in that combat phase, but may attack as normal in the next one. Vlad will always attack normally if he is wounded twice, as he fights to save his life.
Any enemy killed within 12" of Vlad comes back as a Zombie. Immediately make one strength 2 attack that automatically hits against all models in base combat with the killed model. It is then removed immediately. If an entire unit is wiped out, instead replace it all with zombie models, which then act as a normal zombie unit for the rest of the game.
Vlad receives a 5+ ward save in close combat. This becomes a 4+ if his initiative is higher then the unit he is facing(the Screaming Swords bonus counts for this, so he is initiative 8.) If his initiative is twice that of the unit fighting him, he receives a 3+ ward save.
C&C are welcome as always.