While I used the 5th edition WD articles for the other Bloodlines, Strigoi first came to light in the new 6th edition Vampire Count armybook. So without a direct Strigoi article, lets go for a different approach. When the yintroduced the new armybook, they had a lengthy talk about changes to the previous version and yaddayadda. For most people probably not interesting, but I think this part here might peek some interests.
Sidenote: If interested in the different Bloodline powers of that armybook
Source: WD#256 (UK)
It is now 20 years after that article. WHFB had two more editions and two more VC armybooks, but after 6th edition and really bringing the Bloodlines to shine, the later books fell back to a more generic approach while ignoring the Bloodlines mostly. The articles end of their "new Bloodline ideas" mentioned they had some super secret option to introduce later, but obviously that never happend. And since a "mysterious Cathay Bloodline" was directly mentioned, that was not it.
Reminder that the later WFRP did slightly mention this
but they also did not dive further into it.
Total Warhammer 3, bringing Cathay (and maybe Ind/Khuresh/Nippon), at least explores new future ground. Which may or may not pick some ideas up here again. But, whatever CA will do with Cathay, it is not Vampire Count content
And since we barely have any Bloodline coverage in TWW right now besides von Carstein, I doubt we will see some flashy new GW approved Bloodlines as DLC to appear while we do not even have LLs for the Bloodlines we actually know (and want!).
But back to topic since this is about the Strigoi, and not whatever mysterious Bloodlines could be hiding in The Old World.
The 6th armybook opened for the Strigoi with
Since we have no good Strigoi article, lets take a few pages of the Liber Necris.
The Liber Necris was written by Manfred von Carstein. So we can assume a fair bit of personal bias every time it is not praising glory to his own bloodline or his "father". But it still makes some good points in why the Strigoi seem a bit fallen compared to the other Bloodlines.Notable Strigoi characters
Sadly, while being the new bloodline, there never was a actual Strigoi special character with rules/miniature. That leaves us still with some lore names that could be utilized.
- Gashnag. Would be a interesting choice and should be alive. Sadly the Border Princes (or TEB) do not play a good role on the world map. I kinda would like to see him in a Dogs of War version with his little kingdom, but what would be the chances of that?
- Urzen. Sounds not really special, but he is alive and he seemingly has a goal in mind. Since the Silver Pinnacle was added to ME, maybe not the worst choice depending on what plans CA might have with Neferata.
Ushoran. Should be dead, as we also read in the Liber Necris pages above. Ushoran seemingly is alive, even if most sources tell us he died in defense of Mourkain. The "Ancient Blood" novel however has him alive afterwards.
- Vorag Bloodytooth. Should also be dead, but again we can make the case here that he just comes back. With Imrik in ME sitting in his old fortress, that could either mean to place Imrik elsewhere and make space or that Vorag would have a different starting location and might wanna take back his fortress by force for some boni buildings.
- Thrashlaar. Was a character during the Albion campaign. Apparently everything went well for him, but since GW retconned Albion probably with Storm of Chaos...
- Urtash did carve a out a little Carrion kingdom for himself but died then in battle against two invading Chaos armies.
There could be made a point that with Vashanesh in the game and Neferata probably coming, we would have two of the original bloodline founders. There is still the story conundrum if Zacharias would now be just W'sorans vessel, so if Zach would be implemented as LL, that could mean three. Throwing Ushoran into the pool might work out then *shrug*.Armylist/Theme
The 6th edition VC armybook had some armylists for every bloodline to offer.
which allowed a "better" Ghoul Guard to stick with the Ghoul theme and added the option of some mortal helpers.
The general undead armylist changed with 7th+8th, adding vor example the new Crypt Horros as "monstrous infantry" Ghouls and the Terrorgheist, which for the "Ghoul King" became the ideal mount
It should be possible to take the old armylist and upgrade it a bit to newer stuff, and flesh it out better for the "modern" Strigoi. Like keeping the Charnel Guard Ghouls, but adding a Royal Guard Crypt Horror unit which is slightly improved. Having a LL who then would buff Ghouls/Crypt Horrors and Terrorgheists/Varghulfs, could put the armytheme rightly on the "monster" side.
I am no fan of AoS, and I usually do not advertise to use that crap for WHFB. But, in case of the Strigoi GW picked them up were they dropped them and actually tried to expand them slightly
, without investing any real time or money. And for AoS untypical, instead of doing something completely new, overblown and overpriced, they rather kept it simple and in spirit of how things were once. For example, they added Crypt Flayers.
Basically Crypt Horrors with Vargheist wings. We either could use that, to reskin & rename Vargheists for Strigoi or add them as unit since it is not really something outrageous new. Rather a different evolution path for bloodline X using what we already have.
They further added a Ghoul Hero, a Crypt Horror Hero, a Crypt Flayer Hero and had a Strigoi Lord and Hero option instead of "just Ghoul King".
Again: No drastic changes, not really breaking the ghoulish theme. And after we had Kroxigor Lord and River Troll Hag Hero, a Ghoul or Crypt Horror Hero would look not that outrageous anymore.
Moving away from AoS and back into WHFB territory, we visit Mordheim. Apparently GW had planned bloodline specific warbands here, but Mr. Hambrook passed away which lead to cancellation of certain "Specialist Games" publications. So apparently the rules never made it officially out. In my collection I found a Mordheim Strigani warband.pdf, so I have to assume it is unofficial work, which might be build upon some official stuff that made it out. For this purpose the Strigany are the interesting part here
if we would for example flesh out the Strigany help for their Undead friends. Even if a bigger amount of mortal troops sounds more like a von Carstein approach.
WFRP had the Strygany Mystic as character class availableSidenotes & Bonus stuff
And some AoS artworks to capture the "army theme".
And with that, I wrapped up the Bloodlines. While exploring further and diving in deeper, I also updated the older articles so every topic covers also the potential army theme and most notable characters. So if interested, you can jump back and look if you find something new.
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