Originally made in 1986, this model was one of the C18 blister pack "Night Horrors".
I picked this model up from eBay a little while ago as I wanted to add some spell casting ability to my undead army, that was largely devoid of spell casters at the time. But as is often my way, I didn't paint it up straight away, and added it to the unpainted lead pile, until now.
I also have the option to take him as my general, and if I do he can grant one of my units an extra attack in close combat. But really this is similar to the wight king's command ability that grants an extra attack in shooting and close combat to a skeleton unit. The main advantage of the Vampire Lord's ability would be that it can be used on something like a zombie dragon or non skeleton unit, which might come in handy.
But most of all, he will provide me with a spell caster who is no slouch in combat, able to take on smaller units that make it past my front lines, and that is characterful and just what I was after!