I already play Empire for 6 years now.
First 2,5 years I played regular Empire based on the City of Carroburg. I especially chose White Wolfs to add some more character to the army (religious-wise). Not mentioning the fact that they were also better according to me, then the regular knights (WW could hold their ground in second turns of combat and could receive a charge themselves).
Then CoU was released. I immediatly switched to this list for fluffreasons. My first were Dwarfs, so I never really liked all the shooting anyway. I also stayed with CoU once the Army of Middenland list was released as I thought and still think, AoM was a bad mix of a regular Empire list and a CoU list.
I haven't played Empire for over 2 years now (my Dwarfs and Beastmen and offcourse 40k armies taking over), but I'm planning to restart Empire before the end of this year.
Currently I have:
- 2500p Empire (according to 6th edition rules)
- 3000p CoU
Though about 2000p of these two lists are used in both (so I don't have 5500p, but 2000+1000+500).
But that won't stop me from buying the lovely new Empire models. Not only because I like them that much, but also because I will need regualr knights (who would thought this would happen, I mean I have 32 WW knights who I will probably never use again!!), Outriders and (more) Flagellants anyway.
I already have written a new 2000p list (7th edition) (which always has to be your first thing to do when (re)starting a new army - keeps you from buying stuff you won't use).
The list is very priestheavy. Theoretical Priests of Sigmar, but offcourse my priests will be Ulric-devoted.