Warhammer 40k Armies – Necrons

After eons of slumber in their tombs, my Necrons have awoken and are marching out, 1,000 points strong, to annihilate their enemies in the universe of Warhammer 40,000 (7th Edition). To be more precise, the oldest of these deathless warriors have been awaiting their resurrection since 1998, while some new constructs joined their ranks over the intervening decades.

Birds eye view of a force of metal warriors in a desert landscape
The Necron forces emerge from their dusty tomb complex

I had a good number of the first generation metal Necron Warriors, so these are forming the core of the army. Their bodies aren’t painted, but washed in a black ink, which I then rubbed off . I used the same method on the Immortals. They turned out a bit darker since their armour plates are more segmented and I left the ink on them for years before trying to remove it again, making the process much harder.

The Necron Lords and the Cryptek are plastic and Finecast resin. The resin is particularly bad for the staves which keep on bending and breaking. Due to that I cut the Cryptek’s staff short, and I might have to replace the rod for the resin Lord with brass at some point.

These figures not being metal, I had to use paints to achieve a similar effect. I think they blend together well, also taking into account that the leaders of the force are built to higher specifications and have been better maintained over the millennia.

Ranks of metal warriors wielding arcane rifles advancing
Silent warriors wielding unfathomable weapons
Bulky robotic warriors carrying heavy guns
The Immortals are proving true to their name
The three leaders of the Necron army
The Lords of the Necrons control their army

While lacking any major constructs at 1,000 points, I added a few skimmers in the shape of Destroyers and an Annihilation Barge. The former are inked and polished metal while the latter is a painted plastic kit.

Jetbike-like constructs crewed by robots skimming above the ground
Destroyers sweep around the enemies’ flanks
A floating weapons platform crewed by two Necrons
The Annihilation Barge cuts swathes of destruction

To extend the army, I have a couple of smaller constructs waiting, before I’ll eventually add a Monolith. The Necrons are rising again, and the galaxy will tremble in fear.

A Necron Lord holding a scythe-like energy weapon and a mysterious green orb
The Necron Lord summons his legions to war

Warhammer Armies – Warriors of Chaos

My Warriors of Chaos for Warhammer Fantasy Battle have marshalled in strength (1,000 points under 8th Edition rules to be precise) to raid the civilised lands. Serving their dark gods under the banner of Chaos Undivided, they form a core army of no-nonsense fighters around which daemons and cults of all denominations can gather in future.

Bird's eye view of the Chaos army
Bursting from the Chaos Wastes

Leading these mobs of murderers are a massive Chaos Lord and a twisted Chaos Sorcerer. Both figures are Games Day special editions and very nice sculpts in my opinion. The Chaos Lord is a version of Archaon the Everchosen on foot, a serious chunk of metal.

I like that the Chaos Sorcerer has some Tzeentchian vibes about him, which is fitting being a magic wielder, even though his soul isn’t (yet) fully in the claws of the Great Conspirator.

Warrior in steel armour, wielding large sword and carrying a metal shield
The Chaos Lord wields a possessed blade
Horned magic user showing the eye in the palm of his hand
The Chaos Sorcerer channels swirling warp energy

The regiments marching with them to war are largely built from plastic sets, with the exception of the leader of the Chaos Warriors (another Games Day figure) and the classic chariot.

Ranks of warriors clad in heavy armour and pelts
Chaos Warriors are merciless killers in the name of their dark gods
Five armoured riders on barded black horses
Chaos Knights crush their enemies with a thunderous charge
Ranks of muscled barbarians wielding heavy iron flails
Chaos Marauders revel in their savagery
Scythed chariot drawn by two barded horses
A Chaos Chariot is sent ahead to break the defenders’ lines

There are many ‘allies’ waiting in the wings to join these Warriors of Chaos in their crusade, from brutish Beastmen to nightmarish Daemons of Slaanesh, Nurgle and Khorne. I hope my armies of the Empire and the Dwarfs can be raised quickly enough to stem the rising tide of Chaos before it is too late.

The Chaos Lord in the middle of his forces
The Chaos Lord leads his forces from the front
The leader of the Chaos Warriors commanding his troops to advance
The Chaos Warriors serve their gods through battle

And Now the End is Near

The mob of flagellants is ready to preach fire and brimstone at the end of an iron flail across the Empire. While Warhammer 8th Edition rewards massive armies with hordes of 30+ models, I am more interested in painting moderately sized forces with a variety of archetypal troop types. It’s always possible to double up later.

A mob of shaggy haired fanatics in rags wielding flails and torches
We’ve come to talk to you about your salvation

Throwing together three generations of sculpts made this an enjoyable painting project. The models from the Mordheim range sport the most additional detail, which is very characterful. Admittedly I could have added extra bits and pieces to the newer figures from the plastic kit, but for an entire regiment I am quite happy keeping it simple. The Marauder Miniatures versions are the most plain, but do have individual character with distinct faces and poses.

Two flagellants with double handed flails
Flagellants from the Mordheim range
Two flagellants with bronze and iron flails
Citadel plastic kit for flagellants
Two flagellants with manes of hair and a range of flails
Early flagellants by Marauder Miniatures

Leading the charge for my Witch Hunter contingent and the wider Empire forces I am building, these guys are some of the few humans I have painted for Warhammer Fantasy Battle. While not going to reach my Imperial Guard numbers anytime soon, I do hope to rectify this somewhat over the next months.

Back view of flagellants rushing a line of heavily armoured dark warriors
Those Chaos Warriors will need some convincing
Battle lines of flagellants and Chaos Marauders facing each other
It’s flails all around in a frenzied clash

Fighting Fire With Fire

The second contingent size force for Warhammer Fantasy Battle I am working on is based around a Witch Hunter and the followers he has stirred up. These consist of a unit of flagellants, some free company fighters and a group of huntsmen.

Witch Hunter and followers in a small medieval town
Rooting out heresy by fire and sword

I started off with the flagellants, combining the current plastic kit with old Marauder sculpts. Altogether I am aiming for 15, which will also include figures from the Mordheim range.

Flagellants in rags wielding heavy flails and clubs
Your doom cometh

The Witch Hunter is also a Mordheim model. Once this contingent is finished, it should provide a good recruiting pool for a warband to head into the City of the Damned.

Witch Hunter carrying a broadsword and a decapitated head
The executioner’s sword is kept busy

Painting flames for me is a pain, but they do give this faction a suitable vibe. Much more enjoyable to paint was this flagellant carrying a stack of books on his back, who has always been a favourite sculpt.

Back view of warband next to a road sign
Off spreading their faith to the next town

¡Viva Estalia!

On top of the various army size projects I have in the works for Warhammer, I have plans for a number of mercenary and allied contingents, aimed at the 500 points mark. One of them are Estalians, built around the Dogs of War releases and specifically Pirazzo’s Lost Legion figures.

To start off, I finally managed to paint a ten strong unit of handgunners, consisting of old Citadel sculpts from the Empire range, conversions of Pirazzo’s legionnaires and a Conquistador figure by the Perrys that I got as a freebie in the distant past.

Two ranks of gunners aiming
The unit champion gives the fire order

Pirazzo’s soldiers can be equipped by default with pikes or crossbows, meaning that the slots for their hands are well suited for operating handguns too. The firearms and hands are taken from Mordheim and Empire free company kits.

Three soldiers holding handguns and reloading
The handgunners occupy a village

The single piece Empire soldiers add some additional variety to the unit. They have less detail in terms of pouches, Lustrian gold emblems etc. and were therefore much faster to paint. I’m not complaining.

Three soldiers resting while one is aiming his gun
Taking a potshot

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