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

19 thoughts on “Warhammer 40k Armies – Necrons”

    1. Thank you! It was an interesting experiment and felt right for these space Terminators. I wasn’t keen when they started moving everything to plastic at first but the painting worked out well too in the end.

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  1. Superb! I always loved the sense of weight from those old Immortals. The new ones are nice enough as elite versions of the warriors but those guys look like look like they could crush you just by breathing on you.

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    1. Cheers, they are real brutes. I think Necrons became too sleek in later designs, I like them looking a bit crude, to show that the whole immortality idea didn’t work out so well.

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    2. I feel the same way about the Imperium – sleek space marines?! Yuk! I don’t mind the slimmer, sleeker Necrons of recent years, especially the spidery, insectile stuff, but I do like the way that especially these newest releases look a bit worse for wear – eternity certainly comes at a price!

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    1. Thank you! I was relieved when I added the first painted figure to the army and found them to still look coherent. If I ever want to have more Warriors or Immortals, I’ll have to go with first generation sculpts, but I am ok with the more specialist troops having a slightly different style.

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    1. Thanks, I managed to finish the next lot and will set up an army shot soon, right after I have completed my Tomb Kings as well. The beauty of miniature gaming is that neither the figures nor the rules ever become obsolete.

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