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Rude Awakening

When I expanded my Necron army with some larger constructs, a couple of commenters asked for an updated picture of them all together. With other projects out of the way, I therefore cleared the table and brought out my collected Necron forces, 1,500 points in total (for a full size image, open it in a new tab).

View from above on a force of dozens of robotic metal warriors and war machines in jungle terrain
The Necrons march in force

Unfortunately, the recently assembled Catachan patrol was still in the area as the Necrons emerged. Woefully under strength against such opponents, the Imperial guardsmen dug in as best they could, hoping to hold out until reinforcements could arrive.

Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
The Overlord orders his troops to attack
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Destroyers swoop in with withering fire
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Necron Warriors advance, supported by heavy weapons platforms
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Necron Immortals are all but unstoppable

With their communications scrambled and the merciless machines moving in, the Catachans poured fire into their enemies before fixing bayonets for the final assault. No trace of the platoon was ever found and a report of its mysterious disappearance was filed by Regimental HQ.

Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
A firefight erupts at close quarters
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
The Catachan line is getting flanked
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Wraiths materialise behind the Catachan defences
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
In the final volley of fire, every shot must count

Guardians of Eternity

Motivated by my quick painting progress and inspired by the positive feedback from you lot on my Necrons, I completed their reinforcements with a unit of Lychguard and another Lord.

Being multi-part plastic kits, they needed to be painted rather than polished, and I’d given them a shiny silver undercoat years ago, when I initially put them together. Thus they ended up lighter than some of my more recent figures, but as they are elite royal guardians, I felt this to be quite appropriate.

I stuck to silver with all of their bodies and armaments and added the usual detailing – gold for the glyphs, red for eyes and jewels and blue for the tabards. To indicate the energy coursing through their shields and blades, I applied green glaze along the seams. This adds some interest while maintaining the overall stark metallic look of the unit and the whole army.

Group of robotic warriors with large shields and swords
The Lychguard protect the ancient Necron tomb complex

The final addition to the force is another Lord. This one is a metal sculpt, but since I bought it second hand, I needed to paint over it. I never found stripping paint worth my while and rather accept a bit of roughness in the final result.

Silver skeletal robot with a large scythe-like weapon
The Lord is ready to take back what rightfully belongs to the Necrons
Necron Lord gesturing a group of robotic warriors forwards
Deathless warriors are being sent to reclaim the Necron empire

So this is it for now, the Overlord has awoken enough troops from their stasis to challenge any of the armies in my collection. Who is going to marshal their forces next to counter the Necron threat to the galaxy?

Necron Overlord holding a green orb surrounded by the Lychguard
The Overlord marches to war amongst his honour guard

In Pursuit of Life

Following my long-laid plan, I have activated further Necron constructs to purge any offending life forms from my resurgent interstellar empire.

These are all metal models from the original range. With the exception of the Scarabs, I painted the metal instead of just washing and polishing it, since the larger constructs needed quite a bit of glue to hold together.

Three ghostlike silver robots rushing a squad of human soldiers
Wraiths emerge from the shattered ruins
Floating beetle-like robotic construct with a rending claw and long gun
A Tomb Spider mercilessly hunts for human survivors
Swarms of insect-like robots scuttling towards a battle tank in a city
Scarabs swarm a Leman Russ battle tank

To lead the growing Necron force into battle, I am going to add another Lord (while promoting one of the existing ones to an Overlord) and a unit of Lychguard for an additional 500 points overall.

Robotic constructs advancing through the rubble strewn street of a bombed out city
Soon the Imperial city will fall silent like another Necron tomb

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

Master of Time

Next to join the ranks of my Necrons for Warhammer 40k is a Cryptek, accompanied by a swarm of Canoptek Scarabs. Carrying a chronometron, he can slow the flow of time, allowing his unit to evade incoming fire. Anything that makes Necrons harder to put down and more likely to get back up is a must have in my view.

Steel coloured humanoid robot holding an orb with a red iris in the right and a staff in the left hand
Keeper of ancient technological marvels

Again I stuck with a mostly metal body and painted the back armour in black. Nothing too ostentatious on my tomb world.

Back view of the Necron Cryptic with a carapace style black cloak and metal spine
Black plate armour protects the Cryptek’s metal spine

For the Scarab swarms I am using the old metal variety which I always liked. With their little skull faces and mandibles they look more aggressive than the newer models.

Three beetle shaped metallic drones with blue wings
Scarabs swarm ahead of the army to attack enemy armour