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