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

Lord of Light

The second Necron Lord is finished, leading a unit of Warriors into battle. This time the character model is a resin cast while the rank and file are once again metal.

Metal skeletal robot warrior holding a green orb in his left and a staff with a green rod in his right, surrounded by robots with rifles

The Resurrection Orb raises fallen Necrons to fight for eternity

The Warriors’ guns are from the time before the green plastic gauss rods and were painted with a sort of crackling green energy effect. That was the intention anyway. The bodies are kept in the original white metal with black wash.

Three silver coloured metal robots in the shape of skeletons armed with black rifles crackling with white green energy

Warriors of the Necrons absolutely will not stop, ever, until their enemies are dead

For the Lord’s Staff of Light I used the clear green plastic tube, for now at least. I might paint it over at a later stage, depending on what other models and weapons I’ll add to the army that are equipped with such parts.

Side view of a group of robot warriors advancing to the right in front of reddish brown rock formations

They have risen to reclaim what is theirs

Heavy Metal

I started my Necron force with its first releases in white metal and back then decided on an unusual painting technique to mix things up (and which promised to be quick to achieve). Rather than paint the figures, I gave them a black wash and then scrubbed them after this was dry, leaving their bodies in their original metal state, which seemed quite fitting.

By the time the army had grown into a fully fledged faction for Warhammer 40k, plastic had taken over, so for the majority of newer sculpts my initial technique had to be replaced with a bright steel base colour and a black wash on top.

A small group of robotic troops with steel colour bodies

A Necron Lord with his bodyguard of Immortals

As the first of the plastic models I actually just finished (befitting their lore, they’d taken a long slumber in their dark tombs), this Necron Lord was painted in Runefang Steel and given a wash with Nuln Oil. Despite his style of armour being quite different from the old Immortals, I think they still make a decent fit. After all, the ruling elite had much more sophisticated materials and techniques applied to guarantee their immortality, while their soldiers were merely there to function according to their grand designs.

Close up of a robotic warrior with a skull face holding a green orb in his left hand

The Resurrection Orb swirls with alien energy

Side view of a robotic warrior with a black cape holding a long metal staff in his outstretched hand

With his Staff of Light the Lord commands his forces forward

A closer view of the leader of the robotic warriors and his troopers carrying bulky black guns

Heavy gauss blasters lay down a withering particle storm


Warhammer 40k Necrons

Necron army marching to war

Warhammer 40k Necron Warriors

Phalanx of Necron Warriors

Warhammer 40k Necron Destroyer

Necron Destroyer