Necrons from Japan, examples of Necron armies, and a look at the Necron Elite.
A few months ago, we were contacted by Ryogo Yamane, possibly the most fanatical hobbyists in Japan. Ryogo sent us loads of pictures of his Imperial Fists, all painted in his favourite colour yellow. However, right at the bottom of one of his recent emails was a sneaky picture of one of his other armies - a legion of Necrons that he's been working on for many years. Unusually for Ryogo, they weren't painted yellow, but the stunning paint job he did on them more than makes up for that. Check out a few of our favourite units below:
Ryogo's army is very inspiring, and one of those forces that I would love to see on the battlefield. I can't say I'd want to fight against it though - the three Monoliths can form into a single formation in Apocalypse battles, creating a null-zone between them that makes a mockery of shooting and psychic attacks. Destroying one Monolith is hard enough; killing three would be a nightmare. I think I need more guns in my army list.
While Ryogo has a pretty large collection of Necrons, there will almost certainly be quite a few of you out there who have never considered collecting Necrons until now (me included, I hasten to add). So, in a daring display of bravado, I descended the winding stair into the depths of the Studio vaults, sneaked past the Bloodswarm Scarabs, avoided the gaze of the Annihilation Barges and managed to escape with a copy of Codex: Necrons tight in my grasp. Or, should you not believe my epic tale, I asked if I could borrow one for a couple of minutes to plan out a couple of armies for the blog...
Making a 1,000 Necron army is very quick and easy. A couple of boxes of Necron Warriors make the core of the army, while the Immortals provide some heavier firepower. The Lychguard and the Overlord provide your army with some much-needed close combat crunch, while the Doomsday Ark is just plain terrifying. With this force you have weapons to deal with pretty much every situation.
At 1500 points you can field quite a terrifying number of Necrons. In this force I opted for more guns and less combat with the intention of pureeing my enemies with heavy firepower before they even got near me. The combination of Deathmarks, Immortals and Necron Warriors will make a real mess of enemy troops, while the Monoliths and the Annihilation Barges can deal with tanks and heavy infantry.
To tell you a bit more about my choices, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to a couple of the Necron Elite units today - the Deathmarks and the Lychguard, two very different units in the Necron army.
The Deathmarks are essentially the Necron's answer to snipers. However, unlike the snipers of other races, they don't bed themselves down in a tall building or a forest before the battle, they hide in an entirely different dimension. I know, sneaky, eh? What this means is that while the battle rages on, the Deathmarks are already stalking the battlefield for their prey. In game terms, this means that they can turn up at almost any time, anywhere. Should an enemy unit Deep Strike, you can choose to immediately Deep Strike your Deathmarks. You might choose them to arrive on the other side of the battlefield and take up sniping positions. Alternatively, you could arrive behind the enemy unit that just arrived and shoot them in the back in your turn.
The Lychguard are at the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Equipped with warscythes, the Lychguard add some much-needed punch to the Necron combat phase and make a great bodyguard for your Overlord. Their alternative armament is the hyperphase sword (a power weapon) and the dispersion shield. This nasty combination makes the Lychguard horrendously hard to get rid of, not to mention very dangerous to your opponent's units, as the dispersion shield has a habit of reflecting their shooting attacks back at them.