Necron Deathmarks

Thursday, April 5, 2012

So I picked up a couple boxes of the Immortals / Deathmarks set and have been deliberating on how to assemble them. I figured one box would be dedicated to kitbashing Crypteks because they share the same head as deathmarks, but what to do with the other box I'm unsure. I could build 2 to fill out my Immortals and bring them to 10 and use the remaining 3 for the Royal Court, then the other box can become Deathmarks. I figure I still need to pick up a box of Lychguard to build my Necron Lords, but wouldn't need 5 so the remaining models could also be used for Crypteks. Decisions...

Here's what I like about Deathmarks (since I obviously need some Crypteks in the list, and I should round out the Immortals to give me 2 potential scoring units). Deathmarks, and attached Harbingers, both benefit from the 'Hunters from Hyperspace' special rule (aka wound any marked unit on a 2+). This makes for a devastating combo when Harbingers of Despair are attached to the unit, granting them 2+ to wound with their AP1 template weapon. Here's the catch: a Deathmark squad can only mark a unit when they are deployed and only a "non-vehicle enemy unit on the battlefield" can be marked. So if you deploy first, there is nothing on the field to mark. This is why the 'Ethereal Interception' rule is also included; so even if you win the roll off to go first, these guys can be kept in reserves and still come down later after the enemy has most of their units "on the battlefield". But the Harbinger must also be able to deepstrike, per the latest Necron FAQ. Luckily, if you include the Veil of Darkness wargear, the squad may choose to deepstrike instead of walking on the board, allowing them to mark the unit on the way down. My question is, is that worth 155pts? Initially I think it is, mostly because of the list I'm planning on running. But on the other hand, I don't think running an extra unit of Tesla Immortals would be a bad move either -- it's always nice to have extra scoring units, especially when they come with S5 assault weapons. What's your take on the Deathmarks? Does the deepstriking Harbinger w/ awesome AP1 template make them worth it or should I spend those points elsewhere, like on more troops?