WIP Canoptek Wraiths

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Work has been crazy lately and hasn't left me with much hobby time the past few weeks. But I've tried to make some progress on the Necrons here and there whenever the opportunity presents itself. I've pressed some more scarabs, added some detail to my first warrior squad, and started to work on filling out my wraith squad. I grew impatient waiting for GW's Necron wave 2, so I began to look on ebay and other places to add to my lone metal wraith. Ebay proved to be scarce with the OOP model (which makes sense considering how awesome the unit is with the new codex and the fact that the original model looks great) and if you are able to find one, it'll cost you a pretty penny. Then I began searching for alternatives or ways to build my own, and came across a post on Terminus Est last month that pointed me to PuppetsWar: Cyber Arthropod Squad. My order arrived last week and I'm not finished assembling them yet, but I have to say I'm quite impressed with the models!

You can view some completed shots of the models from Black Blow Fly's review or the PuppetsWar link above.

Instead of using the head from the kit, I decided to use 3 Immortal heads since they look similar to the original. But first I had to bulk up the Immortal heads since they are a tad smaller than the original wraith face. I simply added some green stuff under the chin:

I think they turned out alright so far. I may try smoothing them out with some liquid green stuff when I get some time.

I still need to take some pictures of the new warrior squad I painted up a couple weeks back. I found a way to make the blue rod stand out a bit more, I just need to find the right lighting to help convey the effect in a picture. Anyway, I'll try to get some more stuff posted this weekend as I plan on dedicating a decent amount of time to finishing some of these things off (as I eagerly await some coverage of Adepticon so those of us who couldn't make it can live vicariously through the interwebs). Maybe next year I can make it out to the windy city to attend one of the premier 40k events in the world... Till then, color me jealous ;)

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?