Tag: Necrons

The Mighty Scarabs

The Mighty Scarabs

Central to a good Necrons force is–of course–the Scarab Swarms. I added three more to my force this past week. Not fast progress, but was good to get them done. They’re great for screening units, for taking objectives, and for soaking mortal wounds from psychic-heavy armies. All-around awesome, and they’re cute to boot.

[ skitter skitter ]

On the Marvel Crisis Protocol side of things, I finished up my Sabretooth, which meets my 2021 goal for Marvel Models: at least 12 painted. I certainly plan to finish more, but was good to hit the milestone.

The classic costume… I’m really pleased with his hair and the fur lining.

Miniature Painting Goals 2021 – Totals so Far

40k Power Points Painted 280/366 (counts scarab swarms)

Marvel Crisis Protocol Miniatures Painted 12/12

Kill Team (3rd Edition) and The Collector

Kill Team (3rd Edition) and The Collector

A new edition of Kill Team is out, and that has generated a fair amount of buzz around here with building some unique and fun teams for the game. I’ve been fiddling back and forth with both Necrons and various flavors of Chaos (Night Lords and Khorne) about what I’d like to do, and somewhat sparked on the Necrons side of things.

I did up a new “leader” model for the team, a Flayed One that combined parts of a Royal Warden, to represent a more leadership-oriented personality who could lead the team–but still was a corrupted Flayed One. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

The concierge of skin grafting

While I had Necron paints out I also finished up Trazyn the Infinite. I so thoroughly enjoyed the fluff about him (the novel The Infinite and the Devine by Robert Rath: https://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-infinite-and-the-divine-ebook-2020.html), so I had to paint up my own version of him. I did a bit of modification, as he is a Finecast resin model–so a bit fiddly. I swapped the weapon around–same head but the arm from a Lychguard/Praetorian staff for more stability to the weapon.

He’s come to collect you!

The other thing you might notice are the small T-shaped plinths behind him. Those are small display bases, with an embedded magnet. So as I have victories (or fun losses), I’ll get bits from the armies I’ve beaten and paint them up (or have my opponent paint them if they’re kind and want to get their color scheme perfect), so he can have constantly rotating “display” items with him. I’ll do up a larger display base with more of these too if I start getting a lot. It’s a fun way to make the games meaningful and connected, so wanted to have some fun with a Special Character known for taking, storing, and collecting the artifacts of other races.

Gaming-wise I got some Kill Team games in as well–a few with my Necrons, and one with my Chaos Daemons of Khorne. Some shots from the games are below. Kill Team in this new edition is super-quick and deadly, so it runs really fast.

The Necron Kill Team: Immortals with Tesla Carbines and Flayed Ones
The Necrons take both the high and low road in driving out the Imperial Guard.
Necrons in the distance, their Space Marine foes in the foreground with this one.
Mixed in a daemon force of Khorne. This shot was right before the Bomb Squig killed all three of these models with its explosion. Gah!

On the Marvel side of things, I got another model added to my collection: Shuri. This rounds out my Wakanda affiliation (the first affiliation I’ve run meaningfully in more than one game). While getting the dots quite right was difficult, overall I’m pleased with the look of the model.

Miniature Painting Goals 2021 – Totals so Far

40k Power Points Painted 278/365

Marvel Crisis Protocol Miniatures Painted 11/12

The Circle of Inclemency: Necrons

Nature repeats patterns. The spiral of seashells match our eye for composition of classical paintings. The edges of leaves match the shores of Fjords. Trees branch like lightning.

So the Circle of Inclemency too. A set group of eight, charged with ensuring the most rigorous set of order. Order without compromise, justice without bending. As eight is a number of power for the forces of Chaos, the number eight also figures into the machine logics of the Necrontyr. Whether coincidence or cosmic convergence, the Necrons themselves have a Court of Eight Judges.

Judges in the Necron hierarchy are all Nobles, the circle assembled from across segments of the diverse Dynasties, charged with keeping order between various dynastic agents. In order to do that, they themselves have to maintain sufficient fighting forces to enforce the decisions of the Court. As such, this “Circle of Inclemency” (as there is rarely room for failure or mercy) maintains a standing and awoken force, and as such is often the first to be involved in various conflicts, either to support Dynasties against external threats or to wage punitive war against a Dynasty itself.

The schemers that the Circle spends a fair amount of their time internally navigating and policing. Necron named characters wallpaper by KaneNash (https://www.deviantart.com/kanenash/art/Necron-characters-400927023)

The actual council of judges who sits on the Circle of Inclemency is shrouded in some mystery, as a functioning triad of judge-nobles remain active at a given time while others may or may not be active or present temporally at any one meeting–and thus their positions may or not be reflected in the decision space. More than a few Crypteks devote serious predictive calculation powers to understanding the politics of the Circle–similar to the way that ancient Terran scholars focused on the politics of Merica conducted their considerations:

Ancient Terran calculus of predictive behavior of balance of power amongst Court judges.

More to follow on what those end up looking like as I get clearer on what personas I’ll have filling these roles. But wanted to demonstrate what I’m working on with the Necrons side of things alongside the Night Lords aims that I’ve done recently. Trying to be comfortable building and working on both armies, rather than devoting to just one. We’ll see how that goes!

It wouldn’t be a good update if I didn’t have some more painting to show and share. I’ve completed another 10 Warriors for my force, as well as a Doom Scythe. I got a light box to photograph with, but honestly I’m not as keen with the photos on it as I am with other ways of photographing–so far. Will keep experimenting.

Warriors… poorly photographed!
Doom Scythe… even worse!
Wanted to do a close up of the finished Death Ray. I wanted to do a Kirby Crackle effect on it, like the power energy building within it. Felt pretty good about how it turned out. To the point I may try this on a few other weapons where appropriate.

And a quick Marvel update just because I’m here. Completed Thanos and Wasp. And can definitely see that my prior set-up for photos works better than the blue backdrop light box I used on these Necron shots! Will have to re-photo the Doom Scythe at least.

The “Mad Titan” Thanos himself
Wasp, in both her regular and tiny forms!

Miniature Painting Goals 2021 – Totals so Far

40k Power Points Painted 232/365

Marvel Crisis Protocol Miniatures Painted 10/12

Necrons, Nurgle, MCP, and Tau 2021

So I have been definitely slacking on my posting to this site, but at least 2021 has been a turn-around in my painting and hobby progress. As things moved toward vaccine and gaming in person, I’ve found a huge drive to get things painted and going for hobby connections again. To keep things simple and short, I’ve swerved away from some of the Tau I was working on at the start of the year, and I’ve been building Necrons (while still keeping my larger Chaos forces of Death Guard and Nurgle+Khorne deamons in view). We’ve started the Beyond the Veil crusade at my local gaming store Drawbridge Games, which has been a great motivator for painting. I’ve already gone beyond 50 Power Level in what I have painted for the army, and have more in my to-do pile waiting.

This post will recap all the painting progress so far in 2021, and get things back on track for more regular updates.

I’m going to just write out the big list of what I’ve done thus far, and I’ll include some photos of what I’ve done (as much as I can find).

Tau: Broadside with Missiles (5), Five Firewarriors (2), Five Pathfinders (3), Cadre Fireblade (3)

Necrons: Royal Warden (4), Canoptek Reanimator (6), Canoptek Reanimator (6), C’tan Deceiver (18), 6 Scarab Swarms (4), Triarch Stalker with Heat Ray (7), Triarch Stalker with Twin Gauss (7), Overlord (6), 10 Warriors (6), 10 Immortals with Tesla (8), and 10 Flayed Ones (6)

Marvel Crisis Protocol: Green Goblin, Toad, Black Dwarf

Tau Broadside
Alternate Female Tau Cadre Fireblade
Necron Force: Initial Awakening
Necron Overlord
Alternative C’tan Deceiver (Hastur from Cthulhu Death May Die)
Necron Immortals
Necron Flayed Ones
Marvel Crisis Protocol Toad
Marvel Crisis Protocol Black Dwarf
Marvel Crisis Protocol Green Goblin

So what is happening with my hobby aims going forward? After that huge dump of pictures (hah)? Well I’m still hoping to hit 365 points of painted Warhammer 40k models. Trying to be okay with mixing progress toward two different armies (Chaos and Necrons) rather than just painting the one to exclusion of all others. I’m also definitely going to build a board that I can use for both Marvel Crisis Protocol and for Necromunda (exploring a mix of the latter using some Cthulhu Death May Die and DUST 47 models)–a Morlock Sewer Tunnels build. And the over-arching goal is to do a really huge Invasion of Terra event at Drawbridge in the early Fall (I’ll likely be one of the Chaos warlords for that endeavor). While I’ve got a lot of work lined up for the summer with new roles, I’m also really going to take time to put hobby progress in. So stay tuned for more tailored updates–hoping to get back to telling the tales of my battles, particularly the Necrons and Chaos Crusades I mess with. Tau might be more on the back-burner, but I’ll certainly hang on to them. Well, likely will hang on to them. Maybe. It wouldn’t be me if an army was in danger of being sold off hah.

These guys are not gone by a long shot with the presence of Necrons and Tau… Just biding their time.

Miniature Painting Goals 2021 – Totals so Far

40k Power Points Painted 91/365

Marvel Crisis Protocol Models Painted 3/12