First, I'd like to apologize on the behalf of MWC for the delay on announcing the contest winner and starting up the contest for October (which looks like it will probably be delayed at least to November.) Things happening behind the scenes and whatnot. Anywho, before I get to the real important issue at hand (see diagram above,) here's the winner for September's MWCMCC!
Winner! Jan's Dark Eldar Razorwing
Congrats to you, Jan. Please email us with the same email address you submitted your entry with to claim your prize!
Now on to the good stuff. To my delight I woke up this afternoon (partially because I'm lazy and partially because I work nights) to find some Necron goodies leaked for my enjoyment. Now, if you know me even slightly you'll know I'm without question the biggest fan of Necrons ever to walk this planet. I don't care who you are or if you've gotten a tattoo of a Warrior skull on your eyelid; I'm a bigger fan, sorry to break it to you.
So naturally I'll have to review all the new sneak peeks we've witnessed this evening. This will help hold me over until we can get a Codex: Necron review going (and it's a'coming.) All pictures
stolen borrowed from BoW. Be sure to click the pictures for a better view.
First up, an old favorite of mine, and even more-so after reading FoD, Flayed Ones. A trend you'll start to see is that these new models are a lot more dynamic than their previous counterparts. This holds true to the Flayed Ones above. Every pose is different, and some have skulls or corpses donned on their person. A few things I'm noticing that seems odd is the changes to some of their bodies, but not all. The top left one has what looks like a generator on his back and the legs of a velociraptor while the one on the top right has an extension to one leg that seems not-very Necron-ee. Maybe these will be wargear options?
As far as dynamic poses go, once again the Immortals are far from that description. I don't really blame the sculptor for this, though. There's only so many ways one can hold a weapon similar to a Heavy Bolter in girth. One thing that can be said for uniqueness is their weapons themselves. They're looking a lot more complex and interesting than before. Also, the obvious statement to be made here is confirmation of wargear options!
Here's a new unit for you! Looking at the models these guys are obviously an assault-type of unit per the arm-mounted weapon and dual-dagger type of melee device or donning a two-handed glaive of some sort. I'm tempted to ask if this sculptor had Grey Knights in mind when creating these guys. One thing I can't get over is that tail... The only thing with a tail previously was the Wraiths, but that's arguable since they had no legs. I'm personally not a fan of these models as a whole, but seeing something built for melee tickles my rupture button.
Here we have the
Tomb Kings Necron Lychguard who appear to be another melee-focused unit. The shields are a bit much in my opinion. Maybe I'm just used to the hordes of shambling no-name robots, but these guys are decorated better than a Grey Knight Paladin. The poses for these are superb as well, though. And at least there's no tails... One thing I'm noticing is almost every unit has something on their person that resembles a Rez Orb which may give way to the rumors that We'll Be Back rolls will be a 5+ on anything, even Power Weapons and Instant Death.
While I'm not a fan of any of the sniper units in the game currently (save the GKs,) I'm a huge fan of this model. Not much info has been leaked about a sniper unit for the Necrons, but it seems pretty apparent that's what these guys are. I absolutely love the single-eye. I mean, a sniper really doesn't need two eyes; it's just wasteful. This is why the Necrons are of supreme technology and why Space Marines snipers still have a Ballistic Skill of 3.
Okay, I've gotta ask. What is with the metal pigtails? I realize Necrons don't need to be aerodynamic, but come on...it looks ridiculous. You can be sure my robot-zombies won't be showing these off any time soon. Anywho, the first question is is there a difference between Lords and Overlords? Only time will tell. As for the models the one on the left looks fantastic in every way (except the pigtails,) while the one on the right is in a pretty static pose, though the details are still phenomenal compared to the current line.
In all honesty, the Stormlord is just how I pictured him from FoD...except once again for those damned pigtails. We see him in the typical Necron pose called "I would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for you darn kids!" As for Trazyn, I would guess he's a psyker. His armour looks like it has a Psychic Hood. His pose is boring, but without knowing his fluff (he could have been a grandpa back in the fleshy days) I'll hold my judgement on this guy.
This model bothers me a tad. Something about a Necron at a computer console rubs me the wrong way. The most advanced technology in the world still uses a touchscreen like my phone? Really? Even the Adeptus Mechanicus jack their brains into their computers. Either way the details on this thing are fantastic. One question I have is the giant cannon in the smaller picture, is that the Doomsday weapon we've all heard about?
Well that answers that question... For what might look like a transport, this thing upon closer inspection looks like a simple skimmer with a giant ass cannon on it. Once again we have a Necron at a console, which still bothers me a bit, but something that catches my attention is above that pilot we have another Rez Orb looking item. We'll Be Back on vehicles, maybe? We'll see. Something else that stands out is the Gauss on this vehicle doesn't have the green see-through bars we all know and love. I'll be quite annoyed if I have to end up replacing all my green rods with non-see-through ones to match the rest of my army...
I'm still not sure how I feel about Necrons on viking boats, but it looks like I better get used to the idea. This thing looks to have all the same features as the Doomsday Ark, yet will be the rumored transport vehicle for infantry (what looks to be 10-11 bodies total depending on if we're including the pilot.) Overall a great sculpt, though I'm a little frightened about how much of a pain this will be to put together.
There you have it ladies and gents, the Necrons are coming and with some good-looking sculpts in my less than humble opinion. What are your thoughts on these newly released photos?