Canoptek Spyder

This Canoptek Spyder was on display at Warhammer World.

Canoptek Spyder

Unlike their Necron masters, Canoptek Spyders never sleep, but while away the aeons servicing the structures of their Tomb World. Though the Canoptek Spyder is essentially an automated drone, it is still a formidable foe when the situation demands. Any enemy foolish enough to stray within reach of the Canoptek Spyder will have flesh scoured from bone by an array of mechanical tools and pincers. If a triad of Canoptek Spyders operate together, one takes overall command, harnessing the processing capacity of the others to create a supermind far greater than the sum of its parts. This hyper-efficiency is passed on to all Canoptek Wraiths and Canoptek Scarabs in the immediate vicinity, allowing a co-ordinated and precise response to any threat – and ensuring the safety of their slumbering masters.

Necron Doom Scythe

What with all the hype with the new edition of Warhammer 40000, there is a renewed interest in the Necrons.

The Necrons are a race of mechanical warriors, created from the Necrontyr. They have lain dormant in their stasis-tombs for sixty million years. They are ancient beyond reckoning, pre-dating even the Eldar. At long last, however, they are beginning to awaken, seeking to reestablish the supremacy of the Necron Dynasties over the Galaxy once more.

There have been some nice models for the Necrons including flyers, such as the Doom Scythe, this one was on display at Warhammer World.

Doom Scythes are heralds of terror, supersonic fighter craft that range far ahead of a Necron invasion. Thanks to the precision of his android brain, the pilot can simulate billions of strategies in nanoseconds.

Doom Scythe
Necron Doom Scythe at Warhammer World.

The crescent-shaped Necron Doom Scythe is an impressive model. It’s numerous, elegant panels are covered in Necron iconography, and there are numerous orbs and grills located around the model, and a spine-like engine. As well as a Necron pilot tucked away in the centre of the model, the weapons on the flyer include a twin-linked tesla destructor and a death ray set within a claw-like vice.

I have a few galleries of Necron models:

I did wonder about starting a Necron army, mainly as it looked like an easy army to paint…. In the end I decided I had too much to paint on my workbench and I should get that lot finished first. This is the same reason why I didn’t purchase the new Indomitus boxed set as well.

Eighth time lucky?

I was around and did buy the first edition of Warhammer 40000 way back in 1987. I went with Orks mainly as I had an Orc army in Warhammer (the fantasy version) and since then they have been the mainstay of my 40K gaming.

The last edition of 40K I bought was the fifth edition back in 2008 and for many reasons I stopped playing 40K and moved onto other systems and games. That is quite normal for me, I think I bought the fourth and fifth editions, but didn’t bother with the second or third editions of 40K.

At the weekend, Simon came over for a game and we tried out the eighth edition rules.

Warhammer 40K Eighth Edition Game

For a change and I think the first time I had actually used them on the tabletop I got my Cadian Kasrkin out and played with them.

The Kasrkin are elite troops of the Imperial Guard and are dedicated to the security of the Fortress World of Cadia from which they hail. Because they are elite special forces troops drawn from the same world as the existing Cadian Shock Troops Regiments of the Imperial Guard, the Kasrkin are officially classified by the Departmento Munitorum as the type of Storm Troopers known as Grenadiers because of their heavy weapons and elite tactical training. Their name comes from the title of the fortress cities of Cadia, which are called “Kasrs” in the native Cadian dialect of Low Gothic.

Cadian Kasrkin

I have ten of them, including a commander, a trooper with a Flamer and one with a Grenade Launcher.

Cadian Kasrkin

For the game we treated them as Militarum Tempestus Scions, as the new Indexes (Indices) have conveniently forgotten the Kasrkin.

As for who they would be fighting, Simon came along with his new Necrons!

Necrons

The game is very familiar to those who’ve played before. The main differences for me were the replacement of grids with a simpler table and the lack of templates. I like the abstract nature now of template weapons, it doesn’t change the impact of such lethal weaponry, but removes the fiddly placing of templates and potential cheesiness of moving figures around.

It’s a bit of an assumption that complicated rules means that the game is more “realistic”, as though las guns and robots are in anyway “realistic”.

Overall I really like this new version of the rules, they were simple enough to remember easily, and allowed for faster play, but also they provided for a fun game.

And so it begins…

As was rumoured and eagerly anticipated, Games Workshop have announced (for pre-order) their new Apocalypse rules for Warhammer 40K.

Apocalypse

Apocalypse is a new way of playing games of Warhammer 40,000. Allowing you to field as many miniatures as you like, in any combination. There really are no limits to what you can do.

There are some new models and re-releases of older models (complete with corresponding price increase of course).

For Chaos there is the huge Khorne Lord of Skulls, which looks ridiculous, unless of course you are a Chaos player and like the bizarre and the weird.
For Necron there is the Tesseract Vault or Obelisk, which I do think is a really interesting and different concept. It’s not a tank or a flyer in the tradition sense, it’s something different.

For the Imperial Guard we have the BaneBlade, though I do think we’ve seen that before… 😉

In addition there are some scenery packs. Though I am not sure if these are new releases or re-releases.

Update yes there is new scenery.

As you might expect, slightly disappointed that there are no releases for the Orks, but you never know what might happen next month…

Digital Necrons

As well as the Ork digital books I mentioned earlier, Games Workshop have released Codex: Necrons in the iBookstore.

Codex: Necrons

Codex: Necrons is your guide to the armies of the Necrons, former rulers of the galaxy, and the brutal wars of subjugation they wage against the lesser life forms that now infest their realm. This volume details the terrible history and incredibly advanced wargear of the Necrons, and provides full rules for fielding an army of these deathless robotic warriors in the Warhammer 40,000 game. This expanded Codex includes interactive miniatures galleries, lavish colour artwork, and updated rules to match the latest edition of Warhammer 40,000.

Get Codex: Necrons in the iBookstore.

I do realise that some people may baulk at the price of £19.99. I am sure that part of this reaction is down to the fact that people are use to paying 99p for games on the iTunes App Store. I am also sure that in addition that some people confuse the medium with the content. When you buy the Codex: Necrons book for £20 from your local Games Workshop store, the price you pay isn’t just for the paper or the printing, but the time and effort that has gone into the content. Likewise when you buy the digital version, it isn’t the “bits” you are buying, but the  time and effort that has gone into the content. Yes there are (some) costs with printing a Codex, but there are also costs with digital distribution. The key really in my opinion is to remember that you are buying content, not a book or a digital book.

Also Games Workshop are giving you a choice, you can choose not to download the digital version and go out and buy the physical book. Personally I quite like the idea of having a library of gaming materials on my iPad that is quick and easy to access.

As well as the new Codex, you can also buy the painting guide to Necrons.

How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: Necrons

Army painter Chris Peach has assembled a formidable force of Necrons from the Nihilakh Dynasty. Here he explains how to paint models from the Necron range in their distinctive turquoise and gold colours using the Citadel paint range.

Get How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: Necrons in the iBookstore.

Necron Tomb Stalker

The Necron Tomb Stalker was announced by Forge World prior to GamesDay 2010 and was on limited sale on the day itself.

The Tomb Stalker is a previously unseen type of Necron construct armed with potent Gauss weaponry and razor-edged talons, which adds a devastating mix of firepower and combat ability to any Necron army. The Tomb Stalker is a huge, un-living machine, a swift and tireless engine of murder built to eternally protect the ancient sepulchres of the Necron Lords. The arcane machinery of the Tomb Stalker detects the pulse of life through hundreds of metres of solid rock, unerringly homing in on its unwitting prey and using a form of phase field to part solid matter like water.

Necron Tomb Stalker
Necron Tomb Stalker

This very nice model was fantastically painted using a basecoat of gloss black and a special metal spray. The base was a crashed Tau Piranha (though the model doesn’t come with this base).

Necron Tomb Stalker
Necron Tomb Stalker

This is a wonderful model and if I was an Imperial Guardsman trying to defend an Imperial city from something like this I would be scared, very scared.

The model itself comes in different sections allowing you to construct the model in and different number of poses.

If I played necrons I would get some of these.