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    Beginner's Guide to Necrons

    This guide is an ongoing project to replace the old 3rd edition Beginners Guide with a new one, written specifically for the 5th edition Codex and new kits.

    What do you need to buy first?

    Codex: Necrons should be your first buy as it is absolutely vital. This may sound like something taken for granted, but with the 5th edition Codex it is more important than ever before to buy and read the Codex first. The Necron army has a vide variety of interesting and competitive lists and if you are going to get your army building project going fast and smooth it is vital that you know what kind of list you are starting out with first.


    What kits to buy?

    This depends a bit on what kind of list so I'll first deal with the few best ones in order of precedence:

    Barge Kit

    Any Necron army, no matter what the build is, should start from one Barge kit. Its just wonderfull. You get a free plastic Overlord with it (your minimum HQ choice covered now) and the bother the Annihilation and Catacomb Command Barges are so good that they fit into pretty much any army. And, what is best, the Barge kit is build in such a way that you can make it interchangable from Annihilation Barge into Catacomb Command Barge without even the trouble of magnetizing. Get one. Now!

    Battleforce

    Now, its a cheap and nice deal, but the problem with it is that it serves you best only if you are building a Ghost Ark mechanized Warrior list. Now don't get me wrong, Ghost Fleet list is really nice. I run one myself. The problem is that it is not the ONLY viable list but one of several different ones. If you are going to run Warriors as your main Troops get this kit. You get the Warriors, you get Immortals that can be used as conversion material and you get the Ghost Ark. If you are, however, going to run Immortals as Troops you should think a bit before getting a Battleforce.

    Immortals

    This is one kit that is worth it if you are running Immortals as Troops. The really nice thing here is that it has all the parts for Deathmarks, too, including the one-eyed heads that can be used to convert Warrior or Immortal models into Crypteks.



    What is the fastest and cheapest way to get a competitive army?


    1) Buy a Barge kit and 2 x Battleforce
    2) Barge kit makes for a Overlord (your minimum HQ choice) and a nice ride for him or one Heavy Choice for your army
    3) The Battleforces make two squads of Warriors and transports for them (your minimum Troop choices)
    4) The Battleforces make two extra squads of footslogging Warriors to act as bubblewraps for the Ghost Ark squads
    5) The Battleforces make Scarab Swarms that act as Fast Choices
    6) The Battleforces extra Immortals or Warriors can be converted into four Crypteks so each of your Warrior squad gets one
    7) You are still left over with either extra Immortal or Warrior bodies to use as you see fit

    What you get out of this is:

    1 Overlord
    1 Annihilation/Catacomb Command Barge
    10 Immortals/Deathmarks
    40 Warriors
    10 Canoptek Scarab Swarms
    2 Ghost/Doomsday Arks

    Armylist example:

    1 HQ Choice (+Dedicated Transport for it)
    1 Royal Court of Crypteks
    4 Troop Choices (+ Dedicated Transports for two)
    1-2 Fast Choices
    + parts for one or two squads of Immortals or Deathmarks depending on your fancy.

    = around 1500 points

    This is, in itself, a functional army worth anything from 1000 to maybe 1500 points or so, depending on actual setup. The Overlord, the Scarabs and the Crypteks will rip open any metal boxes enemy brings to the table and the Warriors and Ghost Arks are then free to shoot anything that drops out of the wrecks. It is, by far, also the cheapest way to build an army, clocking at around 200 euros total.


    But I want to join the flyer craze! What to do?

    If your mind is set up for the Flying Circus kind of army, then you need a whole different buying plan. You also need to be prepared to spend a lot more money. The first thing you need to decide is if you will run Warriors or Immortals as Troops. Whichever it will be, you will need to buy a bundle of them and a minimum of 4 Scythe kits.

    Oh, and you need a HQ. In all other cases I would say buy a Barge kit and get a HQ for free but Flying Circus armies are special. So special indeed that you might want to invest to a special HQ: Imotekh, Trazyn and Zahndrekh are all viable for Flying Circuses and you can always use the model as a regular Overlord so take your pick.

    The third choice you need to decide is if you try to go all flyer or take a supporting wing of Wraiths or Annihilation Barges. Both work, but for a starter I would really recommend Wraiths or Annihilation Barges. They are that good and they go well with any army you will want to build later on if the Flying Circus gets boring.


    Whats the cheapest and fastest way to join the Flying Circus?

    Let me say it again. There is no exactly cheap way for this. Flyers are expensive. However, there are ways that are cheaper than others and this is one:

    1) Buy 1 box of Lychguard/Praetorians, 1 box of Wraiths, 2 boxes of Warriors, 4 Flyers and a Barge Kit
    2) Warrior kits will make 4 squads of 6 Warriors each.
    3) Lychguard/Praetorian kit can be used to convert 5 Crypteks
    4) You also get 6 bases of Scarab Swarms
    5) The 4 Flyers are to be used as Transports but you should really magnetize the weapon to use as a Doomscythe if need be.
    6) Barge kit will make you a HQ and a single Annihilation Barge
    7) Wraith box will make 3 Wraiths

    What you get out of this is:

    1 Overlord
    1 Annihilation/Catacomb Command Barge
    5 Crypteks
    24 Warriors
    6 Canoptek Scarab Swarms
    4 Doomscythes/Nightscythes
    3 Wraiths

    Armylist example:

    1 HQ Choice
    1 Royal Court of 4 Crypteks
    4 Troop Choices (+ Dedicated Transports for all four)
    2 Fast Choices
    1 Heavy Choice

    = around 1500 points

    This list is very precise and to get it up to 1500 points without buying anything else you need to either use the Canoptek Scarab Swarms as part of the list or pour a lot of points into the Overlord and the Crypteks. If you want more flexibility into your list I would recommend getting one more kit of Annihilation Barge or Wraiths. In any case the minimum list is 270 euros at the moment of this writing and expanding it with one more kit takes it well over 300 euros so it is definitely more costly than a Ark-based army.

    Last edited by Polaria; October 22nd, 2012 at 09:06. Reason: Update
    Revenant Moon Necrons: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (6th edition: 13/2/2)(5th edition: 14/6/4)(3rd edition Codex: 16/4/7)
    XIX Legion: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (5th edition: 14/12/2)(5th edition Codex: 4/3/0)
    Black Legion: (W/L/D) 1/0/0 (6th edition: 2/3/0)
    Something Wicked... Reikwald Beastmen: (W/L/D) 10/4/1

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    How well does this hold up with 6thEd?

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    Short, short answer: It does.

    Longer answer: If you are just starting Necrons and are not 100% sure about what kind of list to play getting two Battle Forces and two Barge Kits is the hands down best and most price effective way to start. The only army lists that these boxes do not support is the Nightscythe-spam lists, in which case you substitute the Battle Forces for Scythe Kits and Immortal/Warrior boxes. If you want to go the Nightscythe way do notice that there are a few caveats:
    1) Its expensive moneywise since you will be needing around 4 to 6 Scythe kits to pull it off.
    2) While extremely powerfull in the early "just-come-out" 6th edition meta the situation could suddenly turn around very quickly when new codices come out and if people start to invest more on Interceptor and Skyfire weapons.
    Revenant Moon Necrons: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (6th edition: 13/2/2)(5th edition: 14/6/4)(3rd edition Codex: 16/4/7)
    XIX Legion: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (5th edition: 14/12/2)(5th edition Codex: 4/3/0)
    Black Legion: (W/L/D) 1/0/0 (6th edition: 2/3/0)
    Something Wicked... Reikwald Beastmen: (W/L/D) 10/4/1

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    Quick on-the-moment update:

    As long as Necrons Megaforce is available it would be the cheapes, quickest and overall best way to get a fully mechanized AV13-spam army. Just buy two of them and you are set.

    To elaborate a bit more, a single set includes: 1 Necron Barge kit (comes with a plastic Overlord), 24 Necron Warriors, 5 Necron Immortals, 1 Necron Ark kit, 1 Necron Triarch Stalker, 6 Necron Tomb Blades, 1 Necron Canoptek Spyder and 6 Necron Scarab Swarms. If you get two, you can have a solid 2000 points army right there. An example list:

    Overlord

    5 Deathmarks

    Triarch Stalker
    Triarch Stalker

    10 Warriors + Ghost Ark
    10 Warriors + Ghost Ark
    10 Warriors
    10 Warriors

    5 Tomb Blades with particle projectors
    5 Tomb Blades with particle projectors

    Annihilation Barge
    Annihilation Barge

    This one is allready around 1750 points (depending on Overlords gear) and you still haven't used the second Overlord, 5 Immortals/Deathmarks or the two Spyders...
    Revenant Moon Necrons: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (6th edition: 13/2/2)(5th edition: 14/6/4)(3rd edition Codex: 16/4/7)
    XIX Legion: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (5th edition: 14/12/2)(5th edition Codex: 4/3/0)
    Black Legion: (W/L/D) 1/0/0 (6th edition: 2/3/0)
    Something Wicked... Reikwald Beastmen: (W/L/D) 10/4/1

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    Just putting this here since it always comes up:

    Quote Originally Posted by Klajorne posted on 22nd of April 2013
    Units to spam, per slot:

    HQ
    Destroyer Lord (with wraiths), overlord (always with warscythe, mind shackle scarabs, other items to taste), or Immotekh (your preference). Other notable HQs that can be good are also Zahndrekh and Trazyn

    Elite
    Deathmarks with a despair.tek, nightscythe delivery system preferred

    Troops
    minimum in a nightscythe

    Fast
    Wraiths, best with a destroyer lord

    Heavy
    Annihilation barges

    Best Cheese list: Flyers, as many as you can squeeze in. You can even overload newer armies that have anti-air if you bring enough of them. Just don't get tabled on turn 1.

    For non-cheese lists there are very few units that can't be made to function with a little work. Check Polaria's Red Harvest diaries for specific units.
    I'm pretty much of the same opinion with following differences:

    Troops

    Warriors in squads of 9+Cryptek and Immortals in squads of 5 with Nightscythe. 5-man Warrior squads in Nighstcythe are just too fragile and might cost you the objectives especially if opponent has the last turn.

    Warriors and Immortals in squads of 10 on foot. Bigger squads are just too much hassle to move and you lose much more to Sweeping Advance.

    5-man Warrior Squads are for Ghost Arks and even then only if you run a few footbound or Nightscythe squads alongside them.
    Last edited by Polaria; April 22nd, 2013 at 10:20.
    Revenant Moon Necrons: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (6th edition: 13/2/2)(5th edition: 14/6/4)(3rd edition Codex: 16/4/7)
    XIX Legion: (W/L/D) 0/0/0 (5th edition: 14/12/2)(5th edition Codex: 4/3/0)
    Black Legion: (W/L/D) 1/0/0 (6th edition: 2/3/0)
    Something Wicked... Reikwald Beastmen: (W/L/D) 10/4/1

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