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I remember someone telling me that I can only use a C'tan in 1500pts or over, but I can't find this stated anywhere in the codex. So can I?
If I recall correctly (since I don't have my codex within reach at this moment), you can indeed take a C'Tan at 1000pts. However, the more important question is whether you should take a C'Tan at a 1000pts, to which I am of the opinion that you should not. Its price is too high and at this point you would want to build up your Necron number to prevent an early phase out. There is nothing in the rules, though, preventing you.
Last edited by Zarak; June 25th, 2008 at 18:41.
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Thanks for the replies. That's good new then! I realise that taking a C'tan would make me prone to phasing out relatively easily, but the way I see it is that the deceiver is only 100pts more than a fully kitted out lord, which is IMO WAY too overpriced for what it can do. My lord has never contributed effectively enough to any game I've played, even with VoD. Spending only 300pts on HQ, I don't think the rest of the army is going to be TOO small. Besides, I've recently had trouble dealing with my mate's 1000pt Nidzilla-ish list and I need something extremely powerful to take out those damn monstrous creatures! Necron fire power is not strong enough to take them down and I'm sick of always dying in close combat. Best of all, he won't expect it, lol.
But why would you 'trick out' a 200pt lord unless you needed it. For example a 140pt lord with just a res orb is extremely powerful to negate power weapons. I guess VoD is nice to get out of CC since you don't have a monolith, but I never thought about it this way. 200pt lord, or 300pt deceiver...hmm...I've never even glanced at buying a Ctan...that good, eh?
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Deceiver vs nids eh? *cackles*
As a VoD nut I usually find my lords to be worth the extra points though I do agree that 200pts is a bit steep when you compare them to the Deceiver.
Yeah you can field a C'tan at...660pts minimum. If you want your opponent to hate you forever.
I personally don't go for such a sink on my PO but hey, not like the boss won't draw all of their fire. Give the D some backup though. A flayed one entourage would be good, and best I can tell destroyers will give you some of the high S blasting you're going to need.
I was thinking:
Total - exactly 1000pts
This balances numbers and firepower as well as fast stuff to tie units up. Facing a C'tan can be a fearful prospect and most inexperienced players/ players who have never played necrons before will always always aim their guns that the deciever. They'll soon realise their attempts at taking it down are futile, by which time it'll be too late, the deciever will be laughing its head off as it munches through every enemy unit on the table and the bulk of my army will be left unscathed. MUWHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Genius plan
I'm not sure the 5 scarabs are the best way to go. Small group, against a nidzilla list I'm not sure thats the best tarpit you have available. Maybe throw in a couple more immortals and split it up into 2 groups of 6 for a bit more shooting ability at the cost of a one turn speed bump.