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My local store has got a event over the next week where you can go in with 500pts and smash apart nids. I really can't figure out many options for necrons at this points level. I'm tempted to just take along something else (barebone guard with a few hellhounds or russ's could be amusing), but I'd like to give necrons a go.
AFAIK they're using normal force organisation charts, which means that right away 360 pts needs to go on warriors, with at least another 100 pts on the lord.
What can I do with the other 40 points? All I can think of is a single wraith, which I can't see doing much apart from adding a few attacks, a small squad of scarabs with pretty much the same use of wraiths apart from maybe a bit of a roadblock, or some equipment for the lord. Not sure what though. Possibly a destroyer lord to wiz around and try and take out any big creatures, so the nids go all instinctive or whatever.
I think the destroyer lord sounds like the best idea but I'm not sure. It will feel a bit alien to leave my squads truding around with no support at all.
Any advice anyone can give on lists and tactics at this level? Or should I just go with a different army completely?
Almost every 500 point Necron list will be 2 x 10 Warriors, Lord with Resurrection Orb. As you said, there are a few other options, but the jist of the list are those Warriors and Lord; you can't avoid them, so nearly every Necron list at that points level is identical.
I'd, personally, field a different army but that's only because I believe variety is the spice of life, and that's not something you can achieve with Necrons at such a low points level.
Current Necron Codex is a bit old a thus very much short on options and upgrades if you compare it to modern codexes... Thus at 500 points you are pretty much stuck with two necron warrior squads, lord and 1) Orb, 2) Squad of 3 Scarab Swarms, 3) 2 more Warriors or 4) something else. At 500 point level I'm not really *that* worried about power weapons so I just take a sqaud of 3 Scarab Swarms.
Necrons W68-D13-L10 (3rd edition codex)
Necrons W3-D1-L1 (latest codex)
Skaven still being assembled
So the question you should ask yourself is, does this league stick to Forced Org chart at 500 points, or are they making exceptions? Example, my club is running an escalation league and started at 450 and up to 800 points we used patrol battle rules. Limits wounds on models, invul save models, only requires ONE troop choice, etc.
Else, if you're forced to use the chart...you don't have any flexibility really.
Question is what to spend your 40 points on? it's simple. 2 more warriors or get the orb. Done, case closed. They're your most potent option at this point value. Necrons really suffer in low points. No flexibility, especially with the Forced org chart plays out. You should approach the organizers and see if they'll consider changing the style of the 500 point to patrol battle style. Just a suggestion.
Now from the 500 points all I do is add destroyers up to 1000, just devastating! Imagine 10 destroyers in a 1k game...
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This has made me decide to just use something else. Thanks for the replys though guys.