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Firstly apologies if this post is in the wrong forum. I'm brand new to this hobby, and have chosen Necrons as my Army of choice. I love the models, and think that I could really get into them.
The reason I'm posting this thread is, how are Necrons for the new player, any tips/tricks for a new player to help him on the way to greatness with this army?
I understand that the hobby details experience is something earned not given, but I would like to have something to work on, so I am not stabbing in the dark on this, due to my inexperience.
Thanks in advance,
Well, as far as the tabletop goes, there are several models that make it into literally any armylist I build.
First is an overlord on a command barge, equip him how you will however I have had good experience with the mandatory war scythe and some mind shackle scarabs.
Second is destruction crypteks with at least 1 solar pulse. I like to take two overlords on barges though, so I can then take two pulses.
Scarabs +spyders is the third unit. I have really not had a game where these have not don't a brilliant job of either tearing up vehicles or bubble wrapping my army.
Fourth is the annihilation barge, this guy is cheap and awesome heavy support.
"I am the architect of fate!"
I'd add just one small thing; I never ever go without an Eternity Cryptek with Choronmetron. Rerolling 1d6 every phase (and even out of phase in some cases) has been the one thing that has carried my important Necrons through.
For beginners, I'd say they're not too bad. Their shtick is that they're resilient, so that's something that ends up allowing them to be a bit more forgiving than more fragile armies (contrary to the eldars, for example). The part that makes them a little tougher is that they do require a certain amount of synergy to really bring out their strengths, though.
Really, I think it all comes down to who you're playing with. It doesn't matter which army you pick if all you play is against a bunch of jerks that only bring their hardest game to play against you. Also, playing in groups that are willing to play smaller games (40k in 40 minutes, for example) helps a lot too, so that way you can pick up the rules, just a few squads at a time instead of being thrown into it all at once. Plus, it allows you to play sooner than it would take to build up a large 1500 or 2000 point force.
To start off, I'd pick up a battleforce box. It's a decent deal (you don't get many of those from GW), and will have most of what you need to start off. Use that to build the core of your army, add a barge kit to the mix for the hq and vehicle, and you have yourself a basic list. From there, you can start feeling out what you enjoy playing with. Don't feel bad if you're losing games at the start, especially if you're playing against more experienced players. That's not the army, that's just being new to the game.
But then, come back here and post a list, ask more specific questions, and go from there. Contrary to what the internet might have you believe, there is no single "I-WIN!" list. You have to find something that works for your style of play.
But yeah, basically just get some small, basic units, warriors work great, and play some small games. Try maybe enough for a lord and 2 units of 10 warriors vs equal pts with someone if they are willing. With crons, ALWAYS try to remember your We'll Be Back rules, that rule is about 50% of our resilience. hah
If I were to give only one bit of advice, it would be this:
Don't let your enemies assault you! Other than a few specialist units (like Wraiths), Necrons suck in close combat. And if (when) you get beaten, if your unit runs, you won't get reanimation protocol rolls for them (they get left behind). Most opponents know this, so they'll try and send your Necrons running as much as they can so you don't get any back. It's easier said than done to not let enemy units assault you (often they move so fast, it's impossible to avoid it happening), but don't be afraid to pull back with your units if it means you'll avoid an assault and possibly get another turn's shooting at the enemy before they get you.
Obviously this is all very well saying this here, it's very different to try and put it into practice on the battlefield! But you'll hear often that Necrons are a 'mid-range shooty army', so our shooting is great, but only at mid to short ranges. So bizarrely, we have to get close to make the most of our firepower, but we don't want to get close because we suck in close combat! Go figure!
"Peace, through superior firepower."
Wow, thanks guys. There is lots so far to go through and I'll look through each and every reply in detail. I'll post up any questions I have in a short time. Thanks.
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