It appears that the blogosphere is up and at it with new rumors on my favorite codex army; Necrons. These rumors mean two things for me. First, when "reliable" rumors start emerging from the depths of the internet, it has repeatedly proven to mean that GW is currently working on the rules for said army's next codex. This makes me quite giddy. The Necrons are arguably the worst army to be competitive with and I must say I'm surprised they haven't had an update yet. Secondly, this gives me something to write about. Dark Future Games and Inquisitor Lord Aki have already given their reviews. Check out the rumors and my take on them as I beat this topic to death after the jump.
New Monolith Variant? I Heard From A Reliable Source, Yes.
New Codex drops mid year.
Assuming the Grey Knights are coming out at the beginning of the year, this sounds plausible. Let's hope this doesn't get pushed back any further. If the end of the world is in 2012, I'm going to want as much Necron time as possible.
WBB changes to FNP for most units.
This makes me sad. You ask any 'cron player out there if they want WBB to be FNP and I would wager 117% of them will say yes, but I don't want this change. WBB pales in comparison to FNP as far as rules go, but WBB was completely unique, and that's what drew me to Necrons in the first place. You know, other than them being soul-sucking robot zombies. WBB, Gauss and their FOC made Necrons the single most unique army in the game. While there are draw backs to each and every one of those unique features, it made the army feel like it had set itself apart from the rules of 40k. WBB may lose to FNP, Gauss may fail hard in 5th Edition and the incredibly small FOC options do hinder the army a great deal (and is more than responsible for their lack of power,) but I love the way Necrons currently work. I feel they just need a bit of tuning to compete. I know it'll never happen, but a guy can dream.
New HQ options include one new C'Tan.
I'm not a fan of this rumor either. I feel that if there is a being that consumes worlds and is in all measurable characteristics a friggin' God, the stats and rules that would be required to put this thing on the battlefield just couldn't be nailed down correctly. Even to Apocalypse's standards I don't think there's a right way to place several Gods in this game. I know, I know, they aren't the C'tan in their actual form, supposedly, but you see my point.
The Nightbringer and Deceiver to get new models and at least one will have optional "incarnations".
I'm not keen on trying to fix things that ain't broke, so why GW feels the need to replace the Nightbringer model baffles me. But if they're capable of making it even more bad ass than it already looks (not likely,) then have at it. The Deceiver model I never really liked, personally. I could see some improvement there. As for incarnations, I'm not entirely sure what this means. If someone could fill me in that'd be great.
New Tomb Spider plastic model. option to create alternate model that is Heavy artillery.
And the Necron followers cried out, "Thank you!" Tomb Spiders, while not the most ubr of options available to the Necrons right now, are something I think most 'cron players would love to try out. But you slap a 22 dollar price tag on something you just want to "try out" and it's a whole new ball game. The alternate model mentioned intrigues me. I'm trying to visualize an artillery Tomb Spider and I just can't come up with anything that doesn't make me giggle like a pre-pubescent teen. My first idea was a Tomb Spider with a cannon jutting out of its back firing little scarabs at the enemy. From there it moved on to large Gauss Cannon legs and took a steep decline into Gauss crotch cannons. I'll stop myself there and we'll move on.
New Fast CC focus unit, Jump Infantry, Warrior sized.
This is an interesting turn. I can picture Wraiths moving silently and quickly through walls, hordes of Scarabs swaying in the wind as they rein destruction on those down below and I can even picture hover butts, despite how much I loathe how they look. I can't, however, come up with a jump infantry unit for Necrons that makes sense visually. Unless it was a teleportation sort of travel. We'll see where this one goes.
New models for Immortals.
New models is always neato-burrito. But we're missing the key word here; plastic. I couldn't care less if the Immortals have new models or not, the only thing that matters to this guy is plastic. Come on GW, your overpriced pewter models that made things irritating to create conversions with was cute and all, but you've clearly mastered the same details with plastic that pewter used to hold by itself. Let's get with the times, shall we?
New "tank" - could be the TS based artillery just referenced from different source.
No, no, no and no. Personally, I don't want to see anything in this dex with an AV, save the Monolith of course. We all get it. Nids have the best MCs because they have no tanks. Necrons have the best "tank" because they only get the one. A footslogging force of zombies shouldn't have vehicles, and I'm really hoping this stays the way it is.
New MC walker - likely the rumored "Necronmancer", may be HQ or Heavy.
I've heard all sorts of rumors about the Necromancer. It'll be a psyker. It'll be an MC. It'll be a Lord variant. It'll give blow jobs. All sorts of rumors! If it's going to be an MC, I just have to ask, is GW making Necrons a slow/shooty version of Nids? If so I weep for the upcoming dex.
New plastic Lord with all options.
About. Damn. Time. Assuming this includes the Destroyer Body, this may be a pricey kit. But what isn't a pricey kit from GW, really?
New named Lord metal blister.
New Monolith option...not represented in models to be released.
You've already seen the new Monolith variant I got from a "reliable" source up above, but this is interesting regardless. I'd personally like to keep the Necrons at a one-vehicle limit. The Monolith is the biggest and the best, but it's given to an army that has no other AV options or transports, a fair trade imo. With this change, I'm wondering if they're going to nerf the original Monolith seeing as there's a couple of rumors here that mention more AV coming to the Necrons.
I don't have the brightest outlook for this dex, looking at this list of rumors. It looks as if GW is continuously conforming all of the armies do be more alike. As soon as Nids got a drop pod, I should have assumed it was all downhill from there for the Necrons. I foresee the last of the foot-slogging armies becoming transport/vehicle reliant, WBB conforming to FNP, Gauss conforming to Rending and few very powerful FOC choices becoming many lackluster choices. While these changes are what people cry out for, I, above all else want to see this army remain the completely unique and mysterious army it has been. Not another version of Space Marines.