Nothing inspires so much dread throughout the vast universe of Warhammer 40,000 as the silent march of the Necrons and their endless hordes of undying robotic death-machines.  After millions of years slumbering beneath the surface of their dormant ‘tomb-worlds’, the mysterious Xenos race known as the Necron have begun to awaken.

No one knows just how old the ancient dynasties of the Necrons are, but it is believed they are older than even the Eldar races. The Necrontyr were once a mighty empire and an independent race not unlike humanity, but after being deceived and all but destroyed by the ancient Gods known as the C’tan, they lost their organic forms and became the Necrons, an army of soulless, machine-like creatures.

Warhammer 40k Necrons are unified in their singular purpose, to bring the entire galaxy under their dominion as it was many aeons ago. The Necrons are masters of technology, able to reconstruct their skeletal bodies made of ‘living metal’, teleport across entire galaxies and wield fearsome weaponry capable of stripping even the most powerful armour to atoms.

Where to Start with a Necron Army

It might seem daunting to start collecting your own Necron Army, especially for new players. But fear not, the spooky space skeletons will soon be at your command with our Necron quick start guide!

Necrons Essentials

A quick and easy way to get started with Necrons is with the fantastic value Warhammer 40k Starter Sets available in three varieties. The Start Collecting Necrons Set also features a great range of models to get you started.

The backbone of any Necron army are the simple, but highly effective Necron Warriors, back them up with Immortals or Deathmarks for a powerful infantry combination.

Necrons are generally a slower moving force, but that’s not the case for the terrifying Ophydian Destroyer. Not only can the Ophydian Destroyers quickly strike across the battlefield and clear obstacles with ease, they are extremely tough to kill and can deploy their vicious blades in close combat to turn their enemies into piles of dismembered limbs!

Every army needs a leader, and the Necron Overlord is a fantastic HQ choice to lead your fearsome robotic army. The Overlord offers fantastic bonuses to your Necron troops and is a lethal close quarters fighter capable of taking on any other leader in Warhammer 40,000.

Finally, don’t forget to pick up your Necrons Codex to get access to all the latest rules and special abilities.

Expanding your Necron Army

The next steps in building your Necron force are to give your troops extra support and throw in some seriously heavy hitters.

The mysterious Cryptek is a great choice for giving your warriors even greater survivability with bonuses to their Reanimation Protocols as well as firing iridescent bolts of energy at their foes from the mighty Staff of Light.

Heavy armour can be a problem for some armies, but that’s not the case for Necrons with their seriously powerful ranged weaponry like the Lokhust Heavy Destroyer, which specialises in reducing tanks to molten scrap metal. The otherworldly Canoptek Doomstalker is also a fine choice for bringing death and destruction on your foes from afar with their fearsome Doomsday Blasters.

No Necron collection is complete without some of their most impressive and awe-inspiring models, like the mighty Monolith, a floating fortress of doom armed to the teeth with all manner of gauss cannons to obliterate your foes! Or for something even more impressive, the C’Tan Shard of the Void Dragon is both a stunning centrepiece model and an immensely powerful unit, capable of unleashing the power of the Star Gods themselves against your enemies!

Reasons to Collect Necrons

There’s a lot of great reasons to begin collecting Necrons, not only do they have some unique and fantastic looking models in all their sci-fi machine-like glory, they are a strong and capable faction suitable for beginners and veterans of Warhammer 40,000 alike.

Necrons are among the easiest Warhammer 40,000 models to paint due to their metallic and robotic parts with minimal organic details. There are a lot of easy ways to customise the colour scheme to your liking too, whether you prefer bright glowing armour or a more ancient look complete with authentic battle damage and rust, it’s all possible with Necrons.

If those weren’t great enough reasons to start collecting your own Necron army, the Necron models available within the official Warhammer 40,000 starter sets offer fantastic value. Not only that, you can start two armies in one go with Space Marines and Necrons in box, or why not split them with a friend?

Necrons Gameplay Style

Playing Warhammer 40,000 with Necrons means taking control of a relentless, highly durable and extremely lethal force of killer robots. Almost every unit in the Necron arsenal has strong armour which will stand up to most attacks and they can hold their own even in melee combat.

On the tabletop Necrons excel at shooting their enemies with a wide range of powerful gauss weaponry and energy cannons dealing massive damage with reliable accuracy even against heavy armour. Necrons have lots of choices when it comes to vehicles and supporting units too, as well as access to some truly awesome Lords of War like the dread-inspiring Monolith and the mighty Szarekh, The Silent King himself.

The most famous trait of the Necrons is their ability to literally come back from the dead due to their much feared Reanimation Protocols. With a simple roll of the dice, many Necron infantry units are able to reconstruct their bodies after suffering wounds that would destroy most other races, so even after a Necron warrior falls they may rise up again to strike down their enemy. Even when the endless hordes of Necron warriors do finally start to fall, as fearless machines they are extremely resilient to morale checks and will keep fighting even when the odds are stacked against them.

Fun Facts about Necrons:

  • Did you know that Necrons are widely regarded as the most technologically advanced race in all of Warhammer 40,000?
  • Shunning magic for technology, Necrons don’t have any psykers but their mastery of technology and the powers of their fallen Star Gods can rival even the most powerful psychic abilities!
  • Necrons will often self-destruct upon death to prevent their ancient and secretive technology from falling to the wrong hands, much to the frustration of their enemies.
  • Although they had been seen previously, the Necrons were first officially introduced to the universe of Warhammer 40,000 with their own Codex back in 1998.

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