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Regular Dakkanaut

Northern VA

When the Necron codex dropped 4th quarter last year, I drooled over the new rules and models, but couldn’t dedicate any real time to them as I had 2 commissions to grind through before I could allow any goodies for myself. With my commissions done (on the most part), it’s time to break ground and paint myself a 40K army!

I found a paint scheme in the new codex that I thought was pretty damn smexy. I broke it down to its component colors and drafted a scheme that was easy to replicate:

Since then, I’ve tested the scheme on some different/larger kits with impressive results:

Now it’s time to draft an army!

Some of you may be familiar with my Army of Arkhan the Black project for Tomb Kings last year, so you should find my methodology recognizable. If you are not, I’ll make it simple: I’m quite compulsive…

Army List:
Details below.

Color Scheme:
Body Primary – Flat Black highlighted with VMC Basalt Grey (70869) and VMC Sky Grey (70989).
Body Secondary – GW Foundation Dheneb Stone highlighted with VMC Ivory (70918).
Glowing Bits – VGC Magic Blue (72021) highlighted with white.

Notes – Notice there are no metals in this scheme. Why would a culture as old as the Necrotyr rely on metallic compounds instead of synthesized alloys? GW’s metal scheme is completely uninspired! Is my nerd side showing?

Current Model Range Concerns
Warriors – Not a fan of these guys. Won’t be using too many.
Spiders – I have a conversion idea for these. Give me a few days…
Scarabs – I’m not a fan of warriors so I’ll be getting these elsewhere.
Crypteks – Converted from the Praetorian kit.

Notes – Other then waiting on the remaining kits to be released (Night Scythes), I’ll have plenty to work on till GW decides my money is worth taking.

Army List
Normally I build an army out of the stuff I thought was cool to paint. This ‘technique’ has gotten me in trouble more then once so this time I’m doing it right!

My last commission was a FW Librarian for resident gaming guru Tony Kopach. My payment was for him to craft me an army list and kick my ass until I learned to use it correctly. Fair trade in my eyes.

Until the Night Scythe is released I’ll be building a modified “Death by Scarab” list with the Traveler, foot-slogging Immortals with Crypteks, and one metric arse-load of spiders & scarabs.

I’ll also be adding in some fun stuff along the way.

Shawn G. (SoI)

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Fixture of Dakka

Wiltshire, UK

The test models look really cool, looking forward to watching the project grow.

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Regular Dakkanaut

Northern VA


I've been picking a this scheme slightly for about a month now, I'm just making it a official army project.

Here's what's been done so far:



Group Shot

Shawn G.

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Nurgle Veteran Marine with the Flu

Las Vegas

I really like what you did for the C'tan. The color scheme puts a lot of mystery into the army, a lot of foreboding as well.

If I had a dollar for every dollar I spent I'd have all my money back.
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Troubled By Non-Compliant Worlds


Holy Crap I have fallen in love with this project, please i beg you to paint faster, OMG That vehicle sent a shiver down my spine. Exalted Subbed.

Charlies well spent Paycheck

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Lord of the Fleet


Wow thats a pretty neat Ctan

Although I'll feel sorry for you if TFG says "MODELING ADVANTAGE"

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Screaming Shining Spear

Oh man that blue glow is beautiful.

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Crushing Black Templar Crusader Pilot


those look awesome.

I gotta stop following your plogs. Your TK one already made me spend enough money on an army

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Annoyed Blood Angel Devastator

Victoria AUS

Looks very nice the blue contrasts with the matte black perfectly

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Hellish Haemonculus

Boskydell, IL

Most of (make that all) the Necrons I've seen use green for the interior lighting. I think the cyan "light" makes them look different. I really, really like it. From whence did your C'Tan come? He looks amazing! I'd really like to see some Deathmarks done up with your color scheme, I think they'd look awesome!

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Fighter Ace


Jeezus, that's freakin' insane.

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Regular Dakkanaut

Northern VA

@ Brotheralexos - Thank you. I wanted it to look beautiful yet cold and soulless.

@ Medabee - Glad you like! Wait till you see the Ark I'm working on...

@ Kenshin620 - The C'Tan is my favorite model so far, but I'm not worried by the ravings of TFG. He will only be pulled out for friendly games.

@ Swordwind - Thank you. Glad you like.

@ sparkywtf - Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed my other plogs. Send me some picks of your TK stuff. I'd love to see what you did. That's my favorite WHF army and likely my huge draw to this army.

@ Nrljm - Thanks. Most of the matte look comes from the primer I use. The flat VMC Black I have is actually 'darker' if that's possible.

@ Jimsolo - The cyan glow was what drew me to this scheme. It's beautiful, but sterile. The C'Tan is a Bow Ushabti (Bo'Shabti) from the Tomb King line.

@ Shredsmore - Glad you like. Adventure TIme owns BTW.

Shawn G. (SoI)

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I've been pretty damn busy these last few days with little time for this project. Here's some WiP's of what I have been working on.

Here's a template for a Deathmark unit. Looks pretty good!

I really liked the nmm Brass I did for the C'Tan, and I wanted to bring that into my cadre for this army. The brass adds a little royalty to the big wigs without taking too much from the cold sterile look I like in this scheme.

I'll say this now, the Necron Ark kit is the most diabolical kit I have ever had to do. This scheme forces me to paint then assemble so the more parts, the longer it takes to finish. The D-Ark has 35 pieces to paint prior to assembly (painting my way). The G-Ark would have another 20+ pieces to do. Needless to say, I'll probably won't be doing many of these kits...

Shawn G. (SoI)

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Storm Trooper with Maglight

You are right those are some sexy models.

3200 points > 5400 points
2500 points 
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Lead-Footed Trukkboy Driver

I love the color scheme and the very crisp paint job.

HOWEVER, I don't so much like the layout of the colors on the doomsday ark pilot. The white crest makes it the focus of the driver instead of the face. So it makes him look like the has a funny haircut or a bonnet. (or he's an old lady with rollers in her hair pointing at those young whippersnapper marines on his tombworld lawn).

I'd swap the face and the crest colors to improve the overall look. Just my 2cents.

But again, absolutely fantastic models and paint scheme.

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the paint job is just awesome its soo simple in colors but together it gives it a complicated color scheme thats just awesome
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Regular Dakkanaut

Northern VA

Thanks all!

Goresaw wrote:I love the color scheme and the very crisp paint job.

HOWEVER, I don't so much like the layout of the colors on the doomsday ark pilot. The white crest makes it the focus of the driver instead of the face. So it makes him look like the has a funny haircut or a bonnet. (or he's an old lady with rollers in her hair pointing at those young whippersnapper marines on his tombworld lawn).

I'd swap the face and the crest colors to improve the overall look. Just my 2cents.

But again, absolutely fantastic models and paint scheme.

Hmmm. You make a darned good point. Although grandma necron on her high tech super scooter does make me laugh. I'll look into it.

Shawn G.

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Dipping With Wood Stain


Indeed, that's some nice paintjob! It seems to be simple, but so stylish and effective! I like it!

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Torch-Wielding Lunatic

The colors you picked really give them that alien look.The C'tan is my favorite.Reminds me of an old movie called Stargate.

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Sagitarius with a Big F'in Gun


Wow. Beautiful models. I'm definently exalting this!

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Longtime Dakkanaut

Ellicott City, MD

Nice!! Lovely scheme. Very, very nice, indeed!





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Regular Dakkanaut

Northern VA

Some may be familiar with this design from my Tomb Kings army. I picked up another Hirst mold (#91) and I’m considering using this make-up for my spiders. While I like the look, I’m not quite sold on the idea. The base turned out awesome though!

I call them menhir and my design concept is they are conduit points where scarabs can be teleported in from some pocket dimension or buried tomb world. I’m still knocking around the idea of using scarabs or a mass of some other geo-shape to represent them. Not quite sure.

I have to resend my previous statement about the Ghost/Doomsday Ark being the most diabolical kit I ever had to build. This bastard takes the cake…

So much design thinking had to go into building this thing. I first had to build the base keeping how the stalker was going to snake through it in mind. I then had to build the stalker section-by-section, then leg-by-leg, constantly repositioning it on the base to make sure it looked right.

It’s awesome, but hateful. So. Very. Hateful.

Do you want to know what the really sad part is? I have another one to build...

Shawn G. (SoI)

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Screaming Shining Spear

Heh, glad nothing on an Eldar list is as tricky to put together. Might eat my hat if I ever start Necrons myself.

The obelisk thingy is pretty good. Nice and smooth, and the lighting is suitably dead and otherworldy.

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Regular Dakkanaut

Northern VA


I'll be adding some scarabs to the base to bring it closer to the model line. I'm also going to work on building some true scarab swarm bases today.

Shawn G. (SoI)

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Regular Dakkanaut

Oslo, Norway

Impressive shininess. I like your blues.

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Loyal Necron Lychguard

Same paint scheme I decided on for my army.

Looks good, keep it up.
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Lord Commander in a Plush Chair

California + Philidelphia

wow this is a great, clean looking necron army, and i love the color choices alot!

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Regular Dakkanaut

Northern VA

I'll be back on this project shortly. I've spent the last week saving the galaxy from the Reapers...

Shawn G. (SoI)

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Fighter Ace


That pyramid would really pop if you put a trans colored marble inside the white part.

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USA - New York

That paint scheme is awesome... Kinda reminds me of the Geth from Mass Effect. Dunno if you were going for that at all. Can't wait to see the army grow.

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Longtime Dakkanaut


This has to be one of the most unique Necron paint schemes i have seen. Looks great and I completely get what you're saying about the Ark models being a pain to paint in anything more than a very basic metal scheme.

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