Let Us Flay

One of my hobby goals for 2021 was to paint up the entire Necron half of the Indomitus boxset. I went into the year feeling quite bold and confident about it and ended up proudly completing a mighty army of… erm… precisely zero models… Yeah, when it comes to the evil skeleton robots I dropped the ball entirely. I got quite stumped over what colour scheme to choose, tried various options, scratched my head a lot and then ended up getting distracted and painting other things. I still really like these miniatures though and I’m feeling a lot happier about my plans for them so maybe things will go better in 2022.

Anyway, thinking about this got me feeling quite enthused about Necrons again so I grabbed one of the Flayed Ones and painted it up. These are corrupted Necrons who cover themselves in the skins of their enemies, and the kits are wonderfully gruesome. I didn’t put any pressure on myself, instead just relaxing and painting up a macabre robot-ghoul without any expectation that I was going to nail a colour scheme for an entire army or anything silly like that.

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Isn’t he an evil looking robot! At some point more will undoubtedly emerge from their tombs…

18 responses to “Let Us Flay

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Great looking figure and I reckon your relaxed paint job worked out very well. 2022 is up and running.

  • Francesc

    looks suitabily sick

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Very nicely painted AND gruesome I think! 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are great- I love the Freddy Kruger style finger blades.



    • Wudugast

      Thank you – the fingers were really fun to paint, can’t beat an opportunity to break out the Blood for the Blood God special effect. Freddy Kruger is the name I was struggling to recall when I was writing this, I kept thinking “if only there was a really evil version of Edward Scissorhands!”.

  • Azazel

    Really nice work on this one. I’ve had the same issue when it comes to my Necrons – they “should” be so simple to paint and get done, but… nope!
    Those fingerblades look soooo fragile, though!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Partly I think on the one hand I could paint my Necrons quickly but I’d be cheating myself out of enjoying them,  I’m not in a rush to get an army on the tabletop after all. Equally I could take my time over them with a more complicated scheme but isn’t that just making work for myself when they could be straightforward and I’ve already got a backlog of unpainted models? So instead I dither and do neither!

      You’re spot on about the claws by the way. I also made the slight error of getting mine second hand off ebay; got a great deal on them but no instructions for building them. Be warned, this is one of those modern GW kits that requires parts to be fitted together just so and in a precise order and which does not reward winging it! So far I’ve not screwed up too badly but there’s still more of them to build…

  • Kuribo

    I have to confess I never liked the Flayed Ones all that much but I like the gritty and grisly way you painted these. I’m glad you were able to find a way to paint them up that was relaxing too. That’s always ideal when you can achieve it 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aim of the game really isn’t it? I’ve always loved the models but the background is a bit daft, they don’t quite fit in with the rest of the Necrons. 

      • Kuribo

        That’s exactly why I didn’t care for them. I may have been in high school when they came out but even at the time I was like, “So wait a minute, all Necrons pretty much shoot guns and you’re going to tell me there are some who are stealthy and kill people with their claws and then wear their skins?” It makes little sense and just doesn’t fit the rest of that army.

      • Wudugast

        Yup, exactly. I think they’re really cool but I’d actually prefer them if they were expanded into their own mini-faction, a bit like the Harlequins from the Eldar or the Homunculus Covens of the Dark Eldar. The galaxy is a bit place after all so encountering different types of Necron makes sense, but having them all in the same army doesn’t quite look right to me. I assume the thinking behind them was; Necron Warriors = skeletons and zombies, Necron Lords = Liches, therefore we need Necron ghouls. I suppose we should be glad they stopped short before making Necron bats and wolves! (And yes, someday I’ll find the right bits and go back to my long-abandoned but never quite forgotten plan to make a Necron grim-reaper on a Necron horse…).

      • Kuribo

        That’s not a bad idea with spinning them off into their own faction. I think that could be really neat. I had figured that GW said, well, the Necrons are good at shooting and they have to have some kind of close combat and/or sneaky unit to balance out options a bit more. What if we make these Flayed Ones to help out with that? I’m sure they’d never admit to doing that however!

  • patmcf

    Not one of my favorites matey but, Oh shit yeah mate I lie!! I have to love the blood!! well done!

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