Tomb It May Concern – Part 3

The Necrons may be immortal but the rest of us are not and so whilst they may be content to take tens of millennia to fulfil their plans I’m going to have to work a tiny bit faster if I want to get my metallic legions painted. Now I fully intend to live a good long time yet (many, many decades if I have anything to say about it!) but even that won’t be enough to get this project finished if I don’t ever get on with it and actually paint something. The irony being that part of what attracted me to the Necrons was the fact that I could paint them up quite quickly, something I set out to do in 2020 before rapidly going into hibernation instead. 2021 I told myself would be the year of the Necrons, the year I churned out a host of robots at mind boggling speed. Alas the best laid plans of even the most megalomaniacal of undead android emperors sometimes come to naught and so it is that 2022 rolled around without so much as a single scarab disturbing the dust of the tomb worlds.

This year however I plan to do better and so, having settled at last on a fairly traditional colour scheme (mostly because it’s nice and easy to paint) I set about assembling my first squad of ten Necron warriors.

Necron Warriors Warhammer 40k Wudugast (1)Necron Warriors Warhammer 40k Wudugast (2)Necron Warriors Warhammer 40k Wudugast (3)Necron Warriors Warhammer 40k Wudugast (4)Necron Warriors Warhammer 40k Wudugast (5)

In terms of appearance there’s nothing radical here but they speak to a sense of nostalgia in me, and I’m trying to keep this project as straightforward and complication-free as possible! Best of all, by keeping things simple I managed to complete a whole squad in next to no time!

Necron Warriors Warhammer 40k Wudugast (6)

That’s not all however, I also painted a couple more swarms of scarabs to add to the one I painted back at the tail end of 2020.

Necron Scarabs Warhammer 40k Wudugast

Floating ominously out of the ancient vaults we have a Plasmancer who manipulates raw energy in ways so strange and arcane they might just be magic…

Necron Cryptec Warhammer 40k Wudugast (1)Necron Cryptec Warhammer 40k Wudugast (2)Necron Cryptec Warhammer 40k Wudugast (3)Necron Cryptec Warhammer 40k Wudugast (4)

Of course we wouldn’t want some weirdo space wizard who doesn’t even have legs running the show so, until my Necron Lord is fully painted, his loyal bodyguard the Royal Warden will be stepping up to keep the legion in line.

Necron Royal Warden Warhammer 40k Wudugast (1)Necron Royal Warden Warhammer 40k Wudugast (4)Necron Royal Warden Warhammer 40k Wudugast (2)Necron Royal Warden Warhammer 40k Wudugast (3)Necron Royal Warden Warhammer 40k Wudugast (5)

Now that’s more like progress isn’t it? Needless to say I’ve got lots more space undead on the desk but hopefully, after two decades of aspiring to a Necron army, this is the beginning of the march towards finally getting them painted.


18 responses to “Tomb It May Concern – Part 3

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work- I realy like them.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Alex

    Cor, they’re like busses eh? You wait for ages and then a whole detachment turn up at once & start using their unfathomable technology to reduce you down to your constituent atoms. Bloody typical 😤

    Lovely job mate 😊👍

    • Wudugast

      Wow – buses round your way sound rough mate! I’ve had the odd driver look at me like he wanted to render me down to my constituent atoms – usually on my way home from a night out in my student days – but I’ve never known one to actually try it. Think on the whole I might just play it safe and walk.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Splendid figures and excellent progress Wudu and whilst I’m delighted that you have decades ahead of you sadly I fear I do not so please maintain the pace of production there’s a good chap. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Nonsense – I’m sure you and I shall be putting the world to rights a hundred years from now (I base this on the handy standardised metric for calculating the life expectancy of miniatures hobbyists. If we intend to paint every miniature we buy then it’s simple maths to compare the average rate of models completed to the size of the unpainted pile and deduce that most of us expect to live to a thousand!).

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Definitely progress! 🙂 All very nice, but I particularly like the plasmancer!

  • mcmattila

    Yep, that’s progress alright! Another session or two and you’ve got the Indomitus army done, huh?

    The paint scheme might be simple, but it’s effective. I really like the subtle differences in color on the different parts – the darker carapaces/armor plates and lighter limbs and heads, and the greenish weapons.

    The army might benefit from a tad more of the bright green accent color, like on that Plasmancer. But I’m sure it’s coming up when you get to the models with more blades and bigger “energy balls”.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Coming from a man who’s Necron’s constantly inspire/intimidate me that means a lot! I tend to agree on the bright green, my thought process was very much as you’ve suggested – I wanted to keep it to a minimum on the rank and file in order to give myself somewhere to go when I get to the center-piece models. Once I’ve done a few more elite units I hope it’ll all make a bit more sense visually *crosses fingers*

  • Kuribo

    There’s nothing wrong with a slow plan that takes a while to come to fruition or at least I think any Necron would agree with that 😉 I’m really glad to see you get unstuck on these and the minis all look great. I don’t know why but it is really hard to not paint Necrons in their classic scheme. There is no reason they can’t be in many other colors but the steel and green just works well. Necrons are another faction I collected and would like to revisit one day but there just isn’t enough time in the day. Maybe one day I’ll get around to it…

    • Wudugast

      Yup, it’s method painting. The real reason it’s taken me so long to get started on them isn’t procrastination – I’ve been getting in character! 😉

      I know what you mean about the colour scheme, other schemes do look good but it’s hard to get away from the classic. As for a lack of time to paint everything, it’s a curse isn’t it? More hours in the day would be greatly appreciated if anyone could arrange that!

      • Kuribo

        Method painting does sound like an interesting artistic technique to me 🙂 I am always bemoaning a lack of time. I can only imagine what we’d accomplish with a bit more free time!

      • Wudugast

        Method painting sounds great on paper but wait until you find yourself trying to paint a Nurgle army…

        As for time I fully agree, we’ve used technology to free us from so much of the physical labour of daily life and yet when we look at the anthropological evidence it seems we’re working harder than ever. Not that I think that work is a bad thing by any means, although I think it’s important that it’s meaningful, but a bit more free time would go a long way towards the health of people and society – assuming it can happen without too many strings attached or too much government or corporate control or interference. Sadly, the state of the economy right now means most of us are worried about having a sudden excess of the wrong kind of free time aren’t we. :-/

      • Kuribo

        And here I was thinking that method painting with Dark Eldar would be bad… 😀

        I completely agree with you, mate. I’m lucky enough to work for a company that has “unlimited time off” and while it isn’t really unlimited, it allows me take time off fairly regularly which I really appreciate. Having said that, very few companies do that in the US and most offer 15 days off (which you may have to use for sick time or to see doctors, etc.) and 10 or less holidays as well. There is no way that is enough time off! I hope this is more of an American problem than a European one too as work/life balance is not right here and has been that way for a long time. Its only more recently that improvement has been made. Having said that, you’re spot-on about not having any work. It seems like we’re headed towards tough economic times once again….

  • Azazel

    Damn! That’s an impressive bunch of Necrons in one hit! They look great! 😀

  • patmcf

    Great work again mate you are certainly making progress!!!

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