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.
Isn’t he an evil looking robot! At some point more will undoubtedly emerge from their tombs…
I’ve been trying my hand at painting the first of my Necrons and I think I’ve hit on a scheme I’m happy with. I wanted something that looked aged and damaged, as the millennia spent sleeping in their tombs took their toll, but wanted to avoid the usual rusty look that I’ve already applied widely to Chaos (especially Nurgle), Orks and Skaven.
The basing is pretty simple) – I just wanted something to get him finished and in my view a model isn’t done until the base is done. Otherwise I think I’m settled on this scheme so when time allows I’ll have a go at painting up a few more.
Just a quick tangent into something silly today. I was looking round for something mechanical to paint, preferably something which ties into one of my current projects, for Azazel’s Mechanovember challenge. Instead of picking something out of the half-finished pile however I spotted this Chaos Android – or if you prefer a proto-Necron – sitting in a box of models given to me by a friend a couple of years ago. He’s survived unpainted perfectly well for decades (the model not the friend) and he might well have continued to do so, but it struck me that he’d be quick and straightforwards and sure enough I bashed through painting him in the course of an evening, using only the odd spare moments whilst I waited for other things to dry (there’s only so much batch-painting of orks a man can stomach after all!).
I won’t deny he’s a weird and ugly looking model, and the passage of years has not been kind to him, but there’s a certain nostalgia at play as well – I’m certainly glad he’s not going to have to endure another decade without paint!