Monday, October 17, 2011

Starminer at Beasts of War

The other day I did a bit of blog coverage of the Necron frenzy that occurred when the pictures of a bunch of new necrons were released. Well imagine my surprise when I got this message in my comments section:

"What a cool Article!
Warren here from Beasts of War, would you like to put this article up on BoW we'd love to have it up there.

Naturally, I said yes, and today they posted my article on the Beasts of War. To say I'm happy about this would be an understatement, especially since I didn't even know Warren followed my blog.

Well, today they posted my article on Beasts of War and I thought I would share it with you.

Thoughts on the New Necrons by Starminer

Also, here is a link to the main page, where you can see the headline if you hurry.

Beasts of War Main Page

I'd like to thank Warren and the BoW team for checking my blog out and for giving me such a tremendous shout out and opportunity by publishing my article on the Beasts of War website. I've been a long time fan and member and always look forward to the new stuff, so naturally I was very pleased they noticed little ole me.

If you don't know about Beasts of War, make sure to check them out. They have a lot of great content in all sorts of media formats ranging from written article, videos, and now TV. They are even talking about radio...proper over the air radio... Not to mention they have a great community web site and active community with a very positive outlook on the hobby as a whole.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Necrons Leaked - Beasts of War Overwhelmed

Well, it's been an exciting day today if you are a 40K player, and even more exciting if you are a Necron player or fan.

Beasts of War have got a very nice scoop with leaked pictures of plenty of new Necron models, which will be available to purchase starting on November 5th.


So frantic and furious was the online activity that it actually forced Beasts of War to shut down their front page just to support the leak, that's just how exciting this news is.

Sure, we all knew something was up, and many people were saying Necrons are coming, but it's been an extremely long time since this kind of leak has caused a flash fire to spread across the web so quickly and cause such an overwhelming response....presumeably of approval.

Some might say these are all new designs....but they are not all new concepts. In fact, quite a few of the images of the new necrons actually were conceived of conceptually when the Necrons were first developed, back in the early days of 3rd edition!

Now, let's take a journey into the past and have a look at something older.... pictures that go back to the development of the first Necron Codex... What I have managed to do is dig up some old concept art of the original Necron development, and will present to you just a few of those classic sketches so we can see how much they influenced the new range of models, and how far back they have gone for inspiration. I think you'll like what we find.

Original Necron Immortal Concept

First, there is this Necron with the stubby looking heavy weapon, which bears a very striking resemblance to the new Necron Immortal with Gauss Blaster. There are some slight differences in the barrel, but all of the other implied shapes are present in this gun. And you can see the Egypto-tech style detailing on the shoulder and collar bone armour that is very similar to the details on the new special characters and the other Elite models.

Next we see a series of what are called "Barques" and "Barges" in the concept art. Notice the upright pilot position, and the almost perfect replication of that general control spine, as well as the ribbed shapes, engine nozzles, and gun shapes of each of the vehicles. Obviously the new models were heavily influenced, and in a couple of cases direct translations of some of these concept sketches, and what appear to be light to medium skimmer tanks.

Necron Deathbarque - Appears to be a light/medium tank - Inspiration for the Command and Support Barge?

Funeral Barge - Necron armoured transport concept fundamental basis for Ghost Ark, combined with design below for ease of manufacture?

Warmachine - Basis for Necron Doomsday Ark and Ghost Ark?

So, is that the limit of what we could potentially see for the Necrons? Or is there more. The following sketches imply that we are still only scratching the surface of the Necron arsenal, and that the possiblity for heavy skimmer tanks, and even a super heavy monolith type of tank exist and may even be in development. What an awesome thought, that the Necrons could soon have some new Apocalypse level super heavy tanks

War Altar - Could this be a Necron heavy or super heavy tank with teleport gate concept?

War Barque - Could it be a heavy or super heavy transport?

I've shown you just a few of the concept sketches that I've found, as the rest deal mostly with stuff that has already been modelled, or has been done in an alternate form. But, this just goes to show that Games Workshop doesn't throw old ideas away, and in some cases, resurrects the good ones when the time, and the technology are right.... kind of like the Necrons are doing now it seems...

I for one am super excited about the new Necron line up. I especially like the new Arks and Barges and am happy that the generic Necron has not been radically altered, so there will be no "obsolete" models, at least it seems that way at first glance. I hope this gives Necron players a morale boost and we start seeing some of those old armies that are collecting dust get revitalized, repaired, and potentially repainted.

If you have a Necron project and you want to show it off, leave a comment here with a link. I'd love to have a look!

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