It happened with the Dark Eldar, and now, after what seems like ages, Games Workshop has revamped the Necrons with a new codex, new units, and line of resin miniatures. But that's not what I'm here to talk about. I confess, I haven't played Warhammer 40,000 since 1995, though I've been a fan most of my life. What interests me here is not the new rules, the new sourcebook, or the new look, as cool as the new Necron vehicle designs are. What interests me is the new background as elucidated by Mat Ward in the video on the left.
Fans of Warhammer 40,000 are well aquatinted with retroactive continuity. Whether it's the ham-handed mass-extinction of the Squats or the revelation that the Omnissiah is probably a C'tan, keeping track of these tweaks and setting overhauls are as much a part of the hobby as collecting an army or painting miniatures. But every now and then the report of the retroactive cannon does something wonderful and makes a fictional universe a little bit better. In the case of the new Necrons, it's given the army of shambling mechanical horrors something that every other army on the 40k universe had, but they have sorely lacked. The new Necrons have personality. They have drives and goals and all the other things that make great heroes and villains and an army you can care about. The new Necrons are no longer an implacable force of nature. Their leaders are characters as rich as any Ork Warboss or Commissar. When it comes to the new Necrons, you can finally care about them, not just their annoying ability to return from the dead in the middle of the game.
If you looking for the new Necron codex or miniatures in the Lexington area, check out The Rusty Scabbard, which currently had the full line in stock. Amazing Wonders is currently sold out, but should be getting more in stock next week.
The Rusty Scabbard
820 Lane Allen Road, Suite 196
Lexington, Ky 40504
148 Tiverton Way, Suite 150
Lexington, Ky 40503