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Guest Commentary: A Thousand Points of Light
Introduction <> Suggested army lists for new players

A Thousand Points of Light: Necrons by Patrick Eibel
Each army list provides a variety of troops to choose from that allows a player to customize their force. Codex: Necrons is no exception, offering a wide range of models to choose from. However, the difference with the Necrons is that you are rewarded for taking lots of the same troop type by being able to make We’ll Be Back rolls. Presented here are two possible lists: one based around a Destroyer Lord (the "Destroyer Army") and the other around a regular Lord (the "Standard Army").

Image from a retrieved vid-logImage from a retrieved vid log
Above: Images of Necrons from recovered vid-logs found at the site of the Abyrnn Massacre

Remember, this list--like all the others in this series--is meant for brand new players or for players looking to start a new army. This list is not meant to be a "killer" list for winning tournaments or trouncing people at the local gaming shop. Rather, it is a foundation that players can build upon as they desire.

Destroyer Army--What To Buy
1 Necron Battle Force Box set
$80.00
£40
1 Necron Warriors box
$25.00
£15
2 Heavy Destroyers
$40.00
£20
1 Necron Destroyer Lord 
$20.00
£10
Total
$165.00
£85

All prices are from the Games Workshop website and may vary. Prices do not include taxes and are meant only as a guide.

Note: I could not find the Battle Force listed on the GW UK website. I assume it is available and is roughly half as much as the price in US dollars.

Destroyer Army--1000 point list

Necron Lord w/ Destroyer Body, Warscythe, Resurrection Orb
  180 pts
15 Necron Warriors
270 pts
15 Necron Warriors
 270 pts
3 Destroyers
150 pts
2 Heavy Destroyers
130 pts
Total
1000 pts

Destroyer Army--Tactics
The Lord and all of the Destroyers are going to form a mobile battery. By using the Resurrection Orb, the Lord should help keep your Destroyers around even in the face of heavy weapon fire. The Warrior squads are large to help withstand firepower. Try not to move them if possible, so that they can continuously rapid fire at the enemy. Remember, the most effective close combat unit you have is the Lord, and actually, you want to keep him out of close combat if possible.

Standard Army--What To Buy
1 Necron Battle Force Box set
$80.00
£40
1 Necron Warriors box
$25.00
£15
1 Necron Lord
$10.00
£7
1 Monolith
$45.00
£30
Total
$160.00
£92

All prices are from the Games Workshop website and may vary. Prices do not include taxes and are meant only as a guide.

Note: I could not find the Battle Force listed on the GW UK website. I assume it is available and is roughly half as much as the price in US dollars.

Standard Army--1000 point list
The price given for the Necron Lord is taken from the one with the Warscythe. Currently there is no available Lord modeled with a Staff Of Light, unless you get the box set or get the out-of-production original (see below). Many rumors sites have featured a very cool Necron Lord figure holding a Staff of Light over his head, but no dates have been set for its release. Alternatively, you could get the torso of the Destroyer Lord and use his arms, but attach it to one of the spare Warrior legs you will have from the box.
 

Necron Lord w/ Phase Shifter and Staff of Light
  130 pts
10 Necron Warriors
180 pts
10 Necron Warriors
 180 pts
10 Necron Warriors
180 pts
8 Scarab bases
96 pts
Monolith
235 pts
Total
1001 pts

Some might question why I included such an expensive item as the Monolith in such a small list. Mostly, to be "in character": let's face it, the Monolith is just plain cool. While it's true that the presence of the Monolith severely reduces your numbers, the good news is that in a small battle, it has little to fear except a lucky shot.


Above: Close-up of a Necron Lord with Resurrection Orb and Staff of Light

Standard Army--Tactics
The Scarabs will form your screening unit and will advance to keep the enemy occupied while your other units get into position. If possible, Deep Strike the Monolith to a defensible position. Keep in mind that the Monolith is your best weapon versus tanks and is your best way to move troops around the board. Fortunately, it is a pretty hard beastie. 

The Warriors and the Lord will form a tactical unit, probably best used by “leap frogging” – advance one unit while the other provides covering fire. The third unit can either be deployed initially or be held in Reserve to come through the Monolith. This will depend on the strength of numbers your opponent fields: if you are facing a lot of guns, you may want the extra bodies on the field. 
 

Related Pages
Introduction to the series
Other lists in this series
 

Posted October 2002. Used with permission.
 

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