Friday, September 24, 2010
Son of a BITCH!
It seems the monster glimpsed in a fuzzy photo wasn't a hoax after all. The Necrons got an old-school D&D Carrion Crawler, and at first glance, it's really rather brutal.
In contrast to the awful that was the Caestus, this mecha-centipede is actually a pretty well-designed monster (well, as good as mecha-bugs get; those antennae are a bit of a stretch), and would fit in the Tyracron Trygon/Mawloc slot rather nicely (adding a pair or two of scything talons). Not only that, but unlike the rather underwhelming Scarab and Tomb Spyder bots, this thing can actually hit what it fires at (BS4) and is somewhat of a juggernaut in combat (WS4). Six S6 attacks on the charge from a T7, five-wound creature? That's also fleet, fearless, impervious to sniper weapons and poison, and happens to have hit & run and deep strike? Yes PLEASE.
Now the down side: cost. 195 points is a mighty chunk of change; you can get a trio of Heavy Destroyers for that much (or for 40 points more, a Monolith) and this monster is sure to draw a lot of enemy fire. What's worse is that it's only equipped with Gauss Flayers, which are only good in torrents of, say, twelve, not in pairs. Sure you can rapid-fire them, but they're still just Flayers, not even Blasters. Talk about half-assing it for a monster. For the points, I want something I can smash a tank with, not a pair of popguns to annoy infantry. Oh, and a high strength-thwarting Necrodermis might be nice.
Come to think of it , if this thing is going to take up a Heavy Support choice, where's the tank-busting Fast Attack gribbly to pick up the slack?
Anyway, it's a step in the right direction, at least. Hopefully they've abandoned the stupid idea that Necrons rely on giant, slow-moving architecture, and they'll turn out more gribblies along the lines of Mr. Carrion Crawler. Perhaps another mechanized D&D monster? A Beholder? Good ole' Tiamat, maybe?