This last week was nothing short of incredible, we had rumors flying right and left for most of the week. Most of it dealt with the Necron leaks and a ton of rules that are coming in the Necron Codex. Also we had a few other misc stuff coming through, including a rehash of 6th edition stuff, and some Tau thrown in for good measure.

Presence of Faeit is my weekly editorial. I generally report during the week what is going on, and today is my day to comment on what exactly it is that I am thinking of.

Necron Announcement:
Its Sunday the 23rd of October. All the whispers point to tomorrow for the big day Games Workshop announces Necrons. For those living under a rock somewhere, Games Workshop is expected to declare Necrons the next codex with pre-orders starting this coming week and a release date of November 5th.

I would be shocked and amazed if this did not happen tomorrow, but in reality as long as we get the announcement in the coming week we are good. I can just imagine all the crying that would happen if the announcement does not appear tomorrow. It would be a little entertaining for that (not yet determined who) GW guy that sits behind his desk and laughs at all the Internet drama.

Leaked Necrons Images:
The images were fast and furious for about a 5 hour stretch. I love the new models, as they really go back to the old Jes Goodwin concept sketches. If Games Workshop follows this kind of policy and keeps it for future releases, we are in for the most amazing tabletop game. Detractors will still be here, but there are other games they can go play.

Beasts of War no longer have the images available for those that have been keeping up. They now look like this image.....

Obviously, Games Workshop sent them something to get the images removed from their site. I have not yet been contacted, and if I do, they will be removed as well. I just hope they are nice about it.

If I get a chance to, I will be posting the concept sketches again for those that are interested.

Necron Rules:
Here is where things get really interesting. Personally I find the Necrons thus far to be a very strong codex for 5th edition. The main issue I have is with all the previous Necron players who keep the extensive whining going on and on about how fragile their new army is. 4+ saves with a 5+ reanimation protocol is all I keep hearing in forums and comments here. While I can understand that game play has changed for your Necrons, it was very logical that they would.

The new codex, which I will be going over in detail as I get the specifics (the codex in hand), thus far appears to have all the shiny new rules except one, and that is FOC changes. Which is fine. The army is turning into a truly terrifying shooting army with machines that get an awesome save, with a re-roll to get back up. This far exceeds feel no pain, and almost equals (i am not going to do the math) a better save than a 3+ marine.

Do the whiners out there really want Necrons to be another marine army with power armoured saves? As far as I am concerned they (the whiners) can go back to having their 3+ and army wide phase out. It was not a good codex.

I will post the rules and more as I get this week.

Presence of Faeit:
Last week I pulled my editorial piece, as it dove into the melodrama and conspiracy theories that occurred last week with the release of the necron images. While I was sent some very interesting information, at the last minute I deemed the whole thing not worth getting into. So I yanked the post.

Staying out of the melodrama, warranted or not, is not just a site policy, its a lifelong choice. Many people thrive on this kind of drama in their lives, but I have chosen to stay clear of it. I am lucky in this aspiration, as my wife is very similar in regards to this. It does not mean I won't ever slip, and if I do, by all means readers, you can call me on it.

Site Changes
I have began implementing some site changes. They will continue this week, especially tomorrow when I will have more time at my disposal. A few have already not been working, or I would be much farther along than I am now. My blog title and new banner did not post for some reason, and I am working hard on figuring out why. Small hiccup.

So I apologize if you try and get onto the site, and see some huge massive error on my part, as I work through the site changes I am working on. I expect these to be occurring off and on throughout the next month, hopefully during non-peak hours.

My Grey Knights
I am getting in lots of games with them atm. They are an enjoyable army to play, however they do have some very serious issues when it comes to the tabletop. The first and foremost being that casualties start taking a serious toll very quickly. I have only lost one game with them thus far, it should of been a draw, but I also have not had the success with them that I do when playing my Imperial Guard.

I do love purifiers, and this last game vs blood angels, I threw them directly into close combat. it was almost a 60 marines melee, with blood angel terminators, reclusiarch, and 20 jump pack assault marines vs 40 purifiers.

Always being overly analytical, I will probably get another Imperial Guard game in or two, to really see where the strengths lay of my IG army in comparison to my Grey Knights. However, I should get my latest techmarine done, so perhaps I will play him.

My Advice for the Week
Always play the game with the units you enjoy and are comfortable with. If that means units no one else likes and everyone and their brother says your nuts, then so be it.

Concept Sketches
Of course here are the old Jes Goodwin concept sketches for Necron vehicles from a post I did May 4th of this year.


  1. And that's why I prefer this site, lack of drama. Bols used to be cool but they are a troll site now and too often give no credit to their sources when posting rumors.

  2. Good Stuff.

    As a long time Necron player, I feel there is little if anything to whine about regarding the leaked rumours. One, because they are rumours not facts and two because change was needed.

    Glad to see the phase out of "Phase out"!

    I don't think people realize that (rampant 4+ cover) + (rumoured 5+ reanimation protocol PER PHASE for any non-MC/Vehicle is)is > than WBB or FnP.

    The same Necron could get up in three seperate phases potentially.

    Add in vehicles that can regenerate Warriors and you have an even more cloyingly tuff to eliminate army than before in my humble opinion.

    Eagerly awaiting the new codex and enjoy your blog.


  3. i think BOW toke images down becaus of the drama with spiky bitz... complaining that leaks are bad for retailers
    For GW it doesn´t matter caus everyone saw them and they are all over + they prob leaked them theirselves.. at least someone in the company did.

    for the releas i think they will time it with the WD... so 30th

    true on playing with the units you like and that suit you but you have to buy them before you can play them wich makes it hard to know in advance... so you have to buy EVERYTHING :D

  4. Personally I prefer to get my info here rather than BOLSac or SpikeyShits. Both are overdone, terrible sites run by the worst crop of USA gamers.

    Here it's fun, lighthearted, great info and just constantly entertaining. I check out Faeit at least twice a day everyday. Great stuff.

  5. HEAR HEAR!!! luckyno.5 i couldent agree more!


  6. Thanks for compliments.

    anon 8:57
    The image itself gives the explanation why it was taken down. It says on the image
    "Images taken down at the request of the copyright owner"

  7. I would like to speak on behalf of the all the "whiners" when I say, they are 'concerns' rather than whining and to refer such comments as the later is a troll like behaviour which I do not expect from this site, and certainly not from its author.

    I'm fine with a total reworking of the established rules as long as they retain the iconic character of the army… one of which being that they are hard to keep down. If the new reanimation protacols prove to be WBB's equal but in a different form then all the better, but initial impressions are that you will see less Necron models returning to play, but only time will tell.

    As for phase out, I don't feel that necron players should be greatful for losing something that was a significantly flawed rule mechanic in the first place, and there for should have never been allowed in the final rules to begin win.

  8. last anon. Your not a whiner if you are giving explanations for your "concern". Whiners defined as "This sucks I quit" or other variations thereof.

    There were a few of these types of posts here, but for the most part the readers comments here were discussions about the new reanimation protocols, not just a bitch session.

    I read a far too many forums and blogs. There has been an excessive amount of WWB complaining without any mention of how it fits into the new codex or rules. We still don't know everything yet, but it is a little early for straight up whining.

  9. Yeah, I have to agree with No. 5. I come here because it's a hell of a lot less speculation and theory mongering, plus, with this one exception, you have this info before all my other normal reads. I do think that these changes will help Necrons a great deal, and I hope even more that I will see less band-wagon GK players once these bad boys hit the tables (although chances are there will still be hordes of plain silver armies, what with necrons and all, haha).

  10. As scared as i am about the new necron codex, I can't help be be thankful for this site for placing the rumors and leaks in an orderly fashion. Thank you for the well of information you provide to the world.

  11. Well said Natfka!

  12. Thanks Natfka! well done on all fronts. I loved all the Necrons posts even though I'm a Tau player. I can't wait till we start seeing solid Tau rumors

  13. I agree wholeheartedly about if you like the model play with it regardless of what anyone else says. Back in the C:WH days I really enjoyed playing the freak show list. Penitent Engines galore, two full squads of arco's, sister repentia, storm troopers, zealots and kitted out inquisitor's. I never won a game with that list but boy was it sure fun to play. Other at my local enjoyed watching the random mayhem that list caused.

    I posted the lists online and it got a lot of 40k rage. OMG, that list sucks. You can't win with that. Never played to win with that list.

    Fingers crossed that zealots make it into the next C:SoB.

  14. I hope today is the day GW confirms the Necron release. It's half term here in the UK and if the marketing bods have their
    heads screwed on they will milk the fact the kids are off school all week and really up the hype on the GW site. Personally I would have released them this week to mop up all the kiddies half term boredom money. Anyway here's keeping my fingers crossed.

  15. There's a video on What's New Today now - Looks like they're being announced on the 29th :/

  16. I'm right with you, LuckyNo.5. I'm on this site all day at work.

    As Alex has said. I've played games with many different units because I thought they were cool. Lost many of those games. Had a damn fun time while losing.

    Unlike other lists Natfka has some variation. While I see the strength in having the same unit more than once. It becomes very boring, very quickly. So many lists have the same unit built the exact same taking up entire section of the FOC. I prefer to have units supporting each other. Strengths enhancing each other. Reavers bladevaning to whittle down the number of a squad. Scourges to take care of a squad near the target squad for the Wyches upcoming assault. From On War and Law Abiding Citizen "To achieve victory we must mass our forces at the hub of all power and movement. The enemy's centre of gravity." ~ Von Clausewitz. Destroy your enemies troops and they can't claim objectives.

    Thank you, Natfka.

  17. Thanks Sent One. Definetly let me know how the list is working out for you.

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  19. Will do, Natfka. Will bring out my army on Sat hoping to pick up a game. Preferrably a 2.5k game.

    I have considered using the first list. Every time I do I think about your list and say "he knows what he's doing trust him."

    [edited, typed original when it clearly wasn't]

  20. As someone who has spent thousands of dollars on this hobby (no exaggeration) and has been waitintq...10 years?? I feel that whining (and maybe a little stomping around) is what I need to do. :) I dont like the fluff/theme, models, or the rules (at least what I know of them). Fluff-wise Im not sad to see the Ctan drama end but Im extremely disappointed that the Necrons seem disorganized and lack any dark enigma. Also, what happened to the dark project where the Necrons planned to destroy the webway? That was way cool. As were the Pariahs.. very Lovecraftian. Kinda scary. Now it is all about Tomb Kings. Not as exciting to me. The models are somewhat cool. I LOVE LOVE the new Immortals. I also like the Deathmarks. Everything else looks blingy and overdone to me. And arks? Ugh.. less Egypt would have been better. I read a quote from some GW guy that said that "Necrons always were Tomb Kings in space" but saying that doesnt make it true. That was just one theme and a more minor one at that. Very disappointed.. Everyone keeps saying that they want uniqueness but this codex doesnt really deliver. The "masters of space" and time have boats to ship them around. I would have chosen to make them all capable of teleporting ... no transports at all. Sure, like nids but still unique. To those that keep harping on the MEQ aspect.. let it go, that was the least of necron player worries. Concerning the rules, i highly doubt that this reanimation will be better that the current wbb. Aint gonna happen..especially without the Monolith's extra roll. All that aside what I really wanted to see Necrons get some good CC, but everything is Initiative 2! Wtf?! Nerf? I hope there is a little surprise like more lash whip option rather than just on the Wraith. If not... well, I suppose Ill just move on to War Machine. Is this long enough to not be whining?

  21. Aternox. Great comments. I do hope that several of the fluff issues are answered that you posted.

    From what I understand about Necron close combat, is that they do have some decent close combat skills in specialist unit types. Its the main warriros and immortals that are not good in close combat.

    Also the transports you are talking about, most of them have teleporting abilities to deploy troops into the battlefield. I think one is an actual transport, but this may be just fluff.

    I will admit that I am looking at necrons from a non-Necron player perspective. I did not like the last codex very much, as the rules were too problematic.

  22. Thanks for the reply Natfka and thatlnks for putting this site together. You're a cool cat. So I just broke down and put a preorder for crins. (Hangs self with tie.) I might look into Warmachine as well. I guess I need to be less critical. You did know that all necron units are I2 now, right? Even the Overlords and Wraiths. Also, have you noticed that some of the Flayed Ones have legs like a dog and others more like a human... Very weird. At $45 for 5 it is pretty easy for me to just stick with the old ones.

  23. I know the codex isnt out yet but has anyone noticed the stats for the Telsa Carbine? Im wondering if Im missing something here... Rumors seem to imply that the Immortal is the same price with either but the Carbine is only Assault 1 and causes two extra hits on a 6. Though the Gauss Blaster is reduced to rapid fire, I cannot see how Tesla would be better. Am I missing something?


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