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31 December 2010

New Necron Codex Review - We'll be Back

Nick speaking,

As a Necron player the 'We'll be back' rule is one of the most fun things about Necrons that we still have left. Of course in the old days it wasn't quite as much fun as destroying a vehicle with your strength four Gauss flyer, especially a Land Raider! But it is still rewarding to see your opponent cringe at the sight of most of your models standing up again after being killed in the previous round!

So the question is, what should happen to the WWB rule in the New Codex? 


It is very noticeable that the new round of Codex's are making very good use of the 'Feel no pain' special rule, and the instant reaction would be to just give that to the Necrons!  FNP works in the same way as WWB except you do the re-roll straight after the failed wound, instead of lying the model down until the beginning of your next turn before taking the re-roll, But is that really the way to go?

At the moment, without a Resurrection Orb around, you can get a WWB roll from any type of death except for power weapons and double toughness wounds. Of course with an Orb within six inches you can get it all the time, but fifth edition really doesn't let you do the Orb Huddle anymore, so you have to take your chances.

If we had FNP instead, we would instantly be at a disadvantage! Now we also don't get a re-roll with AP1 and AP2 weapons. Although your Warriors may not get much AP1 & 2 coming in, our overpriced Destroyers will see plenty of that, after all every man and his dog has Melta Guns nowadays!

Adding all this up and combining it with the best thing about WBB, making your opponent wait until the next turn to see if they actually did kill anything. Even if it is a pain in the back lying the models down, WBB is the winner over FNP for me, but what if we had the FNP rule with an added bonus of getting it against AP1 & AP2! Then we would be back to where Necrons should be! Wouldn't we?

So what do you think? WWB? FNP? or something else?

Will we actually get a New Codex in 2011?

We will have to wait and see...

Happy New Year, and thanks for all your support in 2010.

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