As usual at the LGS we tend to spend as much time talking about 40K as we do playing it. Naturally the topic of Necrons emerged and I realized that even with a new codex for them I may not even be interested. For the record, I do own roughly 1,500pts of Necrons, so we’re talking about a continuation of the army, not starting new.
This realization was surprising. All along like every Necron player I have been anxiously waiting on the new codex, reading the various rumors and generally getting excited about the release. My Necrons, who have mostly slumbered since the release of 5th, are looking to be rebooted. It dawned on me though that I’m not sure GW can pull off what’s needed to pull my interest back into the army of robots. I’ve always enjoyed the fluff, which I know is a rough spot for some, but even still the fluff for me isn’t exactly riveting. It’s cool but a bit plain in my opinion. I think it’s the mindless beings trapped in robotic bodies that I can’t fully embrace. I’m one of those few people who isn’t a fan of zombies in general and I just see Necrons as 40K zombies, Lords aside. I suppose that’s not exactly a new generalization.
When I first got into Necrons I knew nothing about them and 40K was still new to me, though they were my 2nd army. I liked the aesthetics of the army, still do, so I bought a battle force and went from there. Looking at them now after five years in into the hobby and they just don’t hold the same appeal they once did. It’s not just the fluff of course. Without a doubt they’ll be completely revamped and Necrons will be standing proud once again, however will they have enough flavor? Can GW give them enough diversity that they remain an attractive army once the shininess wears off? I know the rumors of new units, existing units being altered and all that but it can’t answer the question I’m wondering. Of course it’s not a question anyone can answer but me and that can’t be done until the new codex is out. In the meantime I remain cautiously optimistic.