Canoptek shades

The Rugby outlanders club is hosting a killteam tournament and I am taking a Necron force. killteam is a small, fast, fun skirmish game. You have 200pts, no HQ or heavy choices, 0-1 elite or fast attack, 0-2 troops. In our tournament you get 9 game, 10 player and the emphasis is on fun. This article is too talk about my force. I have converted up a force of necron wraith. For 200 points, you get 5 wraith and 25 points of war gear.

The 5 shades read for War!

The 5 shades read for War!

So why wraith? Well I had 3 drivers for my force.

1-My necron force need some wraith!
2-The wraith should make a great kill team. With good stats, great models and a some cool rules.
3-The chance to make some serious conversions.

The choices in a 200pts game are quite hard. Do you go for mass cheap troops or small elite force? For marines you could have 5 over equipped strenguard or 10 marines tactical? Orks can have nob squad or lots of boys. For the Necron I could have 3 wraith and 6 warriors, but I wanted a true kill team, so I went for 1 squad of 5 wraith. So what would make a Necron kill team? Necrons are not known for subtly or covert operations. The wraith are normally defenders, not assassins and the overlords don’t tend to sneak around. I have decided to create a new canoptek unit. The unit will be a squad sent out to retrieve anything stolen from a necron tomb. This will make a squad of independent assassins, running their own protocol routines. It gives me a chance to create something distinctive, that meets one of the key drivers in a killteam (ie-a cool looking force) but it should be something that i can still can be used in my normal force. So, the canoptek shades were born. Below is my entry for the codex, but for core rules, they are still Wraith.

Wargear wise I have added Whip coils to the leader (10pts) and a Transdemtional Beamer (15Pts). This makes up the 200pts. You get to choose a 3 specialists in a killteam. Each one has 1 skill choose from a list. below are my 3 specialist.

specialist 1-(leader) Rage

specialist 2-Relentless (armed with TDB)

specialist 3-Rampage (to target large groups)

All 5 shades get a code name based on some aspect of the model, below are 5 completed Models.

Shade Leader Claws

Shade Leader Claws

Shade Eyeball

Shade Eyeball

Shade Low Round

Shade Hiback

Sade Scutles

Sade Scutles

Shade Loround

Shade Loround

Canoptek shades

While most canoptek constructs have many functions, the insect like shades are singular in their role. They are programmed to retrieve any items stolen from a sleeping tomb. Any intruder that escapes from a slumbering tomb will be hunted down by the single minded killers. Any items removed from a tomb world will be returned, prised from the dead hands of the thieves. The shades look like giant scorpions, their serpential bodies share many similar technologies to the more common wraith and the phase states help the mission by allowing them to sneak into enemy camps to find interlopers. They use terror as a weapon, phasing into a reality just before they plunge their lethal claws deep into the heart of those that dare to steal from the dynasty. The last thing the victim see will be the cold metal face of the shade phasing in from the ether. cold orb like eyes peering into their hearts, they know that vengeance has found them and the price of entering a tomb is death.

While they employ similar weapons to the wraith,  they favour the close-in kill, reducing the risk of damaging any stolen tech. They make use of the transdimentional beamers, but unlike the random settings of the normal beamers, they use focused point to point teleporters. Once stolen items are identified, the shades will beam the tech and poor soul carrying it back to the tomb world, once there, the wraith and cryptek will then deal with the interloper. The shades will then ensure that no other witness survives to spared the word about the tomb, before returning their endless duty.

Making the Shades

To create my new Canoptek creatures I chose to convert the current Wraith kit into something new. taking inspiration from the alien films I wanted a stalking, scuttling creature, similar to the Facehugger.  My wife also hate Scorpions, so I tried to add a bit of that in to the mix too. Stuck in my head was a huge lashing tail behind a low fast looking creature.

I choose to base this unit on the current Wraith kit, but rather than stood on the tail, I will rotate them forward to stand on their legs. The legs will be re-ordered, the largest at the back to help push the them down and angle forward. The bigger claws, with the blades, now looking like Pincers.  In killteam you need a leader, but I need to keep it usable in the 40k list, so I have used a head from the Tomb spyder and I have removed  the last phasing orbs and added a net of claws for the same kit. This looks very similar, but is different enough for a leader model.

Shades WIP 1

Shades WIP 1

Shade WIP 1

So that’s my Killteam idea. I will blog later on the results!

till then, see you across the Table!

 

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4 thoughts on “Canoptek shades

  1. Great conversions! Just stumbled across these looking for Necron Kill Team inspiration. Great job.

    How do you do the bases?

    Thanks a mil,

    • The bases are of eBay, seller is 616-designs. just search on eBay. Cheap, but effective. I just added some spacemarine bits to add varity. What your ideas for the kill team? 5 wraith proved to be totally dominate in our tournament.

      • Ah, terrific, thanks. Well, had pretty much been stuck pondering about 5x Deathmarks/5x Immortals and a bunch of scarabs, basically. If I go with Immortals, I would probably go with Tesla (which means building 5 more, as I built the five from the battle force with Gauss) But, you certainly make a great case for the Wraiths!

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