Steve’s Necrons of the Sautekh Dynasty

The Ankh of the Triarch
We foolishly awoke a large tomb of Steve’s still expanding collection of Necrons. We asked Steve a few questions about his army as well as took a few photos which you can view below. Steve has been a regular player at Last Stand since 2015 when he re-embraced his childhood hobby. He is a keen Age of Sigmar player too with a Death army (can you see the pattern here?). If you have any comments or questions, please check out our Forums or Facebook page.

NLS: Steve, we understand that your army has a reputation for not dying?

Steve: So it seems! Necrons reanimate, and they can do it exceedingly well. I won’t say that I delight in watching my opponents shed a few tears when that blob of warriors gets back up after they failed to kill them during their turn.

NLS: So, why Necrons?

Steve: A good question really. Many years ago when I was younger, I had a lot of fun playing Warhammer Fantasy and especially enjoyed a tomb kings army I had. Obviously, I had a long break away from the hobby – but I did get into playing the Dawn of War games, and Dark Crusade was amongst my favourite with the Necrons. When I rekindled my hobby interest – it was a no brainer, and it’s like tomb kings in space to an extent.

NLS: We note you have Trazyn the Infinite, yet everything is Sautekh Dynasty… whats this about?

Steve: I’m a huge fan of Trazyn in the fluff, when I saw the miniature in Norfolk Boardgames, War Games and Collectables (the Yarmouth shop) I just had to buy him. He’s more ornamental and for comic reflief – frankly, I think he sucks in 8th edition 40k and I don’t have a Nihilakh dynasty army to benefit from his rules either.

NLS: You’ve a lot of Necrons here, is this army complete or are you planning on more models?

Steve: I wouldn’t consider any army necessarily complete. 8th edition has transformed the way many units work – for instance, C’Tan are dangerous again – even more so if you bubble wrap them with Wraiths. The so called “silver tide” is frightening too – basically 20 man blobs of warriors that all have a -1 ap in their shooting. I do intent on getting the big forge world pylon – I already have the sentry pylon, which lost its 7th edition beam cheese. I also really like the way Triarch Praetorians roll in 8th too, so intend on getting another 5. Flayed ones are also a big possibility too.

NLS: On a hobby front, many players at the club admire the manner in which you base your models, we especially love the Praetorians and your Destroyers, how important to you is the basing of your models?

Steve: For me, basing is the part I really love. It’s a creative freedom but a good base can really bring the model out. I can sometimes spend days working on a base. I would say it’s a way of really personalising your army and making it unique to you. I tend to theme it all around the base. So the Necrons have this barren, waste theme. My Age of Sigmar is a little more green and grasses, rocks, bones etc. The destroyer bases (well flyer bases in general) were a project to replace the GW plastic flyer bases which I feel are cheap horrible rubbish. I shared a topic on the forums showing the progress of this. Always happy to give base ideas or share what I do with others though.

NLS: What would be the one piece of advice you would give to someone brand new to Warhammer 40,000 be?

Steve: As many have already said before, go with what you like. This is a hobby that demands time and passion and you need to have that in order to bring your little plastic (or resin in some cases) miniatures to life. It’s great to field a fully painted army on a battlefield. Go and read the fluff, watch some battle reports on YouTube or anything that gets you engaging with possible options. Each army/faction has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Necrons for example are highly resilient and often difficult to defeat due to their reanimation protocols rule. Above all, it’s about enjoying it, the building, painting and ultimately playing.

NLS: Thanks for sharing Steve!

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“Order. Unity. Obedience. We taught the galaxy these things long ago, and we will do so again.”

~ Imotekh the Stormlord, Phaeron of the Sautekh Dynasty

Jack’s Lost and Damned of Rainoff

Mark of Nurgle
We journey to Rainoff, a former Imperial Agriworld blighted by Nurgle to take a look at Jack “Plaguesfordays” beautifully (and grotesque) themed army. We asked Jack a few brief questions about his army and took a few photos which you can view below. Jack is a regular player at Last Stand and loves anything Chaos, especially Nurgle. He is also a keen Mordheim player too. If you have any comments or questions, please check out our Forums or Facebook page. For some additional fluff with this army curated by club members – check this thread out on our forums.

NLS: What is the official title of your army?

Jack: This is the Lost and the Damned of Rainoff, which is an agriworld. The commander’s two sons got infected with a horrible pox. In his darkest despair, Nurgle approached the commander offering to cure his sons but at the cost of your entire family and the planetary population. Nurgle then cursed the entire agriworld, crops failed, flesh fell from bones and when the commander contacted the Imperium to ask for assistance, they were considered traitors and with that the commander took up arms, raided the stores, took what they could to mount some form of defence any who would encroach upon them, Imperium, Xenos and Ruinous Powers.

NLS: We understand there is a story with this army, and all of it is highly customised, you were made redundant at the time you put it together?

Jack: Yeah, yeah. So basically, I’ve always had the “scrimp and save” ethos anyway and as a father of two, money is always issue when it comes to putting it into the hobby. I lost my job before Christmas of last and at that time I also wanted to start a new army. I’ve always loved the idea of renegade guard, and with a real attention to detail on cost, I basically built the army. So for example, the heavy weapons teams are made with milliput for the sandbangs, toothpicks, lollipop sticks. The artillery pieces are made from plastic tubing. Models such as the Baneblade and demolisher I had left over from my bits box and other kits laying around.

NLS: Is this army an example that tabletop wargaming doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive affair?

Jack: Yeah, I do think you have to pick and choose the army you do on a budget. So if you try and do something like Eldar or Space Marines, which are notoriously detailed and “crisp”, it may have difficult. With this army, I was fortunate that washing and dry brushing helped remove visual inconsistencies. But I do agree within wargaming, there is an inherent view that it is something which can be very expensive to get into. When it comes to wargaming, I live by the saying “contentment is the enemy of invention” – if you want to make something happen, you will find a way to do it.

NLS: What would be the one piece of advice you would give to someone brand new to Warhammer 40,000 be?

Jack: I would say, go with what you love! For me, Chaos is a real love affair. I’ve got four or five different armies, all of which are Chaos. Go with the army you feel the most affinity with. Look at the models, their backstories and the fluff first. Rules are secondary, you can always make your army work. Of course, if you’re looking at it from a competitive play angle, then sure – go at it that way. But if you’re looking at taking a project, growing it and breathing life into little pieces of plastic then I definitely say look at the models and the fluff.

NLS: Brilliant stuff Jack, thank you for sharing!

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“Indeed, the very process of construction and creation foreshadow destruction and decay. The palace of today is tomorrow’s ruin, the maiden of the morning is the crone of the night, and the hope of a moment is but the foundation stone of everlasting regret.”

~ Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned”

Tom’s Imperial Guard

Astra Militarum Icon
We keep to the Imperium in this showcase, as Tom puts his very Soviet looking Imperial Guard on parade. We asked Tom a few brief questions about his army and took a few photos which you can view below. Tom regularly plays at Last Stand and is always up for playing the Imperial Guard. If you have any comments or questions, please check out our Forums or Facebook page.

NLS: How long have you collected your Imperial Guard?

Tom: These, about 7 years, a lot of eBay purchases because they’re out of production.

NLS: We notice a lot of metal models too…

Tom: Yeah, there’s about a hundred metal models.

NLS: What was it about Imperial Guard that made you collect them?

Tom: Well… specifically these guard, these are the Valhallans. I’m a soviet re-enactor, so Space Russians seem the most appropriate stuff for me really!

NLS: Space Russians eh, well we did notice the Russian on the models. Yarrick fitted in there as well?

Tom: Of course he did! He’s the Commissar, you know, shoot the men if they run.

NLS: Do you have a favourite unit in your army?

Tom: Well it’s all one unit basically! It’s the main infantry blob; they’ve never let me down. Well apart from the pretty tank obviously!

NLS: For someone considering collecting Imperial Guard what would your first bit of advice to them be?

Tom: Go for the infantry. Infantry and Artillery. That’s what you win battles with. Theme them, make them interesting, not just boring Cadians.

NLS: So like the “Space Russian” thing… make it your own?

Tom: Yeah, because the Cadians…. well Cadia has fallen now too! Well hopefully they’ll be new Guardsmen coming out soon too?

NLS: You never know!

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Though our tanks and artillery are mighty, it is the vast ranks of Imperial Guardsmen that shall trample the enemy to dust – let them come.

~ Lord Castellan Ursarkar E. Creed, from “Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), Back Cover”

Chris’ Space Wolves

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Our first Last Stand hall of fame begins with a trip to Fenris to showcase Chris’s Space Wolves. These beautifully painted miniatures are always a fantastic sight on the battlefields at Norwich Last Stand. We asked Chris a few brief questions about his army and took a few photos which you can view below. Chris is always happy to discuss his armies and share his tips when it comes to painting your miniatures. If you have any comments or questions, please check out our Forums or Facebook page.

NLS: How long have you collected Space Wolves?

Chris: Probably around 7 to 8 years now.

NLS: What was it about Space Wolves that made you collect them?

Chris: Having played with Tau for a number of years, I wanted something that wasn’t just a ‘shooting army’. So, the Wolves seemed a good option because they had a bit of close combat as well as other all-round abilities as well. Primarily, they are an assault army with a bit of shooting background to it really.

NLS: Do you have a favourite unit in your army?

Chris: Gotta be a Thunderwolf unit really.

NLS: For someone considering collecting Space Wolves what would your first bit of advice to them be?

Chris: Well first of all I would say collect what you like. In fact, that’s the primary thing I would say for any models in any army. It depends on how competitive you want to play. But concentrate on the models you like best first, this will help maintain your interest with them and then look at units that play how you want to play in the game. So if you like assault, pick the assault units; if you like shooting units, pick those. Or have a variety of both so you can have a nice varied game when you’re playing.

NLS: Thank you very much indeed Chris!

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No man nor beast could best the Wolf-King,
No tribe could stand against his armies.
Within Russ’ kingdom a truce
Existed between man and wolf,
His court was attended by the fiercest of
Warlords and the most beautiful of maidens.

~ Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves
from “The Saga of the Wolf-King”