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Monday, December 8, 2014

Necrons Canoptek Scarab Swarms Batch #1

I had some free time on Sunday and decided to go through and repaint some of my old Canoptek Scarabs to match this new color scheme.  I'm really happy with the way they turned out.  Here's the old scheme for comparison.  It's certainly not bad, but the eyes don't really pop and the Scarabs themselves sort of blend into the base.

Old Scheme...  kind of plain!
For the Nihilakh Dynasty, I made the legs and head silver, the body the aged turquoise and the eye a nice glowing green.  I'm much happier with the results this time around.  I feel like they really pop now and just look better on the table.

I was able to complete eight of them so far and have another eight to go.  I'm planning on acquiring more and doing some little vignettes...  maybe have them crawling over broken Dreadnought arms or Rhino armour plates.

Canoptek Scarabs

Canoptek Scarabs
And finally, we have a shot with the finished Destroyer Lord so you can see how these look in comparison.

Canoptek Scarabs with Destroyer Lord for comparison


  1. While the first batch look fine to me, those new guys look pretty awesome too! And the Destroyer Lord? Fabulous! Is that a Spyder you've grafted him onto?!

    Scarab bases have been some of my favourite things to do when the inspiration is a bit lacking - I'm about to do my third, as I'm still pretty new to all this, but are there any rules on how many should be on a base? I've been doing them in fours, but you've got yours in threes? Anyway, awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the comments...

    Yes, it is a Spyder. If you check some of my older posts, you'll see some Work in Progress pics that show you how I built him. It was basically just a new style Spyder with some various leftover bits from other projects.

    For the Scarab bases, I decided to go with three Scarabs per base for two main reasons. The first reason is that it let me make more bases! The Necron Warriors box comes with 12 actual Scarabs. At three per base, that's an extra base per box. The second reason is that Canoptek Scarabs have three wounds per base. In my mind, it makes more sense to represent three wounds with three Scarabs. I'm also pretty sure that only Necron players even know the default number is four, so I've never had anyone say anything other than "Oh, those look cool!".