Not long ago one of my friends brought up, not for the first time, the issue of the Death Ray. It’s an incredibly cool gun and the Doom Scythe is a neat platform, but it’s so incredibly fragile (and short-ranged) that you’re not likely to ever get more than one shot out of it, even with the benefit of Night Fighting.
None of these points were particularly new to me, as they had been noted at length by both myself and others, but his solution was more unique: give it to the Triarch Stalker, which is also a rather middling unit that suffers from problems of its own. This not only solves the fragility problem of the Doom Scythe but makes the Stalker a much more attractive vehicle while not simply getting a “maximum best awesome” unit, as there are still issues it must content with (like a limited range combined with limited mobility.)
Thus, we have the result of said discussion, with a few small additions of my own to make the unit ever so slightly more unique: the Triarch Slayer.
TRIARCH SLAYER………. 150pts
WS4 BS4 S7 FA11 SA11 RA11 I2 A3
The Triarch Slayer is an Elites choice for a Necron army.
Composition: 1 Triarch Slayer
Unit Type: Vehicle (Open-Topped, Walker)
-Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon
-Move Through Cover
-The Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon can be exchanged for a:
–Gauss Flayer Array and Targeting Relay…… free
–Black Smoke Canister…… free
-The Slayer can be upgraded to a Mortis Seed…… 15pts
Death Ray: As per p.50 of the Necron Codex.
Black Smoke Canister: An advanced nanoviral weapon that attacks the physiologies of any and all living things in its area, it is so named for its visual effect when fired- a heavy, inky-black cloud fills the targeted area and settles slowly to the ground, killing all within. Payloads can be tailored to affect any of the races of the galaxy as needed, for the Necrons and their servants have had millenia to study their enemies and they have devised weapons of utmost efficiency against each of them.
Black Smoke Canisters are a weapon with the following profile:
Range 24″ S1 AP6 Assault 1, Large Blast, Poisoned 3+, No Cover Saves
Mortis Seed: With its formidable defenses, highly intelligent pilot, and nigh-eternal power source, a Triarch Slayer is a perfect guardian to prevent the lesser races from overtaking Necron worlds. Often they are left buried deep beneath a planet’s surface, wired to a network of sensors that monitor presences on the world above them; should some unwary invaders make themselves known, the Slayer can burst forth to annihilate them. Alternately, should such forces prove to be too much for them to handle alone, they may simply await the inevitable arrival of the main Necron counterattack and join up with it. Necron armadas have also been known to deploy such units via spaceborn “capsules” reminiscent of Drop Pods, shearing through the atmosphere to smash into the ground below and release their cargoes.
A Triarch Slayer with the Mortis Seed rule can deploy via Deep Strike, even in missions where this rule is not normally used. If it would suffer a mishap result, you may re-roll the scatter dice.