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I haven't found anything that specifically states how many models I need to have on a Ripper Swarm base. Can I go with only 1 model or do I need to have at least as many models as wounds on each base?
I'm sure for local gaming with my friends I can get away with only 1 model on a base, but would it be allowed at a tournament?
Most people will typically want to see at least as many rippers on a base as it has wounds. You may be able to get away with just one (up to the tournament organizers), but it would be frowned upon by some opponents.
On a side note, at one tournament I was at, I saw someone who magnetized their rippers and whenever it would take a wound, he would physically remove one of the rippers from the base. It was a neat way of tracking damage.
I agree, at least 3 to a base is probably the minimum. More than 3 would be even better. But it really is hard to get Rippers as you can't get them on their own! I can suggest if you know anyone else who plays Nids but doesn't want their Rippers, you could buy or trade with them... Also, if there are any independent retailers in your area, see if they sell second hand GW stuff. I got 5 (unpainted) Ripper bases each with 5 Rippers on that way. And it only cost me a fiver!
Admit it though, the bases do look a lot cooler with a good number of Rippers on them. One thing you could do is perhaps just to put 3 (or more) on each base and then when playing with your friends, proxy unused bases as more Ripper bases. That means you can use the maximum number of Ripper bases your collection of Rippers allows in Tournaments, but you can also use plenty more against your friends. (I'm assuming here that your friends / gaming group won't mind you doing this too much.)
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