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I had the idea today that the Tyranid models that come in the 40k Battle for Macragge starter set could make excellent Rough Rider Proxies.
You could field a mixture of Genestealers, Termigaunts, and if need be spore mines, as regular Rough Rider models and then use an imperial psyker as the sergent. Fluff wise the idea would be that the Imperium has found a particularly potent new breed of 'nid from Leviathan that responds to human psykers. The psyker corrals the 'Nids to do his bidding. 'Nids already have similar rules to calvary with fleet of claw etc, so their movement values as rough riders are fluffy. Fleshborers are almost the same stateline as laspistols, and lastly this strain of Tyranid has adrenal glands that can cause them to go into a short battle frenzy with hightened strength and ferocity, a la hunting lances.
While I don't think it'd fly at RTT, it would be fun in some minor league and friendly games. It makes more use of the box set, and it gives a fluffy reason for Marines, other IG, and Inquisition to fight your guard. (Using the Tyranid as a weapon? Herasey!)
What do you guys think?
I'm afraid I just can't really see a mere human psyker overpower the presence of the hive mind.
Nice idea though.
... only triumph could turn pooing his pants into a good thing..
I don’t think he was talking about a human taking on the hive mind, just a few left behind Nids on some bombarded plaint. I believe that you could do it, BUT like you said it would only fly on a friendly level.
Finally it would be Heresy so watch out for the inquisition knocking down your door.
Last edited by zabien; June 12th, 2007 at 06:53. Reason: just adding to it
If you do things right people wont be sure if you have done anything at all.
As for the proxying, it is really just proxying, not a decent use of "counts as" Hormaguants are the closest analogue to rought riders and they don't have the lances. maybe if you used the parts to kitbash something that looks like a true lance-carrying beast, it would work better.
I was actually thinking of something similar in using cold ones, but instead of making them all knights, I'd add a harness with lance on the front to represent a big pokey stick added buy the adeptus mechanus. I'd also greenstuff some servator-looking applicances to make them look proper. Haven't worked it all out yet...
RecklessFable's Journey to Mediocrity (Painting an IG army)
I've been addicted to World of Tanks lately and neglecting my IG... But it is so... much... fun!
Exactly. I had the models already, and it was a good use of otherwise useless troops. Agreed on the Inquisition as well. I'll definetally have puritans at my door and radicals at my back.I don’t think he was talking about a human taking on the hive mind, just a few left behind Nids on some bombarded plaint. I believe that you could do it, BUT like you said it would only fly on a friendly level.
Finally it would be Heresy so watch out for the inquisition knocking down your door., and actually, that'd probably be the best fluff reason.Genestealer Magus!
It probably wouldn't fly at a tournament, which is why I haven't tried it yet, but I say that if you already have the pieces, go for it!
Tyranids: 2500 pts
Imperial Guard: 1000 pts
Witch Hunters: 1000 pts