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    500 point balanced swarm

    Hi guys
    New to this whole thing, so I'll just go ahead and post my list, then throw in some tactics, and a general idea of who I will be facing.


    Balanced Swarm (Tyranids)
    500 Points
    HQ
    Tyranid Warrior Brood (105pts)
    3 xTyranid Warrior
    Extended Carapace
    Scything Talons
    Leaping
    Rending Claws

    Troop
    Hormagaunt Brood (160pts)
    16Hormagaunt

    Gaunt Brood (75pts)
    15Gaunt
    Spinefist

    Genestealer Brood (160pts)
    8 Genestealers
    Extended Carapace
    Total: 500

    The General Idea is to rush forward, while protecting my one weak warrior synapse link. I've also got a Broodlord, and a variant list in which some Gaunts are taken away to make space for a Broodlord. I'm very flexible, and as long as the general idea remains, I'd love to see any advice for sculpting this list into a perfect killer of the following races that I expect to play most...

    Necrons
    Eldar
    Tau
    I.G (maybe)
    Blood Angels


    I'd rather not have radically different lists for each one, however if tweaking will help me take on each opponent, then by all means


    Thanks in advance. Unless you don't help. In which case, no thanks


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    I can't give too much advice against those armies (My main opponents play Orks, Space Marines, and Daemon Hunters. I'll be up against some Tau soon too though...) but i can help with the lists general effectiveness.

    HQ
    Tyranid Warrior Brood (105pts)
    3 xTyranid Warrior
    Extended Carapace
    Scything Talons
    Leaping
    Rending Claws

    A good setup, not much else to say. Just keep them safe and you'll be fine.

    Troop
    Hormagaunt Brood (160pts)
    16Hormagaunt

    Might be a bit many at this point level, i perfer broods of 8-12. With Tyranids you want to give your opponent too many targets to choose from. Not sure what I'd drop to make room for a second brood, and either way this one will pack a punch in combat.

    Gaunt Brood (75pts)
    15Gaunt
    Spinefist

    Never used Spinegaunts in 500 point games, so i can't say much from experience. These are a nice screen, but i find that Fleshborers are much, much more effective against MEQ, but can still kill GEQ with about the same point efficiency and Spinefists.

    If you want Fleshborer gaunts for that anti-MEQ kick (Which will help against Blood Angels and Necrons alot) drop them down to around 8 and give them fleshborers instead.

    Genestealer Brood (160pts)
    8 Genestealers
    Extended Carapace

    Always welcome in any list, a good setup.

    Total: 500
    Overall its a good list. Are these the only models you'll be using or do you have more? If you have any MC's and feel like being cruel, toss one or two of those into the list. One MC is about right in a list this size (Sniperfex would be best). More than that is likely to be called Cheese.

    Hope it helps
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    thanks for the advice

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    ok a few claification questions lol

    what is a MEQ and a GEQ? and wuts an MC? is that a Carnifex?

    Sorry for the questions just looking to start a Tyranid army and was confused at your short hand stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluetwyst View Post
    HQ
    Tyranid Warrior Brood (105pts)
    3 xTyranid Warrior
    Extended Carapace
    Scything Talons
    Leaping
    Rending Claws

    I like these guys, but in your list I'd reconsider Leaping. Your Hormagaunts will be tying things up in combat, so you won't necessarily need the speed boost. I'd take off Leaping and try to scrape together a fourth Warrior. This will make them a little more durable.

    Troop
    Hormagaunt Brood (160pts)
    16Hormagaunt

    Split these guys into two groups. Two groups of Hormagaunts at 500 can pretty much tie up an entire army.

    Gaunt Brood (75pts)
    15Gaunt
    Spinefist

    It wouldn't be 'nids without Gaunts

    Genestealer Brood (160pts)
    8 Genestealers
    Extended Carapace

    These guys will put on a lot of hurt. I would consider taking off the extended carapace for two more bodies, though. As I said before, your Hormagaunts are your greatest defensive weapon. Besides, more Genestealers = more rending.
    All that said I've only played a few games, so take my opinion as just that, an opinion.
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    Hey I going into a upcoming tournament and I was looking to play something very similar to this list, maybe you guys could take a look at it too since it almost the same.

    HQ - Hive Fleet Leviathan
    3 xTyranid Warrior
    Enhanced Senses
    Extended Carapace
    Venom Cannon
    Scything Talons
    DeathSpitter
    Rending Claws
    Scything Talons
    Rending Claws

    TroopHormagaunt Brood x11
    Toxic Sacs

    Gaunt Brood
    Termagantsx12
    Fleshborer
    Without Number


    8 Genestealers
    Extended Carapace
    Total: 500

    As he said above I am very flexible and was thinking about dropping a troop choice and taking a Carnifex, or even switching my Warriors out for a Hive Tyrant, but this will be my first time going into a tourny and I want to be prepared for everything (especially Space Marines, Orks, and Necrons which I am told there will be alot of). Thanks in advance!
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