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I am starting to use 'nids and need a bit of advise on what to get and how to use them. I'm trying to get a cheap 500-1000pt army, based on cc. So far I have a Broodlord and some gaunts (8 gaunts with fleshborers and 8 Hormagaunts with sything talons [you know what im talking about, a i forget what they are called]) As I said, i'm new so please don't swamp me with slang (nidzilla,spinny's ect)
My advice is just to read your codex and articles on the Tyranids page of Games Workshop. When you're just starting, basic is fine. In my opinion, the best thing you can do it read your codex and rulebook enough that you understand the concepts very well.
Anyway, basic armies are nice if built around warriors as HQ, as they are fairly straight-forward. Another suggestion is just to read some of the army lists on this website. Admittedly, there is a lot of 'slang', but you will still get the basic concepts. If you want answers to any specific questions, I'm sure people would be glad to help, but at the moment you haven't given us much to go on.
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I started with battleforce, pretty good deal for what you get. I recommend you to think about getting one.
I'm personally a big fan of genestealers, especially if you already have a broodlord... they're a really capable unit that's able to deal alot of damage, has the ability to outflank (which is a great tactic) can be used as a retinue for your broodlord, and has some nice upgrade options.... plus they are one of our most feared units...
for heavy support - the carnifax is always a good choice - I'd recommend using the small disc shaped rare earth magnets and magnitizing the options for the carnifex - that is the most economical method, as you don't have to buy several to have different options...
Zoanthropes are great for synapse coverage, and to give something to handle tanks at range (as Tyranids don't have alot of options for dealing with armor at range - venom cannon on a carnifex is good for this as well, but can only deal glancing hits)
I'd stay clear of Biovores - they're just not a great unit and there's much better heavy support options... people generally rate gargoyles fairly low too - and the models are a pain as they're metal (expensive) and subject to breakage from falling over...
I really like the lictor and ravener models, and field them often, however in strict game terms they're not the greatest (I just like the models) for their points. Plus they're metal, so once again are not the best choice for a tighter budget.
The budget friendly HQ choice is warriors... I'm frankly not a huge fan of them game wise, and much prefer my broodlord and my winged hive tyrant... Tyrants are expensive $ wise though, and if you want the winged option, well you have to find wings somewhere because they don't sell Tyrant wing options with the exception of forgeworld... ($$$$) I used a set of dark elf manticore wings which worked very well, but required some adjusting to make work....
The battleforce set is probably your best bang for the buck at getting a usable force on the table quickly... with what you have currently for models however, a box of genestealers and a box of warriors could get you a usable small force pretty quick - using the stealers with your broodlord as his retinue and the warriors for your synapse coverage for your gaunts and hormagaunts....
.... the addition of a battleforce can get you to the 1000+ point level after that fairly easily....
Thxs to u guys. Oh and by the way, I think i'm now up to date with the slang. I reckon I should probably chose the battlion set, just because of the free carnifex. I'm also considering getting a box o' genestealers 'swell, so to take addvantage of the awesomness!
With a broodlord; your box of gaunts; adding in the battleforce + 1 box of stealers would have you pretty much set to start playing 1000 point games with a nicely balanced army of troops, a solid and quiet scary HQ backed up with one of the most versatile hvy support choices in the game.
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