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Ok, i need some guidance on this. I am building my tyranid army from the very beggining. So far I have:
1 Hive Tyrant: 235 points
12 Termagants : 60 points
How can i build from here? I want an agressive force that can win if possible Thanks alot guys
Last edited by Conbhair; April 1st, 2010 at 18:46. Reason: spelling
Hey there Conbhair!
First thing that most people would recommend would be to decide whether you would like each specific unit to be close-combat oriented or ranged-fire capable. Personally, with the new Tyranid codex, I prefer close-combat, though shooty 'nids are still possible.
The key is really deciding what kind of force you would like to play - focusing on speed, guile, brute strength, or sheer numbers.
I know that at 1,000 points, biomorphs can be rather limited. You should decide what roll you would like your Tyrant to play - should it be mobile and shooty (Wings, Brainleech Worms or HVC, etc.), fast and melee-oriented (Wings, Scything Talons, etc.), slow and ranged (HVC, Strangle, with Guard) or slow and melee oriented (Scything Talons with Guard)? On top of that, do you usually fight MEQ armies (Space Marines, CSM, Necrons) or GEQ armies (Imp Guard, Eldar, Tau)?
Kitting-out your Tyrant may seem daunting, but he should do fine as long as you define a role for it and are able to fill the gaps with the rest or your army or help support your Tyrant.
Due to the Force Organization Chart, you're going to need at least two troop choices for just about any game you play. Personally, I'm a huge fan of swarming the enemy with gaunts while a few key monstrous creatures wreck havoc on the larger targets.
Zoanthropes are considered by many to be a must. I enjoy their anti-armor abilities as well as their additional synapse on the board. Hive Guard may not be a bad idea as they can rip right through transports in the faster mechanized armies out there.
I'd personally recommend getting more gaunts for your army. There isn't a doubt in anyone's mind that they are fragile, but with numbers they can achieve much more than opponents think them capable of. Currently, I'm running 40 Hormagaunts at 1000pts with Toxin Sacs. Yes they have terrible armor saves, yes they are only toughness 3, but if I can make contact with the enemy, I can deal some major damage to just about anything!
Including a squad of more vanguard troops choices (Warriors or Genestealers) may be be a bad idea, depending on the gametypes that you could come across. Warriors, for example, are amazing at holding objectives - 3 wounds per model at toughness 4 is truly something to brag about! Genestealers are great for adding chaos to the mix and disrupting your opponents plans via outflank. Having a squad of Genestealers flank their units and/or vehicles is something that should put a little fear into them!
Though Shrikes and Raveners are quite pricey in my opinion, smaller games are great for Gargoyles. A termagant with wings that wounds on a 6 on the roll to hit that can also block line of sight on your larger creatures isn't such a bad idea - ESPECIALLY at the same price as a gaunt!
Trygon is always fun... but I'm finding him to be a bit of a point sink at 1000pts. Depending on your playstyle, you may want to include a Trygon, Mawloc, or even a Carnifex or two.
Sorry if that seemed a bit long-winded. Perhaps you can give us a little more input on what units you were interested in and we can help you determine what could be more successful!
At 1000 points, a hive with hive commander and tervigon could seem to be expensive, but i always find an outflanking tervigon to absolutely wreak havoc behind enemy lines. Pretty much a must have against TAU. Besides, in 1000 points, your enemies won't have that much of firepower so if they concentrate on the tervigon and even kill it, you don't care because they have 840 points of nids coming right at them. Just a tip =)
Interesting thread, as I have not seen to many "well made" 1K Nid armies yet. i am considering starting such a force, but wish to buy only the models that I will actually use... Alwasy hard to do when talking about GW miniatures