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Hey, Im starting a 1500ish Tyranid Army. Here is my rough sketch... let me know what you guys think. Thanks in advance.
Hive Tyrant - Bone Sword/Whip
Zoanthrope Brood (2)
Tyranid Warrior Brood (3) - Rending Claws/ Toxin Sacs
Termagant Brood (12) - Devourers
Termagant Brood (16)
Hormagant Brood (16) - Toxin Sacs
Genestealers (10) - Rending Claws
(My last option is going to be either another Trygon, a Mawloc or a carnifex... which do you think is best?)
I wouldn't advise you on using that hive. If you have him without wings, guards are pretty much a must or it will get shot quickly. I also think that gaunts with devourers are a bit of a waste, as they are too easy to take down. In 1500 pts. your opponent will also most likely have enough fire power to take out all of your synapse with ease during 1 shooting phase, so you need to address that as well. I also noticed that the old good blob of death (gaunts, warriors behind them, MCs behind them) doesn't work at all in the new codex, you will need something more than just 1 stealer squad (I assume you were going to either infiltrate or outflank them) to make your opponent think. A squad of Ymgarl stealers or some winged units should help out. I would also advise to give the zoanthropes a mycetic spore.
Hope that helps a bit
Yea, I forgot to add the Guards. I do have them in my army.
I agree that the devour Nids are a waste of point, but I got them from a friend for free so I figured I would paint them and throw them in the army.
What additional Synapse should I take?
That depends on what you're trying to do really. I suppose another squad of warriors would do or a tervigon. With the devourer nids btw. I'm pretty sure that your opponent should be fine with you using devourer gaunts as fleshborers or whatever, just use them 'count as'. Unless it's a GT of course.
Should I pick up another Marloc/Trygon? Or add a Carnifex? I don't really see what a Carnifex would do for this particular list. My plan was basically use Tyrgons to burrow and enter on opponents side of table to cause chaos (you mentioned adding another Genestealer group to make opponent think, but I felt that the Trygons would do that)... Use Genestealers to infiltrate. Horrmagants, zoanthropes and Warriors move as a group, Tyrant and gaunts move as another group. I think I should pick up another synapse creature, but I am not sure which one I should add.
Most of the games I will be using Nids with will be friendly, I am not planning on playing this list in a tournament... just wanted to make an interesting and fun list. I will most likely end up using devours as "counts as"
What other Synapse do you suggest? Do you think 2 Trygons/marlocs is overkill for 1500 points? - could points be better spent elsewhere?
It depends entirely on what sort of plan you have for the army, what you want it to do, target priority etc. I think that this list would be fine if for the points you were going to get another MC you'd spend on some gargoyles and possibly a small squad of shrikes to give the gargoyles synapse. That would make your army a lot more of a problem for your opponent, as you'd have the main force advancing, trygon deep striking, stealers infiltrating and fast moving units closing in at the same time. If you do that the synapse you have now will be sufficient as the opponent will target the trygon, stealers, gargoyles and shrikes. Even if he manages to get rid of them you still have the main force moving in. Make sure to claim as many cover saves on the way as possible!!
Hope that helps a bit
Hey dude - I would suggest putting in a little more anti armor. A carnifex with a heavy venom cannon would be a great addition. Last week I played againt a marine army using 3 razorbacks, 2 landspeeders and a land raider. It was ugly - I ended up playing for a tie by killing his troops. A heavy venom cannon can stun a land raider, and kill it if youre lucky. Then your hive guard can focus on popping rhinos and other transports.
Just my suggestion!
Also, putting zoanthropes in mycetic spores is a great idea - drop then next to land raiders, and you don't need that carnifex I was talking about!
Ok, here is my updated list then:
Hive Tyrant with bone sword/whip
2 Hive Guard
Zoanthrope Brood (2)
Yamgril (however you spell it) Genestealers (5)
Termagant Brood (12)
Termagant Brood (12)- Devourers
Tyranid Warriors (3) - Toxin Sacs
Hormagants (16) - Toxin Sacs
Genestealers (5) - Toxin Sacs
Trygon Prime - Regeneration