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So I just got back into playing 40k using some tyranids Ive had for a while. I used to be a guard player and I have to say nids are much more fun! I had two test games with this 500pt list tonight and tabled a dark eldar army and got a draw with a black templar army. The draw was just by the skin of his teeth and I was about to table him as well, but the game ended. Here is the list:
Prime w/ lash whip, bone sword, devourer - 95pts
2 Hive guard - 100pts
Zoanthrope - 60pts
3 Warriors - 2 devourers, venom cannon, scything talons - 105pts
14 Termagaunts - 70 pts
10 Gargoyles w/ toxin sacs - 70pts
General tactics were to join the Prime with the warriors while the zoanthrope moves behind the termaguants and gargoyles giving them synapse. The hive guard usually sit somewhere inbetween (preferably in cover) to deal with armor. Gargoyles and gaunts throw themselves at units while others sit and fire. Let me know if you have any advice on it. Thanks.
Last edited by nidsNguard; May 17th, 2011 at 03:32.
500 pts is difficult to build out with Tyranid. I was looking at building myself a very similar list for my local shop (Escalation League - starts at 500 pts, then 750, then 10k , etc.).
The main difference in my list is that I put in Genestealers instead of Gargoyles/Gaunts. But at 500 points on a 6' board, outflank is a little weaker...
Not bad. Not bad at all. Infact only 2 real problems im seeing.
1) termaguants. What do you expect them to actually do? They just suck. Same deal with the gargoyles, theyre good, but how do you expect to do (or indeed, survive) anything with only 10 models?!
2) lone zoanthropes footslogging are dead zoanthropes. They wont survive.
So to combat this, lose the termaguants and the zoanthrope. Get 15 toxin sac hormaguants, an extra 5 gargoyles, rending on the warriors and dual boneswords and adrenal glands on the prime (give him rending if your worried about drednoughts ect.) If youve still got points spare, which i kinda doubt, AG on the gargoyles will work very well.
Your friendly neighbourhood gargantuan creature
I do have a question when it comes to your thoughts on the zoanthrope and prime/warriors. I could see losing a few gaunts for rending on the warriors/prime, but I have had the lash whip be extremely useful in the past few matches. When paired with the warriors, even though they do have a fairly high I value, it makes sure that they are always striking first. If I lost the zoanthrope, I would need to split this set up to maintain synapse over a decent range of the board. This would also mean losing their bonus to BS and WS, making them much less effective. Also, the zoanthrope has been very resilient in many battles. I know he can be 2x toughed by many things, but he hasnt died due to screening/cover/invuls. I usually split my forces up to overwhelm both sides of the board. Is there anything that can also provide synapse like the zoan?