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My friend just bought some gaunts, and is interested in 40K/Tyranids.
I play Tau, and only know about Tau, so I have to ask you guys: what should he get?
Keep in mind that he already has 16 Gaunts and 1 Ripper Swarm. Also, we're looking to have a 400 Point Combat Patrol game for starters.
Thanks in advance.
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Bassicly the two starting points for new players that I think are the best are either getting the battle force or buying a box of gaunts and a box of warriors.
The battle force is a great deal. You get a ton of stuff for a discount and all of it is good. There isn't a single thing in the battleforce that won't typicly be seen in a tyranid list. It is also an adaptable army with enough stuff to give you some choice for combat patrol games.
The second option is actually what I did. It gives you a small legal army that is also a good start for a normal tyranid army. I used this because I didn't want to shell out the money for a battle force for a game that I wasn't sure I would like, but it is still a good choice in my opinion as it gives a good combat patrol sized army which is what you guys seem to be wanting to use.
After that, depending on what option you took, future purchases are going to be up to what type of army your friend wants to play, but a tyrant, some more gaunts and genestealers would be good next buys. Good luck to you and your friend.
Originally Posted by The Paint Monkey
you should also make up your mind if you wabt a godzilla army or a critter.maybee a mix.
there is nothing more satisfying than the eyes of your oponent when you field 3 gunfexxes! (vc and BS)
My tyranids will feast on your flesh!
The Battleforce is an excellent way to start. It will supplement your Gaunts, as well as provide your army with synapse.
For a beginner, I would not recommend building a certain "style" of play, such as Godzilla or swarm. Instead, keep a balanced list that won't stumble on any enemy.
I would go with:
1 Tyranid BattleForce
1 Tyranid Warrior Box that contains (3) Warriors
AND one of these 3 options, to let you lean towards a style of play
-1 Broodlord Blister Pack
-1 Tyranid Genestealer Box Set
-1 Tyranid Carnifex Box Set
-1 Tyranid Warrior Box Set that contains (3) Warriors
-1 Tyranid Gaunt Box Set that contains (16) Gaunts
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Don't buy anything yet, please please please please please you're throwing money away.
Buy Tyranid Codex
Review many army lists in LO Tyranid Army List Subforum
Learn Codex, and create army list after deciding what type of Tyranid army you want
Post your army list in LO Tyranid Army List Subforum, and get advice from veterans to tweak it
Playtest proxied, revised army list with friends using popcorn if you have to, and see if you're satisfied with the FEEL of the army (don't judge on whether you win or lose, since you'll still be new and your opponents will be new at facing you)
Once fully satisfied with your army list , purchase the models required for it. DO NOT buy army force boxes unless you're going to use ALMOST ALL the models, or else you really aren't saving any money at all. If you buy an army box for $100 dollars, and only use $60 worth of the stuff if you'd bought it separately, you wasted $40
Nids & Guard
GMail = MVBrandt
While this is true I find that I:
A) find other uses for the models (conversions)
have some flexibility to the army
C) they are useful as proxies for bigger friendly games or friends who dont have enough etc.
Ive blown alot of money on models that I thought id use, then didnt, and then found another use for them later on down the road.
Of course it depends on how much money you have to spend on this game also
I think the Nid Battleforce is the perfect match for a beginning player with an HQ/Elite option 2 troops options and a Heavy. In edition, with the genestealers you have an option to actually give the warriors the rending claws they may need or scything talons. Lastly, there's no really bad unit in the box as everything is usefully and newer models.
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Your Friend has chosen one of the best armies in 40k, and has a reasonable start to start a Swarm of Ravenous TYRANIDS!
He/She (I'm not being rude, I hope) should probably get the 'Nid battleforce, a tad expensive ($150 australian) but in it He/She will get more guants, Genestealers, a mighty Carnifex and a unit of warriors.
Another box of gaunts and a box of warriors.
First off, MVBrandt has got it right. Learn about the army before rushing in.
Secondly, always buy a battleforce or two. The only useless models in it are the warriors, but they are ok for getting started with. Once your friend gets used to the army, he can replace them with better alternatives.
Third, forget about the Broodlord and Lictor to the time being. New players tend to lose them in the first couple of rounds and never use them again. Wait until he's used to the army, and then introduce them.
Finally, put magnets on all his big critters. Seriously, being able to swap weapons on the big guys is a blessing.
I started Tyranids from BfM and I agree that you should know about the army more before going into a buying spree. Also, learn the strengths and weaknesses of the army before starting it. You may find that the weakness of the army is not something you want to deal with on the battlefield. 10000 point Tyranid army. Oh yeah
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