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I'm trying to compile a list of all the Tyranid Swarms that have come and gone in the game. Any help would be appreciated. Please include the following if contributing; name, fleet reference if applicable, color schemes, any details as necessary. Further back stories of each Player Created fleet can be located within this thread.
(Note on the color schemes, Bone is listed as your flesh colors, Chitin for armor or carapace and Veins encompass fillers such as tongues or muscle structures)
GW Created Fleets...
Leviathan, Primary Fleet. * Bone, * Chitin, * Veins.
Leviathan is the most recent Hive fleet to attack the known galaxy. Notable tales include the first Tyranid anti-virus and the Octavius Orc wars.
Behemoth, Primary Fleet. Red Bone, Black Chitin, * Veins.
Behemoth was the first major Hive Fleet to attack in the known galaxy. Notable tales include the fateful battle for Macragge (The Ultra Marines home world) and the warp jump of the Dominus Astra. It is commonly held that Behemoth was completely destroyed. But the information gained from hive fleet Kraken suggests remnant Splinter Fleets could exist.
Kraken, Primary Fleet. * Bone, * Chitin, * Veins.
Kraken was the second Hive fleet to attack the known galaxy. Kraken was notably responsible for the first sightings of Splinter fleets. Notable tales include the destruction of 2 Space Marine chapters, almost an entire Eldar Craft world and the defense of Ichar 4. The bulk of the fleet being destroyed, many splinter fleets still exist.
Tiamet, Splinter Fleet. * Bone, * Chitin, * Veins.
Tiamet was a suspected hive fleet that predated Behemoth. All information regarding it was lost after the arrival of Kraken.
Ouroboros, Splinter Fleet. * Bone, * Chitin, * Veins.
Ouroboros was a Splinter fleet involved with the Eldar race.
Colossus, Splinter Fleet. * Bone, * Chitin, * Veins.
Colossus was originally comprised of Zoats.
Harbringer, Splinter Fleet. Purple Bone, Black Chitin, * Veins.
Apophis, Splinter Fleet. Red Bone, Black with Yellow Lines Chitin, Green Veins.
Player Created Fleets...
Luncanus, Splinter Fleet. * Bone, * Chitin, * Veins.
Noted for its genetic preference of fast assault creatures.
Scorpio, Splinter Fleet. Purple Bone, Black Chitin, * Veins.
Noted for its strategic synaptic assimilation of damaged fleets.
Grendal, Splinter Fleet (Leviathan). Tan Bone, Blue Chitin, * Veins.
Noted for its genetic concentrations placed on larger sized creatures.
Wyvern, Splinter Fleet. Blue Bone, Purple Chitin, Green Veins.
Noted for its part in the 2nd Tyranid Wars and hostilities toward Scorpio.
Nidhöggr, Splinter Fleet. Orange Bone, Red Chitin, * Veins.
Noted for its genetic preference for ranged attacks after initial infiltration.
Ophiuchus, Splinter Fleet (Kraken). Leather Green Bone, Bone White Chitin, Purple Veins.
Noted for its tactical infiltration prior to ground assault.
Hades, Splinter Fleet (Leviathan). Off White Bone, Light Purple Chitin, * Veins.
Noted for its major role in the Octavius Orc wars and genetic adaptation for ranged attacks.
Atropos, Splinter Fleet (Behemoth). Blue Bone, Red/terracotta Chitin, Green Veins.
Noted for its survival of Behemoths destruction and reintegration into Leviathan.
Bahamut, Splinter Fleet. Black Bone, Gold Chitin, * Veins.
Chimaera, Splinter Fleet. Scorpion Green Bone, Codex Grey Chitin, Black Veins.
Noted for its genetic preference for armored carapace and plasma bio-morphs.
Toxicus, Splinter Fleet (Kraken). Charcoal Bone, White Chitin, * Veins. 2nd Version; Black Bone, Dark Silver Chitin, Green Veins.
Noted for its genetic preference toward toxic bio-morphs
Critter, Splinter Fleet (Leviathan). White Bone, Black Chitin, Purple Veins.
Noted for its abilities to Psychicly commune on an animal level.
Cerberus, Splinter Fleet. Red Bone, Purple Chitin, * Veins.
Keres / Sarcolestes / Venator. Bleched Bone Bone, Dark Angel Green Chitin, Light Green Veins.
Noted for its genetic preference for numbers.
Add your own!
Last edited by Revelations; February 20th, 2008 at 20:24. Reason: Updating Information
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Hive fleet Lucanus!
fast assault :-)
Hive Fleet Lucanus : 2000 points
My Hive fleet is called Hive fleet Scorpio. This is because I convert loads of my Tyranids to look like scorpions. About names and colour schemes. I gave my hive fleet a name by using how I convert them. I think that giving a hive fleet a theme can certainly help to think up a name for it.
Colour schemes depend a great deal on personal taste. Because I have played with Tyranids since the second edition of 40K, I can resonably claim that my hive fleet is older than many others. By accident, not design my clour scheme has similarities to Behemoth, the oldest of the larger hive fleets. Basically Behemoth has black carapace and red exoskeleton. My hive fleet has black-green carapace and purple exoskeleton. Purple is red with some blue added. Basically it isn't hard to imagine that my hive fleet may be a close relation of Behemoth.
Also because I have played with Tyranids for a decent while, it can be imagined that after Behemoth's destruction my hive fleet was still lurking about and went unnoticed by the Imperium. I don't think my hive fleet was the leftovers of Behemoth just lurking in the general vicinity. Saying that two hive fleets are related can be a source of fluff and a colour scheme.
My hive fleet also takes over weaker and badly damaged hive fleets. It does this by joining them in assaulting a planet and providing replacement synapse creatures over the conflict. Then the once the planet is defeated the targeted hive fleet has it's swarms taken over by Scorpio synapse control and it is consumed along with the planet. This idea is based upon slaver ants. Here is the Slaver ant Slaver Ants@Everything2.com This has given my hive fleet the slang name of the Slaver hive. Try to chose an animal or a particular part of the 40K fluff to help out with designing a hive fleet.
Hive Fleet MolochThis is hive fleet Moloch, which also includes a reference to a few others.
Here is a page about Tyranid hive fleets in Wilkipedia. It contains info on Hive ships and so on not just the hive fleets themselves. Tyranid Hive Fleets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You should try to remember the forgotten fleets as well. I'm not sure all that is on those links there but I also remember a hive fleet called Harbinger in the previous codex. There was also a web site about it but I can't find it anymore.
Mine is Splinter Fleet Grendal. Blue armor and tan skin.
Army's used: Space Wolves, Tomb Kings, High Elves, Tyranids, Tau and Eldar.
Mines Hive Fleet Wyvern. Its had a minor skirmish with Hive Fleet Scorpio, which resulted in the BuggyFex being spawned and an advanced scout vessel took part in the second tyrannic war.
For names, look up mythical creatures on the web. There are tons! The colours should really be dictated by your fluff. My nids recently devoured a toxic planet, and so the colours are vibrant and venomous. If youve just munched a hive world, your fleet would be dark and grey. Also the older fluff had all the tyranids being fairly multicoloured. Reds and purples for the most part but there was an interesting sidenote in the game tyranid attack that as a tyranid grew older, it lost its colours and turned a bone colour. Perhaps you could have a really old fleet thats been wandering around for years. I dont think ive ever seen a bone army!
Last edited by macewind; February 10th, 2008 at 07:09.
And mine is the Hive Fleet Nidhöggr.
In the norse mythology Nidhöggr is the evil dragon that slowly eats away at the roots of the Tree of Life and I find that kind of fitting...
Painted in red/orange and mostly geared towards shooting but with a healthy numbers of Stealers in there as well.
Names drawn from monsters in Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Nordic mythology are standard for Tyranid hive fleets and splinter fleets. If you can work some sort of snake or bug reference in there too, that's also good. I call my army Splinter Fleet Ophiuchus, after the constellation Ophiuchus (which translates to "the serpent bearer" in ancient Greek).
As for the paint scheme, whatever floats your boat is the only limitation. Keep in mind, though, that all the chitin and carapace plates are usually painted differently than the flesh/exoskeleton. For instance, I go with a standard bone color for the armor plates, teeth, and talons, but I use a sort of dusty, leathery green for the flesh, with faint purple highlights in the various folds and recesses. In the rulebook, there's an example of an army where the staff guy painted his 'nids completely black with red eyes and bone-colored teeth and talons, and then used a bunch of yellow shades to paint Rorsarch patterns (the colorful warning patterns you find on butterflies and poisonous insects/frogs) on the carapace. He also wrote an article with pictures of his Apoc army, which you can find in the Apocalypse section of the website.
The Emperor set a fire in their hearts that they might burn the iniquitous and the impure from his sight. And the light of that flame shall be as a beacon to the faithful, a light that shines in the darkest places.
Mine is Hive Fleet Hades. I'm still working on the "fluff", but it's a very small branch of Hive Fleet Leviathan. This small branch has survived many battles vs. Orcs and have such developed very effective ranged tactics. Their colors are similar to Leviathan, except their skin is a lot more off white and the purple carapaces are a little less purple.
When I have a little more time, I'll redo the first post with some basic information of the hives, color schemes and whatnot. Maybe it will get a sticky.
You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.
Atropos, Splinter Fleet. Red/terracotta chitin, blue skin, green soft bits.
Hive fleet atropos Atropos was the oldest of the Three Fates, and was known as the "inflexible" or "inevitable." It was Atropos who chose the mechanism of death and ended the life of each mortal by cutting their thread with her "abhorred shears." was originally a small part of hive fleet Behemoth, in hibernation and floating through the galaxy after Behemoth's destruction. When a severely damaged bioship from hive fleet Leviathan drifted past the remnants of the once great fleet and got mercilessly absorbed, hive fleet Atropos finally emerged, like a phoenix reborn from it's ashes - and had the biomass needed to once again start devouring whatever laid in it's way. It also had access to all the ranged bioweapons available to Leviathan, and decided to make good use of them!
The colour scheme is (sort of) an inverted version of Behemoth.
600p worth of 'nids 8X
64 painted in 2 days
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