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So I played my first fifth edition game without even thinking about it, but as Tyranids are we the most advantaged by the new cover save rules? We are the only army with three (four if you count rippers) distinctly sized models. That means that If I put my spine gaunts (If I use rippers I really can make the advantage appearant) in the front they will give cover to both my warriors and my tyrants, but most of the time because I fire from my eyes to the enemy if I am close to my gaunts they will not interfere with my shooting.
Is it cheap to do this? and do I need to start using rippers for screening...especially now that they can run.
not cheap just good use of rules. Run swarm then gaunts then warriors then MC's and you stand a very good chance of giving everything a cover save except the swarms. Also since everything is taller than whats in front for the most part you aren't giving cover to your enemies.
As a side note, gaunts will not provide cover save to MCs. MCs, like vehicles, need to have 50% of the body obscured to get the 4+ cover save. Warriors can do this, but gaunts can't.
EDIT: I wouldn't bother with rippers. They are not scoring and are expensive.
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The new cover rules are great for anything with weak armor saves. (5-6 and no save.) Heck it's not uncommon for most armies to field masses of AP4+ weapons so I've been used to never getting a save in the past. Actually getting to roll a save was like Christmas!
Well not only do you get your cover save, but even if you give your enemy a cover save Tyranid shooting usually suffers against power armoured or carapace armoured opposition, though light infantry will obviously benefit if you choose poorly when setting up your wave assaults.
I love the new cover rules, and it also means you can be cagey with winged cc warriors and hormagaunts until you can just rush through the press to rip into a tasty unit well within your reach. The feeling of striking out from the press of bodies to snatch away an unsuspecting unit trying to break your synapse web is amazing .
Yeah, the cover rules benefit nids more than most other armies. (Anything with poor armor saves really.) Cover doesn't help marines much as they usually have a better armor save to begin with.
Yeah, anything against that can negate their armor save. And like you said, we just don't care since we're going to be tossing out volume of fire to counter the saves.