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In everything I have read on the Tyranids, they are described as the masters of fear and horror. The most terrible force the universe has ever known.
Do your experiences on the battlefield reflect this?
Does a real opponent have actual fear of your units?
Has fear ever given you an advantage in battle?
What units does your opponent fear the most?
I know fear has been a huge factor in my army. Sometimes the mere threat of one of my Carnifexes marching up a flank can change my friend's whole strategy.
Overall I think fear can be handy. But I have also found that some people see my Tyranids are well painted and converted which makes them act differently. At times they assume my painting skills match my gaming skill at try really hard to win. This has at times led to some horrible defeats. Of course in the same circumstances exactly there is the odd player that sees I can paint and convert well and they decide my painting skills match my gaming skills. Instead of trying hard to win they cower before me like a small animal and babble about their utter defeat soon becoming a reality. They become amazed when their lascannon (wounding my Carnifex on a two plus and ignoring it's armour save) inflicts a wound on my Carnifex when they shoot it.
I think that fear can be a big advantage but it can make games against a friend not as fun if they fear your swarm too much. Also it must be remembered that fear provokes a fight or flight response. If an opponent chooses fight they may become better than normal as they will try harder.
When i used my nids, I would play with a scare tactic as well as a few others. Many swarms of guants and rippers close together appears to make the army look bigger and when so many monstrous creatures are on the field with razor sharp talons and deafening screams, I'd say my prayers there and then.
Was that the boogey man?
I think most players are afraid of Nids is becasue they are not a regular race like the Marines, Tau, Orks,Eldar, Imp Guard and the other ones that have a structured society. Like Chaos Daemons the Tyranids are so threatening zand scary because they are virtually fearless, have no qualities that relate to humanity and have little to no human characteristics
They are a nightmare.
Players are so wary of Nids because in one wrong move your whole entire force can be overwhelmed with little critters or completely destroyed by an army of monstrous creatures
But the main reason why i think Nids are frightning because when a opponent looks across at the other end of the field he thiks to himself "Who am i going to shoot at!" Almost every single Nid's unit can be incredibly dangerous to an enemy with a balance of troops and armor as the next.
A great example is when i had an 1000point battle against space marines i ran a 200 point Baitfex into the centre of the playing field followed by a pack of six elite stealers with Scything Talons and toxin Sacs. The Baitfex was then assaulted and destroyed by a regular terminator + Captain with a PwrSword without giving out one wound. I then counterattacked with my six elite stealers and destroyed all of them in one turn except for the captain. They then went on to destroy a Dreadnought in close combat resulting in over 400 points in losses to my brothers Space marines alone by six genestealers
players squrim when they play Tyranid and Chaos Caemons because their tactics are so different from the regular "domesticated" races
I agree to what Reeses said. Our race is just so different people do not know how to react to things that arnt human. To say the least they are affraid when you start putting models down secretley saying "Damn, i have to kill ALL of that???" I alos would like to add in if i started any other race after my eldar force, had to try someting humanish, i would do demons because they are like the nids, and everybody is afraid.
However, i have met some marine, and guard players that think nids are pushovers, ive shown up the guard player slautering his sad force, but marines will prove to be my biggest challenge, infacet my nids are modled to take out marines.
Yeah, the fear factor is a really big thing in my games, especially against my brother's Daemons. I run one uberfex, and that thing will force him almost to avoid areas completetly (a HUGE strategic advantage). That same fex, against my buddy's IG, can draw fire from just about his whole force for three turns before toppling, which puts the rest of my force in prime position.
Since I run Nidzilla, no one that I have played has ever thought of my gaunts as anything more than an annoyance, which works the opposite way of my big bugs as they can go under the radar forever.
I think Carnifexes are the most fear generating forces we have because they are overestimated because of their defensive power. I love using that.
In general I find most players sytematically destroy my army in an efficent pattern not letting fear of units bother them. But there have been cases where my opponent decides my carnifex or tyrant is just too intimidating to ignore and attempts to destroy them to the exclusion of more valuable targets or more immediate threats; like Hormagaunts, a few warriors (providing Synapse) or Genestealers.
Fear can be good, I've managed in the past to control my enemy shooting through careful drops of Carnifex statistics while a 32 strong brood of uber-hormagaunts closes for the kill. Echoes of Str 10 or T6 4 Wounds, can make anybody rethink thier shooting strategy.
You might think of this as underhanded and nasty, but I make it a point to never lie and never to withhold information when prompted (If they comment on my brood I do say yes they are nasty here are stats).
I think that enhances the fear, as soon as your opponent finds out the thing marching towards his Chimera has T7 and S10, he'll think twice about taking it on.
Haha isnt it just so much fun to sacre your opponets? One story i always like to tell is about my first game vs imp guard. Im a new player and the other guy obviously plays alot. He kills my hive tyrant in the first few turns but i still somehow manage to anhilate him with a carni, and my favorite unit genestealers. Just cant outdo hyped up genestealers. I dont think hell ever want to play me agian, simply because i suked and still beat him with my army. It is just something about a 70 creature swarm that makes you think "hell what am i to do?"
Yeah, I love the fear you can build up after a victory. My friends have never beaten me... ever... I'm not sure why, but that makes the fear factor go through the roof. Lovely thing 'Nids are.