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Ok I have a question when the tyranids take over a planet killing everything, do they eat the dead? the enemy and there own? Or does it all just decay
read the codex its pretty much answers your question,do you have the nids codex or any for that matter ?
Last edited by furyofthegods; January 21st, 2009 at 07:15.
'hatred is true power' ritual master garth, the 11th
Wow, chill out Furyofthegods. There's no need to get bent out of shape over a simple fluff question.
wilddragon, to answer your question. Tyranids attack planets for biomatter (basically any substance they can eat) corpses are part of this biomatter mass. At the end of a Tyranid invasion Rippers crawl across the entire planet and eat EVERY scrape of living/once living/edible material on the planet. The rippers, following eating, jump into giant pools of stomach acid and all the biomater is digested.
Something I'm not sure about, do the tyranid foot soldiers get digested as well? I could imagine it being more simple to send a carnifex back to space in juice form than as giant house-sized monstrosity.
Ok so then if they attack a space marine stronghold, there would be no bodies laying around just emtpy suits of power armour then? Would they also leave like some kind of residue, such as the stomach acid stuff laying around, I know some things may have melted marks on them. Also if they eat everything then, that means no nids lying around, which makes me sad. Im asking these questions for my table im building.
Oh um...they take all the air with them...sorry, a tyranid attacked planet turns into a rock. You could always have some empty suits of armor and scorched out tanks though, that could look really really cool to be honest.
For help with a game board go over to the "scenery" subforum, they'll be able to give you some good advice.
Hold on they dont leave any air either? what the heck? well then it wouldnt make much sense im going to have to set the time frame a little sooner then I had planned.
Reading this made me recall something I'd seen regarding Tyranid invasions. The only problem is, I can't exactly recall where I saw it.
It basically went through the stages of a Tyranid invasion, including the final consumption of all the biomass on the planet. I have a feeling it could have been in a White Dwarf somewhere.
However, this article on building a Tyranid Digestion Pool seems to do a roughly equivalent job at describing the invasion. Just without as many pictures.
hmm very helpful link thanks both of you guys I gave you guys reputation for your good help
I would also get on YouTube and look up "Blue Table Painting" as they have many videos, one of which includes making a Tyranid terrain set (or at least showing off what they have made themselves). It is an excellent resource. Also, check out what Forge World has done with their versions of Spore Chimneys and Capillary Towers for a general theme. The Codex should have some good descriptions as well as pictures of scenery and invasion steps. But as a quick and dirty summary:
1. Advance organisms like Genestealers infiltrate the planet and collect genetic and other data, sending a signal to space to draw in Hive Fleets.
2. Hive Ships enter orbit and begin releasing spores into the atmosphere. The spores cause plant life to grow in abundance so they help suck up more nutrients into themselves.
3. Larger spores are dropped which birth a myriad of Tyranids to join the advance ones in "softening up" the planet while the first digestion pools and towers grow.
4. Once any threats are "dealt with" (eaten), the planet is scoured and consumed with all matter going into the digestion pools for rendering. This does include their own soldiers as well as any natives who died defending their homes.
5. The water and air is sucked up for use and the fleet moves on. In some instances seperate fleets will war against each other. In which case the winner doesn't really lose anything as their own fallen are reconstituted as well as the loser who may have some different genetic material to take.
6. Rinse and repeat.
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