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    Big or small warrior squads?

    I've been debating whether I should have 1 brood of 6 warriors (one with BS, the rest with DSs) or two groups of 3 (where each would have 2 DS, 1 BS). My thinking is having two small groups makes it so that a) if the squad gets wiped out for some reason, you only lose three, b) another barbed strangler, c) more flexible synapse coverage. At the same time I feel that 3-man broods might be a little too squishy.

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    I'd mostly say it depends on if you're going to field any assault-y warriors and if you're going to field other HQ's or Elites. If you need the slots... bigger broods. Don't need them, more squads the merrier. A smaller squad dies faster, but more squads means more synapse. A big squad can get a lot of shots out (for protection, hide them behind your fodder for a 4+ cover save), but are also a pretty big sized target for your enemies.

    I probably could have just summarized this with "I dunno"...

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    Just watch out because due to wounds allocation in the Shooting Phase, your "different" Warrior with the Barbed Strangler will be foreced to save against wounds. So by running two, it is more of a chance that that model will be wiped out of each brood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyMorgs View Post
    Just watch out because due to wounds allocation in the Shooting Phase, your "different" Warrior with the Barbed Strangler will be foreced to save against wounds. So by running two, it is more of a chance that that model will be wiped out of each brood.
    That is indeed a good point to consider! Most of the times, I recommend for any tyranid player to try an fill all the slots that are available. Having only the same models in a unit doesn't make this a problem at all. Only for CC it's advisable for tyranids to have big squads, because of synapse making the tyranids use the NO RETREAT rule. Losing combat with a few small squads, means all those squads are going to take wounds! Meaning you could potentially lose 2 times more wounds extra, just because you lost combat with 3 small units, instead of 1 big squad!
    The solution of course to this problem, is to not lose close combat...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xilconic View Post
    That is indeed a good point to consider! Most of the times, I recommend for any tyranid player to try an fill all the slots that are available. Having only the same models in a unit doesn't make this a problem at all. Only for CC it's advisable for tyranids to have big squads, because of synapse making the tyranids use the NO RETREAT rule. Losing combat with a few small squads, means all those squads are going to take wounds! Meaning you could potentially lose 2 times more wounds extra, just because you lost combat with 3 small units, instead of 1 big squad!
    The solution of course to this problem, is to not lose close combat...
    Big! I find warriors to be a 'go big or go home squad'.
    • The either take up an HQ slot or an elite slot. In either case you are giving up elite fexes or hive tyrants/broodlords to take them, so its important to make them count.
    • They are kinda squisy, and since 1/3 of the missions are based on KP's, a large squad is better. 1 squad = 1KP and is much harder to kill of completely than a 3 man squad.
    • As for synapse, you can spread a 9 man squad out a little bit and get great coverage. Hell, I usually wrap the gaunts around the warriors and make a mobile bunker...
    • A squad of 9 warriors, 8 with DS's and 1 with a BS, can ruin anyones day, especially an ork or IG player....
    • I dont run CC warrirors, but if I did, I would make sure that they are getting the chage and attacking first (leaping & Adrenal I), that way they should generally win combat through sheer rending power alone. I would not get warriors (or any nid) involved in multi squad combat unless I was sure I was going to win anyway....
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