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Hey guys, so I'm starting Nids and after purchasing the codex i have a few questions. The army is built more for theme than say, a tourney
First off, outside of MCs is there a realiable way to smash vehicles? I wanted a swarm army and I just don't feel like Mcs fit into it.
Second, I see that a Broodlord is quite the CC Monster... Again I don't want any MCs but most people have told me and after a little thought I've come to the conclusion a Tyrant should be in the army, just asking if the Broodlord can fulfill the job of central synapse control alone.
Thanks in advance for the help
ok as far as vehicle smashing is concernd, by far the best way is actually an Mc however lictors and genestealers can smash vehicles if your in a pinch, but i can be hard to get into a position to attack the tank without being killed first. As for broodlords being centeral synapse, 9/10 the awnser is no. Broodlords in my experience either have to outflank, or infilrate in either case its miles away from the rest of your troops. should you deploy it normally, the opponent will thank you very kindly then blow it up with his ordinance. also what wil help in a swarm is warriors i belive, they can provide decent ranged backup.
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A Hive tyrant is good. Just one monstrous creature won't detract from the swarmy kind of army. The Broodlord isn't good synapse because he doesn't hang about with the other Tyranids. He also has a brood which gets in the way of him providing good synapse. Tanks can be bust with scuttling Genestealers. They can show up later on near the tanks which often hold back. You should also think about Zoanthropes as they are very good.
If you're looking for non MC tank-busting, Lictors and Zoans are pretty much your only options, and Zoans are only marginally effective. Genies can pop light vehicles, but anything with rear armor over 11 gets difficult, and a land raider is downright impossible. I'll agree with the others and say a Tyrant is a good idea, but you can go with a bunch of Warriors instead if you're just looking for synapse. A large group of Warriors can be tough to take down.
First off, on the issue of fluff: You basically NEED an MC to hold the huge swarms of little tyranids in line.
You will find that a winged tyrant, due to his mobility, will be much more apt at fulfilling the job of synapse.
Also, I agree that lictors and zoanthropes are two of the best, non MC, choices. However, if you are fighting lower armor value vehicles, like trukks, you have another unit that fits in with your theme, and that is a BUNCH of warriors, armed to the tooth with a nice variety of weapons, including, but not limited to, rending claws with toxin sacs. They are not nearly as good at taking out armor as MCs, but they go along better with your concept.
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