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I am going to be playing in an Apocalypse game of 10000 points per side. I will be bringing 5000 points of Tyranids. I am still building my army list, and have never played Tyranids before. I want to bring enough hormagaunts to stike fear into my opponets hearts. I was thinking 10 units of 30 hormagaunts each. I was wondering if adrenal glands or toxin sacs are worth it. I will be facing Space Marines. Is 30 strong units the way to go or should I be running smaller units? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Wow, you actually have access to 300 hormagaunts? For hormas, toxin sacs is a must. If you're facing marines, adrenal glands could be worth it, as it will help you wound a lot, but it's a lot of points for 300 hormas, so i probably wouldn't go for it. In apoc games, if you can run 10 units of 30 hormas each, you should no reason to hold back, really.
"I have seen you humans, trying to forge an Empire in the name of a corpse"
You can always then proxy a few units and then use the Endless number formation (if I remember the book well enough). Its not that bad.
Apart from that...
Good luck playing with 5000 points of stuff which you don't know how to use... I hope at least you have some 40K experiance lol 10'000 points is A LOT.
I'd advise to split between hormagaunts/termagaunts for the endless swarm formation. Nothing like always being able to plop your unit of gaunts back on the table!
In an appoc game I don't see 300 hormagaunts as striking the fear into anyone. Most appoc games are about large aoe, big monsters and armor. if you can't deal with the monsters/armor, no amount of gaunts is going to help. Plus 300 gaunts is just a pain to wait around for someone to move.
If you are playing with the spearhead rule I'd suggest looking into the massed-attack formation for your gaunts. For 90 points 6 groups get S7 krak grenades, which is pretty neat when you are facing a lot of armour.
Im no tyranid player but on of my firends is so I'm not completely clueless when it comes to the Tyranids. If your playing Apoc then I suggest you look up a few formations for the nids. One Ive seen is called 'The Endless Swarm' or something along those lines. Requires a lot of models to do but has a really good special effect. If an enemy unit firing on the units in this formation roll five or more 6s to hit, then they run out of ammo and you suffer no wounds what so ever. I don't have a link to this formation but if you look/ask around then I'm sure you'll find it. Good luck!