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This week we feature the Warrior Genus - The Tyranid Prime, which is the Alpha Warrior, the Tyranid Warrior, which is a very renowned Tyranid unit used by many, and the Tyranid Shrike, a not-so-commonly seen Tyranid on the battlefield which is basically a Warrior with wings.
So, how do you use them? How many do you take? What upgrades do you give them? Etc.
Prime: I like to use this guy with hive guard broods. Majority T6 and he makes them much less of an easy assault target. He also gives them synapse. He's obviously good with warriors as well.
Would have been better if you could buy him wings to help out shrikes.
Warriors: make awesome bundles of kill. But T4 makes them ID too easily for me to want to invest in them often. Maybe a pod full of them near an objective would be fun.
Shrikes: I use them in a fun flying circus list with gargoyles and a winged tyrant. Lots of fun but again T4 makes them too easy to kill.
They would be far more competitive with only 2 wounds but S and T 5.
Isn't that where the Parasite comes in?Originally Posted by Attemptedm
I hosted shrikes but then I stopped when I found that normal SM could break through their armour with boltguns, which kinda sucked :-\
As for the ID, either my opponents find other targets more appealing or they're too stupid to aim their missiles at Warriors I've only had them suffer ID a few times from range, so they have generally been quite the success with me.
Your friendly neighbourhood gargantuan creature
I wish I could count on stupid opponents. Lol. I just have better luck with genestealers or gaunts. Or troop tervigons for that matter.
Warriors are really brutal. It just takes them too long to get anywhere. Shrikes are a little faster but even then... And none of them have assault grenades. Nids really got kicked under with the last codex.
I dont run Shrikes as a personal opinion.
Warriors- Only run them with Devourers and use them for synapse range and objective sitting.
Prime- Twin Bone-swords with AG. Sometimes I throw him in with Hormagaunt broods for more killy power.
OR I use him in my NidStar Unit
2x Tyrant Guard w/ Lash whip
Tyranid Prime w/ 2x boneswords and AG
Which is a PAIN to take down, and deals massive damage.
I use a fairly large unit of warriors with swords/spitters and a Prime, covered by Venomthropes in smaller games as, unless I'm up against particular Tau setups (which my deep strikers can usually cope with) they've got very high survivabilty. However, the problem with them is that Long Fangs, Lascannons and Psyrifles will mow them down, and don't begin to talk about Vindicators.
Warriors are a viable troop option, they provide Synapse to larger armies and provide a unit your opponent will want to eliminate whilst still doing a lot of damage up close. Like everything else (albeit: Parasite, Rippers) they have their use. If you want something nasty in the centre of the board, then drop them in a Spore with a Stranglecannon, you get fire support and synapse. The sad thing is that if you run them on foot, unless you invest in squads of 6/7+ they probably won't make it to their target, and since you can't run the Prime with them in the spore, his ability is pretty much wasted.
Of course, if you do drop them in the Prime can hook up with them and, if you do run them on foot you can always use Onslaught (those of you who buy it) to allow them to run and shoot, however these are situational tactics that you have to factor into the game rather than factor the game around. Giving them Feel No Pain is another option, however since everything str 8 or higher will be aimed at them it becomes rather obsolete against well-equipped armies.
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-Malekith, Witch King of Naggaroth.
Sometimes it does, sometimes it does not. As im sure you know even with the poison the Hormagaunts have issues killing the larger units in groups or individual units, I find the Prime a good counter to this. But only in low point games do i think about slotting him in with the Hormagaunts.