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Just a random topic I've been wondering about. I've had a nid army for a while, stopped playing them, started again, and now am shying away from them again. I've just become curious why people enjoy playing them. Is it MC's, you win a lot, like the models, like the fluff, etc.
I've been playing Tyranids since Rogue Trader, and have always liked the idea of a massed unstoppable swarm scoffing everything in sight. It's my only 40k power trip and has worked with my all-Genestealer list, my all-Reserve list and in the good old days, the Cult Army. The current codex flattened quite a lot but after twenty-five years I can still get a good game against anyone and anything in as I know how to from experience and maturity instead of crying and blaming the game designers for the fact that I'm shit at playing 40k.
They are generally weak but with a bit of individual thought and initiative (ie NOT going out and doing what everyone else does and buy one list then crying when it keeps getting beaten) they can do some spectacular damage. The trouble is that Tyranids are hard work to manage and that's why they're unpopular. Have a trawl around the forums, give the army a really good read, go back to the drawing-board and see what you can come up with. It's worked for me three times in the last twenty years-I'm still pushing out what are essentially the same lists without complaint.
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When I was a boy I saw my first Tyranid picture in my older brother's Rogue Trader. I saw it as something different and much more alien than the Orks, Slaan or Eldar that were about at the time. Since then I was always facinated with them and found them to be the kind of army that I would enjoy. I really like the models and find the fun with them is being able to personalise them if wanted. Also I like their fluff and so far mostly I've liked the rules for them. Though I think all the armies in 40K have a few black sheep in their rules, the Pyrovore being ours.
I also like how Tyranids can use inspiration from nature in how the models are made to look by converting them. Also the idea of them being without any sense of self is good. It is fun to eat all those heroes and super villians who are so self abosorbed. Reducing them to nothing more than the prey they really are.
That's a tough one for me, I like playing against them really, there's something about just fighting for survival against a creature that won't surrender, or accept surrender, but just wants to eat you. I bought mine originally as a counter to my other armies, as running my own campaign would be boring with just one or 2 armies. I was never going to do Daemons, so had to counter my GK's, and figured if there were no Daemons then they had to be formed for some other reason, so the 'nids were that reason. Of course they used to be a darned sight more potent than now, but with the new kits maybe we'll see some of that 'be afraid' factor return eh?
@adamwelton Yea I've grown to love the "off the beaten path" list. The first time I stopped playing them was because I was fairly new to warhammer and didn't know how to play them. Went asking around and it was GAUNTS GAUNTS GAUNTS. Found out I hated playing that style so kinda put them aside. One of my good friends (Brother Gideon) looked over my codex and asked "why arn't you taking this, this, and that"? kinda revamped my list with lots of outflanking genestealers with a pretty good bit of MC's and loved it. Win lose or draw.....never really matters to me.
I'll go ahead and answer my own question. I play with a good size group of friends who all got into warhammer at pretty much the same time and of course, everyone chose space marines of different chapters (Black Templar for me). One person chose Tau, one chose IG, but mainly space marines. I wanted to choose something different and evil. Kind of a centralized enemy. I started them up after the 5th edition came out so I never knew why everyone complained about it...I loved it. I've talked to people since and found out why. haha. All in all I like them, just kinda gotten away from playing them.
When I started Warhammer I wanted a numbers army, but I hated orcs and didn't want to play IG, so bugs was my way to go. I also loved the zerg in Starcraft, so that helped.
I also like the whole "I'm gonna eat the universe" thing.
I love the look of the models and the backstory surrounding them. Aliens from another galaxy consuming all in their path. It just struck a chord with me. They were my easy first choice when I started 40K back in 3rd edition and remain one of my top three favorite armies still.
Everything explained above and more.
Wow, looking at all of the above fluffy reasons, my own seem a little shallow. I started my Tyranid Army:
- After Genestealers ate my Demon Prince
- After Genesteales ate my Broadsides and Shield Drones
- After I surrendered Turn 2 due to 5 Tervigons popping Gaunts that I couldn't stop with Tau shooting
- After Trygon ate my everything
- After a friend put all of his Nids for sale and gave me a good price.