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I am new to 40k and I am thinking about starting either tyrranids or imperial gaurd. I just want to know some of the fluff in each army before i spend ay money. Any help will be appreciated.
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BasicallyOriginally posted by cllzzrd@Feb 5 2005, 04:18
I am new to 40k and I am thinking about starting either tyrranids or imperial gaurd. I just want to know some of the fluff in each army before i spend ay money. Any help will be appreciated.[snapback]321291[/snapback]
Imperial Guard - The Bog standard army of the imperium. "normal" humans gived guns and told to fight... if they refuse they are executed. Fluff wise there are so many different regiments, from Ice Warriors, to drop troops, to armoured tank companies, that its hard to give all emcompasing fluff.
Tyranids - Work for a collective "hive mind" (think Borg). Each creature acts as part of the "body" for the collective.
Think Starship troopers. Soldiers. Huge numbers of faceless soldiers sacrificed for the good of the empiruim. Bugs. Hordes of Insects controlled by a gestallt consciousness. It's the same, see? Just with cakeloads of variations (Guard regiments from different worlds, bio-engineered species). Guard rock at shooting things with loads of artilery and tanks. Nids swarm forward and shred everything they come in contact with. And then eat it. Literally.
Here's the piece I wrote some time ago... Should describe the basest points of Tyranid fluff.
"Fool, how can you hope to understand the might that is the Tyranid swarm?! All your life, you have been an individual with your own desires, ambition and skewed morality to be conveniently tossed aside as the situation changes.
The Tyranid has no concept of these things. The Great Devourer has come to this galaxy for only one reason: To fill it's biological imperatives. To feed, to survive... To evolve. The planets of this galaxy, like others before, shall be left as dead, barren wastelands where nothing will thrive.
For the life and biomatter consumed is not destroyed... It is used to build new creatures, the DNA incorporated into the Tyranid to make it stronger and more capable of holding it's own in this hostile universe. In this sense, anything consumed by the swarm shall live on forever!
Man spends years in training, requiring food, energy, training... A Tyranid creature hatches in a mere fraction of the time and is a vicious killer as soon as it clambers out of the reproductive geno-organs of the hive ship. When a man dies, he is gone, all the energy wasted... Whereas the Tyranid will simply devour it's dead and create them anew.
As the Tyranid arrives, it will swarm its enemies with untold millions of creatures... Rippers, Gaunts and other smaller creatures exhausting the prey by their sheer weight of numbers. Genestealers and Lictors, skulking in the shadows of a world to be consumed. Bestial Carnifexes crushing armoured tanks and throwing them aside like toys, Zoanthropes blasting prey apart by channeling the power of the Immaterium, Biovores lobbing sacs of poison and acid. Skies darkened with broods of winged Gargoyles, snake-like Raveners writhing at astonishing speeds to tear into their prey... All of them directed by Warriors and the mighty Hive Tyrants which ensure that the will of the Tyranid reaches all.
These creatures still dwarfed by others, bigger, larger... From creatures the size of Imperial Baneblades, up to the gigantic spaceborne hiveships, many kilometres long and rivalling the largest battleships in the Imperial Navy.
A sea of rippling talons, claws, spines, teeth... Their inherent deadliness at close range matched by symbiotic creatures which hurl acid and poisons and spines and small burrowing creatures, any hits from these driving their victims mad with agony before the release of death.
Nothing shall stand before the swarm. Every obstacle will be overcome, the swarm evolving to become quicker, more resilient, more lethal against each new foe encountered. For each world that falls, the Tyranid becomes stronger.
The Tyranid shall prevail."
"The meat things seek to destroy ourselves. They hunt us as we hunt them but they are weak and uncertain. The inferior flesh will be entirely destroyed, all biomatter consumed. Ourselves will fight to the last, all weak flesh must be devoured."