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I just read here ( http://www.inisfail.com/gd-atlanta-2005.htm ) that ALL NIDs inside synapse range are IMMUNE TO INSTANT DEATH. This has me, to say the least, peeved. Its makes absolutely no sense that just 'cause some dumbass bug has voices in his head he won't get smashed to pulp by a psycannon-wielding GK. Garrr!! Just my luck that the shiny new Woodie models are coming out in Sept to distract me... god they look sweet! Of course, all of this is a ploy. They make the new armies look all shiny, awesome, and invincible (inaugural battle reports are SO rigged. I am definitely starting alien hunters when they come out to deal with the flood of nids we're gonna see....
geeg! i'm mad! and my bro is starting nids now! ah well, i guess i'll have practice...
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That is what he says, but the latest WD says it is only the synaspe creatures themselves. I side with WD over an unverified website.
The reason WD gave was that too many Tyranid Warriors were dying to krak missiles and the like. All creastures in synapse range would not only be overpowered, but it doesn't make sense. How would being in synapse range help a termagant (for example) against the purely physical trauma of nutting a krak missile?
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according to the new codex all broods with a bug within synapse range (12") is immune to instant death, except ripper swarms.
It wouldn't matter for a termagant, as it only has one wound anyways. The new rule therefore only helps multi-wound models such as the zoanthrope, carnifex, etc.
Indeed, the fluff reason is really dumb. For "feels no pain" it would be perfect, but not for insta-kill immunity. The aim was to make multi-wound units more survivable and therefore a more viable option -- which is definitely a worthy reason, but the execution was very, very poor.
Well it kind of shows that the creature is held together by the all mighty power of the hivemind, which is dumb, but it is okay because most of the things affected (raveners, warriors, lictor, etc.) have such poor armor saves, I think GW just wanted to make it so they have a chance up against a lascannon since in the new "mid sized army" idea, these would be the bulk of the army. I also think that they introduced this rule because they took out hive node, they wanted the synapse creatures to become harder to kill so you can control your gaunts better.
Okay, first off, this is a hive mind, not a collective. In a hive mind, you do not have, "voices in your head". What you have is subordinate beasties, (ie. gaunts), who are completely, and utterly, subservient to the hive mind, as a whole. Think of it as a single organism, (say, a human body, for comparison). Now, say said body gets cut, all these subordinate beasties, (red blood cells), attend the injury and attempt to heal the wound, (thereby giving up there lives in the process). Now a bunch of other beasties, (white blood cells), hunt down and kill any invaders that made it through the breach, also getting snuffed in the process. Now, you are probably asking what this has to do with a big bad gribbly, (say a Tyranid Warrior) walking away from a lascannon shot. Well, Tyranid Warrior, didn't just walk away, it is dead, it just doesn't know this yet, (the Hive Mind basically said, nope, no rest for you, keep going). A second was to look at it is that the Hive Mind dumped a wack of psychic power into the Tyranid Warrior and got it to regenerate, at least a little bit. HOLD ON, you scream, but that would be regenerate, which aplies elsewhere. My response is, not quite. The regenerate "upgrade" is about a beastie that was designed to regen, whereas, in this example, the Hive Mind needed it to happen, so it did, (kinda like, your body killing off certain portions of itself so that the important parts can live, say when a body goes into shock). So, your're probably thinking that this a pretty weak argument. Well, don't forget, that the Tyranid Hive Fleets are much better organised than any human body, (or anything on this planet, that I know of). There are many, MANY, instances where a regular every day human did something that it shouldn't have been able to do. The infamous mother pulling a car off of her child, is a perfect example. In another instance, a "friend" of mine got hit by a freight train, thrown 30 m, into a tree, (and not the soft fluffy part), and returned to work about a week later. He was bit strange after that, but he could walk and talk and was allowed to work, per his Dr's orders. So the concept of having an immunity to Instant Kill is not that far of a reach, fluffy wise, after all. Don't forget, this is also a race that developed living space ships, as in really alive, not like the Eldar stuff that just reacts to a specific set of circumstances. The Hive Mind has it's lesser parts do odd things all the time. That fiction piece in the 3rd ed. codex about the Tyranid infested planet being firebombed. The Hive ships sensed the incoming attack and the Rippers went/were sent into instant Chrysalis. Now, if you ask me, THAT is pretty impressive. As another example to back my case, how many soldiers of the British Common Wealth have won the Victoria Cross posthumousley. As in they were severely injured, yet due to a supreme act of will they fought on and conducted some heroic activity. Hold on, "A supreme act of will", that kinda sounds like the reaction of a beastie under the control of the Hive Mind.
I rest my case, and my soap box, (good thing I carry one with me)
A little pain never hurt anyone - Larry
It's better because it evens out the rules. A Lascannon Heavy IG army would swamp us easily! If Warriors (and raveners etc) are T 4, they die to lascannons. They wouldn't be T 5 'cuz thats too tough, and t 4 gets killed too easily, so just add the synapse thingy!
But, it isn't too bad. Considering that the only multi-wounded guys who get insta-killed are all (i think all of them) T 4, so they only just get auto-killed by lascannons. And, if models are in synapse range, their bodies are under the control of the hive mind. It only prevents insta-kill, not death.Otherwise the Hive Mind would be indistructable (we nearly are ) and gaunts would never die. This is only to t 4 guys, who are pretty big. If they were hit by a mega super strong gun, they would lose a wound, but a lictor sized alien who dies instantly to a laser is kinda sad. They should still loose a wound, but not die, because they're way too big.
I've probably repeated myself several times already, so I'll just stop now.
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what would be perfect would be to go against str 6 (ap-)weapons with gaunts that cant be instankilled