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HI, i'm a new tyranid player and i don't know much about what to do with my army. I researched a little, found out the most BASIC army i can have is a hive tyrant and a box set of gaunts. I'm not sure exactly where to go from here, but i wanted to get my whole army built so i can play against a few of my friends soon. I don't know much about the rules, and i get my codex in a week. I have a few questions to ask so i can get started.
1) Can you put guns on 4 of the hormagaunts and scythe claws on the other 4 and have them in the same squad?
2)I odn't know how to equip my hive tyrant. I'll mostly be playing against chaos and space marines, i have a liking to what i know about close combat.
3) What should i do to improve my army and what is the point system? i don't really understand that.
1) I'm pretty sure you have to have them in two seperate squads, one "shooty" squad and one "CC" squad.
2) Hourglass's Hive Tyrant Tactica at http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ad.php?t=43252 (Hive Tyrant Biomorph Tactica - How To Engineer Your Tyrant) is a excellent read on this issue.
As for how to expand and improve your army, I'll leave that to the other, more experienced members to tell you about ...
It depends on u're playing tyle or what u like. If u're looking for a balanced army then a three or four largish cheap units of gaunts will do well. back this up with two units of gene steallers and u have a solid an numerous troops selection. a hive tyrant is always a good option as a HQ choice. as u will read in Hourglass' tactica, don't mix u're weapons. so either have cc or shooty. the same goes for the carnfex's. carnifex's seem to be more effective in shooty roles, rather than cc. so i'd suggest getting a reasonable troop bases then expand as u will with other, more nastier units.Originally Posted by Neo_Kuja
1) Warriors can have different weapons in a brood, but others must be the same. Also, there's no shooty horm's, just termagaunts.
2) It really depends on what you want to do with your Tyrant... If you want to build an assault based Tyrant, I'd recommend 2 sets of Scything Talons for the extra attacks, then for biomorphs, give it Winged (wings don't come with the box, unfortunately), Flesh Hooks, Toxic Miasma, and then optionally Warp Field and Toxin Sacs.
For shooty Tyrants, I like the 2 Twin-Linked Devourers with Toxin Sacs and Enhanced Senses with 2 Tyrant Guard. 12 str 5 shots with reroll to hit and wound. Venom Cannon and a Barbed Strangler would work well, too, for taking out heavier targets.
3) Again, it depends on your playstyle. You'll want to get some genestealers, as they are the real assault power in your army, and also a Carnifex or two... Then fill it out with more gaunts and some warriors if you want a balanced approach. Look at some of the samples in the army list section and make sure to read the replies, too. It should give you an idea of where to start.
As for the point system... refer to the main rule book and codex for more information. They're basically values given to each unit so that 'even' matches between different armies can be had. Common point values for games include 1000, 1500, 1850, and 2000. Anything you and an opponent agree upon is fine, though.
thank you all for this advice, it is very helpful. I'm still a bit confused on the points system, my friend gave me a vague explianation. Correct me if i'm wrong, but i think it's different units have different point values and they change depending on what upgrades they have, and you have a maximum given value of points to spend on units?
Also, i prefer the large swarm. i'm kinda held back on costs of the models right now, but when i get enough money i'll look into getting some genestealers and another box of gaunts. What units go good with swarms? mostly gaunts or genestealers, or a mix of both, what should the ratio be?
about the upgrades, can i have different upgrades for different units in a squad? Like, if i have a squad of 8 hormagaunts, can i decide to equip only 4 of them with toxin sacs and the other 4 with adrenal glands?
Thank you all for helping me, my friend doesn't know much about tyranids so he's helping as much as possible and he's learned a lot so far from all of this. thank you again!
Yup, I think my points explanation was pretty much correct there, Max.
That's true, I don't know that much about the 'nids, I only know ways to counter them.