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I was wondering what upgrades you usually give rippers if any. Thanks.
None, my strategy with rippers is "the more the merrier". Unupgraded, you can get more rippers, which is more wounds, more attacks, more models (assaulting multiple units) and a better chance to survive.
My gaming group's new motto: That army you're using is overpowered because it hurts my guys, codex is broken and needs a rewrite.
I principaly use them to pin unit for a turn or two so I prefer to give them leaping or some wings and have small group of them. Usualy I use a group of 3 or 4 with wings to follow my tyrants and pin a unit to crush the other with the tyrant and not being too much annoyed by the other.
Tyranid 2500 pts
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The Ankle Biters are useful as CC killers, Stualers, or Meat shield-work better then spineguants. Love them wee-little ankle biters:diespam:
rippers are great, take em base and throw them at terminators, and other tough guys until i can get a BD, stealers, or a couple of MCs over there, i once managed to take down 3 chaos terminators on the charge with these glorious little caterpillars, someone on this forum said they were cute and would make a great pet, just gotta keep it away from the cat! i have too fully agree with this guy, im sry i 4got ur name, i read the post last week
Rippers are great for a "tar pit" unit. They are cheap with a lot of wounds. They are instant killed by str 6 weapons. This shouldn't be a problem as your lunch usually much bigger problems around. Just try to avoid power fists (Terminators). They 6' move which is slow compared to your fleeting broods. You can over come this with flying but it doubles their cost. Leaping is a good option and the 3' combat range will help in those big fights.
Their best use is to escort your slow creatures. Particularly Carnifex's as they can have the same initiative. Another use is that a cheap brood of rippers can sit by themslves and deny a flank. Remember that they are size 1 so you can't draw line of sight through size 2 terrain. This means that your lunch will have to commit unit to exterminate them. They can not capture quarters. Adding a shooty Ravener for support will make taking that quarter a serious commitment.
there the coolest unit, but i never upgrade them. but if i have to then, making them winged is the best.....
The less upgrades the better, for their cost you already get a lot of stuff.
Every base extar you can put into play is better.