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They dont get used mush because you can take hormagaunts or sythagaunts for very little less and they promote the cc skills much better than the sp'fists.
A Rhino? SLOTH!
Plenty of success, in Seeding Swarms.
In regular games, they really aren't supposed to kill anything, not even their points worth. The point is to have a huge swarm of cheap Gaunts to follow Your Leaping CC Gaunts and ensure that the enemy stays in CC for long enough to allow Your nastier creatures to assault.
Assault a Wraithlord with 20 Spinegaunts and You can leave it be, the Gaunts won't hurt it (unless there are some with RCs) but the WL will spend the rest of the game clobbering 5pt Gaunts instead of doing something really useful. Of course, the enemy may send something to help the WL, but then that's another unit which can't effectively deal with the rest of Your swarm.
"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."
In smaller games I have had succes using them killing small amounts troops. I have yet to use seeding swarm rules partially becuase I have no acces to them but im sure they do excelent there.