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hi i have just decided to start s nid army and was wonderin if anyone could give me some advice of what to do to start it off i would be really greatfull
do you have the tyranid codex? if you do read over it a few times and take your time. Once you did that get a tyranid battleforce and your supplies. Get a hive tyrant as soon as you can and work your way up with that.
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Once you get a codex, the best buys are either going to be getting a battle force box or a warrior box and a gaunt box. The battle force is a great deal and starter set but it costs a lot. The warrior and gaunt box would give you 3 troops squads and a squad of warriors. It is a legal army that is realtively inexpensive and it is a good building base for the rest of your army.
Originally Posted by The Paint Monkey
I agree, I started my army buy buying the battle for macrage (which was running $50, dont know the original price), a box of warriors, and a gaunt box, and got rid of the marines for some bits and another warrior. Still, its a cheap alternative, and perhaps the cheapest way to make your own army, especially if you just get some genesteeler bits and make your own rather that buying the brood lord blister.
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You can also try a winged one which you will need to convert. Get the Balrog wings from the lord of the rings range, you have mail order them.Games Workshop Online Store — Balrog Wings Give the winged ones two pairs of scything talons or two twinlinked devourers. For a Carnifex I suggest you give it either a venom cannon and barbed strangler or crushing claws and scything talons. The idea with Tyranids is to specialise them to perform a specific task such a shoot the enemy or destroy the enemy in assault.
This approach can be applied across the rest of your swarm and remember there are loads of biomorphs to play with. As the swarm grows you can get more unusual critters. Zoanthropes are good for additional firepower and synapse and Raveners are excellent fast movig assault troops, Raveners work best with rending claws.
Hope this helps get you started.
When I started the first thing i bought was the macragge boxset. Then a battleforce. Then 2 Zoanthropes for synapse and a tyrant. (And mail ordered the balrog wings.) That gives you a decent army. Play a few battles with it and then see what else you want.
The carnifex is an expensive item and your gonna want it to do everything. So stick magnets into its arm sockets, head, carapace, everywhere! That way you fex can be changed depending on what you want it to do.
Another point, Because i wanted a winged tyrant, i didnt want to pay top whack for a tyrant model and then screw it up! So i went onto ebay and bought the older version of the tyrant for just Â£5! And its still an excellant model, and looks great with wings.
Anyway, welcome to the hive, go forth and harvest!
Welcome to the swarm! =)
Nothing to add really in regards to purchases, the Codex is essential and the Battleforce + Tyrant and a couple of Gaunt boxes would net You a solid starter army. =)
Of course, if You're out-of-the-blue new, keep in mind You'll most likely need to paint a lot of models... And as Tyranids tend to be swarmy, You'll most likely end up buying more models than the average SM-guy so if You're on a budget, that might be a restriction. Getting the Codex first is still a very good idea, and You can try out with friends by proxying models for a couple of games, before dedicating Yourself into buying them.
For general Carnifex tactica, see Dakkadakka's article on them.
Investing into magnets or similar means of making Carnifex and Tyrant weaponry interchangeable is a very good thing, and if You're planning to glue models, post a list first... We can then give feedback on what probably will work and what probably won't, You tweak the list, post for feedback, and so on until You reach a list You're comfortable with before gluing the models. It is all too easy to assemble the models in a fashion that proves out to be less than effective, in case You care about such things.
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Just a question that might be relevant, have you just started Warhammer 40K? If so, then think about what kind of army you might like to have and how they might work.
Eg. Fast and lightly armoured, elitist (lots of lictors and warriors, etc.), heavy (monstrous creatures).
Once you have decided this, have a play around with some of the different models and see how they work. From this point you will have a better feeling for what works and how different biomorphs affect the models performance.
Then have a look at the codex and see what looks like fun!
And if you already play 40K, then get a battleforce box set its a pretty good start
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