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I appologize for my noobness, but I see a lot of terms thrown about, and I have no idea what they mean.
Can someone explain them to me?
Things like Sniperfex, gunfex and Dakkafex. (actually I have no idea what 'dakka' means even though I see it used all the time)
I know they are all configurations for the carnifex, but if someone could elaborate on these, and other commonly used abreviations for Tyranids I would really appreciate it.
Dakka Fex = Carnifex loaded with Flesh Borers ( the one with the most shots, I don't play 'Nids)
I expect that a Gun fex is loaded with Venom Cannons, but don't quote me...
dakkafex = typically a fex with 2x twin linked devourers and enhanced senses. Can be used as elites in games of 1500 or more (see codex for exact details)
sniperfex = Twin linked Venom cannons + enhanced senses + other biomorphs (at least around here)
gunfex = Venom cannon, barbed strangler, enhanced senses, usually extended carapace. A good support fex that's hard to kill and impossible to insta-kill
Others you'll hear
DevilTyrant = usually a flying tyrant with 2x twin-linked devs and enhanced senses
Flyrant = tyrant with wings, usually either 2x scything talons or 2x twin linked devourers.
ScyTal= scything Talons.
Godzilla= list built using as many fex'es, tyrants and zoanthropes as possible
hordes/swarm=list built with as many models as possible, usually gaunts.
Psychic Choir=list built with 2 hive tyrants and 3 zoans all with the Psychic Choir Ability, to make your opponent fail as many leadership tests as possible.
I'll add as i see them
Someone should really make a Glossary of Tyranid Terms. I've seen similar attempts on other boards, but they generally grow to ridiculous sizes.
*edit* looks like I'm a little on the slow side...
A sniperfex and Gunfex are the same thing. It's a Carnifex with a Venom Cannon and Barbed Strangler, along with enhanced senses.
A dakkafex, unless I'm mistaken, is actually a carnifex with two twin linked deverourers
and enhanced senses.
anything like zoan, zoat, thrope, etc are zoanthropes. I can't really think of any other slang terms... well, anything that has two letters, such as TS, ST, VC, BS, those are terms for various biomorphs, but they should be fairly simple, it's just taking the first letter from the names of them, like TS is toxin sacs, etc.
if you have any other questions, or that wasn't helpful, just say so and we can try again.
Last edited by paul_Harkonen; December 5th, 2006 at 18:45.
Thank you all, that was exactly what I was looking for.
I also have another question. I have heard of the Choir list. But it seems to me that if you put all your effort around making people fail leadership then your list is totally destroyed by an army that is fearless right? or am I missing something?
to my knowledge the only army where everything is fearless is nids, and that's only if you have enough synapse...
Other than that, yes there are special characters and abilities that certain units have, but I don't think there are very many armies where the bulk of them are fearless.
Except perhaps orcs, but even they have to take leadership tests, they just get super buffed leadership scores.
Chaos Cult armies are fearless.
All models with a mark of chaos (except undivided) are fearless.
really now... well, you learn something new everyday. Guess it's a good thing I rely more on rending than leadership tests to beat oponents.
and any mechanized (or mostly mechanized) army will be the same as fearless as vehicles have no LD. It's mainly IG that do this, but I've seen some OK marine lists with a bare minumum of non-vehicle models.
And grey knights... and any templars that are in assault, anything led by a chaplain, etc. There are quite a few fearless armies / units out there. But anyway, no, having a choir in your army doesn't limit your effectiveness against such opponents. Unless you take only scream on your 'thropes, they still have other uses, and tyrants also can do more than just yell really annoyingly to your opponents.
So when you fight a fearless army, you might end up wasting like 50 points, but it hardly destroys your list. And then when you come up against a Necron player with squads of 20 warriors and a pair of monoliths, they will be worth their weight in gold.