As I mentioned in my debut post here at Duke's Inferno, The Joy of Small Games, I had the majority of my minis stolen a few years back and am currently limited to playing rather small games. (Read the comments section of my previous post if you want to hear my sob story) As was promised, I am now going to share with you what my Tyranid collection currently consists of, and the 1,000 point army I have made from it. So here's what I have:
- One 3rd edition Carnifex
- 20 Genestealers
- 26 Hormagaunts
- 8 Termagaunts
- 6 Tyranid Warriors
- 1 2nd edition Zoanthrope (just found him in the bitz box!)
The list I have been playing recently:
HQ - Hive Tyrant (played by the 'fex) - 235
2x Scything Talons, Wings, Hive Commander, Leech Essence, Paroxysm
Elites - 10 Ymgarl Genestealers - 230
Elites - 9 Ymgarl Genestealers - 207
Troops - 5 Tyranid Warriors - 175
Troops - 25 Hormagaunts - 150
It comes to a grand total of 997 points. In most games I reserve everything, take the second turn, and try to place the y-stealers so that they will be fairly centrally located. I try to place the stealers so that their hiding places are 12-18 inches away from each other. This way they can support each other if needed but are still capable of reacting to most threats on the table. The tyrant is deployed via deep strike, the hormagaunts are usually used as an outflanking instinctive behavior missile and the warriors come on my table to edge to grab backfield objectives and add some fire support. People still don't expect 15 S5 shots to come out of a small group of 'nids.
The rest of the army is there to effectively support and deliver the stealers. The hormagaunts are a distraction and occasionally hunker down with the tyrant to claim an objective. The warriors deal with soft targets and claim objectives. Sadly, while the tyrant does get to rip a few faces off or pop the occasional tank, his primary purpose is providing +1 to reserves.
Thus far I'm 6-0-1 with this list. What do you guys think? Would you do something differently? How would you expand to 1500 its?