Monday, 22 October 2012

Blog Wars 4 - Tyranid Test List (1)

With a little over a month until Blog Wars 2 I'm about to test the next iteration of my Tyranid list containing the compulsory Special/Unique Character.

Tyranid Prime w. 2x Bone Swords, Deathspitter, Regeneration

Doom of Malan'tai w. Spore Pod
3x Hive Guard
3x Hive Guard

10x Termagants
10x Termagants
Tervigon w. Crushing Claws, Cluster Spines, Adrenal Glands & 3 Powers
Tervigon w. Crushing Claws, Cluster Spines, Toxin Sacs & 3 Powers

5x Raveners w. Rending Claws

Heavy Support
2x Carnifexes each w. 2x TL Devourers with Brainleech Worms
Trygon w. Adrenal Glands

I wanted to go for a Gargoyle list with the Parasite but I don't have the models and I have other things to be spending my money on this month so I've gone for an alternative route with the Doom, Raveners and a Trygon. The Trygon was one of the heroes of Open War for me so it's not a big stretch to get him in again here, I also feel that the Doom is a strong choice with the propensity for foot lists at the moment (he is a bit fragile though).

It's the Raveners which I'm not sure about; on paper they look very tasty being very fast (beasts) and with 4 attacks per model (in this case they are also rending ++) they should be pretty killy. On the down-side though despite the 3 wounds they have there are T4 and do not have Eternal Warrior so they're not too hard to kill from range, also they only have a 5+ save so they either need psychic buffing or they have to pick on units they can cope with comfortably.

For the purposes of trying them out though I'm pretty confident that the good could outweigh the bad so I'm approaching my first test game on Thursday with some optimism for them. I'll let you know how it goes!


  1. Doom - love him! He's my favourite unit in the whole of 40k. With the reduction of transports, you'll have a great time with him. The Mycetic Spore us a must-have upgrade for him.

    Raveners - love 'em! They are fragile so if you can increase the unit size you'll do very well with them. I always wanted three units of 6-8 Raveners apiece in my Tyranid army but couldn't afford the models (poor lecturer wage...).

    I think your army has a better balance than before, that's for definite. You will struggle if you come up against Land Raiders or mobs of Terminators (none in my list for Thursday, you'll be pleased to know!) but apart from that you have loads of scoring infantry, loads of anti-infantry shooting and plenty of anti-tank shooting. What do you have to counter Flyers though?

  2. I'm thinking that the Hive Guard combined with the Carnifexes will be solid enough to provide anti-flyer support should I need it. Generally though I can relatively savely ignore most flyers without too much worry.


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