Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A Reprise for Hive Fleet: Nemesis

A Return to Hive Fleet Nemesis

On Thursday I will be playing a regular (non-campaign) game of 40k so I have decided to rest the Squat Guard and give a first 6th-edition run-out to my Tyranids. I stuck with Nids throughout most of the last year or so of 5th edition, back when they were considered an also-ran codex. I'm therefore looking forward to trialling the same army in 6th edition!
The list I will be using is the exact-same list I ran in 5th edition - largely because that's all the models I have! Here is my 1750pt list:
Hive Tyrant: twin-linked devourers with brainleech worms; bonded exoskeleton; wings. 245

2 Zoanthropes 160
Mycetic Spore
2 Zoanthropes 120
The Doom of Malan'tai 130
Mycetic Spore

10 Termagants 50
The Scuttling Swarm Tervigon: Catalyst; Onslaught; cluster spines; toxin sacs. 200
10 Termagants 50
The Scuttling Swarm Tervigon: Catalyst; Onslaught; scything talons; cluster spines; toxin sacs. 205

Trygon 200
Trygon 200
1 Carnifex: twin-linked devourers with brainleech worms; twin-linked devourers with brainleech worms. 190

1,750 points
The army has six monstrous creatures, eight psykers and the ability to spawn multiple troops units - three things that define 6th edition. I'm looking forward to giving the army a dust-off (literally) and a run-out against a new Tau army. Watch this space for a battle-report over the weekend!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Best Podcasts on the 'Net?


There must be a lot of great podcasts out there on the tinterweb relating to our favourite game, Warhammer 40,000 - but which are the best and which are your favourites?

I currently listen to the '40K UK' / '40K Global' podcast and occasionally the '11th Company' podcast from the USA, but I'm sure there are lots more - specifically in this country - that I am missing.

I enjoy listening to articles on tactics, codex reviews, anything to do with the fluff, scratchbuilding and model/terrain-making... just about anything really! Specifically though, anything that might make me a better player, and anything which shows a bit of imagination (ie, not just regurgitating the latest net-spam army lists).

Please help me! If you can suggest some good podcasts, I would be very grateful. I may even do a post reviewing all the ones that our readers here on Claws & Fists recommend!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Cricket! Ashes! Photography! With my reputation?!?

Well, this is massively off topic but I'm pretty excited so I thought I'd just share quickly.

As some of you may know today sees the first day of play in this year's Ashes Test - that's cricket for the uninitiated. The First match is being played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham (where I live) and I have been lucky enough to have been selected to photograph the event on behalf of Trent Bridge!

I'll be working in and around the ground trying to get stories which promote both the Venue itself and the impact that the match has on the City of Nottingham.

If anyone reading this happens to be going along let me know in the comments section below and I'll try and find you for an interview. If you're not going to be there you can still follow all the action on the bloghere.
which I'll be contributing to and is linked

Sorry for this brief interlude, normal blogging will resume in due course!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Tyranids on Necrons - Battle Report

Mommy Bugs! Sadly I left the "Child-bearing Hips" on the sprue ...
Looks like I'm getting my 40K on at the moment and the blogging muse is kicking in, so "make hay while the sun is shining" as the saying goes! Quick caveat before I get any further, while the writing muse is with me I keep forgetting to take photos while I play! So to break up the wall of text I've included some photos of my Tyranids as they look at the moment.

I took my 'nids down to Warhammer World yesterday to take on Duncs' Necrons and after seeing his build at Blog Wars 5, I was surprised with what I saw across the table from me:

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Tyranid List Building Thoughts.

Boom! goes the dynamite.
 After playing Tyranids exclusively since around November last year and capping it all off with a fairly good performance at Blog Wars a couple of weeks ago I’ve been giving my list building strategy a bit of a rethink. Over the last few months I’ve experimented with a few different builds but a few things have remained consistent, firstly the mandatory inclusion of two Carnifexes with two Twin Linked Devourers each and a Tyranid Prime to nestle between them, two Tervigons and two 10-man units of Termagants to make them troops. Beyond these building blocks, I have experimented with Flying Hive Tyrants, Zoanthropes, Hive Guard, Mawlocs, Trygons, the Doom, Raveners and Gargoyles.

So a fairly broad spectrum there, but recently I’d settled down into a more shooting focused build involving Hive Guard, the Carnifexes and a couple of deep striking Monstrous Creatures and indeed this was reflected in the list I took to Blog Wars. However I felt a very significant lack of range and I also realised that such is the power of weight of firepower available to some armies at the moment, that managing your opponent’s range to you is also of great importance to the survival of an army that needs to get in close such as my ‘nids.

In an attempt to address some of these issues I’ve rethought my policy on list building with Tyranids so here are a couple of lists following a different philosophy of play-style:


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