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Unit of the week : Tyranid Warriors/ Prime

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Focus in this thread will be on Tyranid Warriors and Tyranid Prime.

I’ve used the Prime recently to fill up as a cheap HQ slot.

Packed with double boneswords.

What’s your preferred equipment option?

Is there space in your list for some warriors?

What do you like pairing them with? Hive fleet preference?
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I really like these models, and with BoB I'm eager to try them out. I like Kraken too much to stray - I enjoy the aggressive focus, but there appears to be great defensive synergy with things like Jorm.

But at the same time I think any list can benefit from an anvil that sits in the middle of the board and contributes in multiple ways. That is why I'm looking at a big block of 9 all wielding bone swords with 6 carrying death spitters and the final 3 with venom cannons. Adrenal glands included as well.

With Enhanced Resistance and the other defensive Stratagems they end up pretty tough.

But I have no experience with them...they look like a great all around board control unit able to contribute against anything in almost any phase. As such, the Prime seems absolutely necessary.

Edited by Lemondish, 27 January 2020 - 10:39 AM.

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I’ve always used them as melee. I’m currently in the process of rethinking certain things. Which will include redoing arms with magnets so it’s more flexible. I like them as they hold their own synapse wise.

I’m curious how they do range wise though.
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I’m still building my Swarm, but I intend on fielding a brood of 9.
I’ll keep them cheap (quantity has a quality of it’s own!) so Scything Talons, 6 Deathspitters and 3 Venom Cannons.

I plan on taking 2 detachments, one Kraken, one Kronos. So the Warriors brood will be Kronos.

My idea is for them to sit in the midfield and be a hub for synapse to help out my Hive Guard, Exocrines, etc
In my head it seems viable!!!!!

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Dragging this back up, do we see a use for melee only warriors?

 

A while ago I wanted to make a retinue of Swarmlord-lites, with 4x boneswords but GW nerfed that by saying you only ever get +1A no matter how many boneswords you have (in the complete opposite ruling to chainswords) so the plan halted.

 

There's nothing stopping you from getting the bonuses from both swords and talons, though, so bonesword/talon warriors come out at 22pts each in old money, 24 in new, get 5A and 3W each. the 2pt increase is pretty good I think, considering the general increase in stuff in 9th. 

 

I'm thinking there will be a lot more stuff to hurt them at range than in melee, even powerfists now D2 will still only kill one max, allowing potential regeneration. Get them in CC with a prime nearby and they hit on a 2+ with reolls on the talons. 

 

Even talons +LW/BS are decent if you're wanting a roadblock to your backfield.


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I've got some rending claw and spinefist Warriors, though this was as much available bits they should be a decent close engagement build. Shooting while approaching and in combat should make them handy at handling enemy infantry without breaking the bank. I think overall build depends on how Warriors are intended to work in your list, if it's more the "traditional" support and synapse approach I reckon going for both shooting and combat works better so you can adapt more.

 

If you have more Warriors or intend to get stuck in generally I think combat Warriors have potential. Maybe not the most killy but they offer durability and customisability in the role, and with an accompanying Prime may surprise people. They're an iconic unit so it'd be good to get results from them smile.png

 

One of the things I'm thinking about is mixing the squads up a bit. Have some combat and shooty Warriors so I can pick who eats the bullets depending on what the squad might need to do. All theoretical of course so it could be a bad idea tongue.png


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I'm intrigued by the new Blood of Baal Stratagem Unyielding Chitin for 1 CP.  I wonder if having a large squad for catalyst would be worth it.  Add a malanthrope and this could be fun.  They could help anchor some midfield and objectives.  If that's the case, there seems to be two options that come to mind:

 

  • Jormungandr - This I assume will give them light cover (+1 save) to add to durability.  If you made them dakka, you could have the hive fleet warlord trait on a character nearby to give their guns negate cover.  
  • Kronos - When combined with a Prime and the Blood of Baal psychic power - Symbiostorm, these warriors will be getting additional hits on 5s.  This would mean you're not using it on exocrines, which would also get additional hits on 5s if they stood still, but it's an option that could be used.

A further option could involve giving a large unit of warriors the adaptation to ignore -1 and -2 AP.  I don't know how this would perform, but I'm interested to see the potential firepower it would take.

 

Otherwise, I do see a role of a mass of units - warriors with just talons or swords as wounds that need to be chewed through.  I wonder if some scything talon fexes would also form a nice scrum line.


Edited by Reigart, 14 September 2020 - 02:07 AM.

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I think the adaptation to ignore two points of AP needs to go on a large unit, aside from getting more from it you want to make it harder for your opponent. For a smaller squad he could easily target with heavier weaponry to remove them quickly or resort to small arms to negate the buff. A large unit would make this a decision with more consequences.

 

Cheap and cheerful always works too, I have plans to include a couple of Screamer-Killers so with a decent contingent of Warriors this could form a potent spearhead smile.png


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