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Unit of the Week: Barbed Hierodule

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We have a new unit of the week! Having already discussed all units in the standard codex, we're moving on to Forge World datasheets. This week it's the massive gun-beast the Barbed Hierodule. 


What are you thoughts, and how best would you use it?

  • To compliment a list, or to build a list around? Will the beta rules affect your list(s)?
  • What size unit? Will you be running multiple units?
  • What Hive Fleet Traits, Adaptative Physiologies and Stratagems do you prefer and how much does it depend on the above choices?
  • Are you buffing this unit? If so, how?
  • Uses in Matched, Narrative and Open Play

Over to you.


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Like the Dimachaeron, it's the model that puts me off using it or its Scythed sibling. However, unlike the Dimachaeron I don't think the model is especially ugly; it's just such an old model (sculpted from wax if memory serves me right) that it does not fit with the modern Tyranid design aesthetic, like, at all. It was sculpted around late 3rd edition (I think?) and it shows; it's clearly meant to go with that era of model.


That said the fact it's a Heavy Support choice makes it quite tempting, and as it happens I'm working on converting a (scythed) Hierodule up from some Tyranid monster kits. I think both breeds are decent picks as a relatively affordable (pointswise) big-scary-centrepiece unit.

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