First off I'd like to wish you all a happy newyear & may all your games be fun filled ones, right with that out of the way it's time to look at trying to build a nid assault list, not the easy's thing in the world to do imho.
Anyway onwards & upwards, in my last post I talked about trying to use stealers, pods & formations, so I've since had a look at the ones I've got the rules for.
The one I think that would be of the biggest help to me is the endless swarm, the thinking behind this is that sadly I believe that hormagaunts just might be better then stealers.
For a brood of 20 with toxin sac's its 160pts & with a 50% chance that when killed they might come back that makes them well worth a look, so when I said above that I believe that gaunts are better then stealers it was of course from a pts point of view, plus I believe that out side of assault stealers are no more survivable & with giving the way the game works these days is a big factor to me when making a list.
Right so in my endless swarm I need one brood of warriors, 3 broods of gaunts & 2 broods of gants, so how to kit these guys out ? I'll start first with the warriors these guys don't come back so I'm going to keep them cheap, so a warrior brood (which is 3 warriors) 90pts.
Next up the gaunts for these I'm going to take 3 broods of 20 with toxin sac's, now the reason for going with 20 instead of 30 is that while I want these guys to play a big part in my army I know enough to know that I need other thing as well, so at 160pts per brood that's 480pts.
Last but not least is the gants here I'm going to use 2 broods of 15 with devourers, so at 120pts per brood that's 240pts, given me a total of 810pts which with most games played at 1850 these day leaves me with 1040pts for the rest of what I need.
To keep this army a bound list I next need to take a hq & 2 troops, for this I would really to take the swarmlord but feel he'd eat up to many pts, another way I could go would be with a tervigon & this would add to the whole endless swarm feel.
Synapse is something that this army is going to need to hold it together & I might do worse then to look at a tyranid prime + flesh hooks at only 130pts, I'd also like to try out deathleaper, who is 130pts, so cheap hq's to start off with & we'll see how we go, as for troops I think I'll run with some ripper swarms, so at 39pts a brood I'll take 3 broods for a total of 117pts.
Now carrying on down the synapse road I'm going to go for a brood of 3 zoanthropes or maybe 3 brood of 1 either way its 150pts & a brood of shrikes for 90pts, so lets put that all together & see where we are.
Hq Prime 130pts
Hq Deathleaper 130pts
Troops 3 Ripper broods 117pts
Elites 3 zoanthrope 150pts
FA Shrike brood 90pts
Formation Warrior brood 90pts, 2 Gant broods 240pts, 3 Gaunt broods 480pts
So now to get some big hitters in & really one thing this list needs is trygons, so I'm going to go with 2 one normal for 190pts & one prime for 230pts, & that brings the over all army total to 1847pts.
There are lots of other list I've got in mind that I want to try out & will be looking at them & trying them out & I'll put up reports here & let you know how the army's felt from a fun point as well as how well they did or didn't do, so I'm sure you'll all join me in welcoming back hive fleet Nagaina & as always my thanks for dropping in.