Hi there! I'm Russell, and as you may know if you are a faithful reader, I'm the Tyranid player at Max's local store. I'll be taking over Max's blog for the day to tell you a little bit about playing the new 'Nids in our escalation league.
The first thing that you should know about me and my 'Nids is that I play shooty Nidzilla. If you're looking for strategies for playing assault-heavy Tyranids or Tervigon spam/Gaunt swarm lists, I can't help you. If you're looking for a five hundred point list with only nine models in it, though... well, I know a thing or two about that.
Speaking of that five hundred point list, here it is:
That's two squads of warriors with paired boneswords, deathspitters and barbed stranglers, one Tyranid Prime with deathspitter and paired boneswords, and two hiveguard. This list is a solid anti-mech force, with the hiveguard able to bring down most transports that you are likely to find in 500 points, and the warriors taking care of any infantry. It can have trouble with missions with lots of objectives due to its lack of troop choices, but it does very well at Annihilation and 2 or 3 objective missions.
The glaring weakness of this list for all of you non-Tyranid players to exploit is weapons of strength 8 or more, which cause instant death to warriors. The cheapest model on this list is 45 points, and losing about 10% of your list to a single shot is heartbreaking. Krak Missiles, Darklances, Lascannons and the like all made my life very difficult. This is yet another way that the Tyranid Prime helps this list, as his toughness 5 allows him to take a hit or two that should instant-death a warrior.
Much like Max, I was expecting a more mech-heavy first round of the tournament, so I thought that the Hive Guard would be my stars, but as it turned out my warriors, with their blast templates, assault 3 weapons and high close combat capability, were what won me games. I went 2-2 in games that counted, wiping both Necrons and Daemons off the board, but losing handily to Dark Eldar and a hard-luck game to a different set of Necrons.
That's as much as I have time for in this one post. If you liked hearing from me, or you have questions about playing with or against the new 'Nids, post a comment. I'll answer what I can, and if you enjoy this post, Max may let me do another one in the next round of the league. Until then!
Devouring Humanity should come back every so often from now on to give you his thoughts on the gribblies and try to convince you to love his middle-sized beasties. Post your comments now so we know what you want to hear about and I'm sure that we can oblige. Next time, your regularly scheduled Imperial programming.