Wednesday, March 24, 2010
My thoughts on Tyranids: part V – Drop ‘Nids & How to Counter Them
Anyway, your typical Ninja ‘Nids army looks like this:
- Flyrant w/ Hive Commander, dual TL Devourers with Brainleech ammo, whatever else
- 2 Zoanthrope squads in Mycetic Spores (I prefer 3-strong squads, some prefer 2)
- Lictor or Deathleaper
- Troops varies from list to list
- 3 Trygons
If I ran Drop Nids, my army would have 3x3 Spore Mines. They are very helpful for dictating your opponent’s deployment.
Playing against this army is very similar to playing against all Drop Pod armies, except the ‘Nids are better. It’s important to realize when you’re looking at a drop Nid list as opposed to a regular footslogging list. Usually it’s obvious: Does it have +2 to reserves and all units (sometimes not Troops) are capable of deepstriking or outflanking? Then they’re probably going to be dropping.
If you get the choice, always take second turn. This gives your opponent a difficult choice: do they Deep Strike everything anyway, or do they deploy? Usually, the right choice for them is to DS. If they deploy, you are now pretty much playing against a weakened regular Tyranid army.
MCs and Zoanthropes
If they Deep Strike, castle up and use smart target priority when they drop. If you’re a shooting army, you should have a bubble wrap unit or two spread out in front of your army, so the Hive Tyrant and Trygons have something to kill before they hit your gooey stuff. If you are a CC army, the MCs shouldn’t be a big problem. Remember, Zoanthropes will rape your vehicles, so you need to take them out or at least tie them up.
Lictors and Mycetic Spores
Mycetic Spores are generally placed on top of objectives to contest them. They are pretty easy to kill, but they can be an annoying distraction with their shooting. One thing to consider about Lictors & Deathleaper is that they are mounted on 40mm bases, so if you want to keep them away from your squishy guys you must leave absolutely no gaps in your castle.
How have you guys fared against Drop Tyranids, and what tactics have you used to beat them?