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Combat Patrol: Tyranid – Beginners 1,000 Point Starter Army

Today we’re looking at the Tyranid Combat Patrol box, continuing our series of 1,000 point start armies using the Combat Patrol boxes as our base.

I’ve put links throughout this article to buy the items at Element Games (UK only), but hopefully you’ve got a FLGS nearby who can also help. If you buy from Element Games, you also help Woehammer as we get a small affiliate bonus.

Combat Patrol Beginners Armies
Aeldari (Eldar)
Adeptus Sororitas
Blood Angels
Orks

Combat Patrol Tyranid

Like the other boxes the Combat Patrol box is filled with goodies and makes for fantastic savings when you’re starting out in collecting an army for 40k. They are RRP of £90 (or local equivalent), but most FLGSs provide a discount on this.

Inside the box you get:

Hive Tyrant (£36)
3 x Tyranid Warriors (£35)
36 x Termagaunts (£63)
3x Ripper Swarms (included on Termagaunts sprues)

That’s a total of £134 if you were buying these kits separately, meaning you get a saving of £44.00

To add to this boxed set, we’re going to add a few extra units that’ll give you something different to paint and expand your synapse.

Meaning that the total army including Codex: Tyranids comes to a total of £238.50.

Element Games provides this all at discount, meaning the whole lot including the book will cost you just £165 – that’s not much more than the RRP of the models in the Combat Patrol box.

The Army List

This is the list I’ve come up with

HQ
Swarmlord – 240 points
Tyranid Prime – 90 points
Tervigon – 215 points

Troops
5 Tyranid Warriors – 155 points
12 Termagaunts – 84 points
12 Termagaunts – 84 points
12 Termagaunts – 84 points

Fast Attack
3 Ripper Swarms

997 points
(depending on loadouts)

Swarmlord

Games Workshop – The Swarmlord

This is our first of 3 HQ choices – perhaps overkill but we need the synapse – and he’s a close combat monster. This kit will allow you to assemble a Hive Tyrant, or a winged Hive Tyrant instead but with all the Termagaunts, who doesn’t want this hunk of awesome to lead them.

Games Workshop via Wahepedia

13 wounds, with a 4+ invunerable save and only Melee weapons… but with 9 attacks, damage 3 and -4 AP. He’s slicing and dicing almost anything in the game and even Terminators are relying on their invulnerable saves.

In addition (what a phrase) he’s a two power psyker and ignores the first damaging hit in combat. In a 1,000 point game he’s definitely going to be a target.

Tyranid Prime

So this is more of a niche choice, but he’s here because I’ve got a unit of 5 Tyranid Warriors so I’ve got one left over. Just ensure he’s obviously different, watch your opponent panic and get the rest of the army in. Seriously he’s just a Primaris Captain for the ‘Nids and they are ten a penny.

However he makes a great painting opportunity and a good model to practice on before you do the Swarmlord.

Tervigon

Much like the Swarmlord, I’ve chosen this because of the number of Termagaunts… the Tervigon get’s you more! But if you’re bored of them you can build it as a Tyrannofex.

Tervigon from Games Workshop

The Tervigon also has 17 wounds, so he’ll either drag shooting from the Swarmlord, or be the one left when you get in close and brutal… but as mentioned above he helps the Termagaunts… a lot

Games Workshop via Wahapedia

You could get another box of Termagaunts for his once per battle, but yours are going to die getting to the enemy so you’ll be fine.

Tyranid Warriors

Not everyone likes them but the models are iconic which is why I’ve bought another 3 of them… so there are 6. As above one of them is our Prime for Synapse coverage, but the other 5 are in one unit.

Games Workshop

I use these for the ranged threat… so Venom Cannon and Deathspitters are my choice — but of course you can make your own choice if you prefer different load-outs.

Games Workshop via Wahapedia

None of the options will set the world alight, but they allow the Warriors to hold some more distant objectives but still contribute to killing the enemy. Plus… they are Assault weapons so you can move and shoot.

Termagaunts

36 Termagaunts… 36! I love hordes and this is awesome… what a box! Of course you may not be so keen especially as a new player and here Contrast Paint is your friend. Have a play with some options and chose a paint scheme you are happy with.

I’m a fan of the spinefists, but the devourers are also good and allow the Termagaunts to provide a similar role to the Tyranid Warriors. Spinefists mean you’re going to be getting closer to the enemy – which may backfire.

Games Workshop via Wahapedia

You also get them coming back with the Tervigon.

WHAT NEXT?

There are two main ways to take the army… monsters or more troops. Monsters are Carnifexes, Haruspexes, a Tyrannofex or a Toxicrene. The names may be confusing, but you’ll have it down in no time.

Other options are foot troops and you’ll need Hormagaunts… and Genestealers for more combat punch!

Remember you can purchase these at your FLGS or local supply source, but if you’re in the UK and fancy helping Woehammer out, you can use Element Games!

I hope you enjoyed this, how would you build a 1,000 point list from the Combat Patrol Box? There may well be aspects of the codex or units that I have not included that you think should be, so why not let us know in the comments below.

Declan and Eeyore

Hobby Update – Genestealer Broodlord

My Genestealer Kill Team article is proving to be a bit of a slow burner hit, and I recently added some Termagaunts to the Kill Team to give me some slightly friendlier options if playing against new players, or irregular wargamers.

I have long loved the Tyranids and have a large collection in various stages of painting. In the distant past I did manage to make a 2,000 point army but this is now from such an old edition it needs a complete re-write before it would be useable.

Whilst painting my Warlord Games Napoleonic British I got a bit stuck on the 14mm models, and – taking my own advice – decided to paint something different. I remembered I had a Broodlord somewhere and, after a little rummaging, found it and undercoated it before I could get distracted by something else.

The ‘little’ chap ready to go.

The main paint scheme here is using Talassar Blue (still magic) with Teclis Blue drybrush. The base is from a 40mm sector imperialis base cut up to go around the pipe. And – as is normally the case with me – the base has more colours on it that the model. Oh well; I still think he looks good.

As I was completing him, I noticed a Space Marine helmet and had to decide what colour to paint it. Normally I would go red, because I collect Blood Angels as well, but it’s March so there was another option. Taking on the #MarchonMaggrage hashtag, I painted it blue for the Ultramarines (although it could be a Blood Angel Devastator of course)!

I don’t know what he’s pointing at, but I hope it’s not me.

With the Broodlord finished, I can now go back to Napoleonic troops… more small toys!

Hobby Bingo

This also means that I’ve done another Hobby Bingo Box!

That’s E4 completed for March

— Declan

Hobby Update – Kill Team Termagaunts

My Genestealer Kill Team article is proving to be a bit of a slow burner hit, and I love the colour scheme so I decided that it was time to get going on some reinforcements for the Kill Team.

For those who didn’t catch the original article I assembled and painted 10 Genestealers for Kill Team in order to play against some casual wargamer friends (ie not competive). The Genestealers got one game in, but they proved to be a little too powerful for the group of players so I sat out and watched a few more games.

So… to tone it down a bit I picked up some Termagaunts from my box ‘o’ Tyranids and got painting.

The scheme is Black undercoat, with Grey Seer zenithal highlights
Then Tallasar Blue contrast, drybrush with Teclis Blue
And finally, the orange for the bone / carapace – Mephiston Red, Wild Rider Red, Fire Dragon Bright

The orange recipe

It’s a nice simple scheme with the Mephiston Red being used as a single base for the orange to go on. If I was neater with the blue it probably wouldn’t even be needed.

How did they come out… well I have pictures!

8 Termagaunts – the terror of no-one!

And there they are in all their glory. They are a great little unit which I can now use for Kill Team or expand for Warhammer 40k if I go back to them. The bases are the Imperial ones, as these guys are getting fed at the Imperial buffet… probably Baal given my other armies.

In Kill Team this unit can operate in a number of different roles, but with Fleshborers they are not going to do too much damage to the enemy. They are more there to soak up fire so the Genestealers get into combat, and to hold objectives near my starting location. Either way they are a fun little addition and I’m happy with how they’ve turn out.

Hobby Bingo

This also means that I’ve done another Hobby Bingo Box!

That’s C4 complete… at Expert level

So a great start to the month with 3 boxes completed and a few more models off the painting table.

What’s next…? I’m trying to get some of the British Napoleonic done using the painting guides suggested by Peter. I’ll let you know how I get on!

— Declan

Top Three 40k Lists from the West Coast GT (Bohus, Sweden) 11/12th December 2021

I’ve done a number of top 3’s now for Age of Sigmar, so today I thought I would branch out and cover a top three for 40k. This time we’re back in Europe and looking at the West Coast GT held in Bohus, Sweden.

Olof Svensson – Forces of the Hive Mind

Tyranids by John Stone

Olof won the event with 77 battle points and 31 path to victory points over five games.

HQ
———-
The Swarmlord (240 pts)+
– Powers: Catalyst, Onslaught & Smite
Tyranid Prime (Warlord) (90 pts)+
– Relic: Adaptive Neural Lobe
– Weapons: 2x Scything Talons
– Stratagem: Alpha Leader-Beast
– Synaptic Link: Unchecked Ferocity
– Warlord Trait: Swarm Leader
Neurothrope (95 pts)++
– Powers: Symbiostorm
Magus (100 pts)+++
– Familiar
– Powers: Mass Hypnosis & Mind Control

Troops
———-
16x Genestealers (208 pts)+
– Weapons: 16x Scything Talons, 16x Rending Claws
– 4x Acid Maws
16x Genestealers (208 pts)+
– Weapons: 16x Scything Talons, 16x Rending Claws
– 4x Acid Maws
29x Termagaunts (203 pts)+
– Weapons: 29x Devourers
3x Tyranid Warriors (66 pts)+
– Synaptic Link: Bioweapon Bond
– Weapons: 6x Scything Talons
3x Tyranid Warriors (66 pts)++
– Synaptic Link: Bioweapon Bond
– Weapons: 6x Scything Talons
5x Acolyte Hybrids (40 pts)+++
– Acolyte Leader: Autopistol, Cultist Knife
– Weapons: 4x Autopistol, 4x Blasting Charges, 4x Cultist Knife & 4x Rending Claw

Elites
———-
6x Hive Guard (270 pts)+
– Weapons: 6x Impaler Cannon
Lictor (37 pts)+
6x Hive Guard (270 pts)++
– Weapons: 6x Impaler Cannon

Fast Attack
———-
10x Gargoyles (70 pts)+
– Weapons: 10x Blinding Venom, 10x Fleshborer
Cult Scout Sentinel (35 pts)
– Weapons: Multi-Laser

Detachments
———-
+Battalion: Tyranids – Hive Fleet Leviathan
++Patrol: Tyranids – Hive Fleet Kronos
+++Patrol: Genestealer Cults – Cult of the Four-Armed Emperor

Total Points: 1998 pts

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Andreas Holm – Tyranids

Tyranids by John Stone

Andreas managed 67 battle points and 31 path to victory points.

HQ
———-
The Swarmlord (240 pts)+
– Powers: Paroxym, Onslaught & Smite
Tyranid Prime (Warlord) (90 pts)+
– Relic: Adaptive Neural Lobe
– Weapons: 2x Scything Talons
– Stratagem: Alpha Leader-Beast
– Synaptic Link: Unchecked Ferocity
– Warlord Trait: Strategic Adaptation & Swarm Leader

Troops
———-
12x Genestealers (156 pts)+
– Weapons: 12x Scything Talons, 12x Rending Claws
– 3x Acid Maws
12x Genestealers (156 pts)+
– Weapons: 12x Scything Talons, 12x Rending Claws
– 3x Acid Maws
10x Hormagaunts (60 pts)+
– Weapons: 10x Scything Talons
3x Tyranid Warriors (66 pts)+
– Synaptic Link: Bioweapon Bond
– Weapons: 6x Scything Talons

Elites
———-
6x Hive Guard (270 pts)+
– Weapons: 6x Impaler Cannon
Lictor (37 pts)+
Lictor (37 pts)+
Maleceptor (185 pts)+
– Synaptic Link: Focal Essence
– Powers: Catalyst & Smite

Lord of War
———-
Harridan (700 pts)
– Adaptive Physiology: Dermic Symbiosis

Detachments
———-
+Battalion: Tyranids – Hive Fleet Leviathan
++Super-Heavy Auxiliary: Tyranids – Leviathan

Total Points: 2000 pts

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Anders Palm – Adepta Sororitas

Anders managed to claim 62 battle points and 30 path to victory points.

HQ
———-
Morvenn Vahl (Warlord) (265 pts)+
Celestine and Geminae Superia (200 pts)++
-Weapons: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Power Sword & 2x Frag & Krak Grenades

Troops
———-
5x Battle Sisters (55 pts)+
– Sister Superior: Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
– 4x Bolt Pistol, 4x Boltgun & 4x Frag & Krak Grenades

No Force Org slot
———-
Repentia Superior (40 pts)++

Elites
———-
2x Crusaders (22 pts)+
– Weapons: 2x Power Sword
2x Crusaders (22 pts)+
– Weapons: 2x Power Sword
9x Celestian Sacresants (136 pts)++
– Sacresant Superior: Inferno Pistol
– Relic: Litanies of Faith & Spear of the Faithful
– Stratagem: A Sacred Burden
– Weapons: 8x Anointed Halberds, 8x Bolt Pistol & 8x Frag & Krak Grenades
5x Celestian Sacresants (70 pts)++
– Sacresant Superior: Anointed Halberd & Bolt Pistol
– Weapons: 4x Anointed Halberds, 4x Bolt Pistol & 4x Frag & Krak Grenades
Dogmata (65 pts)++
– Chorus of Spiritual Fortitude
– Relic: Chaplet of Sacrifice
– Stratagem: Saint in the Making
– Warlord Trait: Beacon of Faith
5x Sisters Repentia (70 pts)++
– Weapons: 5x Penitent Eviscerator
5x Sisters Repentia (70 pts)++
– Weapons: 5x Penitent Eviscerator

Fast Attack
———-
5x Dominion Sisters (80 pts)+
– Dominion Superior: Chainsword, Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
– Weapons: 4x Artificer-crafted Storm Bolter
5x Dominion Sisters (80 pts)+
– Dominion Superior: Chainsword, Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
– Weapons: 4x Artificer-crafted Storm Bolter
5x Zephyrim Sisters (90 pts)++
– Zephyrim Superior: Bolt Pistol, Zephyrim Pennant
– Weapons: 4x Bolt Pistol, 4x Power Sword & 4x Frag & Krak Grenades
5x Zephyrim Sisters (85 pts)++
– Zephyrim Superior: Bolt Pistol
– Weapons: 4x Bolt Pistol, 4x Power Sword & 4x Frag & Krak Grenades

Heavy Support
———-
5x Retributor Sisters (135 pts)+
– Armourium Cherub
– Retributor Superior: Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
– Weapons: 3x Multi-Meltas, 1x Ministorum Heavy Flamer
5x Retributor Sisters (135 pts)+
– Armourium Cherub
– Retributor Superior: Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
– Weapons: 3x Multi-Meltas, 1x Ministorum Heavy Flamer
5x Retributor Sisters (135 pts)++
– Armourium Cherub
– Retributor Superior: Bolt Pistol & Boltgun
– Weapons: 3x Multi-Meltas, 1x Ministorum Heavy Flamer

Dedicated Transport
———-
Sororitas Rhino (85 pts)+
– Weapons: Hunter-Killer Missile
Sororitas Rhino (80 pts)+
Sororitas Rhino (80 pts)+

Detachments
———-
+Patrol: Adepta Sororitas – Argent Shroud
++Vanguard: Adepta Sororitas – Bloody Rose

Total Points: 2000 pts