Overview[ edit ] Before they arrived to this galaxy, the Tyranids were probably lying dormant in intergalactic space because there was nothing there to consume probably. Despite this, they had sentinel organisms, looking constantly for any sign of life in distant galaxies. It could be that we have only seen a fraction of their numbers, or that said current numbers are all there is. The Tyranids have hibernated until they were triggered by, and attracted to, concentrated sources of psychic energy like moths to a lightbulb. One of them was the Astronomican , the psychic signature of the Emperor of Mankind spanning throughout the entire galaxy. Also, In the 30k Horus Heresy era, an alien device known as the Pharos on the Ultramarine realm planet of Sotha sent up a huge psychic energy pulse, effectively giving the Milky Way a big neon sign that called it an all-you-can-eat buffet note that this is only known to the reader--the multitude of characters in the 30k and 40k eras had no inkling of just what was coming nor who or what actually called them.
|Published (Last):||2 May 2011|
|PDF File Size:||14.80 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||16.55 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Overview[ edit ] Before they arrived to this galaxy, the Tyranids were probably lying dormant in intergalactic space because there was nothing there to consume probably. Despite this, they had sentinel organisms, looking constantly for any sign of life in distant galaxies.
It could be that we have only seen a fraction of their numbers, or that said current numbers are all there is.
The Tyranids have hibernated until they were triggered by, and attracted to, concentrated sources of psychic energy like moths to a lightbulb. One of them was the Astronomican , the psychic signature of the Emperor of Mankind spanning throughout the entire galaxy. Also, In the 30k Horus Heresy era, an alien device known as the Pharos on the Ultramarine realm planet of Sotha sent up a huge psychic energy pulse, effectively giving the Milky Way a big neon sign that called it an all-you-can-eat buffet note that this is only known to the reader--the multitude of characters in the 30k and 40k eras had no inkling of just what was coming nor who or what actually called them.
Thus the Tyranids set off, taking roughly the next 10, years to do so, but just who would be insane or evil enough to summon such an apocalyptic force of alien nature to the Milky Way?
A pretty cool guy who had no idea about what he would eventually call to dinner, actually. Still, the possibility that the Tyranids are retreating from something more terrifying than even them remains open as of now. The Hive Mind is the collective consciousness of the entire Tyranid race, a psychic embodiment of Tyranid instincts and racial imperatives: to devour and evolve. It is so powerful that its mere presence the Shadow in the Warp makes even psykers and Chaos shit their metaphysical brains out in terror.
The power of the Hive Mind is such that it casts a stifling influence over the Warp in the area, and therefore, warp travel becomes almost impossible.
This super consciousness allows their forces to move with a unity of purpose and cohesion that makes them extremely dangerous. The individual intelligence of different strains of the species is variable, however, and many of the smaller species lack the psychic power to communicate over long distances, and so the swarm relies on larger organisms, the so-called "Synapse Creatures", to act as relays and communication nodes in the psychic network if the Hive Mind is the Internet Internid , then synapse creatures are ISPs ISynaPse and routers router-warriors?
Outside of the range of a synapse creature, such as a Tyranid Warrior or a Hive Tyrant, smaller varieties such as those found within the Gaunt genus revert to animalistic behavior. However, certain strains, such as the Genestealer or the Lictor, are designed to be able to spend long periods of time beyond the reach of the Hive Mind, and are consequently considerably more intelligent and autonomous than other Tyranid organisms. The normal Tyranid modus operandi is to locate a delicious looking planet, usually by following the psychic emanations of vanguard organisms like the Genestealers, who are sent ahead as scouts to infiltrate and form cults while obtaining genetic information about the local species hence the name Gene-stealer , drawing the fleet towards a viable target.
The Tyranids are capable of non- Warp -based FTL travel, which they achieve by using gravity to manipulate spacetime and travel extremely quickly towards large gravity wells such as stars, and once they are relatively close, they must rely on STL travel to close the gap with their target.
All these organisms are based on eusocial Hive insects such as the order Hymenoptera, which includes ants, bees etc. The fleet literally grows in size and mass, and moves on to the next planet. This makes the Tyranids a very dangerous foe to fight.
As long as they are able to recover the biomass of the dead, it is simply recycled into new warriors and ships. And as per the rules Even a Hive Fleet that has taken terrible losses and is forced to retreat, may soon return to terrorize strong worlds, as capturing and consuming a few poorly defended backwater planets is all that is required for them to replenish their forces.
Even Hive Fleets considered defeated by the Imperium may still be dangerous, as the splinter elements that have survived may continue to infest worlds in the region. It is worth noting that, in the rare event that two different Tyranid fleets encounter each other, they are apt to attack each other.
This is generally believed to be some sort of Darwinian selection mechanism to compare the competitiveness of the traits the individual fleets have accumulated, with the victorious fleet consuming the other, absorbing their best traits, and culturing a deadly hybrid with the best of both worlds. So far, only fragments of Tyranid Hive Fleets have made it to this galaxy, and they were given monstrous names such as "Behemoth" and "Leviathan" and ate untold numbers of planets before finally being destroyed or stalled.
Noted Imperial scholars believe that the only possible plan that stands any chance against the arrival of this force involves giving a melta gun to everyone that has hands and praying to the God-Emperor for the best. And if they intend to retcon the above so that Leviathan is in fact the main force, they can easily write it off as ravings of a crazed Inquisitor.
Admittedly, that campaign only involved the tendril not engaged in war with the Orks on Octarius, meaning that there may be significant elements of the fleet still roaming around the galaxy. This new hive fleet is known as Kronos , after the Greek titan who fathered the gods, and with Warp Rifts and Chaos Daemons now running amok in the galaxy, the Hive Mind has turned it towards a previously untapped niche: fixing the mess left by Chaos.
In other words: Chaos energy is arguably the most malevolent, most corrupting, most powerful force in the galaxy Instead, each is a collection of symbiotic species working in tandem with one another to create a killing machine. Tyranid blood?
A living parasite. Tyranid weapons? Tyranid organs? A separate critter that could survive just as easily outside of its hosts when it is needed to swap gibblets. It remains to be seen whether this new backstory element will retcon some earlier reveals about the Tyranids, such as their observed tendency to throw themselves into digestion pools to recycle themselves into raw materials when they are too damaged to fight or no longer tactically useful.
For one thing, why bother reducing Tyranids into liquid biomass that requires precious time and energy to be remade into new bioforms from the cells up, when the Hive Mind can skip a step and conserve its resources by simply tearing out reusable organs and bio-weapons from crippled or unneeded bioforms, and then install or graft those organic parts into new or less-damaged bioforms, while throwing only the bare skeletons and the too-damaged parts into the digestion pools for recycling?
For another thing, if this becomes widespread knowledge among the Imperium, will it become the new standard procedure to either completely vapourize or thoroughly incinerate Tyranid corpses whenever possible, so as to keep the Hive Mind from reusing this grisly "salvage" should Tyranid forces take the field or advance their battle-lines far enough to retrieve those corpses? All we can say for certain is, prepare yourselves for another round of the evolutionary arms race.
Chaos and Tyranids[ edit ] Its an interesting fact to note that while the warp affects both flora and fauna, the Tyranids are notably highly resistant, if not outright immune, to its influences. Tyranids stuck in space hulks that spent centuries in the warp more-or-less got out unchanged, with no chaotic influences or mutations.
Hell, even Genestealers, who are designed to operate independently from the Hive Mind, suffer no ill effects from warp exposure, still utterly devoted to the swarm after all that time.
Additionally, when pitted against daemons like the Quadrifold Abominatum , the Tyranids are outright disruptive to them due to their warp-smothering powers, preventing daemons from mustering their full strength when under a large-enough fleet.
Consuming tainted chaos flesh also does not seem to have any real negative effect on them. More info about their relations here. An image of the original appearance of Tyranids. Why yes, that thing has a dick.
On the Table[ edit ] 2nd Edition[ edit ] Printed in the ancient past of , the first Tyranid codex brought the hive mind to the tabletop of 40k and instantly won over the hearts of a thousand vile xeno lovers. Or not.
Either way, the codex was notable for including both Genestealer Cults and Tyranids in the same book. It was at this point in the Tyranids history that the army was at its most butt fuckingly ultra rapid rip and tearing form. Tyranids were THE fucking army that could go toe to toe with other cheese like the Eldar or March of metallic doom and tear them a new asshole.
Naturally this made them THE army for players to sperg on about how they were completely overpowered and countered armies like the Space Marines and general Imperial factions with complete EASE. And then one of those fuckos was given a job at GW and it all went downhill from there for the space bugs.
Again, not much is remembered from this time, aside from the fact the strong and fast Tyranids from the 2nd edition were turned into slow, clumsy beasts, a move that nerfed them into oblivion. It was also notable for introducing silly looking metal miniatures that vanished soon afterwards like the ever popular grinfex and cool new plastic ones that are still used to this day. This codex was extremely limited, but did feature some None of these would last to 4th edition, but the nostalgia would linger for a long time after.
It was at this point that the modern designs for the Lictor, Genestealers, Raveners, and Hive Tyrants were introduced. Also, the first plastic Carnifex kit was released, and GW capitalized by giving the unit a cubic metric shit ton of options. The codex deliberately axed 3rd edition characters like Old One Eye or the Red Terror in favor of giving players a wealth of options for customizing their models.
Go ahead. Want a Carnifex with a better BS? Few of these would last into 5th edition and the flaws were pretty glaring as time went by. Some were angry at how overpowered the army looked, citing the facts that the Tervigon could create more units out of thin air using "broken" special rules, that the anti-psyker powers were so broad, and that the Hive Guard and Zoanthropes were so good at tank hunting at a time when tanks were kings. The Termagants the Tervigon could spawn?
Stats like a Guardsmen in close combat, but with half their weapon range and weaker armor. And to get Tervigons to the Troops slot from the HQ slot where they were practically useless , you had to pay Guardsman prices for a unit of them. In other words, you had to use the "cheesy" special rule or they were overpriced into uselessness.
Then there were the special powers that supposedly buffed the army. Again, at a first glance, they looked broken. Certain upgrades allowed any unit within 6" of certain models to gain rules like Feel No Pain, Furious Charge, Poison, cover saves, and so on. It sounded like a serious boon, but it had a funny effect.
Aside from the fact that most Tyranid models are too expensive unless you capitalize on the bubble-buffs, it also does a horrible thing to your freedom to play the army.
Mainly, it forces players to keep all their units bunched up within 6" of a few key models, requiring them to spend the entire game in a rigid formation that can spell disaster for the army when broken. Tyranids already suffered from this problem somewhat due to their synapse rules, but the 6" range on the mandatory buffs only shortened the leash.
Not to mention it also made blasts even worse for an army already vulnerable to them. Tyranids do seriously lack effective long range support as well. While they possess some weapons capable of mincing infantry units, most things with a range over 12" come at a premium.
Mainly, the short buff leash pressures a player into a castle formation, but the lack of medium and long ranged weaponry pressures the player to advance the entire castle towards the enemy, which has a way of creating chinks in the formation. Tyranid monstrous creatures, their heavy support, also got drastically nerfed in the 5th edition update.
Which brings us to the final problem: on top of mountains of tactical inflexibility, the Tyranids also suffer from the drawback of design inflexibility. You can buy them the poison special rule if you want, or maybe the Furious Charge special rule, but those are your two choices. Almost the entire army is that way, which is vastly different than the way they worked in 4th edition. The Carnifex alone lost eighteen weapon and biomorph options between 4th and 5th edition and it doubled in points value.
And with no upgrades taken! And for twenty points more, you can get a Trygon. Which is better than the Carnifex in almost every way. Cept looking good. The last kick in the teeth is that Tyranids are one of the more expensive armies to collect, requiring a larger number of models than most. The one good legacy of the 5th edition codex was the radical expansion of the army list. The previous codex had featured the addition of a single new unit the brood lord and the removal of two special characters.
Both were brought back for the 5th edition codex and the total units jumped from fifteen to thirty-four. Again, this one was a mix of good and bad. They even lost the ability to use psychic powers from the Biomancy table along with their Hive Mind powers being nerfed.
Warhammer 40,000/6th Edition Tactics/Tyranids
Likewise, they possess a fair amount of support units, capable of either buffing or debuffing units as need be, or otherwise acting as force-multipliers to the army as a whole. In melee, the Tyranids operate off numerous cheap infantry, complemented by larger and far pricier Monstrous Creatures; the former are exceptionally point-efficient at taking out enemy infantry, and when properly supported will defeat most anything in close-combat on account of their high initiative and mass of Poisoned attacks. In some cases it is a good idea to make assaults into cover using heavy linebreakers like Trygons since the overwhelming majority of Tyranid units every Troop Choice in the codex lack Frag Grenades. This said, the generally Fearless nature of Tyranids means that if one is not careful, a well-executed multicharge can overwhelm multiple Broods and pile up the No-Retreat Wounds. Learning to screen you army and understanding which units to sacrifice to achieve victory is critical.
Codex: Tyranids (5th Edition)
Cough From a gameplay perspective, the Tyranid army is a tactically engaging force with a lot of strengths, as well as some weaknesses which must be dealt with in order to make the most of them. Likewise, they possess a fair amount of support units, capable of either buffing or debuffing units as need be, or otherwise acting as force-multipliers to the army as a whole. As much as they can now. No more access to the main rulebook psychic powers means no more iron arm, warp speed, or anything else we liked. Its only the tyranid psychic powers now, or nothing In some cases it is a good idea to make assaults into cover using heavy linebreakers like Trygons since the overwhelming majority of Tyranid units lack assault grenades. Warriors now have assault grenades, but still have a problem with ID.
Download: Warhammer 40k 8th Edition Tyranids Codex Pdf.pdf
Used without permission. No challenge to their status intended. All Rights Reserved to their respective owners. Each entry is broken up into several categories: Special Rules: These are rules that apply to the unit individually and make the unit individual. These rules always apply to that unit.
Tyranid (5e Race)
If you do repost, please update this section so everyone knows what changed. Version 1. He has The Horror, not Dominate Version 2. Version 2. Had to fix a couple wording issues.