I had always wanted to fight the alien and the monstrous. They are foes easily identified by their inhuman features and vicious dispositions. The Tyranids and their bio-diversity personify the horror of a monstrous alien perfectly. Kinda like St George and his nemesis the Dragon.
Which may also explain why a majority of my 40k armies are also all from the Forces of Order in the 40K universe. However, with all the heroes in readiness, there were not many 'dragons' to slay.
The games i could get against the Tyranids have been few and far between. I had the most fun battling the alien horror in Brisbane, where there was a regular Tyranid player at the local GW store.
I had been inspired to form an Ultramarines army back then because of the promise of battles against the Tyranids. To this end, nothing could have been more apt than the Ultramarines 3rd Company. Also known as The Scourge of the Xenos.
I've been re-inspired to paint up that Ultramarines army once again, after getting a few games in with enrgie's Tyranids. I also had fun from playing the alien horrors meself! If you can't beat 'em...
I will be attempting to pit the army I formed almost 2 years ago against the alien horror. I just love the image of few lone marines surrounded by a sea of Tyranids, shouting defiant taunts at the beasts as they go down in suitably heroic fashion.
The list is as follows.
1 Captain Airidas xxxpts
(Pedro Kantor counts as)
1 Librarian Beltan xxxpts
9 Sternguard Vets 285pts
Sgt Glaidus w/ Power Axe, 3 Combi-plasma, 2 Lascannons (aka Magmaburn Cannon)
9 Sternguard Vets 285pts
Sgt Vaeran w/ Power Axe, 3 Combi-melta, 2
Lascannons (aka Magmaburn Cannon)
Avengers of Prandium
10 Terminators 460pts
Sgt Calidus w/ Power sword
2 Cyclone Missile Launchers
10 Tactical Marines 235pts
Missile Launcher, Flamer, Sgt Ixion w/ Power Axe & Teleport Homer
5 Scouts 110pts
Sniper Rifles+Camo Cloaks, 1 Heavy Bolter (Hellfire Rounds)
1 Thunderfire Cannon xxxpts
I have another list that has all Assault Terminators as counter assault. But I kinda like the shooty list better as it contributes firepower in the first few turns of the game. However, I did use the assault termis to good effect in my games in Brisbane as there were Mawlocs appearing in my backlines. I did lose most of the games, but they were a blast!
How will it do in 6th Ed? Well I'm not too worried, as long as its fun, AND gives me those heroic last stands! The stuff of legend :)
WIP: Some Pics of the 3rd Company
Above are some Ultramarine Sternguard Veterans I converted a few years ago. I had included a Tyranid skull on top of each Veteran. The fluff, if I remember correctly, was that each Marine has to slay a Genestealer in close combat to complete the rite of becoming a Sternguard Veteran.
WIP: Techmarine Paxius
And finally, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, Good Health and Joy in Every Day!