Shield of Baal: Leviathan
This book explores the fury of a full-scale invasion of a major Hive Fleet Leviathan tendril. It offers a host of formations for the new units released with campaign book. Check it out!
The formation consists of a Toxic Hive Tyrant, a Toxicrene and the units of Venomthropes. All models gain the Hypertoxic rule making their poisoned attacks cause Instant Death on a 6+ (Toxicrene on a 5+). They also gain the Miasma of Death rule, their Toxic Miasma can be used repeatedly while within 12″ of the Tyrant (it gets Toxic Miasma for free). Pretty cool formation.
I guess every book needs a formation that falls kind of flat, like this one. You bring three broods of Zoanthrope (each with a Neurothrope) and a Maleceptor. That is a lot of points. The rules you gain are A Monstrous Presences in the Warp and Power of the Hive Mind. The first gives the Maleceptor an 18″ Shadow of the Warp. The second rule allows units within 12″ of the Maleceptor to re-roll 1s when taking a Psychic Test. Not too impressive really.
A winged Hive Tyrant and two Gargoyle Broods, all combined into one massive unit. The Tyrant gain +6″ Synapse range due to the Command Node rules. The Monstrous Flock rule allows the Tyrant to Look Out, Sir on a 2+, and the combined unit only yield VP once completely destroyed. Awesome formation and one of the best ways to get a close combat Tyrant into assault.
This is odd. The Skyblight Swarm formation from Rising Leviathan II: Tyranid Invasion is repeated in this book. Sure, it’s still a great formation but it’s a little lazy. Four Flying Monstrous Creatures and at least 30 Objective Secure and respawning Gargoyles. What’s not to like?
The Sporefield is three Mucolid Spore Clusters and three Spore Mine Clusters. All Clusters gain the Advanced Wave (Infiltrate) and Sporefield (destroyed Clusters respawn on a 4+) rules. This formation just brilliant. Really cheap, deadly and disruptive. Bring it if you have the models. I’m off to scratchbuild some Mucolids.
Another formation of formations, this one is one Skytyrant Swarm, three Skyblight Swarms and a Sporefield. It got the same benefits as the Living Tide. Increased synapse while the Skytyrant lives and re-rolling failed respawning rolls. About 3000 points of awesomeness.
Shield of Baal: Deathstorm
The Shield of Baal campaign box focused on the fast paced and deadly close combat in the dying Hive City. Tyranids got Genestealers, a Carnifex and Tyranid Warriors in the box. And to no surprise if you built the units in accordance to the instructions you could field them as a formation.
Phodian Annihilation Swarm
To field this you need The Children of Cryptus, The Beast of Phodia and the Phodian Hive Warriors. Each unit has a set of special rules to begin with and together they get even more rules. Crawl from the Shadows gives all models Stealth (the Children of Cryptus gain Shrouded instead) and Unnatural Intelligence give all models Preferred Enemy while the Spawn of Cryptus (the Genestealer Broodlord) lives. Solid rules but you spend a lot of points building the special units.
I hope you enjoyed the run down of the Tyranids’ formations. They truly open up the ways you can field your Tyranid Swarm.