Games Workshop’s new Start Collecting boxes will be released this Saturday. With hefty discounts, decent combinations of units and new formations what is not to like? Well, maybe the burning urge to pick up a box or two and start another army. The Tyranid box consists of a Hive Tyrant, a unit of Warriors and a unit Gargoyles. You basically get the Warriors for free. The box includes a formation too – the rules are all over the internet so lets check it out.
The formation consists of one Hive Tyrant, one unit of Tyranid Warriors and a unit of Gargoyles. There are no restrictions so you can bring a winged Tyrant if you want. The Gargoyles gain the Swoop Forth rule allowing you remove the unit of Gargoyles from the table at start of your movement phase if they are within 18″ of the Tyrant and immediately redeploy them using Deep Strike. If you Deep Strike within 6″ of the Warriors they won’t scatter. You can even remove them if they are locked in combat.
This formation will allow you to pull some decent tricks. The ability to engage an enemy unit in close combat only to leave it is great, as you can use the speed of the Gargoyles to catch the enemy early on and move your shooty units up to destroy it while your Gargoyles escape. The ability to immediately Deep Strike without scatter is always useful, it will be an excellent way to screen a flank or reinforce parts of you backfield. Not game-breaking good but a very useful formation.