Those poor little Gaunts, so helpless on the raging field of battle...
A paltry 6+ save and lowly weapons and ballistic skills. Wait…can you say Toxin Sacs? Yep, there’s a way to make these little fellas worth the price of admission. Of course I know that they have some special rules, are cheaper than dirt, e.g. But isn’t it nice to know that Gaunts can take down a Daemon Prince?!
Toxin Sacs are an upgrade available to several Tyranid creatures, including monstrous ones. Although I am at a loss to see the value of Toxin Sacs on a creature that can have S10 attacks in close combat. On Termagaunts and Gargoyles, they are a 1pt upgrade; 2pts for Hormagaunts. Rippers, Stealers and Warriors pay a bit more.
This biomorph allows all close combat attacks to have the Poison USR. In the case of the ‘Nids, this means all close combat attacks will wound on a 4+, no matter the toughness of the defender. If the defender has a toughness equal to or lower than the attacker, the attacker can reroll missed wounds. So if I am in assault with most Eldar or Guard, I will be rerolling missed wounds.
Here’s an example of the power of this biomorph. Say 12 of my Hormagaunts survive long enough to charge into close combat with Huron Blackheart. Even with Toxin Sacs, that’s less than 100pts of models. Huron is more than half again as many points. Math hammer sez I will get around 21 hits, and let’s say 10 wounds. With a 3+ save, he will take 3 wounds and die…so what if he takes 3-4 or my little dudes with him. Let’s face down a Flying Daemon Prince without Power Armour. He will take out 4 of my dudes. That leaves me with about 15 hits (remember Hormagaunts have Scything Talons and can reroll 1s) and 7 wounds. Let’s say he saves 3 of those (with a 5+ save). He takes 4 wounds and dies.
In either of the previous cases, you can see how Toxin Sacs can even the odds for these little dudes. And point wise, they are a worthwhile investment. The trick, of course, is actually getting them into close combat without getting shot all to hell. But being a ‘Nid player, pulling models is what I do!
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