40K: Hive Fleet Tiamet and Hive Fleet Ouroboris

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The Hive Fleets get a lot of detail in the new Codex–but there are two in there that seem to stand out.

Pick up the new Tyranid Codex and you’ll find rules and lore for the seven big Hive Fleets–the hyper-aggressive big chargy bugs of Behemoth; Kraken with its rapidfire advances and daredevil charges; Leviathan which can synapse its creatures back to health; the once-defeated Gorgon whose toxins can melt through anything; tunneling Jormungandr with its network of tunnels and omnipresent cover; Hydra with its swarming swarms of warm swarms; and Chaos-eating Kronos, with a titanic sense of irony.

And in the Codex, each of these Hive Fleets have a fantastic full-page writeup that talks about notable encounters and gives a brief timeline for each of the fleets. But once you get to the end of the seven main Hive Fleets, you’ll find two more written up almost the exact same way. Hive Fleet Tiamet and Hive Fleet Ouroboris.

First up there’s Hive Fleet Tiamet, which is a renowned for its diamond hard carapaces. We get a little blurb about the discovery of Tiamet, and their conquest of their namesake planet. Though instead of devouring the world, they appear to be terraforming an entire planet into some kind of Tyranid organism with a monstrously strong shadow in the warp and rumors of a “conduit to a paradise world” surrounding its creation.

Tiamet gets a lot of character for a minor fleet. They launch raids, are characterized as shrugging off firepower, and so on, which is an awful lot of information for a relatively unknown hive fleet.

It’s the same with Hive Fleet Ouroboris, the first and oldest Tyranids encountered. They are different from modern Tyranids and known for their use of flyers. The whole section reads like they’d get some special rule when fielding flyers–and Tiamet reads like they should get some kind of ap reducing rule (remniscent of the ad-mech one). But they don’t, as yet, have rules.

They’re definitely important to get such focus in the book, and, I am intrigued at the idea of the Tyranid planet–I’m just not sure how we might see these two fleets in the future.

At any rate, this is a nice bit of new lore to kick off your Sunday with, so mull it over and let us know what you think.

Tyranid fleets! What do you think of the lore? Do you think we might see these two again in the future?

  • DoctorBored

    I really like Tiamet’s color scheme. It looks like white, with a black carapace that’s got a green tint to it, easily accomplished with a green wash. You could start gray, drybrush the white onto it, and then paint the black relatively quickly and then wash with the green to bring it up a bit. I think if I played Tyranids, that’s the scheme I’d do.

  • euansmith

    I like the sound of GW doing some fluff for the fun of it. The idea of a Tyranid Death Star sounds really cool.

    “That’s no moon!”

    “It is an ugly planet! A bug planet!”

    “If it bleeds; we can kill it!”

    “Let’s take off and nuke the place from orbit!”

    • Tshiva keln

      It’s a space station, would you like to know more? Get to the chopper, it’s the only way to be sure.

  • D. B.

    Both first mentioned in the 4th ed Codex:Tyranids, if memory serves. Glad that Ouroboris got some more character; I always thought it sounded cool – though it was “Ouroborus” in that edition, named after the self-consuming snake-drake also used by a certain CSM Legion.

    • euansmith

      I guess that all ‘nids are eventually self-consuming. Keep Tyrandia Tidy.

    • palaeomerus

      Always remember that if you change one letter in a legendary entity’s name you can copyright it. Maybe. So you know…Zeos, HefAYstis, Hura, Athiney, Eraes all mine! Like Sinoc the Hodgeheg. Donut steel Orjinal karqtur

  • SilentPony

    Wasn’t there a piece of lore about the Space Wolf Legion encountering a nomadic bug race during the Great Crusade, and they had trophies that resembled Tyranids, and even some ancient Titans that fought during the war had distinct bio-acid damage?

    • D. B.

      That was Ourobori/os, as mentioned in the 4th ed Codex. Background-wise, it was thin, but a very good one nonetheless.

    • plasticvicar

      There was the Kraken’s egg, captured by Leman Russ himself and displayed in the Trophy Hall of the Fang, Magos Biologis adepts eventually concluded it was Tyranid in origin. Then it split open in 999 M41 releasing dozens of tentacled creatured who had to be purged.


      • palaeomerus

        They had no choice as the tentacled creatures refused to tithe to the administratum.

  • marxlives

    If the fleets don’t have rules, just do what I do with Warmachine. When in doubt make up a rule and feign rule ignorance if someone catches on to you.