First..... The pic above is a conversion (built by Mr. Pink at Modern Synthesist), and not a GW model. However, rumors have it we are looking at one of these things being tested out. Its crazy big, but so is the new Tau Riptide. Is this for an apocalypse expansion? or for a tyranid codex? To be honest I have no idea, but my guess would that it is still for a codex release.

Please remember that these are early playtest rumors, salt is always required.

via an anonymous source from the Faeit 212 inbox.
Tyranid Dominatrix
It looks like a tyrant, but with more legs.... does not look like the old epic model.
WS8 BS4 S6 T6 W4 I5 A4 Ld10 Sv3+

*Once per turn the dominatrix can double the synapse range of one other synapse creature on the battle field, including itself...this affects the Shadow in the Warp range as well.

*All Tyranids within 6" gain Feel No Pain just like Catalyst, it is gained at the start of the turn and lasts until the next Tyranid turn, but as an effect.  So those units may move outside the field and retain it.

*The Dominatrix allows Tervigon Spawn Termagant rerolls for Tervigons within 12".  2nd roll must be taken.

*if killed every Synapse or Psyker model on the table (friend or foe) must take a psychic test at half LD or suffer 1 wound with no saves allowed.

*Lvl3 Psyker. access to biomancy, TK, Telepathy, and Divination, plus the Tyranid powers.

*Can take the same options as the Tyrant (including leader abilities), but not wings.

*Base with the Rupture Cannon, Claws and Teeth, Crushing Claws(x2), Eternal Warrior, Fear, Regen.

*considered a Monstrous Creature, not Gargantuan. Rupture Cannon cannot be upgraded



What is a Tyranid Dominatrix?
I had no clue what one was, and as usual when I see a new model type, its time to do a little quick research to see if the model has a precedence. So here is a good decription of what a Tyranid Dominatrix is.

via Warhammer 40k wiki
A Dominatrix (Tyranicus praepotens) is the Tyranid Norn-Queen's link to the Tyranid swarms on the ground as the Norn-Queen must stay aboard the Hive Fleet's largest Hive Ship to continue birthing more Tyranid bioforms. This colossal creature is a fearsome opponent, for its sheer mass and panoply of bio-weaponry dwarf that of an Imperial super-heavy tank. The Dominatrix is no unthinking beast -- its level of intelligence is akin to that of the Hive Tyrant, and its link to the Hive Mind surpasses even those mighty creatures. Whilst within range of the Dominatrix's psychic aura, lesser Tyranid creatures become little more than an extension of the Dominatrix's will. As a result, a swarm under the Dominatrix's direct supervision functions with uncanny efficiency and a tactical genius that is beyond compare. Fortunately, such beasts are extremely rare in all but the most advanced and mature Tyranid swarms, for where the Dominatrix treads, doom surely follows.

40 Comments:

  1. Scary at face value but if those riptide ion guns are strength 7 ap 2-3 with multiple shots it'll only take two of them one turn to turn the dominatrix into a steaming pile of, well, you know where I'm going with this

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  2. lol 4 Wounds and toughness 6? I really hope they increase that, because otherwise that shit won't be used at all. And I highly doubt that it actually is the dominatrix, since they would be a lot larger than anything GW would use in a normal codex.

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    1. This is what I was thinking ... there are several units in the Tyranid range, which are more survivable than this supposedly huge monster. Which is a nogo to me, as a Dominatrix should be a much tougher beast.

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    2. yes i think this is a bit silly..just take a look at wraithlords or the wraithknight...shouldn't this thing be just a tough if not tougher?

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    1. Reading through those rules, that thing sounds awful. I mean, the majority of 'nids have low leadership and one wound. Losing that thing would mean losing 3/4s of your army, if you were swarming it up.

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    2. you need to read a little bit closer, it says that every synapse or psyker creature takes a test on half LD, not EVERY model in your army. so basically just your multi wound big gribblys are going to take a test.

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    3. I'd still keep sculpting, this'll be in the Codex but won't appear as an actual model until 12 months afterwards if we're lucky, otherwise not at all!

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    4. Wrong, Mike. It's all FW Hierodule with a lot of greenstuff thrown in:

      http://modernsynthesist.blogspot.ca/2011/04/redux-dominatrix-from-hierodule.html

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    5. @ Kevin: so a Ld test at...5? or 4? Pass. And yeah, this sounds more like a psychic buffer creature than the superheavy the Dom was.

      @ Mr. Pink: *waves

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  4. Divination would be a boon for the nids a pity that things gonna be huge target

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  5. This thing is going to draw a hell of a lot of fire. unless it has a substantive Invulnerable save to go with it's profile, it won't last long enough to make use of most of those goodies.

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  6. This sounds like someone just made up a new model but used old rules. Theres no innovation. Besides the fact these rumors are "too" specific.

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  7. I hate to break it to you but that is a made up beasty. Its literally just a Hive Tyrant (idenitcal stats except its BS 4). All of its abilities are for the 5th ed codex and scream of fan made. Another tell-tale sign is the "A Hive Tyrant with more legs" as Tyranid Creatures only have 6 limbs total. The last thing is if you read the Wiki you posted it mentions that the Dominatrix is on the same scale as a Super Heavy Tank, so it will have mass points or at the very least T8, with 7-8 wounds at least. The closest playable unit to a Dominatrix is a Terivgon (its a mini Dom) so having Hive Tyrant stats is stilly.

    I really hope the underlying point of the article is true that Nids (and others) get some REALLY big kits this summer if they do release Apoc for 6th ed. I would seriously lose it if a massive plastic Nid was released lol.

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    1. I hear you. But i do want to point to all the spikey psuedo limbs on the tervigon and mawloc as some evidence of 6+ limbs. What are those if not limbs? What of the hive tyrant, the fw wings variant has 8 limbs i thought. Only corrected with a new plastic kit requiring conversion when winged to take all legal options...

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    2. FW Winged Hive tyrant has only 6 limbs. The wings double as Scything talons. Plus there was an article some time ago that talked about things that all tyranids have in common. One of them is having 6 limbs. As far as the tervigon goes, Psuedo-limbs is about right. They're akin to the extra legs on a caterpillar. Caterpillars only have 6 real legs.

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  8. This just doesnt sound real to me. The Dominatrix was always meant to be huge, far larger than a tervigon or tyrannofex. Given that these two creatures have 6 wounds a piece, it seems a bit strange that a dominatrix would have only 4 wounds. It also seems a bit strange that it should have so high a weapon skill.

    The rules sound more in line with something Forgeworld would come up with rather than an "official" codex.

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  9. Tyranids were my first army. I still remember first reading about the dominatrix, and saying outloud "I want a dominatrix!" with much enthusiasm. My wife and best friend looked at me oddly. lol. Excitement aside, I have to agree that this is a falsity. From what I understand of the dominatrix, it is something so large and scary that it could only be reasonably used in apoc. Rupture cannon isn't big enough for what this is supposed to be, and as someone mentioned before, all the rules are based on our current codex. Stats aren't nearly what they should be for such a monster, and some of those rules really don't make sense to me. Any one is free to disagree with me, as this is my opinion on the matter. It just doesn't seem legit. As much as I would love one, I honestly don't see a dominatrix ever being made playable by GW.

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    1. In addition to that, the Dominatrix can supposedly spawn Tyranids in a similar fashion to a Tervigon. This includes things as large as Carnifexes and the like. So yeah, I call bullshit on this one.

      Also; Hi fellow Tyranid player! :D
      (Omnomnomnom)

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    2. Hiya :) Really, I think a dominatrix should be bigger than a hierophant.

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    3. I've always liked to imagine that the titanic Tyranid in the background on the Codex Artwork is a Dominatrix. :P
      Since no one knows exactly how large it is, it could be that size.

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    4. Basically a Dominatrix is on the field what a Norn Queen is on the hive ships. It's the combat/commander version of a queen. Titanic in size, immensely powerful weaponry, and easily the most potent psychic presence in a battle. It laughs off Eldar Farseers and Lords of Change (from a psychic standpoint), and virtually blanks out the normal machinations of the Warp in a given area.

      There's no way it's going to be a W4, T6 model. It's supposed to be super-heavy, or even titan-esque in scale, and far more powerful with both close combat and psychic ability.

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  10. I answered their question: 'what model would you like us to make' with 'Dominatrix'.. I hope its not my fault.. :D

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  11. We will blame you anyway HawkWall. lol

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  12. With a new Apocalypse book on the way, I wonder if this will be a new platic release. Curious to see if we get a warhound or a Tau superheavy as well.

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  13. Dude.
    Weak.

    I built that dominatrix:

    http://modernsynthesist.blogspot.ca/2011/04/redux-dominatrix-from-hierodule.html

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    1. Stunning model mate, I was trying to remember if it was you or hydra, you beat me to posting a link.

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    2. That is magnificent, Mr Pink. Defies words.

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    3. I have updated the post Mr. Pink. Also sent you a link from where I found the pic.

      Nice model

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  14. I could see this coming out with new apoc book.

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  15. Wow...

    When is gw going to realize that 3+ save mc's are worthless, unless they are so cheap you have 20 of them.

    A single squad of long fangs can ace this thing.

    Does anyone there even understand nids?

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  16. These rules sound pretty fishy to me. I would love to see the Dominatrix in regular 40k, but it would need a huge fluff change to make sense. The things are one rung down from a Norn queen. These creatures are meant eat titans for breakfast. In fact if I remember correctly, doesn't a subservient hive tyrant nest in the Dominatrixs' back? So if it costs 500+ points and takes up 2 HQ slots in regular 40k, and has stats and rules to live up to that reputation, then sure. The stats above wouldn't live past turn 1 in most serious games.

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    1. Yes exactly mainly because this comes from the epic rules, for the tyranids.

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  18. I really hope this is true. This lends support to the idea that 40k is getting the big kits like fantasy did. Look at the riptide, the forge/mauler fiends and the to a degree, the dark shroud DJ booth land speeder the dark angels got. Hopefully, we will get center piece kits too.

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  19. The teenager in me can't help but titter at the name. Hopefully it will come with some sort of lash whip. Maybe even a leather thong?

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  20. These rules suck butt crack!
    Why would anyone take a dominatrix (Who can spawn tevigons and the size alike) with less wounds than a tervigon?!?! It's size is even bigger than a haeriophant(Spelled) and it would need some structure points or mass points!

    If they're extreme psykers, then we'res the invulnerable save???
    This seems bad. The ones making these rules should feel bad on giving an awesome creature as a Dominatrix such a bad shadow!

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    1. these are playtest rules, and we are expecting a lot more incoming.

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  21. Bad rules? We don't know the points cost, and you can't look at anything in a vacuum. We don't know what Synapse will do yet, for instace. But the rules look great, potentially very strong.

    (A bummer though that it most likely counts as HQ, meaning it cost you a Flyrant).
    If it were included in the current book I could see myself forgoing the third Tervigon for a Dominatrix. What it brings to the current codex is resilience when the opponent goes first, because of the FNP aura you don't have to worry about your opponent's alpha strike before you have your blessings up. You could easily fit a 2K army within the FNP aura, unless it's worded to 'models' and not 'units'.
    In itself a 2+ armour save (upgrade) with 4 T6 wounds, FNP, EW and regeneration with 3 Biomancy powers (Iron Arm for extra toughness), the Dominatrix isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Rolling 2 powers on Biomancy and grabbing Prescience from Divination (cast on himself, rerolling those 2 WS4 S10 shots), boosting the Tervigon spawns so the loss of the third doesn't hurt so much.
    Instead of Flyrant, team up with Swarmlord for a nice 36" combinated SitW/Synapse field.

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  22. Look up the epic rules and you'll find it in there there 2 huge tyranids.

    This one and another that pops out the minor warrior tyranids every turn.

    These would never really work in normal 40k as these are epic sized models that would go against the imperium epic models.

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