Warhammer 40,000 Battle Report: *NEW CODEX* Tyranids vs Ultramarines 2000pts

Bone and I throw down with the brand new Tyranid Codex courtesy of Games Workshop in this preview Battle Report! I go over some of the big changes from the Index to their new Codex before employing the new Hive Fleet Kronos Adaptation for Myrmidon against a Primaris Ultra army.

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  • David Barton

    So fast! Thanks very much guys for providing another early battle report to show off a new book. πŸ™‚

  • David Barton

    Watching the intro.. Bone seems like a happy little fella to have around. Like an amusing hobbit-child who will always make you smile with his capering antics. πŸ˜€

    • Yes that’s exactly how I see him πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • The B-Bone

      Im just missing the hairy feet!

      • John Barber

        Or are you?

      • David Barton

        That’s alright, the hairy feet creep me out anyway. πŸ™‚

    • GemiNaga

      i think he’s my favourite on the team! hard to choose though..

  • Pat Ray

    Brutal battle. I like your choice of troops. I really like seeing non hoard hard hitting lists. I would definitely expand those Hive Guard. SOOOO much better than the Exocrine. Keep up great work. Really enjoying the subscription

  • Morgoth

    The Ancient only allows a models to shoot 1 weapon :). You guys were shooting 2 lascannons and a missile launcher, thats 3 :P.
    Not that even the extra firepower actually helped Bone there :$.

  • TheCyril

    Another high quality production from Tabletop Tactics. I will go so far and say that you guys produce the best 40k content overall.


    We need more videos with Mr Fawlty (the Chef) – his rants are priceless.
    And Mr Bone needs to learn who to use a Stormraven, so it can survive past then turn 1 πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much! Don’t worry, Chef is booked in for a game next week and there is another player just joined too!

    • The B-Bone

      HAHA no fair man! With the range of the hive guard and the terranofex that Stormraven was dead next turn regardless. At least this way I got in range for rapid fire on my hurricane bolters and my melta range as well.

      • TheCyril

        Hahahah it was cheap shot i know πŸ™‚ but you could moved it side ways into you own lines and placed it in the spot where Morloc came up from. From here you could fired your Lascanons and missiles against the other Terranofex. This would also have prevented the charge from Hive Tyrant and the many smite attacks.

        This is friendly “banter” just as we are clear. You are the Toga God among us mortal men <3

        • The B-Bone

          of course mate I knew it haha! Yeah that definitely could have worked! Good idea for next time πŸ™‚

  • John Barber

    I think those Mawlocs are actually a bit of a steal at 103 something points (is the electro-rattle thing something that costs points? Do you have to take it?). They have large wounds and are basically something your opponent has to deal with. I would have to look at their rules and all that but I think I’d take them even in competitive games alongside Hive Guard to be honest simply because your opponent has to deal with them or find their units tied up. The only downside is probably the fact they can’t be within 6″ of another mawloc, but I think that’s something you can deal with. Perhaps even use them in conjunction with Trygon Prime’s (if they’re still even a thing) and subterranean deployments like pyrovores? haha.

    • They’re definitely interesting… I’m just not sure if I like them more then other units I could spend the points on πŸ€”

      • John Barber

        That’s fair enough, I think it comes down to what your philosophy is and what you expect 103 points to do haha. I assume there is no way to boost a Tyranid critters chance to hit like Chaos’ Prescience?

    • I got the impression that the Mawloc did well partly due to there being a perfect sized gap in the Marine deployment for him to fit in between. A different deployment might have left it with not so many units to hit when it arrived. Though I guess the gap was partly to do with trying to avoid enemy units consolidating into the rear line.

  • David Nicholls

    Man, a blue army without Guilliman. Such a rarity lol πŸ˜‚

    • TheCyril

      Indeed! but it is the best 360 points you can spend if you play Ultramarines πŸ™‚

  • Sam Butler

    I’ve wanted to start a (competitive) Tyranid army for 8th but decided to wait until the codex dropped. I can’t wait for your guy’s tactica, and I’ll probably hold off until that drops before committing to buying much, but I think it’s fair to say getting some genestealers to decide on a colour scheme for is a pretty safe bet!

  • drakkon

    When the captain in gravis died vs the brood lord did you roll for the attack you get from the company ancient? wasn’t shown, possibly could have got an extra attack killed him, who knows.

    Also think gotta watch your own dice rolls @ 1:48:50 you made 4 of 5, the melta survives, would it change the battle….maybe, probably not, but still.

    I know you all play a wide range of armies and the ones you play aren’t necessarily yours, but for the sake of just seeing what would have happened if the game played out fully, with all the special rules and such, makes it just that little bit more interesting…especially when it was built around a style of play… so maybe all need to help each other out bit more than you already do.

    I might just be too critical here, watching it being able to pause and go back and go, what was that? makes it easier to see any mistakes than playing it live.

    Anyway….bone we all love ya mate, next time you’ll get him haha… the spidery spider and those sixes, keep bossing good sir, give no quarter πŸ™‚

    • The B-Bone

      Cheers mate! Good feed back there! It can be tough when you play so many different armies but I will try a bit sharper on it next time. Generally takes me couple of games with an army to get the rules down.And as for spider, Ill get him… One day! (shakes fist at sky)

  • Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis

    With the eldar codex coming out i was really hoping for less imperium games and several more eldar games. Normal non story eldar games to be specific. Any chance of that happening soon?

    • You will get a lot of Eldar over the coming months, but you will have to trust that I have held them back deliberately for a reason. We are on the precipice of releasing the Narrative Campaign of which they are a major part and when that drops, I will mix in normal games with them too πŸ˜‰

      • Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis

        Ok cool! I am re-excited for that then.

  • casey mad

    Poor B-bone. I thought your dice rolls were going to be one fire after watching turn one. But as freeview has proven in past videos. It’s just not meant to be. Once again great vid and banter guys!

    • The B-Bone

      HAHA thanks mate, it will be my time soon enough!

  • Sidney McGhee

    Would have loved to see a true bug hunt, Nids vs. Astra Militarium. Classic Starship Troopers game to really test out the shooting vs. numbers on both sides

    • The B-Bone

      We will get this organised!

  • Andrew Carter

    Excellent game, after nearly 10 years of terrible codexes it’s wonderful for Nids to finally get some teeth and claws back, and so many options!

    • The B-Bone


  • Alexander Hitz

    Mawlock came in heavy but there’s such a juicy stratagem that the Hellblasters could have used. ‘Auspex Scan’! Yes, it’s -1 to hit but it could have zapped him flat. I guess get the cards out as prompts. It’s so easy to forget that they’re there in the flow of the game.

    • The B-Bone

      Good idea! I was kicking myself for forgetting this!

  • James Daniel Wilcox

    Bone! You missed out! You could have taken two Primaris Apothecaries to bring back your Centurions! ^_^

    • The B-Bone

      Yeah that would have worked, we don’t have to models right now but are looking to get more primaris in the new year!

  • SirGore

    Awesome battlereport and crew. Poor B-Bone for all hes misses, think he needs to have a word with the dicegods. Keep up the good work your all bosses!

    • The B-Bone

      It’s ok the luck will come back soon enough πŸ™‚ Thanks mate!

  • Ginjitzu

    Top notch once again gentlemen. One small request if I may be so bold though Mr. Baker: could you take a moment every now and then to remove thrown dice from the table. I’ve noticed that you tend to just leave thrown dice on the table and continue to throw fresh ones over them. I’m sure this isn’t an issue for you and you can pretty easily tell all of the dice apart but please spare a thought for us who can’t keep up and often get confused between those dice thrown just now and those that have been sitting there from earlier.

    Peace out!

    • The B-Bone

      Yes we were discussing this, we need to be cleaner! Will do it from now on πŸ™‚

  • Alex Gray

    Despite my beloved marines losing this was still a cracking game! I love infantry heavy space marine battles they are so thematic and my personal favourite type of game (especially against nids) πŸ™‚ Ultramarines are always really fun too because the studio army is just gorgeous πŸ™‚ Really looking forward to Rob getting his hands on the Blood Angels codex when it comes out btw!

    • The B-Bone

      Cheers mate! Yes the Sanga is loving life right now!

  • Tim PΓΆhler

    “… and then the tyranids say: HMM” πŸ™‚ Awsome.

  • James Daniel Wilcox

    Hold up. When Bone overcharges the plasma he rolled a 2 but he moved so it is -1. Doesn’t that make it inflict the mortal wound on the Dreadnought?

    • The B-Bone

      Good catch l, yes that’s correct. Looks like I was cheating haha!

  • James Daniel Wilcox

    Taking it like a champ Bone! Keep it up buddy! I know playing against the Spider is rough but I really enjoy the banter and your both great to watch!

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate! I always enjoy the game! I’ll get some wins in soon I’m sure haha

      • Jeremy Mitchell Vrtis

        *Phassed plasma flamers in the distance start glowing* ….”yes soon, soon the Spider will tremble”. A mustache twitches dastardly … as they do.

        • The B-Bone


  • Grendle

    B-Bone is such a jolly player! You guys are so entertaining to watch! Love the update to the site that saves my spot in the video. I often had to pause and come back later only to find my spot lost before.

    • The B-Bone

      thanks mate! Glad the new format works for you as well!

  • Grey_Wolfe

    Another great vid, sad to see the BBone lose with the blue bloys after the awesome power-level 9k deny the witch role on Lawrence (for his roles are not natural). Your banter and quality of presentation is always the best. But BBone for the Emperors underpants sake get some sanctified dice and smite the spider… I am doing a list sorta similar to what you are playing with some primaris, razors, predators, hellb’s but with Big G, curiuos on your thoughts regarding the Primaris?.

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks mate, I am making some blood pacts with various Gods as we speak! I think they have some legs (especially with the Big G man). We are looking at expanding them in the new year and will try and get a more competitive list sorted for them!

  • Harris Richards

    I think mawlocs are actually really underrated, I don’t think people realise just how much pressure a 12 wound beastie with a 3+ puts on an opponent even if it’s damage output isn’t amazing. Saying that mortal wounds on a 2+ is nothing to sniff at and they’re a good counter to people trying to screen as they just have to be outside of 1″ so if the base fits they’re in there, or your opponent has to castle very tightly and once your opponent is playing YOUR game you’re at more of an advantage than any weapon can provide you and only for 100 or so pts 3 doesn’t even make much of a dent in your army. Would deffo love to see a Tactica Bat Rep with nids from you guys πŸ™‚

    • The B-Bone

      I think there is legs, but there are so many other great units with the nids now! It’s a tough one thats for sure πŸ™‚ We will do a tactica bat rep soon enough!

  • DakkaJoe07

    Man, when B-bone siezed my whole day just got brighter. lmao you rock bone!

    • The B-Bone

      Thanks man!

  • DakkaJoe07

    Lawrence! why you gotta be! So! mean! lol. Chin up Bone, you take it like a gent. Even though i know off cam you are letting off some steam. truly entertaining regardless

    • The B-Bone

      It’s all good fun mate πŸ™‚ Don’t mind a beating if the game is awesome, a good death is the best we can hope for!

      • DakkaJoe07

        Too true!

  • Tony Molinari

    Awesome batrep as always guys. Chin up Bone, just remember there is a spirit bomb of karma with Lawrence’s name on it floating through the warp as we speak. The new carnifex options + OOE look sooo tasty. Any Chance we will see a monster mash type list from myrmidon in the near future?

    • The B-Bone

      HAHA no need for a karma bomb, Lawrence is awesome to play and also happens to be very good. Always good to loose because that is how you learn… I am a very wise grasshopper!

      • Tony Molinari

        totally agree, The better your opponent the more you learn from playing, win or lose. This batrep i learned always roll even for a guaranteed charge, you never know when you can use those extra inches to wrap around a screening unit and tie up another unit with the consolidate move. Cheers!

  • John Bell

    Chuckles. Love the way every other sentence ends “Mr Bone”.

    On a rules / tactica note, when charging the marines and deciding not to charge the razorbacks, I think you can engage the latter without charging them. If you roll sufficiently highly on the charge, you can place one of your models so that you can engage the razorback with the pile in move. You can’t attack it because you didn’t charge it, but it would be tied up. Am I missing something?

    • The B-Bone

      Sounds about right to me! Must have missed that πŸ™‚

  • Daniel Conway

    Loved it. Tyranids are looking awesome!

  • Cole Chism

    I personally unless I’m sitting back with other artillery like the Shockcannons on the Hiveguard. They can advance up with everything else and deal a sizable amount of mortal wounds to vehicles.

  • Oscar Villanueva Astilleros

    Love your videos glad I subscribed for the good stuff. Bone you are by far my favorite you seem like a it would be awesome to play against and hang out. Love the energy everyone on this site gives to the hobby

  • Alec Jones

    It’s so funny how civil and kind The Spider is while he destroys your army. It’s like someone beating you up and asking how your mom is at the same time.