With so much excellent fluff out there for the grimdark of 40k, I still keep hoping for a good meaty tale from the Tyranid point of view. The Eldar-centric Path series is a great example and as a long-time Eldar player, I've truly enjoyed it. Turning to my latest love affair - Tyranids - the general consensus is that 'nids are too mindless, or simply not individual enough to develop a decent point of view from which to write. This doesn't mix with the fluff though - there are several potential plotlines out there that I think could be developed relatively easily. The brood brothers, covens, genestealer infestations all have a human side with great potential political and violent interplay driven by alpha-male predator interactions. Taking a different tack though, writing from the perspective of a full-out invasion horde would be tough. I still think it would be possible; below is my take on an opening. A Ymgarl brood, bent on returning to the Hive Mind after being abandoned by a tendril of a Hive Fleet's assault:
Here come the vibrations again, pulsing, rumbling then staccato… time passes… and quiet. I hear a buzzing and … footsteps. Have they discovered us? We detect no mind-noise, and we would have felt the Mother-of-All long before our family was close. This may be much-needed prey. It has been… long since last we fed, since last we were abandoned. We will find the Mother again. I subtly awaken the closest, dormancy shed like a husk. Close enough to see, to hear their minds… listening for the heavy tramp of the flamebringers. No, these are light steps. Moving slowly like a new hatchling whose carapace has yet to harden. These have no carapace, no smell of poison. They carry long firespitters, but they rode in a metal beast that can take us away from here, if we are worthy. We must find the Mother. We will be careful; I awaken the brood. Dormancy slides from us like the birthing pool’s slime, slow and distasteful. It has been a long sleep.
+++++Vessel: Verdant Shores +++++
+++++Registry: Hades Subsector, Morwell+++++
++++Owner: Rogue Trader Fleet Apropos Ninth +++++
++++++ M41011.32a +++++++
++-++Comms Log ++-+++++
++++…++ + Drexler, Scout Lead: ..Confirm – this moon is as dead as the one by ++++!.. Just ashes, rock, and more rock. We’re buttoning up and headed back to the Shores. See you in a.. what was that?