I've recently started up an escalation league with my tyranids. I've decided to go back and finish painting them as I've never really had a finished and well painted army. I almost had my bugs finished right before the new codex hit, but then I had to switch out most of my units. My blood angels I painted to three colors the night before the Indy Open last year, so they really aren't to the standard I know I can paint. We've started off at 500 point, and we'll be progressing at 250 increments. (speaking of 500, looks like we just hit 500 followers. WOO HOO!) Here is how 500 points has gone so far.
In this league the list builds, so you can add units and upgrades, but you can't take away, so you need to have an idea of how you want your end list to look. Each game gives you a point, a win another, and fully painted a third, up to a limit per point level. Since I've been working on a conversion for my biovores, I haven't been fully painted yet.
At 500 points, with the set objective missions, the only thing I could really do was just flood the center with gaunts, and try and pick the combats I could with my Prime. I knew I couldn't handle things like Tyrants or Soul grinders, so I just had to try and bog them down long enough each game. So 1-1-1 for the league so far, I'm interested in how things go at 750.
We have a lot of starting up Chaos marine players, so this should have an interesting turn out. I've always wanted to do a good escalation league like this and see how I can do at each point level.