One of my favourite parts about warhammer is making up rules and special scenarios. Hense the other day my friend and I spent a good several hours inventing and perfecting a crazy survival styled warhammer mission. It is incredibly fun to create and tweak the rules and the game type itself is good with each casualty being important and conflict exciting. Using Tyranids was really fun and I loved watching the Tau battlesuits flying about.
The basic rules were that the defender had double turns which was great fun, their models were all independent, the Tyranids appeared every turn and the waves become larger and larger until eventually Tyranid Primes and Ravenors and such appear. Here are some pictures of the Tau fighting off the Tyranids horde.