JPThunda wrote:Looking purely at the potential number of Markerlight hits, you're right, more Pathfinders is more points efficient, but that does not take into account how resilient a Cadre Fireblade is vs a unit of 5 Pathfinders (higher save, Character so can't be targeted directly, etc.) The same tradeoff applies to the Firesight Marksman, as his price tag is 3 Pathfinders but has similar tradeoffs in terms of resilience. That's why I advocate for a mix of resilient characters that are more difficult to remove with a larger unit of Pathfinders for bulk shots, especially when those characters can make Pathfinders harder to disrupt or remove.
This is true, the group would be much more durable. However, it's also quite vulnerable because the units are grouped up. Put the Fireblade with your Fire Warriors- you still get his BS2+ Markerlight and there's less KP density with the Pathfinder squad. Likewise, drop the Grav-Inhibitor Drone, as it's a 1W KP. That or, put 3-4 extra Drones with it for some added durability, but I wouldn't bother. Darkstrider would work well with the group.
Take the Fireblade away, and remove the Drone, and you have half the KP density with in the Pathfinder unit. Less of a priority target for your enemy. The Marksmen are durable, definitely, but... I still feel like you're paying points for his Drone-buffing abilities when you'd only be using him for the BS3+ Markerlight. Could still be worth it though.