Panzer wrote:ghostancisco wrote:I have been really surprised by the effectiveness of a few kroot squads when I brought them. I've been using them in 3 squads of 10 with either a shaper or hoverdrone ethereal. They offer amazing flank coverage and are cheap enough to throw around into whatever is coming your way. The shaper is really underwhelming because of the leadership bonus being so minimal. The ethereal offers a lot more in leadership and the nice 6+ fnp.
The thing is that Pathfinder do the same thing for just slightly more points while also having better shooting, better save and provide Markerlights.
Or if you want it to be troops then Strike Teams are cheap infantry with better shooting and better save as well who'd do just as fine on the flank.
Kroot simply get outclassed by multiple other units in the Index at the moment unfortunately.
I'm not sure outclassed is the right way to put it. I understand that they don't have markerlights or s5 weapons but they have their advantages over these other units. Namely their ability to get stuck in and get in between your valuable units and assaulting enemies. The kroots strength doesn't come forward on paper. And I'm unconvinced that a squad of fire warriors could move up the flank and support a ghostkeel like the kroot do. Fire warriors are gonna lose out against tarpit units where 2 squads of 10 and a ghostkeel\stealthsuits can move quickly to eliminate conscripts, cultists and the nurgle zombies. Fire warriors and pathfinders are never going to charge anything effectively where kroot can do just that.
I think running another 15 pathfinders is gonna be better from an offensive standpoint, with the special rifles they would really pack a punch. I really want to try running 30 pathfinders. I'm already addicted to ion weapons so that is something I want to try. But it is not the same role the kroot fill. They will not be a cost effective meat shield that can get stuck in. Having SOMETHING that gets in cc is something people don't expect and it's an additional tool in the belt and having a diversity of tools at your disposal will help you engage enemies more effectively.