Thanks stillfrosty, much appreciated! And thanks for the prompting to put up a work plan, hopefully this will motivate me to keep working in the coming months and post my results!
I'm definitely planning on using the new KK codex since the main motivation behind a kroot force was to buy and use the FW Knarloc Riders. While I'd always wanted some for my Tau army they never seemed worth it as their bad stats seemed hardly worth it for their high points and cost. However, as I already had 2 dozen Kroot and a dozen hounds, when the Kompletely Kroot codex emerged and a friend offered me another 2 dozen carnivores suddenly the Riders served a dual purpose of bringing together a seperate Kroot Mercs force and being able to be used to support my Tau cadre - this way I am actually motivated paint all those Kroot that have been boring grey plastic for so long... and to boot the work will benefit the completion of both armies, Hoorah! And conveniently I came into a small pot of $$ in the winter and with the pound so low... well, it was inevitable
I bought two sets of 3 Knarloc riders and a set of 2 Tetras to celebrate
(the tetras are still in the bag for now, but they'll get some love eventually!)
So 5 of my 6 Knarlocs are partly assembled, the other is still in pieces. The 5 are still missing the riders' torso's as I want to do some converting first, but the Knarlocs are pinned to their bases for ease of converting and painting, so they can still be used in games right away since my friends are not sticklers against using proxying and unpainted models. These guys are going to be the centrepiece of my army so I want to do a fair bit of work on them, hoods, leggings, spears... I'm going to convert two of them into Shapers, so that I can use them as a tricked out unit of up to 5 with a shaper and led by a Prey Shaper, or just as two small units of 3 each with their own Shaper. I also have 2 reaper velociraptors that I'm converting into the Prey Shaper's escort hounds. They move like cavalry so I thought that something a little different from the regular hounds, more Knarloc-like seemed appropriate (and they were way cheaper!) Anyway, much work to be done, and it will be ongoing, but these guys are my big priority!
I also picked up a used (riderless) Great Knarloc from Kris over at KK for a good deal, and it is assembled and basecoated but needs a bit of GS work as it is slightly damaged in a few places. I'm contemplating mounting riders on this guy and magnetizing their weapon mount to switch between the Kroot Gun, Bolt Thrower, and a CC weapon (lance of some sort - to represent the crushing beak PW upgrade), but with all my other work to do this is at the bottom of the pile. I'll get to the GS work soon as I have leftovers from the other projects that I'm working on, but I doubt I'll do much more on him until I get some more GK's to do them all at once (I plan to have 3 eventually).
I've just basecoated my hounds. I love hounds. People who don't use hounds don't fully understand Kroot imo. The big gaping hole in the KK dex imo is that carnivore units can't take hounds. In one game recently a squad of fourteen models (10 carnivores and 4 hounds) was pulverized by Tyranid shooting and only 2 hounds survived. However, these ferocious little beasties passed their ld test and went on to carve straight through 2 more squads of 8 spine guants (it was a patrol clash) before being finished off by the same warrior squad that killed the rest of their squad (but downing one in the process!). This may have been exceptional but I5 and 3 attacks is nothing to shake a stick at! (unless you want your arm bitten off...
.) I haven't decided if I will give them the same colour scheme as the carnivores, which I tested out on the shaper above and am pretty happy with. I may test out some ideas soon but I want to get a unit of carnivores painted first so I can see what will look good with them.
I just got a bits order in and am currently working on kitting out my carnivores with pouches, grenades, etc. I'm going to build them into 2 squads of 14-17, and another 10 to run with the hounds. I have three shapers at the moment,the two above (one basic pewter, painted, though I may give him some grenades now that I think of it...; the power weapon/flamer converted shaper that is also above; and another that is half done, he needs only his eviscerator but I haven't decided on a style that I'm happy with yet. I'm not a fan of the chain sword but I haven't come up with a better alternative. I'm going more for an eldar/exodite look rather than a looted/IG look, so any thoughts are appreciated. I'm leaning towards a power lance of some sort... as that will be look great on the Evscerator Trackers that I plan to get eventually, but am still unsure. The extra Kroot models will eventually become stalkers or hunters... haven't decided yet. I'll also do up a Master Shaper eventually, with a surefoot charm and BoS to give the crushing Beak GK's scout and a fleet reroll
but that is for the distant future. I also have 2 Oxen... they've never really seemed that useful but I may try one out in a carnivore troop unit sometime soon. I will get to them eventually but they are not a priority.
My overall theme is heavy on the mobile beasts and cavalry as you can likely tell, with hounds (and maybe stalkers?) as a key aggressor unit to fit the hunting party theme (using the exodite codex for inspiration regularly!). The Carnivore units will snipe away from cover while their fast chasers hit the weak spots. Then the carnivores can charge in and clean up... or something like that. Once this stuff is under control I plan to convert 2 Baggage Knarlocs from plastic dinosaurs to fill up more troop slots and a unit of trackers to fill up the FA and provide some fast anti tank support. The other Two GK's will trickle in as I can afford them/find deals on ebay.
So, much work to do! I should have some carnivores converted and basecoated soon though, and then I can get to painting a full squad! And I plan to do a lot of GS work on the Riders in late april as my partner is away for 10 days, so I'll put pics up as things progress.
...And then there is the objective modeling contest coming up... hmmm I think I have time to squeeze something special into my busy schedule...