Thursday, August 1, 2019

WH40K & Kill Team Pass in Review: Kroot

(Image:  WH40K Kill Team Logo)

It's been nearly two months since my last post and all of it is due to Life Getting In The Way issues.

Specifically, my daughter and son-in-law had a baby boy so my wife and I made, not one, but two cross-country trips to visit them.

Prior to the family visits, I bought several WH40K Kill Team products, along with numerous figures and vehicles from individuals via on-line sales.

My main force, the Astra Militarum, is based around a reinforced armored cavalry squadron.

But sometime last year I stumbled across an individual selling his small collection of Kroot.  (I can't remember his name).

Most Kroot figures look nice, clean--and beautifully painted--like these:

(Image by:  Steve Greeves)

But these were painted as if covered in the blood of their recently eaten victims.

For some disturbing reason I liked them and was the only one who offered to buy them, nearly 20 in all.

Age and the rigors of shipping were rough several of the figures.  Most suffered from broken arms, right above the wrist which required super-glue surgery.  One figure's support weapon was broken.  I also touched-up the bases and figures, along with flocking the bases and adding painted pennies underneath each figure to add some weight.

Other than these dings, I was happy with my purchase.

I've read several reviews of the Kroot.  While individually fierce, Kroot units are under-armed and have very little staying power.

Which in an odd way, would make these creatures perfect for me to learn Kill Team, or WH40K, whenever I get around to actually playing either game.

Games Workshop has developed a reputation for not fully supporting sub-factions within the WH40K 'verse.  However, the company appears to be making some amends.  The January 2019 Issue of White Dwarf Magazine featured the article Mercenaries for Hire. This 4-page article (pages 62-65) contained the stats for players to run Kroot kill teams.

Here's what mine would look like:

To identify them better, I used the Kroot Name Generator Table and labelled every figure.

First the kill team's specialists, (names listed under the picture):

Kra to Tohorrok--Leader

Dohra cha Yotoh--Scout

Khar grok Tohorrok--Sniper

Dihra cha Gorrkha--Close Combat Specialist

Ohrak yo Ga'ah--Zealot

Ahkra to Choh--Veteran

According to the rules, a battle-forged kill team can only have three additional specialists along with the leader, which is mandatory (page 66).

So I'll have to select which figures to use in any given game, or "demote" them to regular warriors, like these:

Ohrak cha Dohr

Cho grok Krrah

Tehk yo Kyrek

Byahk yo Gota

Gohk ohk Ga'ah

Byohk ka Yotoh

Khir ah Dohr

Grohm ek Rhekk

Grohm grok Rhekk

Ohrak ek Krrah

Khor grok Choh

Since this Kroot's weapon was broken, I can't identify it (flamer?).  So I'm not sure what role he'd fill.

Gehk ok Krrah

So there you have it:  My practice force of "disposable heroes."

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