Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Horde Armies and their effect on Kill Team
While horde type armies are legal forces in kill team, I think it goes against the spirit of what a Kill Team game is meant to be. In my eyes, Kill Teams are all about an elite type force (not necessarily elite FO selections) sent on some important secret mission, slipping through the enemy lines to accomplish their goals. I totally see this type of game being completely themed and story driven.
We had two horde examples brought to us yesterday, of themed horde style Kill Teams by Sons of Taurus and Da Masta Cheef.
28 Kroot with bells and whistles and 20 Penal Legion backed up by a Sentinel. I could totally see both these units sent on a special mission.
Oddly I have never seen the situation come up where someone wanted to run a horde team as my gaming group thinks the same way I do. So since it has been brought up I have taken a few hours to think about it and here are my thoughts.
The real problem with Hordes and Kill Team is that because of the Every Man for Himself (EMfH) rule these types of forces unbalance the game if they come up against a non horde team.
Now before anyone overreacts, I am not saying they break the game or that a well played Marine list with 6-10 models played well couldn’t beat them.
Now I realize that the Horde teams are generally squishy (have low armor saves) so they tend to die in droves, but with the EMfH rule being in effect, benefits the Horde team greatly. This combined with the cover saves (which will be abundantly available in KT) completely vaporizes the actual killing power of all shooting in Kill Team games. Which as a side effect makes the horde army even stronger, more shots = more save attempts. That’s not even taking into account weight of numbers in the assault phase.
This is something I had never considered before in Kill Team. I think I found the inherent flaw in the system here. I’m not quite sure how I am going to balance the shooting back out, but I will post up a few ideas for house rules tomorrow.
I know that some will not agree with my assessment, which is fine. All I ask is to please keep you comments constructive.