Sunday, 30 June 2019

Kill Team: Elites Review






Hi folks,

On Saturday I attended the Warhammer Day celebrations at my local Games Workshop in Sydney (Liverpool). The atmosphere was really buzzing, with a large turn out that included a bunch of veteran players, as well as some young kids just starting their journey in the hobby. The highlight for me was definitely the Funko Pop Kill Team game, which was just bonkers.







I picked up the last Sister Superior Amalia Novena figure, which I'll be working on during the holidays at some point, as well as the Elites rules for Kill Team.








I have been looking forward to getting my hands on the new Elites expansion for Kill Team for a while now, primarily so that I can start including Terminators in my lists. I was also interested in exploring the synergy between this ruleset and the extensive Space Hulk projects I will be working on next hobby season (starting at the end of August!). In particular, I can see myself playing a few Kill Team games with any new Space Hulk squads that I finish, using the Space Hulk gaming boards. Here are my first impressions of how this expansion will be impacting my games of Kill Team, now that I can take a closer look at it.


General Additions

 

Legendary Hunter Specialist

The book starts with some new rules for turning your Commander into a Legendary Hunter Specialist. I haven't used a Commander yet, but it looks like a lot of fun to take one as a Hunter, particularly at higher levels. To begin with, they are very resilient, gaining abilities and Tactics that negate the hit roll penalty from flesh wounds and reduce the severity of injuries. At level 4, a Legendary Hunter that finds itself in some space can disappear off into reserve and come back next turn anywhere on the board 5" away from enemy models. That will win games.






Reserves

There are also some new rules for setting up models in reserve and deploying them later in the game using the Outflank Tactic, which I think is a good addition to the game. "Sending someone around the back" is often a better option than "I don't know, I'll just set you up here", which I tend to resort to with my larger lists (or bigger models, when I run out of prime hiding spots in my deployment zone). I'll be deploying my poor, bullet-magnet, Close Combat Lictor to reserves in most games, I think.



My Close Combat specialist deploying in the alley next to the Sushi restaurant.


Sub-factions

The expanded rules for Sub-Factions is also a nice addition, allowing you to further personalise your army. Grim Resolve for my Dark Angels has stationary models re-rolling ones for shooting attacks and a reduced chance of my team being broken. My tunneling Jormungandr Nids will be obscured unless they advance or charge and my Iron Maiden themed Necrons will be firing their weapons at an extra -1 to AP at close range (the Mephrit: Solar Fury Dynastic Code). Nice!



"Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns..."

 

 Adeptus Astartes


Note the wrist-mounted grenade launcher on the Captain...



Space Marine Commanders get a bunch of new options in Phobos armour, to support the new Shadowspear release, which I couldn't care less about at this stage. The Terminator options, though, made my eyes spin. For the commander slot, you have the option of a Captain, Librarian or Chaplain in Terminator armour, with the Captain having the option of a wrist-mounted grenade launcher. That option is as oldschool as hell, harking back to the original Space Hulk!

Troops-wise, there are options for all of the new Phobos marines (Infiltrators, Suppressors and Eliminators) all of which would make for an excellent Kill Team. For me, though, it is all about the Terminators and the excellent wargear they can bring to the battlefield. Deathwing Terminators can even bring their plasma cannon to the party.  I was surprised (I don't know why) to also see every flavour of astartes veteran in there as well (including Sternguard). That means I can field a pure Sternguard Iron Snakes list (YASSS!) and I don't have to use the Deathwatch rules for my Fallen Squad anymore, which I was feeling particularly cheesy about.








Necrons/Asuryani/

The new option for Necrons include Lychguard or Triarch Praetorians, both of which I have very little interest in dabbling with. In fact, looking at the Asuryani entry, I would be more likely to splash out on some Striking Scorpions, which fit the vibe of this game perfectly.


Tyranids

With the Commander option provided in the book being Deathleaper (!), it opens up the possibility for me to diversify my usual list a bit, if we ever do end up giving Commanders a craic in my gaming group. Taking a look at the new options, the one that really stands out is the Hive Guard. Sure it only hits on 6's most of the time, but a 36" strength 8 AP -2 double tap that doesn't require line of sight in Kill Team is a huge advantage. The trick will be keeping it in cover, as it is a tall model and will draw fire. The Ravenors are also an interesting choice, particularly as I have Aliens-themed ones. They are fairly expensive though; you can't get two for the price of a Lictor. Being as efficient as they are, I think I will miss their gribbly faces too much if I swapped out two Lictors. Perhaps I just need to bite the bolt and make a second Tyranid Kill Team.




"What do you mean they cut the power? They're just animals, man!"




Missions

Until I have had a go at some of the missions provided, I can't say too much about how fun they will be. We have played a few missions already that were really hard for one side to win, that would even out over time if we played more battles.

Surrounded, in particular, seems very hard. As the defender, you start the game caught in an attacker sandwich and will probably end the game there too.  Rampage, in which an attacking force just cuts sick in the enemies backfield, scoring Rampage points as they take out models, score mortal wounds and cause injuries, looks like an absolute hoot.  Escape the Facility looks like a great narrative game; it ticks all of those classic "great escape" tropes. I can imagine my gaming group having a really fun time with it, particularly if we do some kind of "Thunderhawk down" story to drive it. Crush Their Champions looks like a reworking of the classic "Battle at the Camp" scenario, i.e four-way backstabbing fest, where alliances rarely last longer than the first clip of ammo. Shifting Priorities is a mission I could see us snaffling for regular games. It is a 40K take on the "Crazy King of the Hill" multiplayer mission from Halo, where objectives move around, disappear and reappear. Each game would be very unique and have blisteringly unfair moments, which my gaming group appreciate greatly.






Overall Review 

I love what this expansion brings to the game. I am gravitating more and more to the skirmish side of 40K, allowing me to experiment with multiple factions and really focus on what makes certain units special from an individual model perspective. I am also enjoying the focus on modelling and painting much smaller units. Kill Team: Elites builds neatly upon the foundation I am already loving the guts out of, without adding too much complexity. There will be a tipping point in Kill Team, I think. If they ever start adding vehicles, we may as well just all start playing patrol sized games of X Edition 40K. We are not at that tipping point yet, though, with this book adding some diversity that the game really needs at this point. I strongly recommend that, if you are a fan of Kill Team, you pick this book up and take a look. The potential applications of the rules are far-reaching in terms of new gaming experiences.

See you across the table,

Marc

7 comments:

  1. I'm actually just in the middle of writing my review of elites and it's funny, one of the main things I'm not interested in running for my marines is terminators.

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  2. I think it is great that GW is catering for so many different interests ;-) Terminators have always been my favourite unit, probably because I learned how to play when Terminators were king, Space Hulk was still a huge influence and (most importantly) I have never moved on from that. My main interest in running them in Kill Team would be to play some "advanced Space Hulk" themed games, particularly between opposing teams of Terminators: Dark Angels vs Fallen. Do you have a blog I can visit? I would love to read your review when it is finished!

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  3. Happy birthday for Saturday and grease the musical it’s at Liverpool caltloic club and I have Facebook also going to Darwin and the tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for kids also am now 24

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    1. Cheers :-) I hope you enjoy Darwin, I am thinking of heading over there myself next year sometime.

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  4. It really does look like a mostly great supplement. I love that Striking Scorpions finally made it in, in particular. Bit bummed that they put in Berzerkers, but not Noise Marines, tho.

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    1. Yeah, it's a bit sad that there are no Noise Marines. They would make for an awesome "band-themed" Kill Team; something to take on my Iron Maiden Necrons ;-)

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  5. Thank you and I hope you have fun and happy birthday for yesterday and good luck for Darwin next year and my profile picture is my Thomas torch

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