I had my first games of Kill Team recently. The skirmish size made it a fascinating prospect as I have no proper size 40K army, but handfuls of models here and there which are suitable for grimdark gaming.
My Genestealer Cult Kill Team:
- Leader- Neophyte with Bolt Pistol and Chainsword
- Zealot- Aberrant with Power Pick
- Veteran- Purestrain Genestealer
- Medic- Neophyte with shotgun
- Acolyte with Rock Saw
- Neophyte with Flamer
- Neophyte with Grenade Launcher
- Acolyte with Autopistol x2
- Acolyte with Icon
- Neophyte with shotgun
|Kill Team about to break cover|
|Primaris (Primarises? Primarii?) on the high ground|
|Om nom nom on the snipers|
|Marines trapped on a walkway|
My opponent was great, explaining rules patiently. I had some excellent dice rolls and his were appalling- the game didn't go how I expected! I survived a hail of shots and chomped my way through his force.
My next game was against the Adeptus Mechanicus, a steampunk-aesthetic force. My plan was to charge them like the first game, but I got utterly mown down for my troubles.
|Cult advance across rubble to the defended ruins|
|Flanking 'stealer gets shot by overwatch|
|Cult gets stuck in open and is gunned down|
The flamer is great, but the grenade launcher less so. Shooting is not my strength. I'll beef up some of the close combat options.
I’m conflicted about this game. The setting and models are great, and the main drawcard. It has been fun to revisit my ill-spent youth again. But the game mechanics are clunky and not as elegant or polished as other games I’ve been playing. In particular, the hit-wound-save-effect roll sequence is tedious, the weapon options and skill trees are overwhelming, and movement and line of sight can be a source of disagreement and slows the game compared to a gridded board. The lack of any suppression is off-putting. It has the advantage of being popular and thus it is easy to find opponents and games. I don't think I would enjoy this competitively, although of course this would depend on my opponent. Ultimately, I do look forward to making more teams and will be playing more.
It allows me to get my toys on the table. I will be playing again. I'll name and come up with a backstory for my dudes, and hope to participate in a campaign which will give me even more investment in my team.