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Kroot Mercenaries?



Kroot Mercenaries are in the rumor mill again. A full army release the size of Harlequins are being declared, which would include many of the old Kroot mercenary units and a large centerpiece kit.


Really? Alright, lets walk down this path, that Kroot Mercenaries are now in development. It would be very cool to see this happening.

Please remember that this is a rumor, and I would make sure you drink lots of water after the required salt.

via Voices in the Trees from Larry Vela on Bols
– New Kroot miniatures have been physically sighted in various staged of the development process
– Multiple new kits are coming in what looks like a “full army (aka Harlequin sized) release.
– Many of the units from the old Kroot mercenaries list will reappear.
– The army will receive at least one large centerpiece kit that hails from the Kroot homeworld of Pech
– This new army is believed to be scheduled well past 9th Edition, so look for it at the very end of this year, or shortly thereafter.

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  1. Ohhhhhh please let this be true!!!

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    1. WHen I read this yesterday tears of joy streamed down my face... with arms wide open...

      Ok I will stop. Still GW can just pilfer my income for the rest of my life with all of these amazing armies. Harlequins, Ad Mech, and now Kroot? All of my wildest dreams are coming true.

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    2. Also as 3rd edition player who had a small force long time ago before i raged quit (and then return last year) who had Chapter Approved Mk II, I'm so very happy.

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  2. Kroot need the love! They're very alien and have a visually unique image. I would be tempted by such a release.

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    1. I agree - right now we have all kinds of highly advances xenos in many kinds of armours and trully "alienish" tyranids. We could use some more xenos with this "feral" feel like them.

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    2. Ha visually unique? They're a total rip off of groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy comics.

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    3. Yeah, because the design team travelled forward in time when they made the Kroot to 2006 when that version of Groot appeared in the relaunched Guardians comic. The Groot who had appeared only a handful of times in comics since the 60s bears almost no resemblance to them at all.

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    4. Here here Atom... c'mon Johnny, you can't make up stuff, not even on a rumor site.

      Besides, even if your timeline worked, they're just not close enough to be even a little much less a "total" rip off. Stan Lee would have sued the hell out of GW.

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    5. The Kroot are avians. If a kindred decided to eat nothing but bark for several years, then yes, Marvel would have grounds for legal action.

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    7. You just earned respect, Johnny! It's easy to roil up and yell back at someone when they disagree with you, but to reply and admit one has made a mistake (and god knows I make my share) takes balls. I'm not trying to call attention to the error, but your response to it.

      That said, a Groot model re-animated by a Kroot Shaman would be an interesting addition to Kroot fluff. Though I know it could never possibly happen in the game, I can daydream, right?

      In the fan-created Kroot codex Shamans had the ability to turn "ruins" within 12" of the Shaman into "jungle ruins" which gave Kroot units in them a stealth bonus to their cover save.

      There is a Kroot fan website out there called Kompletely Kroot. You should all give it a go.

      Power game with Kroot, ya'll!

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  3. i would love some new vespide to

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    1. ^ This! And the true connoisseurs of Tau fluff will note that there are half-a-dozen other Tau Empire allies and sub-races out there with some cool possibilities.

      Morralian Deathsworn (striking scorpion-like warriors who
      serve the Greater Good)
      Ji'Atrix
      Hrenian light infantry
      Ranghon
      Tarellian Dog Soldiers
      Demiurg (with their awesome Ion weapon fluff)
      Nicassar (uber psychers)

      And those are just the ones I can recall.

      Though Genestealer cults or maybe the Hrud as allies for Tyranids would be nice to see as well.

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    2. Right! Forgot about the 'ummies! Thanks

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  4. Wow, to be honest I'm really surprised. Last year we had separate armies of Tempestus Scions, Imperial Knights or Assassins, but it wasn't something big as this years Harlequins release AND NOW we also have rumours about similiar releases of Ad Mech (<3), Genestealer Cults AND Mercenary Kroots? Wow, wow, wow... :O

    But now I think that ok - such armies are meant to be some kind of supportive choices, some for imperials, some for chaos (well, I hope that there will be Ad Mech option for Dark Mechanicum), for eldars etc. But such small armies are good for smaller skirmish style games. And now we have rumours about WFB being converted into skirmish game - could it be that 40k will also get an option for such smaller fights?

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    1. Yeah. There will be a version without knights! ;D
      Exactly what is the point of a skirmish version? You can just use Deathwatch or restict youreself as is.

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    2. 40K already has kill team though

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    3. True Seb although it creates opportunity to make really unique lists. Imagine being able to give individual members of squads different equipment, skills and perks? It'd add a lot of flavor and uniqueness to a game that is starting to get shown up by a lot of other stuff out there.

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    4. ^ that is basically kill team. And yeah if they made the kill team rules a bit better written and balanced it would be a very good option to play...

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    5. My apologies. I've not really played killteam :/

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    6. Kill team is alright, can be fairly broken at times, but it's okay.

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    7. Oooor, you could take a look at the Kill Team: Heralds of Ruin rules, which is basically "Mordheim/Necromunda meets 40k", and has a modified ruleset to take account for the smaller game size. Each faction has their own Army List, and there's even a few new armies, like Deathwatch, Genestealer Cults and Adebtus Arbites.

      I started playing this for half a year ago, and I haven't played a regular 40k game since.

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    8. yeah i know about them. They seem much better balanced and some key issues are resolved there, but i haven't had a chance to play them just yet

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    9. Check out Herald of ruins Kill Team.

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  5. generic "Release the damn sister" comment

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  6. this book will go well with my tau collection ^^

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    1. it'll go nicely with my chaos cult whom hail from a world that's swampy. convert them a bit of course (give some mutations and such as it feeds into both chaos influence and kroot warrior's eating stuff fluff)

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    2. assuming this rumor pans out to be more than a discovery of a new salt mine (hopefully it does, but there are several other shiny's that i am sure others would also like to see released)

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    3. Nurgle Kroot...

      sounds like some horrible merger of Kim Chee and Sour Kraut. :)

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  7. Hey I'd be down for this. Wanting to do a small 750-1000 point list for casual games, and the Kroot have an awesome aesthetic. Hopefully they get AT Krootox, or a flying Kroot beast or something.

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  8. Hey I'd be down for this. Wanting to do a small 750-1000 point list for casual games, and the Kroot have an awesome aesthetic. Hopefully they get AT Krootox, or a flying Kroot beast or something.

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  9. I just creamed my pantaloons. I would LOVE this. Just please God let them ally with everyone, especially Orks. I need this. :D

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    1. I could see them being desperate allies, maybe allies of conveniece (doubt it), but not friends as it would be quite absurd...

      EVEN if they are come the apocalypse, you can team them up in 7th, just make sure to deploy 12" apart and not come close to each other...

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    2. Well in the old days... (as he lights his corn cob pipe),,,

      The Kroot were the cc option for Tau, though not spectacularly good at it they did not particularly suck at it either, especially the hounds.

      Now they are basically fleshy green sniper drones with a lower BS.

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    3. IK doupt they will be good allaies for Ork. Base on the fluff they hate them. Ork enslaved population of Pech.

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    4. Kroot will work for anyone who can pay them good enough.

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    5. One of the basic Kroot laws is that Tau flesh is forbidden. Wouldn't it be a cool development if they were not allowed to ally against Tau? meh. Maybe I'm just jealous about sharing our green little chicken warriors with other armies. :)

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    6. Tau, Nid, and Chaos infected flesh is forbidden to eat... doesn't mean the won't fight it for the right price.

      If it was based on what they could eat the wouldn't fight Tau, Nids, Chaos, or Crons.

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  10. I wonder if the centerpiece kit will be the greater Knarlok that ForgeWorld recently (more or less) removed from the available products

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  11. Now if we can only squeeze in a Gue'vesa supplement then I'll be happy.

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    1. A Tau allies supplement was rumored at one point with the minor races including Demiurg and Vespids. Be nice if they had those plus Gue'vesa for small arms firepower, Nicassar for psych support, and Deathsworn for close combat.

      But I'm day dreaming again. ;)

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    2. Going with fluff, Shas'o Kais should be in the allies suppliment.

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  12. End of the year you say? Dear Santa....

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  13. neat. i guess since all the major codexes are in the current hardback style, we're gonna get these smaller armies for a while now. i like this method of updating the game

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  14. Mounted Great Knarloc please!!!!

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    1. I started the game only a couple of years ago, and put off buying them for too long. I managed to get one, but now I'm screwed for the rest.

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  15. This would be great! The years I've wanted a Kroot army..
    I Hate the Tau (OP Fish boy space commie Star Wars rejects that they are)
    but would love to see some other races get some sunlight and the Kroot are AWESOME!

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  17. I hope the mercenaries can ally with dark eldar. I think that could be cool for some kind of space pirate theme...

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