I’ve had a couple of games with the list now, and I think I’m ready to pass a verdict. I’ve won the games but it’s been way to close for comfort most of the time, and the list just doesn’t have the synergy I expected.
Croe’s Cutthroats (Croe and 5 Grunts)
Sea Dog Crew (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Mr. Walls Sea Dog Crew Quartermaster
Soulhunters (Leader and 4 Grunts)
The Withershadow Combine
The individual blocks of the list work more or less as expected, though the Pirates need their support solos in order to really shine, but the combined effect isn’t really what I was looking for. The Sea Dogs work more like a tarpit because I can’t have Dougal MacNaile, and twelve points is a lot for a tarpit. I have yet to get a charge in with them, since they get blown to bits before they ever get there.
The Soul Hunters consistently do better than expected defensively, and a lot worse offensively, and they could really have used another point of MAT. They come from out of nowhere, and with Ghost Walk and Incorporeal there’s nothing that can stop them, but even with +2 to hit on the charge attack they miss a lot, unless I use my feat or pop Crippling Grasp on their targets, and there’s usually a lot of other things I would like to put Crippling Grasp on.
The Deathrippers have been doing great so far, and one even killed a Minuteman in todays game (though he needed help from one Pirate because he missed his first 6+ attack), and they’ve done great running around and biting Stormwall pods and the occasional stray infantryman.
Croe’s Cutthroats really earn their keep as well, and they’ve killed more than their share of solo characters in the games. The problem is hitting, but if they hit they usually kill what they’re shooting at, and Croe has been a melee monster almost every game. The last game was against a Kraye list, and even though they were facing a wall of jacks they still killed most of an entire ranger squad.
I’ve set about changing the list, but it’s a real stinker not having access to Dougal MacNaile. It’s sort of interesting how integral to Cryx/Merc shooting lists that guy is, and his kill potential is incredible, so he would be worth including even without someone to buff.