That's a lot of wonderful fluff, not to mention inspired followers. Yoshi is a great name too!
Thank you Macknight, I really fell in love with these guys to such an extent that I'm making an entire Frontier army.
Chris13f: Way to take an idea and run with it! I love the paint job and your breed of mount is decidedly more vicious than the humble Yo'shi. I might have to go back and add some more saddle/stirrups/reins, really excellent work.
as to the Kroot: I was at the zero hour with painting (originally I had wanted to make a Vespid queen as my entry when I found the Yo'shi dinosaur models) so I didn't have time to fully integrate the rules.
I wrote a story a long time ago about a branch of Kroot that had rejected the return to the 'old' ways that Anghor Prok had his people adopt.
They're called Past Walkers and while some of them are unified under a single 'Master' there are others that work as mercenaries, typically outside of the Empire's jurisdiction. The Kroot homeworld Pech has ancient, now abandoned, cities described as 'Hives' and their Warspheres are indicative of an advanced level of technology. The Kroot I used is one such Past Walker who has allied himself with U'rok, hence why most of his body has been replaced with augmetics. The Past Walkers are not cannibals but, instead, use technology to improve themselves.
I think I went on a tangent though:
The idea behind having a mixed unit is to provide the So'lai Pioneers with a mix of rules, much like the Deathwatch Team, but also to add the flavor that they utilize unconventional tactics. Had I left more time for the rules I would have added that the Pioneers can take one Auxilery.
The rules would have been something like this:
Jikita (Kroot): Acute Senses and Fieldcraft.
Mal'caor (Vespid): Fear (the sound of the wings i said to be extremely unsettling)
Gue'vesa (Human): Hate (Imperial Factions), additional Yo'shi rider.
Someone noted that the Kroot would slow the unit down- the same can be said for the bikes you can attach to Deathwatch teams- it's a flavor thing.
Second Claw Zagakat
It is known by the Council of the Highest and a select number of Commanders that the Jikita, the most ardent allies of the Empire, have Kindreds within their population that sometimes reject the edicts of the agreements that tie both cultures together and instead ply the Galaxy in search of fresh genetic material which they return to Pech to be assimilated back into the gene pool. The 'Past Walkers' are the most extreme example of these factions and are considered a terrorist organization by the Shas'Ar'Tol after the disastrous engagement on the jungle planet Seko.
Zagakat, Second Claw, was a member of a team of Past Walkers that U'rok engaged against on M'nlo while hunting a Genestealer that had slipped past the defense grid on the border. A fierce firefight broke out almost immediately, when the Genestealer made its presence known, both factions worked together to kill it. U'rok and M'nlo were the only survivors and while it is unknown what was discussed afterward, the Past Walker has been at the Shas'Ui's side ever since.