Nobody wants to read it. I didn’t want to write it. But it must be done: The review that nobody should ask for.
Boring unit of horrible boringness. Tohaa is bristling with diverse, exciting troops like Kaauri, Kotails, Symbiobeasts, and Igaos. And plucky, effective troops like Sakiels, Sukeuls, and Ectros. And the Kamael? The Kamael is the thing you reach for when you have to have a third triad unit, but can’t shell out six points for a Sakiel instead. Triads are the only thing making the Kamael worth your time.
I mean, who would want a Sakiel? Sakiels only get V: Courage, Nimbus Plus Grenades, +1 Ballistic Skill, +1 Close Combat, +1 Armor, and +1 Wound. Ha ha. What a shitty deal for six points!
Seriously, there are occasions where your Kamael Paramedic is a better choice than the clearly better Sakiel Paramedic. Some quick examples would be to upgrade a Rasail or Taqeul with a Viral Combi, or to tack two Servants to a Kumotail, or to give an HMG to a Gao-Tarsos. Here’s my thoughts on the individual profiles:
Combi Rifle ― The vanilla profile really has no place in ITS lists, except for “true” direction-action missions like Frontline or Annihilation. If you play YAMS or 20×20, you might get more use out of this profile.
Spitfire ― As a gunner, this a demonstrably inferior choice to a Sakiel. The direct combat stats of the Sakiel make this profile an extreme opportunity cost. The Spitfire Kamael needs to be combined with a Specialist, or get an MSV1 or X-Visor, to be a relevant choice in the context of the whole army.
Light Grenade Launcher ― Since Human Sphere removed the intolerable old Long Skill prohibition from fireteams, this profile is a wise choice if you want to use indirect fire. It is also a decent ARO gun, since grenades ignore Cover.
Sniper Rifle ― I actually miss it when the sniper was priced with an 0.5 SWC tax, instead of the current 1 pt tax. Low in SWC, high in points, the Kamael Sniper is a good unit to spam by the double or triple as a throwaway ARO stumbling block. However, it is largely ineffective against camouflage units and superunits.
White Hacker Device ― A Kamael Hacker is often a good choice for ITS missions which favor hackers, but it is not to be overlooked for triads in general. By being able to ignore Surprise mods within hackable areas, the Kamael Hacker acts a pseudo-Kaauri defender to its triad. I’d strongly recommend bringing a White Hacker Kamael if at least 2 of the following apply: (1) you know that the scenario encourages Hackers, (2) you know that there will be lots of rifle-range light camo enemies, (3) you are bringing Ectros, or (4) you are bringing Gao-Tarsos.
Forward Observer ― Almost never actually a forward observing, almost always an ITS specialist. Seconded perhaps only to:
Paramedic ― Good specialist, and boringest of the boring. My #1 personal choice for Kamaels.
Lieutenant ― A bog-standard light infantry lieutenant. A good choice in small games, but in normal 300-point, you’d better bring a better WIP13 lieutenant or a lieutenant with better WIP.
The Kamaels out of the starter box are all the Kamaels you will need. However, there are a couple good reasons for buying the Kamael SWC box. The first is for WYSIWYG. The second is conversions. The SWC box was one of the first purchases I considered when I began Tohaa, and it took me about a year to decide to buy it. I mainly only wanted a Sniper and one or two more Kamael fillers, and the Kamael Hacking Device is an ugly-ass sculpt.
Inkling became dollars paid when I decided to buy a second Clipsos Sniper to do an armswap to gain a “shotgun”. The Hacking Device became a Nullifier, and the Spitfire Kamael became my Gorgos Pilot. Dude Kamael Sniper was cut up and greenstuffed the for a reactive crouched pose. The goo-arm Kamael doubles as a Paramedic and Hacker. I experimented with having my guns glow green on these guys, but that’s probably the last time I’ll do that on my Tohaa.
So playbility aside, I do recommend Kamael SWC Box and Hatail for Tohaa conversions.
I rate the Kamael 1 out of 5 artichokes.
TL;DR If I can give 5-star rating to something, I have to give 1-star ratings to something. Even old Gorgos is cooler than Kamaels these days. Only take Kamaels when necessary.
AD NAUSEUM I think Sakiels return to being Impetuous, instead of Frenzy, to make the choice between Kamael and Sakiel more of a *choice*.