Ive been thinking about how to implement squad leaders as upgrades to individual squads lately, and have come up with some ideas that I like. IMO this is one thing really missing from DoW3, and I want to see it added. My ideas are focused on the Eldar faction as that is what I play. Hopefully we can get a good discussion going around this, so I invite other players to put forth ideas for their own factions, while sticking to the basic concept I am going to outline. My ideas are rough outlines, and the numbers may require tweaking.
Squad leaders should be purchasable for each individual squad, with a cost of 75 req, 15 power. As an additional member, they would increase the overall HP and DPS of the unit, however to represent the fact that they are more experienced and powerful warriors, I suggest each squad leader increase the HP/DMG of the squad my an amount equal to 1.5 models. Furthermore, the squad leaders would confer additional attributes to the squad, to represent their abilities in leadership.
Dire Avenger Exarch
- Increases Battle Focus regeneration by 15%
- Reduces reload time by 15%
Dark Reaper Exarch
- Reduces set up/tear down time by 15%
- Increases Rate of Fire by 15%
Howling Banshee Exarch
- Acrobatic: The effects of suppression are reduced by -1, to a minimum of 0
Shadow Spectre Exarch
- Unit gains charges on its weapons 20% faster
This idea is balanced by the power cost attached to the upgrade, so in the early game if you choose to buy a squad leader for the additional benefits, you will delay upgrades, gens, or additional squads. The benefit to this is allowing these basic T1 units to scale better into the mid/late game.
Let me know what you think of this idea, and lets hear some ideas for the other factions.