I don't have a dog in this fight, but, being a total blowhard, I can't resist chiming in!
A couple things: one, Ratlings are always portrayed in the fluff as being fielded in dedicated all-Ratling units. What's the justification for having one added to a completely different unit type? (Of course, the same thing can be said of Storm Troopers...) It can be justified in a Dirty Dozen-type unit made up of members of other regiments, but that's not the approach taken in this game; in OW, everyone in the unit is assumed to come from the same world (resulting in some goofy situations, like literate Ogryns from Imperial Worlds and, worse, illiterate Commissars from Death Worlds!). So, were exactly did the Cadian unit's Kilbo Fraggins come from?
Also, getting back to the 'Hate' in the title of this thread, does it bother anyone else that Ratlings are the 'heavy hitters' in the game (at least at lower levels, due to the Accurate rules)- a roll they most certainly don't occupy in the 40K fluff?
A CO has ended up with all these misfits/weirdos under his command that he has no idea what to do with. Might as well put them all in one unit under the responsability of someone else, PC Commissar; Priest; Enginseer; Stormtrooper; etc.
Also everyone is not assumed to come from the same world. Specialists like Ogryns & Commissars tend to take on the traits of the regiments they're assigned to (Pg 58; Only War core rulebook; 2012). hmm sounds a bit snarky, did not mean it to be.
The literacy for Ogryns can easily be explained by the Orgryn's little 'un (they have comrades) reading for the big fella, of course you could just say that your Ogryn is a Bone 'Ed & is therefore smart enought to read.
The others are a bit more difficult, but it could be explained by the fact that there are few regiments the have NO language. Deathworlders just do not bother to learn how to read/write low gothic. A Commissar on attachment might become use to either filling out paper work in the regiments native language or not haveing to fill it out at all. The Low Gothic litteracy essentially attrophing.
Why 'HATE' Ratlings? they're kewl. A dedicated scout that can fit in really small places, & can tell you what path the enemy are taking so you have enough time to comb your hair, & set up heavy weapons to chop them up. All the while your little mate is shooting the enemy leaders inna face. But then we tend to play like everything can kill us, which it usually does.Them Orky Kommando are ded cunnin' making them traps outta leaves & sticks.
As to leathality, sniper weapons in 40K are pretty lethal against single targets like characters "Look out sir!" & tend to panic anyone near by.
Edited by Dracurian, 09 July 2013 - 12:30 AM.