Kriel Stone Bearers.
People range from loving the unit to never touching them. The most common reason that I hear for them not being taken is: They don't fit my playstyle. In this guide, I'm going to try to make a case for the following two points.
1. Kriel Stone Bearers can be a worthy addition to many lists.
2. They shouldn't be cramping your style as you play with them.
I think the Kriel Stone Bearer and Stone Scribes have gotten an unfair stigma from MK1 brick lists as well as the first games that people play against casters such as pMadrak. The stacking of buffs creates extremely hard to kill Champions. Because the pMadrak style of play results in a very clumped army, the Kriel Stone Bearer is blamed as the culprit for this. I'm going to try to set the record straight here.
In MK1, the KSB was a crutch unit. Most lists ran it. It was an auto-include. MK2 rolled around, and now we have more options - Good options. In under 50 points, it's sort of questionable as to whether you would need the KSB at all. I'm going to try to describe the reasons that you would take a KSB in your list. It's a viable option to run without, but I roll with the KSB in most of my lists.
It's pretty much unavoidable to talk about the Stone Scribe Elder, with your Kriel Stone Bearers. Even if you take a minimum unit of Kriel Stone Bearers, you're better off taking a Stone Scribe Elder and a min unit than a max unit. You net lose 1 model, but gain a whole bunch of awesome abilities, and your Stone Scribe Bearer has boxes. It's pretty much a no-brainer unless you're going to take a min unit of Kriel Stone Bearer and Stone Scribes, simply because you don't want to spend the points on anything else.
Average Troll across the board. Arm is "a Baker's ______ + 1", but is buffed by their own aura. Really nothing to see
"A Bank for Fury"
_____ as nails
Protective Aura - 4" + 1" for each Fury on the Kriel Stone Bearer, you can't have more Fury on the KSB than the number of models in this unit.
Self-Sacrifice: Guys can't stop jumping in front of he KSB...
Stone Scribe Elder:
Statline: Nothing impressive, +1 MAT over Stone Scribes,
Basically, you get to choose one of 3 abilities when you use protective aura, in addition to your +armor.
1. Incorporeal and Stealth goes away while within the aura
2. No Continuous Effects
3. +1 Str to friendly trollblood models within the aura.