With the tremendous level of feedback and debate I got from the IG tank thread, I thought I'd try the same with the Infantry. Fingers crossed!
It's clear that Veteran squads are the preferred choice of troops for the IG. They're pretty close to perfect as they are, so there's little I would suggest for them, beyond adjusting Harker to make him like the old days of 5th.
Platoons, abhumans and Scions on the other hand don't get much love at all. And I know it's because they're too expense and not effective enough. So I'm going to try and fix that.
For platoons, I have a few minor suggestions before the big change:
Increase the wound characteristic of the commander to 2. In other armies a character in this position would be an independent one and have multiple wounds, so let's bring them into line with that.
Change platoon standards to "friendly units from Codex:AM within 12 inches of the standard may reroll failed fear, morale and pinning tests", and change regimental standards to the same, but the units also receive +1 Attack. Yes, just like marine standards. And why not? They're literally the same thing, and can mean the same for both armies. I'm sure regimental standards invoke memories and pride of their homeworld etc.
Let all units (even conscripts) in an IG platoon purchase Camo Gear at +1pt per model. It's a small, easy way to let you make the first and only, and would help your troops advance into the open.
Let conscripts take vox casters. I can't understand why they can't at present. Write it as one for every ten models in the unit.
Those are just little tweaks though. Here are my big suggestions to fundamentally fix platoons:
Let's do something about the infantry squad tax. I don't know if it should be reduced to 1 squad, or if it should be changed to two units in general (so a platoon of 1 PCS, 1 heavy weapon squad and 1 conscript squad would be perfectly legal), but it would help with the issue of platoons being expensive because you have to buy multiple units.
And this is going to be very controversial, but what if the three senior officer only orders...were no longer senior officer only? What if all models with the Voice Of Command rule could issue these orders? Platoon commanders (both infantry and scion) would become massively more useful. Maybe useful enough to make platoons a competitive choice in comparison to vets?
Finally, I think heavy weapon squads should be able to combine together.
What do you guys think?