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First of all, I must say, yall rock ... I have been reading for awhile and have enjoyed all the advice you share.
I am about to add a few Basilisks to my army and, quite frankly, do not want to pay GW's pricing ... has anyone found some good alternative models?
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The other alternative, as Andusciassus (sp?) mentioned is to scratch build one form cardboard and plasticard. It is a lot cheaper and you can make at least 3 for the cost of 1 GW one. Their is a group BWC (built with cardboard) that has a stack of templates etc that you can print out. Can't give you the actual link at the moment because I'm at work, but a google search should pick it up.
Alternatively, if you don't like the look of the current Bassie model check out the forge world Earthshaker model (in one of the Imperial Armours) - I'm basing my scratch build off of that. Basically it is a standard field artillery piece/towed gun.
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You know if your willing to pay the price Forge world Emplacements are pretty slick. I mean its the earthshaker that matters and that things has such a crazy range that 9 games out of 10 you don't have to move the basilisk. Apart from that you could make your own emplacement easy. All you need to do is get some thin piping for the barrel then you could build an emplacement out of a mixture of balsa wood and plasticard rod. Dunno how it would turn out but it might look niffty. Plus i think you save points with the Earthshaker emplacement... not sure I'd have to double check.
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one solution is to buy a second hand one, painted so its really cheap and then drop it in brake fluid...if you soak for a couple of hours you can remove all the paint and most of the bits will come off if you want to rebuild it too...then you can give it a new coat and it will come out virtually new...
Try looking at WW1 or WW2 artillery peices in a model shop, something like a WW1 rail gun would work nice. Perhaps even Desert Storm kits.
i think a good way to add some Bassies is to buy 3 revell or tamiya "Wespe" models
And then buying some imperial guards heavy support boxes (with the 2 dudes and the choice of lasgun etc). That way you can give the models some GW bitz and still come out cheap. (bits like lasguns on the side, a heavy bolter in the hull, loose helmets lying around etc)
Pretty much any modern SP arty should do it, jut be careful of scale, common sense says a one inch high model represents a 6ft + tall man therefore 1:72 but actually this will tend to be be rather small
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