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I played a 1500pt cityfight with Dark Angels today, and I used an all infantry list and 1 basilisk. My plan was to use it to force my opponent to its side of the table (to get inside its minimum range) but it still managed to do a decent number on two of his squads (killed 4 assault marines, and 5 tactical marines in the following two turns.) While I realize this is exceptional, have any of you any experience with two Basilisks, each in a corner, to provide fire to anywhere on the board? I figure its only 250pts for the two of them, allowing me to have those templates wherever I need them to be, and the rest of the points to be spend on wonderful, wonderful infantry squads.
The game was a great success too - I managed to smash most of his army that wasn't going right for the Basilisk in the right hand corner of the table, and by that point those terminators were so far away that I flooded the objective with 35 Guardsmen. It was classic - artillery, human waves - and makes me want to buy a second one. What are your thoughts?
To be honest I always take two basilisks. Its very effective and taking just one for me just really doesnt cut it. Like most things such as hell hounds, LRBTs, LRD's, and bassies. They work the best in pairs! Remember one is nice but two is just brutal and will psych out your opponent. I actually just switched to a pair of LRBT's and a pair of Hell hounds (hell hounds were the only armor and were getting shot up way too much) So yeah go nuts man!
2 Bassies in opposite corners is straight out of the Tactica Imperialis (well, it should be). Go ahead and buy the second Basilisk!
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You know what's better than two bassies? Three Griffons
*cries* BRING THEM BACK GW!!!! BRING THEM BAAAAAAACK!!!!!
But, yeah, two bassies is useful especially with indirect in a city fight. If you want to push for three, do so and set two up on either side of the table at the front of your deployment zone and then set the third in the rear of your deployment zone right in the center, should give you the ability to protect your tanks if enemies get closer than your minimum range (two shots is also a heck of a lot better than just one). Not to mention fire one at one squad you want to remove, if they die, attack another squad, if they don't attack the same squad, repeat. You should be able to remove 1 to 2 trouble squads within the first turn.
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I use to use two bassies a bit, one in each corner, however i always found that one of them was always seemed to be destroy early in the game due to lack of terrain to hide behind or fast moving melta/bikers.
Also, having two bassies really defeats the whole tactic of attempting to get them into your minimum 36 range, because 2 bassies cover these arcs, thus its really unsuitable for this type of tactic, however it is quite fun to play to c tha look on your opponents face when u whip out 2 bassies, and he can't hide anywhere, thats pretty rad.
However personally I would opt for a leman russ, as it is more durable and intimidating then a bassie, and I just got sick of always losing a bassie, like its only 125pts, but its 125pts that you don't have to lose, plus i love the tactic of the minimum 36 range, works a treat.
Two are definately better than one.
They can cover each others minimum range arc and just put yourself in your opponents position... its not nice to face two pie plates per turn that are difficult to draw line of sight to.
It's worth a krak!
I prefer a Basilisk and a Leman Russ, the 'Russ is a lot more durable and will draw attention away from the 'lisk.
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Dualing Bassie is an excellent army choice for IG. I like to take Russ and a Chimera (AF squad) as well so that if the cover isn't that good for the Bassies I can put something in front of them.
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Feeling really cocky? Go with three like I do ^.^ You cant go wrong with three str.9 templates flying around the table and with the new 'everything under the tempate is hit' rule from 5th they just got that much better. Though substituting a russ or dem. for a basi for close troop support is always a good idea. The hide behind the tank from the machine gun plan usual works well.
To me the Basilisk always reminds me of the German Hummel - 150cm mounted on PzIV (if you substitute the Forgeworld Vanaheim Gunshields) - sure it can use indirect fire, but can also be brutal firing over open sights.
I mean indirect fire doesn't mean you can't fire at anything under 36" provided its in direct LOS right?
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