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I'm going to use a basilisk and a russ, but I don't know if the third will be a normal russ or a Demolisher for the AP 2. Having to get that close bothers me, but the only other AP 2 in my list is a plasmagun on my armored fist, and 3 lascannons.
Well the Dem. is an all around bad ass tank. I mean look at it logically, if armed with a hull mounted lascannon and two plasma cannons is effectively becomes the ultimate in terminators and heavy infantry. Have it stand still in a fire lane and blast away with its longer ranged weapons(look 36'' is pretty good and the lascannon is 48'') and if anything starts to get close then move up and engage it with the Dem cannon, not much can withstand this kinda of pounding.
Or you can always use it to assist advancing guard squads, with its improved side armor its a hard nut to crack and men love mobile shields that shoot str.10,ap2 shells. Hope that helps and remember sometimes(this is a good scare tactic for guard, lol) it pays to bring the fight to the enemy, guns and dem. cannons a blazing.
Eh, I really hate spending that much on additions. The maximum I'd put on a tank are 3 HBs, smoke launchers, and extra armor. Plus a stubber if it's a conqueror or exterminator. (Or was that executioner? I get those mixed up. The autocannon one.)
But yeah, I think the dem would go really well being fire support for my armored fists.
Rolling plasma death, coupled up with a lascannon and that huge gun? The Demolisher is honestly a beastly tank. In it's case, I would say to happily drop the extra points into it.
Normally, I roll around with a standard Lemon Russ, a Vanquisher (or sometimes another standard russ) and a Basilisk. Now that I've picked up a demolisher, though, I might start swapping out the standard russ for that in a regular battle. Either that or drop the basilisk and bring in another tank. Shooty death makes me happy regardless!
I used to field 2 Leman Russ and a Leman Russ Demolisher. In 5th I have been moving towards Leman Russ, Demolisher and Basilisk with Indirect Fire.
Although all three tanks have what appear to be similiar primary weapons, the small changes in stats make a world of difference.
The AP2 / S10 Demolisher cannon is the most effective anti-heavy tank weapon in our list, and fantastic at keeping Terminators and other heavy armoured Elites in cover.
The Basilisk with indirect fire is a very effective weapon for dealing with troops hiding behind terrain, or vehicles behind cover with poor side armour
The Leman Russ has range, and it as effective as the Demolisher against the vast majority of things in the game.
I would thus strongly encourage the fielding of a Demolisher, and think it fits well with the other two HS you have.
personally unless im playing apoc, i pick russes over basalisk anyday
2 russes set up on opposide sides of the table, can see anything on the board, if you move............
and a russ is more durable
i had a demolisher, but i ripped the thing apart after one fateful day
enemy terminator squad lands right in front of demolisher, due to bad scatter.
i laugh, and fire the main cannon at them(they are 6' away or so) it scatters back towards me..................6'....................the hole is on the demolisher, so i roll to penetrate..................boxcars!!!???? then i roll for damage..............6..................vaporized demolisher, which blew itself up, and then i proceeded to rip the cannon and extra armor off, and make it a russ(spare battlecannon)
Hellhounds are good tanks
Satan - "**** you Kage! And **** you Jables! I'll get you Tenacious DDDDdddddddeeeeee!!!!!!"
The Russ is definitely more durable, and that was why I use to take 2 in 4th. But the Basilisk with Indirect has a few aces in the hole:
1/ The str 9 is great vs tanks (can Pen arm 14, and is twice as likely to do something).
2/ Indirect Fire allows you to try for vehicles side armour. If you land an Indirect Fire Shell on top of a Predator you have to roll snake eyes not to do something.
3/ The fact standing behind your own troops or cover can get you cover saves means that people tend to stand in the open more, Indirect Fire ignores intervening cover.
Given that my army has Leman Russ, Leman Russ Demolisher, Basilisk, Hellhound, 2 Sentinels and Chimera and my Basilisk often starts in a Forest or behind terrain it tends not to attract much fire.
I love my Demolisher, it's so badass. The normal Russes are great, dependable, and do an awesome job. But, the Demolisher is just so much fun to use and normally pulls all the anti tank fire off my other vehicles.
This plan is so perfect, it's retarded.