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Alright, so I'm on a very tight budget, and have to seriously cut back on my spending, which is where you guys come in...
I can only allow myself to buy one tank, and I'm wondering what I should get.
Leman Russ? Basilisk? Chimera (I already have one)? Hellhound? A bunch of Sentinels?
My army usually consists of a Command Squad (duh), a full platoon, an armoured fist squad, a couple sentinels... and then another choice that i usually fill with rough riders or a special weapon squad or an elite. If I had a tank I might squeeze it in here.
Feel free to suggest forgeworld/armoured company stuff, as the people I play with accept these rule supplements.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Well, it all depends on what you want.
The Battle Tank is a good balance. Long range, powerful cannon and can fill multiple roles such as anti-infantry and anti-armor. Giving it a lascannon for anti-tank, or a heavy bolter for 9 anti-infantry shots. A good tank for begginers
The Demolisher is a beast! I loves that thing, and I've used one many times. A warning, it will get destroyed OFTEN. Alot of people fear it. Mounting a lascannon and sponson plasma cannons is a good way to bulk up on AP 2 weapons.
The Bassie. Another godly weapon. Giving it indirect frie is the only way to go. However, it has weak armor and unless behind cover it will be blasted away quite fast. Use it to take out CC units that are approaching your lines.
Sentinels are my last choice. Although I love them to bits, they just aren't comparible to a Leman Russ or Bassie. Giving them autocannons is a good anti infantry weapon, or lascannons for tank hunting. They do have one advantage though, many people will under estimate them and leave them alone until they start popping tanks wide open.
I've heard many good things about hellhounds, but I've never used them personaly. I have no comment on them.
All I got to say is... DEMOLISHERS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!:w00t:
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It's pretty safe to say that the majority of IG victories had at least one Basilisk tucked away in the corner firing indirect. IG has nothing else that can knock down so many power armor models (and terminators) so cheaply.
When you build it, don't glue the gun platform onto the tank chassis. This will allow the use of the chasis for future modifications. For example, I used some Balsa wood and some spare parts to make an inter-changeable Salamander conversion with my Basilisks. Looks very good.
(the Forgewold Salamander conversion is outrageously expensive).
I dont play IG but my brother uses Iron Warriors and i know from experience that demolisher cannons are only used 2 or three times a battle at the most. The battle cannon is deadly and so is the earth shaker it just depends on which you like better as the Russ is more survivable but will be shot at more the Basilisk on the other hand will be destroyed when it is shot at if you want a firepower tank why is the chimera on the list. And the hellhound is only usefull if you play against armys that have low LD and are suseptabe to flamers
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Uhm, Deek are you perhaps thinking of the older Hellhound rules that had the Inferno Cannon causing a squad to automatically fall back if it suffers a casualty? Because the newer rules where the Inferno can fire up to 24" out with full effect are pretty damn good. Plus being able to arrange the template however you like means that even MEQ's have to fear the Hellhound. A bunch of hits from a strength 6 template 24" away isn't anything to sneeze at.
As far as what tank to purchase, I'd say go with the basic Leman Russ Battle Tank. If you have basic conversion skills, make yourself a heavy bolter to mount as the hull weapon, because the lascannon is vastly overrated.
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So it looks like Leman Russ Battle Tank is the best first choice for its versatility. the Basilisk is a good second choice for it's indirect fire and long range, and the demolisher is a good third choice due to it's lack of longevity on the battlefield...
Thanks a lot guys!
Leman Russ Battle Tank is a good start. The strength and Ap of the battle tank is just short of killing Terminators. I found it helps against normal marines and Necrons. where as you Basilisk is just as effective. But lack the front armour of a Leman Russ. In which case does not help with guass weapons. Hell hound with the 24" flame rule is good. but there again your armour is not so good. Look at the people you are playing against and see which will be the most beneficial to you playing style.