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so far i have one leman russ. wat else should i get>?
I would reccomend a demolisher and after that a basklisk
Some people might really likt the basklisk but I think that its good but the demolisher will save your life more times then a basklisk will
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I disagree. The Basilisk will force your enemy to fight on your terms, as hes forced to attack you, or sit and be destroyed. Then you can set up "kill zones" and wipe your opponent out.
Buy a Basilisk first because it is a cheaper tank (in points), and the most effective in a smaller force. The Demolisher is a great tank, but the Basilisk can shoot at anything from a hidden position :w
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Well he already has a Lemun Russ. I would just get the baslisk. Its cheap in points just as destuctive as a Lemun Russ and it is a good looking model if that helps you choose.
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Don't forget that the Basilisk is easily destroyed in comparison to the Leman Russ variants...
Also, don't forget the minimum distance of the Basilisk... in a small game, you won't have much to shoot at with indirect fire and that hidden position is worth nothing. Most armies will try to advance forward on IG as we have little to no close combat abilities (in comparison). Unless you're playing a complete idiot he'll deploy close enough or advance enough for you to not be able to fire indirectly. And as the basilisk is open topped AND lightly armoured you're in trouble if you bring it out in the open. It will be the prime target.
I'd say don't waste the points on indirect fire in smaller games, use it without any extras and just HOPE you'll get to fire twice with it. Then it MIGHT earn back the points it cost... just might.
I'd recommend another Leman Russ (maybe a demolisher, where the plasma cannon sponsons can do quite a bit of damage before you get within 24" range for some demolisher cannon fun), and get a Basilisk as your third tank.
Some people take a look at the high strength of the earthshaker cannon and think "whoah, this one pwns the russ" but that's not the case. The vanilla Russ is so versatile it's sexy, it has super range and looks smart. Love it!
I take indirect in short range games anyways. You get at least two shots usually, enough to warrant the 25 pts upgrade. Then you just use it to funnel the opponent away from one side. Usually putting a platoon about 12" infront with a heavy weapon in each squad deters the enemy from comming near the Basilisk. If the enemy is charging right at you, then hands down a Leman Russ is better, but in most cases the enemy will respect the firepower of the IG and jump behind terrain pieces, making your 160 pts ( around depending on options ) Russ, useless.
new idea get another leman russ and use both together
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Leman Russ and Basilisks are one of the best combos IMO in a 1500 point game. I'd only get a Demolisher (or another Leman Russ) in a 2000 point game. On certain missions though (like a Meat Grinder) - I'd take a Demolisher.
Against armies that depend on armor saves, a Basilisk is a good investment and can help especially against enemy tanks and heavy weapons squads that stay in the back.
One of the possible tactics is using it as a decoy like I've seen some Eldar players use a Wraithlord as a decoy. Most people see a Basilisk and think "Oh crap. Gotta blast it." and unload everything on it if its in the open. This can stave away some fire that goes after the Leman Russ while allowing it to take care of what you might deem to be the bigger threat. 100 points for this aint that bad if you consider how much you may lose if they hit your leman russ and other types of vehicles. It may not last as long as a wraithlord, but it is possible and I've done it before.
Personally, I like the basilisk because I go by the Guard's first commandment "Thou shall not have a bigger gun than me."
Demolisher. No question.
It's tough, it hits hard, it kills terminators, and the big gun just looks cool.
Plus it will draw attention away from your Russ.
(And... it gives you a battlecannon that you can use for conversions)
The Basilisk is best in pairs/triples, in large games, on large boards. If you -really- want an IF weapon in a small game, take a Griffon.