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ever since I have been collecting IG, I have always liked the idea of masses of artillery (not mortars, artillery) pounding the heretical **** out of my opponents. So has anyone here used 3 basilisks, or knows someone who does, and do you have any tips on how to complement this strategy?
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I've been on the reciving end of 3 bassies once or twice with marines. And taken 3 in a mega game when parteren with orks once or twice( I took 2 he took 1). When i was on the reciving end my whole focus was neutrilizing his bassies that i got chewed up by missles. Each bassie i think targeted a single unit a turn normaly. Needless to say that my precious marines went pop really quickly. The trick with taking three bassies is pick targets wisely. After everything that could possibly take a bassie out on the first turn or so is off the board, you just sit back and light 'em up basicly. Take armored fist squad/s and/or use hellhounds to screen the bassies when you lack terrain. Make sure you keep the bassies spread out as much as possible, and well yah thats really about it. Granted make sure you still have plenty of bodies out there but I'm sure you all ready know that. Btw whats wrong w/ mortars in the right hands they are quite devestating.
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If you want an artillery unit, you might as well get a bunch of mortars. With the mass mortar and artillery fire, mortars will take care of dangerous horde infantry or infantry in general, while basilisks can destroy vehicles. It will be a nice compliment to the sit-n-shoot of the Imperial Guard.
I don't play guard but my friend does and he takes two. I play him quite often and I can tell you that if you are going to take bassies, take 2, no more, no less. This is because at 36' apart, you can always hit something, there's no such thing as minimum range anymore. 3 is a bit overkill, and that last heavy support slot could be filled much more efficiently with a leman russ or heavy weapons squad. However, this post did give me an idea for a nice fluffy army. 3 bassies, an HQ with 2 mortar squads and having every squad in your infantry platoons have a mortar. That's alot of pie plates! Mortars aren't great but it'd be very fluffy and horde armies would cry. All that arty battering the enemy into the ground forcing them into cover. There's something to be said for not having to obey fire lanes as everything has indirect fire. There will be no hiding behind that hill for your opponent. Now, you'll be starved for anti-tank so some sentinels will be a must. Some people use bassies for anti-tank but that's taking away from their true role, anti-troop. Plus, if that center hole is off its target, your at half strength against a vehicle rounding down. Unless that vehicle is a dark eldar raider or an ork wartrukk, then you just wasted a shot. Anyway, I'm beginning to ramble, great idea but again, 2 is the more effective option. Hope I helped, cheers.
the main problem with bassies is not neccasarily them but the baord you play on. a small board can make indirect fire useless and greatly take away the effects that bassies can unleash. you need to be playing on a good wide board to even make any use of indirect fire and to fully unleash the devastating power of a bassie.
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mind the limited indirect fire range of the bassie (36"). Of course you can still fire it directly by having LoS, but than the main advantage of the bassilisk - shooting without being shot at - is lost. If you have three bassies, the chances are higher that you lose this advantage.
additionaly, having three bassies means you'll need much cover, which is not always the case. as soon as you place a bassie outside cover, you might as well have taken more infantery squads or something different.
much of what i'm about to say has already been said, but I agree and feel like elaborating...again...
Basilisks should be taken in pairs. if we agree that a 4X4 foot table is standard, than remember that the diagonals (according to pythagorean theorem) is 5.65... feet. then consider that two basilisks 4 feet apart (ie one in each corner) can cover each other with indirect fire as the 36 inch min (aka 3 feet) doesn't even come into play. so unless you're playing on a 3 foot table (which would be pretty small in my opinion), the mininmum range issue should not be an issue.
furthermore, I like to fill the third option with a demolisher. it is an extremely handy and well armoured tank. it can hold its own, and draws fire away from your basilisks. take it either with three H. Bolters to go rolling around on the offensive, or with plasma cannons and a lascannon for a slightly more defensive version. either way it will not let you down.
i say 2 basssies and a russ, so you have lots of fire power, and a russ to protect them, and then you can take support teams
that or a demolisher, using the bassies as its escort, blasting anything out of his way, so he has a clear path