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Hellhound, a template that can hit even when it misses.
Basilisk, MEQ killer that you cannot hide from
Neither, spend the points on something else
Ok, so a Hellhound with extra armor is 5 points less than an indirect firing Basislisk (~4% less). If I only have the points to take one, which would you use? For the sake of argument, assume that the army already has 1 Basilisk and 1 Leman Russ already.
I'd get the Hellhound. You don't want that single Russ to be coping everysingle bit of anti tank firepower the enemy has.
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Hellhound for the win!
That was easy.
My reasoning - you already have pie plate spitting goodness, but what about when all those pesky genstealers are grabbing that cover, within charge range of your lines next turn? You can't trust a basilisk, they still get their cover saves. And thats even if the bassie can shoot them at all.
BURN THEM. Thats how you get those rendy fools out of cover.
EDIT: On the other hand, it is more important to go with something you like the look of more, so if thats another basilisk then go ahead. Army list wise, however, the hellhound wins hands down in this particular situation.
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Im for Bassie, but if you had both its totally about what your facing. The Basilisk is just the more versatile tank, it can smack down anything, where as the Hell hound is strictly anti-infantry. Besides the Basilisk is more intimidating. Who says you can't use psychological warfare in 40K?
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I'd go with the Hellhound and in fact in my own army do (a LRBT and a LRD are my pie spitters). I've seen Basilisks that didn't live up to their potential to many times.
although i love the bassie, id have to go with the hellhound on this one. since you already have 2 ordinance tanks, a third isnt all that necessary. the hellhound will help to flush all of the troops out of the cover for your other tanks to hit em.
No brainer- basilisk!
It really depends on the rest of your army, personally I would take the Hellhound every time, but without a couple of Russes to draw fire it tends to go down too quickly.
One Basalisk tends to be useless due to the minimum range of indirect fire, so I would only ever take 2 to back up infantry in an army with no battletanks.
Given your statement about what you have already, I would definatly go with Basilisk, assuming you are playing on a 4' x 6' table.
Two Bassies are generally a 'tour de force' together, and like Xethemez said overcome the minimum range problem by putting them in opposite corners. The one Russ comes in handy for blocking LOS to a Bassie if you can't fined good enough cover.
I don't want to short change a Hellhound at all now though. I have two Hellhounds, and while not as tough as a Russ, I find I can do as much damage, even to Meq armies because of it's accuracy.
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They both do such different things in different ways that I can't see the point of comparing them especially as there are so many variables, particularly in the range of opponents you might face.
Since one is a Fast Attack choice the other Heavy Support choice take both, unless you already have a bassie, which you do, so take the Hellhound?
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