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So, recently, I've become quite disillusioned with the GW's Imperial Guard Leman Russ. I've seen many Russ variants both here and on other web forums, and I'm convinced that my discontent isn't isolated.
My primary problem is that armored units are planned and constructed on three basic principles: Armor, Armament, and Speed/Maneuverability. Now, I like the armor values and weapons power that is given to the Russ. For a MBT, I think its fine. But the overall construction, aside from being just plain ugly, is very ungainly.
The Leman Russ (and anything based off its chassis), in real world, would never see field deployment. And if it did, its survivability would be nill. The tank's high profile would make it a delicious target for AT crews and other battle tanks, while it's narrow tread width would see it boging down in even the most mild inclement weather (don't get me started on how it would react in snow!).
So, I'm wondering: does anyone have a viable alternative design/variant on the Russ (and Chimera, for that matter) who would be willing to share?
Bah, I like the Russ. But I've been seeing them around for a dozen years or so, when the game had more of that WWI feel, modelwise. My guard feel antique. I always felt like Tau were what the Guard would be if they hailed from a high-tech world. (Bordering on Heresy against the Omnissiah at that)
I understand your view as well. If you aren't going to play a tournament with a 50% GW rule to the modeling, then many tank chassis will be usable to you. Just decide how much you want to diverge from current models.
For me, I'd be using the old WW1 tank models, but that is the oppostie of where you seem to be heading. I'm pretty sure you'd probably have to give up on side sponsons if you used current military motifs.
Or you could go for a futuristic look, even maybe a hovertank from one of the zillion manga toy lines or convert the heck out of an AT-AT.
Just remember, no matter how agile you make a Russ look, the rules are still for an ungainly AV14 rolling pillpox.
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I've been addicted to World of Tanks lately and neglecting my IG... But it is so... much... fun!
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Well, that's it - I'm officially in love. A 40K Stug... Magnificent! I actually thought it was a real Stug model for a second there!
Now that's what a tank should look like, although I'm not really sure how you'd incorporate Sponson weapons on the design. At this point though, I don't care - it gets by on awesomeness alone.
I hear that! Wow!
The current Russ does have that nostalgic WWI feel to it. Ever since I got into 40k IG, I've been bothered by the fact that the Guard is so fething static. I just can't see the same tank design being used for multiple millenia. Hell, a design more than a few decades old to me is archaic. Perhapse I'm just trying to identify too much with our reality, but it seems that, with how many crusades the Imperium endures, the Russ would have gone through more changes, or that different MBTs would have come to life.
And you are right: the rules are the same no matter the design. That is, unless you write up your own datasheets...
The Leman Russ is an obsolete tank, but until the STC design for something else is recovered it will remain as the mainstay of the Imperiums armoured might.
The tech-priests are too scared of unleashing something really unpleasent that innovation has gone out of the window in the interests of not rocking the boat. And given what the First and Only found under Menazoid Epsilon I cant help thinking they might be right to be so scared of advanced tech.
Oh, and fluff wise the Leman russ is much more advanced than it looks.
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*tips hat* Point to you, mate. Multiple points, actually. On another note, does anyone have any good datasheets for armoured units they could link us all to?
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