Monday, May 16, 2011
Wait… Steve… no Leman Russ? What’s wrong?
That is an exact question asked to me when I revealed my new list to a few people a couple weeks ago at Evolution games. I understand why as well, as I have for the longest time been a big proponent of the Leman Russ tanks and all the glorious damage they bring. I have won more than a fair share, or taken second, in enough tournaments to have proven my point of their power and durability if properly played and supported with the rest of your army (once again I preach balance in a list and how that makes entire codices better if used). However that does not mean I do not like to vary up my lists every once in a while and as such with the recent purchase of 3 Vendettas/Valkyries I decided it was time to take a look at some other ideas, and I built the following list with a little extra input from The Judge and Samsquanch Monster.
HQ 1 – Primaris Psyker
HQ 2 – Primaris Psyker
Elite – Psyker Battle Squad 10 man
Troop 1 – Vet squad 3xMeltagun and Demolitions
Troop 2 – Vet Squad 3xPlasmagun and Grenadiers
Troop 3 – Vet Squad 3xPlasmagun and Grenadiers
Fast 1 – Valkyrie w/Multiple Rocket Pods
Fast 2 – Vendetta
Fast 3 – Vendetta
Heavy 1 – 2xBasalisk
Heavy 2 – 2xBasalisk
Heavy 3 – 2xMedusa w/Bastion Breacher Shells
I know what you are thinking after reading that list… “WOW IT’S SO BADASS!” Ok that is a lie, you were thinking… “Basilisks? Really? Basilisks?” actually that is one of the thoughts given to me by multiple different people, wondering why I did not instead grab more Medusas, however my reasoning is thus: I like the fact that Basilisks can fire indirectly, being both Ordnance and Barrage gives them some nice bonuses even if they do have a long minimum range for firing like this, however because they can still fire directly afterwards, they still have a nice punch, and being STR9 and AP3 large blast templates it makes them scary to everyone out there. Plus if I am firing at troopers with the Ordnance + Barrage they have to take their pinning checks at a -1. That is right… I hear your cringing out there Space Wolves; negative leadership is a bane to your existence. Besides those two factors I think I can keep people away and out of the minimum range of the basilisks with the use of my troop choices in the Vendettas and Valkyrie by pushing into their face fast. Also the PBS gives me a scary thing that is out of a transport to think about but easily able to hide in cover.
Obviously this list has its downfalls, a drop pod/deep strike list might give it lots of problems if I rely too heavily upon the blast templates to take out everything which is why the troop choices have a bit of extra survivability and their fast movement makes it rough for a drop pod army to catch up to them without putting themselves out there far too thin. Only having tested this list once and against Tau at that, I cannot say how well overall this will do, but I can say it was a –TON– of fun with the ability to fire off 9 blast templates a turn your scatter dice will be getting a lot of work, so you better treat the fellow nice.
If you try the list out let me know what you think, I would definitely be interested in anyone else’s feedback on it.
Until next time, burn some heretics, kill some mutants, and do it always....
FOR THE EMPEROR