Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Genestealer Cults Review: Leman Russ Squadron


Background.
Stolen directly from the Imperial Guard of the `host' planet, the Leman Russ battle tank is well-known for what it does on the battlefield across the Warhammer 40,000 Universe.

Strengths.
This is a great tank! Excellent front armour, great side armour and versatile set ups. I don't really dislike much about them overall. I guess it ultimately depends on the kinds of opponent that one expects to face. Having said, that, some of the pie plates do rely on BS=3, so that's not so awesome. A large number of shots would be better to ensure a few hits arguably. But I still like and respect the Leman Russ.

Weaknesses.
The rear armour is only 10. But you all knew that, right?

Builds.
There are a lot of builds to consider here. What is below is just a sub-sample of the ones that appeal to me personally.

Leman Russ, Eradicator, heavy flamer (120 points).
This basic battle tank is really versatile. I like the flamers for defence and assault roles. The eradicator nova is a mid-range beast that can bring the hurt in numbers to Imperial Guard, Eldar, and the like.

Leman Russ, Exterminator, heavy bolter sponsons (140 points).
A lot of dakka here to get around the BS=3 issue. Not much not to like really!

Leman Russ, Vanquisher, Multi-melta sponsons (155 points).
Heavy, high strength shots at long range is still awesome no matter what enemy one is facing. However, the BS=3 is a really big issue here though. That said, certain builds of the cult armies could outflank this beast, so the above build is equipped with multi meltas to help take advantage of this. Add an extra lascannon if the points allow.

Leman Russ, Battle Cannon (150 points).
Large blasts and large ranges. Very nice. Add plasma cannon sponsons if desired? A hunter killer missile as well? Perhaps a lascannon too?


1 comment:

WestRider said...

A buddy of mine regularly runs Eradicators with a Hull Heavy Flamer and Multi-Melta Sponsons. They're still ridiculously cheap, and they become really effective all-rounders, especially in pairs.

I also sometimes kit Exterminators out for Anti-Vehicle, with a Lascannon, Hunter-Killer, and perhaps Multi-Melta Sponsons, or sometimes just sticking with Heavy Bolters to make it a different all-rounder. Even at BS3, throwing 6 High S shots (4 of them twin-linked) at 48" can do a lot of work.

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