Man, the average leman russ costs 150 pts. At 1500 pts, if you bring 5, you have 50% of the list spent on Leman Russ! How many do you want??
If you really want to make an "armoured company" go Unbound and the hell with the FoC. That would be perfectly acceptable.
About the russes variants: i often use 2standard Leman russes and a Demolisher russ.
Punisher is GREAT at swatting off the board anything thats not a tank, but needs the BS upgrade and the orders a tank commander brings in.
The standard russ is a workhorse: you take one or two and you can be assured that they will always have a targed, but will not be able to kill just everything.
The demolisher russ is a killer, but needs to attack a softened up enemy or be covered and supported by other units. Advance him alongside a 30 guard blob with flamers or granade launchers and laugh maniacally.
Then, Executioner...meh. The risk of killing yourself with getsa hot is ridiculous. But can be good Vs terminator armies or the like.
Vanquisher is a no-no, for me. A single shot? At Bs 3? At that price? No thanks. You really need a tank dead, bring in a deepstiking melta stormtrooper team.
Exterminator... seriously? 2 twin linked autocannons? Basically the mongo cousin of the Russ Family. Never used it, never seen used, never needed it. If you REALLY want that much autocannons, the Heavy Weapons squads do it better, imo (at least they wont die from a single melta gun..)
Eradicator..a tough one to judge. I can see it as a nice complement for the demolisher. It ignores cover and has a decent range. Against the like of Dark Eldars and sneaky tyranids or even against a cover huggin shooty fireline, it can worth gold. Good thing is, it costs 120 pts. 120...thats ridicolous! :biggrin:
So, let's hear this, if you want tanks and thanks and thanks...
2 Punisher tanks w/ Heavy bolter sponsons, one has Tank Commander (350)
2 Ministrorum priests (50)
10 Veterans, carapace armour, 3 plasmaguns (120)
Platoon command squad, heavy flamer (40)
3 grenade launchers
40 Conscripts (120)
1 Eradicator Tank, Heavy Flamer sponsons (130)
2 Demolisher tanks, hull lascannon (320)
1 Leman russ Battle tank (150)
Again, 1500. The Priests join the 2 blobs, making them zealots. Veterans and platoon command squad guard your deployment zone objective and maybe advance midfield to make good use of those 3 plasmaguns.
The two blobs wraps the Punishers and the Demol+Eradicator tanks.
Punishers kill hordes or even small elite squads, while the Demolisher / Eradicator team crush EVERYTHING. The Leman russ add some pieplate but generally should stay near the veterans to work in tandem. 6 Leman russes. It's hard to get more tanks and have a functional list under 2000 pts.
IF you really want more thanks you could add one eradicator by removing the priests and 10 conscript, but that would leave your infantry meatshields susceptibles to fleeing the board. (and i don't want my mobile cover to run when shot at!)
To get at 2000 pts you can add the baneblade...and that would be evil!