Up untill this point the most comments i received about Griffions is why take them and not Bassies.Cos they are cheaper, have a shorter minimum range. Still, strength and ap remain much to be desired.
There is the reason why the Griffon was knocked out. People saw that it was Strength 6 AP 4, therefore it didn't kill marines therefore it was crap.
The Griffon was awesome, it's minimum range was less than the Bassie, meaning you could hide it, and it could allways be hidden and bombing the enemy while the Griffon was safe from fire. The fact that you could almost have 2 Griffons for the price for a single maxed out bassie was awesome. 2 Pie plates for the price of one!
Anyway, the Imperial Armour books are awesome. Thunderer Siege Tanks, Exterminators, alternative ammunition, Titans, Imperial Navy - they all add a lot of awesome spice to game. The effectiveness of some of the tanks is debatable however but they shouldn't spoil the fun. It's highly entertaining.
However, the problem is that In most gaming clubs, not many people have Forge World stuff, so whipping out the Baneblade for a game is pretty cool and can add a lot of "ohhhs!" and "Ahhhs!" (Never mind the fact that it'll get hit with everysingle Anti-Tank weapon available). And whipping out the odd rare tank will make people go "Oohh!" as well. Mind you, that'll also attract every single anti-tank weapon in the game. Because if it costs 30 quid, it's got to be hardcore right?
But who cares. If you've got the disposable income - they're awesome. Most people say yes to them (I've never been knocked back) and they do make an entertaining game. Just don't rely on them to be game winners - and you'll have a blast.
Armoured Companies are full of them anyway.