I've got two tournaments coming up and I've got my list pretty much set - just the HQ is a case of contention in my mind: do I take a Llhamean (cheap), an Archon (shadowfield tank), or a Haemonculus (can't think of the advantages right now tbh). A Succubus I find too expensive for what she brings to the table to be honest.
Restrictions placed by the organizer are: CAD only, no allies, no superheavies
Let's have a look:
HQ = ?
5x Venom (double cannon) with Kabalites, Blaster
2x 6 Reavers with CCs
1x 5 Scourges with Haywire
3x Ravager, 2 with cannons, 1 with lances, all with Nightshields
1x 5 Mandrakes
1x 4 Grots, Aberration w Scissorhand, Raider, Nightshields
The Venoms and Kabalites take objectives. The Reavers and Grots counter-assault if necessary (got tabled by Ravenwing Spam last tournament when I had no assault units). Mandrakes sit on an objective.
Ravager with lances and Scourges kill vehicles. Other Ravagers kill everything else and are a threat even when jinking - that's why I like them over the tri-lance versions.
Does that look solid to you? HQ wise I'm leaning towards the Archon because the Grots with their LD of 3 on their own... yeah not such a good idea I guess.
Armies that are traditionally a tough matchup for me: Tau, Dark Angels
Thanks for you input!