I sometimes sleep and go to work you know.
And where is Jeske when you need him biggrin.gif ?
As the list goes its what others said . pms are a good armies for 1k pts . yes it does have bad match ups , any army build to counter them or mass termiantors will put a world of hurt on them . playing with smaller units has its down saids too [its the same as playing DW. +2 save is nothing when your army is 17 models and opponent roll 150 dice per turn].
always spam stuff . if you spam stuff enough even sub optimal units become "viable". the chaos zilla army runs 2 dreads and 3 defilers , no other chaos army even touches those. But when you bring on 5 of those +2 dps the army can steam roll a few builds .
I know I should scrap the Predator but I'm still unsure whether to replace it with another Vindicator or Obliterators.
one the whats better side. In a noob[sorry but you said it yourself] tournament its not probablly as important [what of course doesnt mean one should go with weaker options. dont want to disrespect your opponents with a weak army]. oblits are more flexible and , help against some tough match ups . they can deep strike what on the whole isnt used a lot , but against some armies its god sent . vindis have the psychological factor[that doesnt work on vets] and thats it. weak side armor in the edition of drop pods/outflankers/deep strikers etc is asking for trouble . single gun means if you loose it ,you end up with having an almost 150pts LoS blocker . short range means it goes in the way of your own squads because chaos armies work at close/hth range.