So I've been in need of some kind of ranged support element for my Chaos armies for a long time now. I know predators are good, but I love big stompy robots and frankly my Forgefiends have been massive disappointments this edition so far. I've had my eye on the IA:Chaos index since its release, particularly on aforementioned stompy robots. Now I have my fair share of close to mid range support covered by Bloat Drones and Melta/Fist Helbrutes so what I'm really after is something that packs a bit more of a ranged punch, while being able to soak up some early-game damage.
I love the Leviathan on paper but it's a bit too many points for my liking. Similar deal with the Deredeo, although I'm not overly keen on the model so that's at the bottom of my Forgeworld Robot Shopping List. So I have it narrowed down to the Contemptor or the Decimator, but I really can't decide which.
Contemptor starts off stronger, has a better invuln in assault and benefits from Legion traits. But it's more points, has a degrading statline, and only heals wounds if it kills things in combat and can't be repaired by Warpsmiths or Helwrights.
Decimator has a few less wounds and lower BS, but it is cheaper, doesn't lose stats as it takes damage, and has the same invuln against shooting. It also automatically heals one wound per turn and can be repaired.
For context I use Death Guard, Black Legion or Renegade Legion tactics, normally very infantry heavy armies (lots of power armour - I own far too may Chaos Space Marine minis to not use them!) that I backed up with Helbrutes, Forgefiends and a Heldrake or a bucketload of Obliterators in 7th. For weapons options I intend on using either dual Butcher Cannon or dual C-Beam Cannon. I feel that either of these weapons will plug a few weaknesses in my usual lists.
So which do you use or prefer?