Sry for the loing wait but I didn't have time for writing this up and compressing images takes a while. I managed to play 3 games over the course of the tournament and it was really fun since I had the chance to play against armies I have never even seen in the flesh.
Finally I went with option B and got in anothe chaos lord, helbrute with lascannon and points left for summoning 10 plaguebearers or lots of nurglings.
Ok here it goes... bear in mind that the tournament was 5months ago and I can't remember all the details.
Game 1 vs Tyranids.
His list consisted of, more or less, this: Swarmlord, old one eye, 2 flyrants, 6 zoanthropes with the enhanced one, 6 hive guard, 20 or 30 termagants with devourers, a trygon and a sprinkling of hormagants and termagant blobs.
Deployment looked like this:
I deployed my forces as close to the centre of the map as I could, ensuring I gain the middleground, allowing me to spread out from there and support my vechicles with infantry. He deployed most of his forces near the swarmlord at the centre of the map. This was problematic for me as he would be out of sight from my big guns (thanks to the big piece of terrain at the centre of the map). He placed his flyrants, trygon and devourer termagants in DS.
I was supposed to go first but of course my opponent stole the initiative from me. He moved up to the centre with the bulk of his forces, while hormagants raced to objectives on the sides of the map. Then came shooting, I have to say that I wasn't ready for sucha potent shooting phase from the nids. He used the double-tap strat on the hive guard and managed to take out the Helbrute, scoring him first strike and taking a few wounds off the Land Raider. Boy the helbrute folded like paper, they really need DR or at least a 5++.
In my turn,
In his turn all of his deep strikers come - his trygon and termagants next to my plague bearers on the left and his flyrants near the centre. The rest of his forces either styed still or got into smite range, while old one eye got straight amidst my forces, looking to charge the PBC. Now this is where my mistakes started to come to fruition - he let rip with mortal wounds, killing the blight hauler next to the LR and putting a lot of wounds on the LR itself. He then proceeded to shoot the LR with all he had and manged to take it down to 3 wounds, while the termagants and trygon killed 7 plageubearers. In the assault phase he charged his Trygon into the plaguebearers, old one eye into the PBC, a flyrant into the LR and the swarmlord also into the LR. Overwatch was pretty good with the Land Raider managing to take 6 wounds off the swarmlord with a lucky lascannon shot. The Trygon finished off the plaguebearers, old one eye rolled very well and blew up the PBC, which took my summoning lord with it... following up with a consolidation near the Land Raider. Then the flyrant and Swarmlord finished off the Land Raider, which I elected to blow via stratagem, putting a bunch of MWs on all the monsters in the vicinity.
Here's a shot of big monsters crashing my line:
In my turn it was time for the mighty counter attack!
All of my forces moved back to the centre, with the exceptance of poxwalkers still chilling on my home objective, and the bloat drone trying to fry the hormagaunts. I couldn't get any psychic powers off due to my opponent rolling incredibly well for his deny tests. In the shooting phase the Deathshroud and plasma plague marines shot the trygon up a bit, while the 2nd plague marine squad and the blight hauler put wounds on the swarmlord. The drone tried again to fry the hormagaunts but I, again, rolled very poorly on the number of shots and only killed 1 or 2. The highlight of the phase was the lord taking old one eye out with a shot of his combi melta. My centre proceeded to charge in: the Deathshroud took on a flyrant, while the plague marines charged and blight hauler the swarmlord. I rolled terribly with the deathshroud and whatever got through got saved by an inv save. The deathshroud then got cut up in pieces. The swarmlord got killed by the plague clever but my opponent used his last cp to let the swarmlord fight after death and chop my plague marines up.
The next two turns were all about piling in to the centre - he charged his monsters into my plague marines and blight hauler, while shooting poxwalkers and the plasma plague marine squad in his turn. In my turn I turned the drone from burning hormagaunts and counter charged with it, the plaguecaster and my warlord. The melee in the middle lasted a bit but ended in my lord and drones killing the trigon and both flyrants.
The last melee:
After that time had ended and my opponent won on points around 30-16. It was a fun game but I had made so many mistakes that I'm pretty sure that it could have been closer if I had played it better. For my defence I can only say that is was my 1st game in the year and I never run into so much psychic power spam. Screening is a thing! I hope the read wasn't too bad, but this game was played 5 months ago and I didn't make any notes so it's all from memory.
Post game notes:
- Helbrutes are very easy to kill. Must hide turn 1.
- Land Raiders die easily in assault, musn't rush them.
- Must use screens against MWs
I played 2 more games during this tournament and will try to post a quick rundown of them when I have the time.