The past months I have been trying to make a competitive list using pure Iron Hands (no successors) and been having a rough time when playing. Last weekend I went to a ITC style tournament with the L shape terrain pieces in the middle and got stomped pretty good. I was tabled 2 out of the 3 games and won my last game by a single point vs Ad Mech and Knights.
I know people say Iron Hands is an easy win, but I seem to be struggling a lot. I've practiced a lot with the L shape terrain because I know tournaments in my area tend to use it so that's why I went with some units to ignore LOS.
I ran something a long the lines of:
Bike Captain-Power Fist and Shield
Land Speeders x3
Mortis Contemptors with Lascannons x2
Game 1 was vs Harlequins and I thought I had deployed back far enough to avoid T1 combat, but no. Even with all my multi damage weapons I barely made a dent in his list and ended up tabled T4.
Game 2 was vs a Ultramarine character bomb where Gman and a bunch of characters rolled up the field. I only managed to kill off the chaff before his bomb hit my dreads. Again I failed to do any wounds to his Characters.
Game 3 was Ad Mech with a Castallen and Gallant and a sprinkling of Ad Mech forces. I managed to score 6 lascannon hits and some hunter killer missiles against the Castallen but he saved all but 1. Somehow when the Gallant charged I did 16 wounds with lascannons so there was that. I never got the Castallen down below half wounds even with all my heavy hitting weapons.
During the course of the tournament the biggest let down was surprisingly my Leviathan who managed to shoot a whole 3 times total. Not even a LOS issue just everything passed it's save against it.
I think my biggest issue comes when deploying my units. Is it best to castle up everyone to negate first turn kills and sacrifice points to score less the first turn?
My second issue is combating close combat armies. I have little experience with them and that seems to be where my weakness is. So should I have more units to help when units get close? Or deploy further back and make them come to me? I would be scoring less objectives that way but it may help in the long run.
I haven't tried Executioners or Flyers a lot, but I think I need faster moving units to go after units in their deployment better.
I don't see many competitive list running Iron Hands as no successors, but I want to try (obviously not trying to win LVO or NOVA or anything like that).