hey guys im new to contra, played this for a week or so, and these are my experiences so far......
Townes is definitely my fave general, none of the other generals are as all rounded!
my strategy for townes is as follows:
I think townes is an artillery general.
I rather think that instead of laser comanches, 2-3 libras with 3-4 paladins(or laser tanks), 1 pathfinder (or 2 microwave tanks) an ARV should be the mainforce for townes' army, in the early-middle game.
this combination is very effective, but note that the PALADINS DO NOT FIRE ON BUILDINGS! their job is to keep the libras alive by killing enemy armor. I use comanches in groups of 2-3, only for 4 roles: killing artillery that is trying to get at libras, sneak attacking in the back,early base defense, and killing enemy groups that lack AA (i.e. tank blobs without gatling etc)
I find comanche blobs too un-cost-effective, especially when there are gatling and they drop like flies.
Continue to hit with aforementioned libra group until you can get omega cannons. then, GET ISOTOPE STABILITY! and add 3 omega cannons to a large attack group. get control rods for all of them and set one of them to laser beam mode.
make sure you have paladins as your meatshields, and you can pwn everyone. XDD
I havent tried this strategy against human players yet, so feel free to comment!!!