Well, I tried to build my Dark Elf army around the concept of the army of a noble or a city. Hag Graef, specifically. Because I'm a Malus Darkblade fanboy. It has no Khainites, no monsters besides Cold Ones for mounts, and just one sorceress.
The core of the army is regular warriors, repeater crossbowmen, two units of cold one knights, two RBTs, and a small unit of Shades. Shades are awesome. I learned that the hard way. I also have some Black Guard I mean to include, but haven't used yet due to point restrictions.
I have, uh, never won a game with this army.