I have not read all of the fluff yet, but it seems pretty good so far. I have been warned that attempting to read "All War is Deception, part II" without reading the faction intros is a Bad Idea, so I have not read it yet. For now, I am just going to give a couple of thoughts on each faction:
- Jarl, eGrissel - I'll get both, but I will probably use Jarl more.
- Storm Troll - so, so wrong. I think I need to pair him with Mulg.
- Scattergunner Off & Std - scattergunners got useful. They'll be more fun, and I am glad that I have a full unit already.
- Rok - seems okay, but I wasn't wowed. Need to think about him some.
- Sons of Bragg - I don't care how effective they are, they just look fun.
- War Wagon - about what I expected.
- Grayle, eBaldur - I like eBaldur, and will use him. I like the Devourer's Debt mechanic.
- Griffon, Winter Argus - okay, but I don't play Circle enough to really see something nasty about them. They don't seem bad, they just don't seem to be great.
- Ghetorix - I think he will be fun, but his point cost seems a bit high. Again, I don't play Circle, so take that with a grain of salt.
- Gallows Grove - cheap, and I can see using them as a way to shut down tough and healing. Nice art, too.
- Celestial Fulcrum - beautiful model, the "may not be placed" is kind of a pain though.
- Naaresh, eHexeris - Naaresh doesn't have issues, he has entire subscriptions. eHexeris will be fun.
- Cyclops Raider - Far Strike as an animus? Be still my beating heart. Pity is is model, not unit, but that's okay.
- Venator Slingers - AoE with corrosion? Cheap? I think I need some.
- Archidon - I like him. No real armor for a heavy, but flight and critical pitch will be fun, and he is cheap.
- Tiberion - Xerxis has a new best friend. Can't wait for this big guy.
- Animantarax - I like it. I think it will be fun, but it will be a harder battle engine to use than the Khador war wagon, I suspect.
Legion of Everblight
- Kallus, eVayl - Kallus looks like fun, and his fluff is great. eVayl seems solid, and her feat is pretty useful, but tricky. Order of spells will matter there.
- Nightlurker - seems useful, but I like the animus more than the stat line.
- Succubus - decent warlock attachment, nothing special, IMO.
- Proteus - not a big fan of the "everything on a carnivean chassis" sculpt, but that's just me fussing after putting together several scythean/carnivean in a row. Would not have been so bad, if I could have used the plastic kits that aren't out yet. Seems nice enough otherwise.
- Farilor & Std - seem decent, but my legion armies to date have been beast-heavy, infantry light.
- Throne of Everblight - just weird. Will get one, just to paint it, if nothing else.
- Maelok -undead gator goodness. Love him.
- Boneswarm - cheap, terror - fits well in Maelok's theme force too.
- Swamp Horror - I like it, but I need to think about how best to use the Elasticity animus.
- Gatorman Witch Doctor - look, I can make gators undead at will. And Maelok's feat positively affects friendly faction undead. Sounds good to me. Want these guys now. Or at least before GenCon.
- Sturm & Drang - looking forward to playing these guys.
- Road Hog - need one, just for the roast pork jokes. Assault with a 10" spray is nice too.
- Slaughterhousers - these have been out for a while, and everyone probably has formed an opinion by now on them.
- Targ - Dr. Arkadius has a friend. I like him, and he has proven moderately useful the couple of times I have used him.
Anyway - all in all, I liked the book. There are a few thigs that I don't plan on getting as soon as they come out, and others where, if it were feasible, I would camp outside PP and wait for them to be released. The minions are still a sidebar, rather than a faction, but you now have enough options to play them in an unbound game - though your model choices are still really limited, of course. Still, they got about what I expected, although I expected to see one light pig and one light gator warbeast.