Agreed. I think FFG agrees with you, too - the 1-hero introductory scenario, after all, includes two more command cards than it should, and almost as many units as a two-regiment game.
A 1-command card hero, as noted, will struggle to activate all the units you get with them in the turn, so practically speaking will need to have a fairly low points value of assigned troops, too. Which means that unless they have a kick-ass special ability, is going to mean they're not going to be very good - the problem is that unlike units, which have varying points costs, heroes need to be all equal.
Ways I can see them working:
- Being really bad and letting you have more than one such hero per 'regiment' - so using them as a chance to introduce 'generic' heroes such as "Captain Of The Empire", such that a 2-regiment game would be Karl Franz and 2 Captains.
- 1 command card only lets you move some of the army - so have it be a standard-ish mechanic for easily distracted and or insane commanders who won't or can't issue coherent orders (Such as Konrad Von Carstein, Morghur or Marius Leitdorf)
- Have 1 command card and small forces and use it for 'pure combat' heroes such as Skarbrand the Exiled One, Gotrek Gunnisson, Durthu and other characters for whom the army following them around is just an annoyance which keeps bugging them for orders in between their murder-rampages. Obviously this will need to be balanced out via stats and special abilities (and since the freakin' Everchosen is a 2-card hero, this is going to take some doing).
- 1 command card heroes who can, as an activation ability, activate other units within short-to-medium range - command cards affect any unit but this would mean you need a hero nearby to keep the minions motivated; if skaven rat ogres and wolf rats have a 'pack animal' keyword, I can see someone like Squeel Gnawtooth having this ability to allow him to command loads of beasts when nearby. (in fact needing to keep regiments under the lash is a pretty skavenish ability generally)
Edited by Magnus Grendel, 06 May 2014 - 02:41 AM.