I've gotta toss this out and hear what you experienced Warhammer folks have to say. As I've mentioned in another post, I'm very excited about a new Warhammer edition and the more I read about the parts that folks are finding most questionable the more interested I become. However one thing continues to bother me, as it did with v2 as well.
The impression you get from Warhammer players and simply its legacy in general is that its a rough world where PC's are average joe's being, most of the time reluctantly, thrust into saviour roles. Then their mettle is tested by determining if they can manage to take every punch in the throat and stab in the back the Old World throws at them and still save the day....or die an ignoble death at the hands of some petty thief or freak of nature cultist. That's the expectation I bring when I look to Warhammer.
But then the art. The art doesn't say any of that. Its mohawks on tough as hell dwarves that you just know, YOU KNOW, you don't want to mess with. Big bulky armors with lots of spikes and hammers the size bulldozers, being wielded by what might as well BE a bulldozer. Wizards with deadly glares, no fear, and FLAMING HAIR....YESSSSS!!! Right? Is that Warhammer?
I like the darkness of the art, that fits at least. But where's the pics of the skinny gagging coachman being strangled and having an eye torn out by some gaunt cultists? Where's the grungy grave robber with the bulging eyes, watching as a couple skaven surprise him and rake open his guts? The desperate and wounded hunter who's trying to gain purchase in the mud, wild eyed as some freak of nature bears down on him? Know what I'm saying?
Do most folks play all crazy haired and beefcaked heroism or is there a lot of average joes trying not to drown in the chaotic muck of the Old World?