First I want to apologize for my english, I am a french player and I don't speak English as well as I would like (but I try !).
I was a blindwater player during mk2 and really enjoy playing my gators. I tried others armies but I always come back in the swamp.
I was really happy when PP announced the mk3 release and the end of the pact. I bought all the farrow miniatures and play some games in mk3. Quickly i realize that the game was not balancing as well as I hoped. There are a lot of unplayable (or nearly unplayable things) for us : light gator beasts, blindwater infantry, lot of solo over costed, farrow infantry (except brigands and commandos in theme). But the problem is about a lot of stuff in hordes. That's sad but I can do with that. We have strong list, strong option against the gunline / heavy meta : Rask, Rage, Arkadius, Rask, Barnabas, Rask. Ok, we are able to play and win.
But there is, for me a lot of things very sad for minion player :
1/ Lack of news. I understand the "minion special release schedule", so no battlegroup is meah but I can understand. But why only one unit in primal ? Why no new warlock or new beast ? The thing became very sad when I understood that we won't have new toys until all the command book will be release ( so about a year after the mk3 launch), the launch of the new faction and maybe after we will have thème force book. And when some thing is out the normal release schedule, like the journeyman warcaster/warlock, there is nothing for us.
Our last warlock were in exigence in 2014. With the new things coming (command book and new faction) that's 3 years minimum without a new warlock ! In an evolving game this sounds like a joke. How many caster a cygnar player get in 3 years ?
2/ I don't have the same options as other player: Gargantua rules seems great in this edition ? We don't have one. Cavalry rules became very efficient ? We don't have à cavalry unit. Character beast are all very great ? Again, no character beast outside lessers warlock. The journeyman ? We have lesser warlock but they all come with beasts.
#Designspace : With 1 and 2, I imagine there is a lot of designspace for minions, no ?
3/ Story. All the story are about warmachine (cygnar and mercs often). There are very few things for hordes and nothing at all for minions. In devastation THE thing for the blindwater congregation has happening and then ? Nothing more.
4/ The new release system is very bad for our faction. I really liked the old system : one year, one warmachine book, one hordes book and everyone have new toys.
5/ Errata : That was very bad for minions. We paid for solos who are played by other factions. Ok, that's understandable but why PP didn't boost the minions only things ? Like Jaga, lights gators beasts for example ? And the discount on posses don't make them playable.
Maybe I only see the bad side of the mk3 for minions... but I feel really disappointed, left out and I hope that PP will understand that and give us some news soon. Not only : "great things are coming in the futur, be patient". But something like : Ok, that's a long time for minions so Blindwater theme force book will be release in September with Barnabas 2, Calaban 2, à character beast, a dracodile, one gatormen unit and 2 solos.