I purchased skaven an hour ago. These are my first impressions. Movement is great. Man, they move fast. Their profiles are extremely weak. Verminkin are basically human marksmen with lower BS, lower WS, same S, half the leadership, initiative about 40+ and +1M. They cost 20% less than human warriors. I had to start a new warband 10+ times to get a leader with 5W. His starting stats vary greatly as usual. He starts with "perfect killer" skill just like in tabletop (-15 enemy def). He also has sprint so moves at 6. My leader has 35S..... but I noticed it already includes Strenght increase! So only two strenght increases left. BTW skaven has no strenght skill - only S and W increase. Weapons... They seem weak also. So far I have found only two that offer S increase: flail and helbard. Helbard is the same as imperial one - S+5(10). Flail gives S+20 after weapon mastery. Lots of skaven weapons and shields have parry increases. Saw weeping blades once they look good (A,crit and parry increase).Warning! Almost every skaven weapon requires mastery. Otherwise they give almost nothing t the start. Armour is weak, what I've seen was equal to brigandine or lower, I guess there are other suits. Best helmet I have seen had +7arm. Shooting weapons: 2 types of stars (can't recall the difference, mayby range), throwing knife, in tutorial skaven "tutor" has pistol (warplock?) and of course slings. Had 1 battle vs reikland, my 3 rats were miserably outmatched by 3 humans. My close combat henchmen had 30% chance to hit!!!! wth? they were doing one dmg per attack, reiklander with spear (not cpt) dealt 3 per attack, so the others humans. Somehow I managed to stunn the leader and kill 2 warriors but.... even with all my rats alive, I fled! Generally I'm disappointed. It's not my final verdict because I want to try some few more battles but...damn. I was expecting something more. I totally can't imagine skaven in the later campaign where there's lot of armour. BTW assassin adept was amongst one of the most impressive starting leaders in mordheim (in factthe other was the vampire) here... he's WEAK!