I can understand the frustration of people who chose WHFB for it's ranked look... It's a completely new beast that's being pushed now. But just as there's some diehards who still play 2nd ED 40k, you'll get diehards who will be playing 6th/7th/8th/... soon.
Apart from that, I like the idea of a simple basic ruleset that takes 10 minutes to learn. Adding depth through units, their synergy and combo's is pretty smart too. Basically how warmachine (and aparently the X-wing games, but that's second hand experience for me) handle it as well.
I had a WHFB army after having been a "40k veteran" for a while. The skaven from this set: https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...=93266&page=12
They are now in Canada, hopefully giving more joy to the guy who bought them than they ever did to me. I couldn't stand how 8th worked. Luckily, I was able to gain money on the paint job, or else my venture into WHFB would be a failure on all sides.
So I am looking at this with a more open mind. I would NEVER EVER consider WHFB again after the absolutely horrible experience of having to paint literally hundreds of models, spend God knows what for these big infantry blocks,... only to see them blasted apart by one wizard at the opposing end of the field.
But the prospect of an "easy to get into" game with (hopefully) a somewhat nice skirmish entry level of a dozen or so model (as opposed to 20 to form minimum units that are worth f*ck all on the battlefield) , might convince me to give fantasy another go.