I managed to get a game in last night against one of my locals, Dave Golden. I used a halfling warband, the miniatures are from Arcworlde which currently don't have a rules set so it seemed a perfect opportunity to get some table time. Dave rekindled his love for chaos warriors, even putting some paint on one of his models before the game!
The game play itself was as I expected. The mechanics are pretty simple and without objectives, which both me and Dave have had drilled into us from Malifaux, it seemed strange to just bimble into each other and start swinging. The turn mechanic is excellent, however, and adds loads of tension and thought to the gameplay. If one of your guys does very badly, your turn can abruptly end and be passsed to your opponent! The game really was short, it lasted about 20 mins maybe 40 mins art most (I wasn't really keeping track of time) and laughs were had all round. The highlights were probably when Dave's leader three turns in a row was distracted by his image in his mirror shield and did nothing (cavalry rules can have your mount disobey you but it was more fitting to think of him taking selfies) and Pod making the first attack in one of my turns and surrendering the initiative straight away! You had one job!
Balancing didn't seem too bad. Dave had an elite crew of 4 models to my 7 and it was a very close game. Having less models means your less likely to lose the initiative and make the most out of what you have, but it's easy to get swarmed and rapidly lose FOR (essentially wounds)
I'm really quite looking forward to getting some more games in. I'm thinking that it can work quite well as a little additional game to be played at clubs. It's great to get those random minis you love onto the table, I highly recommend it. You can find the rules here