Wowsers, cheers for the massive responses. Very, very helpful.
On the comparison side, I've seen a lot of whinging that since Warmachine, having been out longer with more expansions, have a large number of selections available which Hordes doesn't have a counter for yet (and many are hoping 'Evolution' will remedy this).
It's also interesting how you've demonstrated Fury vs Focus, I always saw that Hordes players were at a disadvantage since they had to leech fury, it wasn't always generated each turn, and losing beasts was much more crippling than losing Warjacks. It's good to see a balancing argument, having never played Warmachine, I think I was only getting the Hordes perspective.
Whinging has never bothered me, all games have whiners who aren't worth listening to, and Hordes/Warmachine, blissfully seems to have fewer than most systems.
Don't think I mentioned, I received my warpack, my 6 praetorians are fully painted (now I have to paint 4 more, damnit), and I got the book. I like the attitude it has (if a book can have attitude) and a lot of the rules seem very common sense/easy to remember. The strategy side will take a bit of getting used to (learning which to activate, what works well with what) but having played confrontation, it shouldn't be too hard.
Also watched a couple of games and I see the "man, it's brutal" side people were talking about. A nasty Circle caster kill on the trolls on turn 3 was just like "Wow...ouch...". Crazy spirit dooring and about 5 tough rolls required (one of which he made). I think I'm going to like this system, and all the guys are psyched, along with a slew of long time Warmachine players that welcome the new blood.
The official forum is getting better on the strategy side, but people are pretty snappy at each other. Lots of grammar and rules nazis about, so probably won't post there much. I think I understand the system fairly well now, any specific Skorne advice? Or just general things to watch out for?