In light of the VCoast getting a mechanic that Skaven should have had from the beginning (subversion of settlements), I gotta' ask, why did CA design the Skaven so shoddily?
1.They alone have a mechanic that mostly limits their expansion and army creation, food. The spammiest, most wide-spread race in the Warhammer world is actively stopped from doing what it does. Elves, who SHOULD have such a limitation, are free to conquer the world and spam armies as much as they want. BS!
It's infuriating me that the subversion mechanic would have synergized perfectly to the food limitation, since instead of capturing settlements and paying food for their upkeep, you'd undermine them instead and so get an alternate way of expanding.
It's even more anger-inducing when you consider that Skaven make money by spreading wide since theirs is dependent on the amount of buildings they have, so they got even more limitations put on them
2.Skaven have the same supply lines penalty as everyone else, meaning they have to go tall and build all-elite armies and playing them like Skaven, with lots of chaff and meatshields, is punished by the game. BS!
3.Skaven replenish slower because of their large unit sizes. Again, if you play Skaven like Skaven, by feeding your meatshields into the grinder, you are punished by the game mechanics. Elves with their smaller unit sizes replenish lightning fast and can replenish after every battle too. THE HELL? Elves should feel the loss of every single member of their race. Instead they can spam better than the ratmen. BS!
4.Skaven have hideously complicated synergy requirements when it comes to recruitment. You are forced into certain building trees just to get your mediocre "elite" Stormvermin. This greatly limits army variety and settlement design. Elves have zero synergy requirements, they can build any unit as soon as they get its building. Why? If anyrthing Elves, with their intrigant societies should have more roadblocks to recruiting units
In conclusion, CA designed Skaven as the total opposite of how they should be, in fact, CA gave them mechanics that should have been on the Elf factions instead since they're the dying races in perpetuatl decline, NOT THE SKAVEN!
Fix it, CA!