my only negative is just using shared strats. It made for a unique game when opponants had different primay objectives.
It's worth noting that there will be two encounter chapters planned for the V2 Book. The first encounter section is designed to be as fair as possible (ie. shared strategies and presumably other things). But the second will have all the interesting stuff, like individual strategies, the full list of schemes to choose from, encounter rules and other such business.
So the models in the 2nd ed Book 1 beta won't necessarily be the models that were in Book 1/the Red Book?
Pretty much what Mikey said. V2, Book 1 should
have three masters for each of the seven factions. These will come from book 1, although with So'mer moving to Gremlins and two new factions since the original book 1 (10-T and Gremlins), there will be a few Master to fill out. Specifically, we'll get another two gremlin Masters (BrewMaster and...Ophelia?), one more Outcast (Tara) and three 10-Thunders Masters (Anyone's guess as to which three of the five).
EDIT: So I've been listening to the Tartan Skirmish Podcast on Malifaux V2 and they mentioned that they're on track to have almost all of the plastic starters for V2 Malifaux available at Gencon.
...If that holds out and the new minis are as mind blowing as I've been led to believe, this could be a very expensive year for me.