I'm quite surprised how this suddenly came out of nowhere, so, like many others I'm kinda sceptical about all this. It does definitely have some potential, but I have yet to see any images of troopers with a true warzone style. I don't like the render of those People's Volunteers very much for example (I really hope they're PVs, they would make even worse Chasseurs) they don't fit very well with the old Cybertronic models imo. Anyways, I'm quite excited about this and I'm looking forward to seeing more stuff.
The recently posted Razide torso looks very nice at least:
http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/798229_4979985813318_1382133346_o.jpg (link only because of size)
Actually those shirtless dudes covered in augments are dead ringers for the Chasseurs circa 1st Edition. Remember, 2nd Edition did a lot of updating to the aesthetics that weren't necessarily loved by all. I'm actually loving the return to 1st Edition stylings on the Chasseur and (now that we've seen the concepts) Machinators (yay, Terminator-style again!). Now if only they would tell us what the big, hulking dude is (my first thought was Surveiler, but it is apparently something else).
The Dark Legionnaires look great and fit in with the bio-tech angle quite nicely. Remind a lot of the legionnaires the Biz used to draw rather than the rag-tag viking-hat variety of Bonner. More tubes, less armour and gaunt, skeletal features (oh and gas masks, always gas masks). They are dead-ringers of Bislegionnaires (nice to see him get tapped, some of my favourite WZ pieces are his).
That Razide is pitch perfect as well, which is great, because the Razide is about as iconic as you get for Warzone. And if they can do that well, then we may see our first decent Nepharites. All in all, these previews actually make me want to collect a DL force to supplement my Bauhaus, Mishima, Sons of Rasputin and Cybertronic stuff.
I'm ecstatic that they are starting from scratch as well. One of the problems with Warzone was that it has seen so many visual revamps from RPG, to 1st Edition Warzone (hell, even a change toward the end of 1st) and to 2nd Edition Warzone (and then the admixture of Ultimate where it was all thrown together in to one pot). To do a proper reboot it needs to start the mini line from scratch, choose an aesthetic to stick to and plow forward. I'm glad they're leading in with the minis, and despite being a die-hard Bauhauser, I think it was the right plan to start with DL and Cyber.
The Former had, by far, the most sub-par minis for the life of the game. The size of their range meant they were the slowest to update and were stuck with the most early sculpts for a while. Showing them getting a full face-lift shows that they are on track to make theme finally look half decent. And Cyber was the faction that saw the most aesthetic shifts across the life of MC/WZ. The full-colour art was all chrome and sleekness, the black and white was all tubes and hyper-industrial cyberpunkish stuff, 2nd Edition then did a full revamp to gasmasks and actually made the outward augmentations less apparent (Chasseurs kind of just looked like normal troopers with skull masks, Machinators were hard to distinguish from guys in suits instead of robotic killing machines, etc.). So the concept art for them shows that they are willing to pick an aesthetic and go with it (and it is a mix of 1st Edition design with the more industrialized 2nd Edition and B&W art; I have to say that I like the look).
So far, I like what I'm seeing. Definitely a better effort than FFG and one that is trying to cater to whatever is left of their built-in fanbase without being slavish to us (and hopefully getting newbies in to refresh us).