Nowadays every neighborhood child in Altdorf rides around on their rich daddy's demigryph. The keeping up with the Joneses' monsters thing drives me a little nuts. It also messes with the scale of the game in the way I perceive it.
I still have yet to get a game of 8th in yet, has the inclusion of monsters and the points they suck up diminished the total model count and epic feel of the armies at all? I know when I played back in 5th that it had a good feel to it in terms of a battle vs being a skirmish.