Iīve collected and played Rohan with enthusiasm, albeit the 33% bow rules made it difficult to field an eored, having to pay for the bows in the profile, while not being allowed to have them.
I had high hopes that the new supplement would address this and be a cool upgrade to the Rohirrim in general, but I found the book very underwhelming. Not only did they not address the bow issue, which would have been extremely easy to do, by simply having the Riders 1 point cheaper and giving the bow option as an upgrade, but the characters and rules are very lackluster, particularly if compared to other stuff in the book.
Why is it the grey company can field a full bow force, but a typical horse archer army canīt?
How come that obscure Fiefdom and Arnor characters are so much better than Theoden and Eomer? Come on, Rohan is a warrior race and Eomer is a major hero in the book. Everybody and their dog get cool special rules and heīs just plain. Theoden is simply horrible. I mean, there are better Orc characters!
And itīs yet again impossible to field a fully mounted Rohan Rider Eored without paying for the points while not having the bows. The game doesnīt already particularly favour cavalry as it is, and having weak heroes, no magic, no warmachines and paying extra for unallowed equipment doesnīt help. "Expert Riders" is a pretty situational rule and does in no way a compensate for these weaknesses.
I donīt care about tournament play and powerlevel very much, but I expected an upgrade that made Rohirrim the true horse lords they should be, instead of just letting everything as it was or worse.