Sad to hear that you don't like the expanded damage track system, but I'm glad to hear that you may be giving it another chance.
I was/am very disappointed with the changes the 2007 Rage Chronicles brought about, specifically the multi-wound profile chanage. We typically play larger battles, and the multipe wounds really confuse combat and slow down game play. I sold all of my Warlord elves a few weeks ago because I had lost interest in the game. All that being said, I very much like the new gnomes (or is that gnew gnomes?) and, if they get their own sub-list, may encourage me to get back into Warlord. I like that they are an odd mix of mid-nor dwarves and skaven, because I like those two armies very much. In any case, I'll be buying the models...
When Rage Chronicles '07 came out last year, Gus made sure to mention the Blood Stone gnomes would continue to be expanded upon. And it looks like he's sticking to his word with the new releases that popped up in the Preview gallery
Beetle Rider, Hoks, and the Warlord(in the greens) are all super cool models.
Since they got a Warlord I would be surprised if they didn't get some kind of Sub-List love.