I got two more games in with the new "Warbands" rules today. I was playing against my cousin, who I am trying to get into the game. He has played a few times, enough to remember most of the rules. It has probably been a year since our last game though.
Both of us liked the changes. I gave him my Gondor army. Faramir, Cirion, Damrod and a captain. He had 46 models, 14 rangers. It was his first time playing something other than Isengard, which is the army I usually start new people out with.
He liked the new deployment rules. He liked the scenarios. I like everything about the changes except for being forced to take so many heroes and the nerf to my Mahud. Overall, I can live with the changes and they seem to be transparent to new players. With all of the attention that LotR should get this year that means we should have a lot of new players around. Here's hoping.