I understand where you guys come from, and why you felt let down by such supplements, and I believe WFRP3 won't be able to give such content to long time WFRP fans until the product is a lot more mature (assuming it lives until then). Whether it's good or bad, FFG doesn't have the publishing aggressiveness of the 2nd edition.
Do you mean the 40K RPG(s) made by FFG? Yes, I have never tried 40K (would love to, but same as WFRP, finding players in the US is the Grail's Quest), but it shows that FFG can provide such detailed content when needed within the WH context. Again, I think it wasn't their intention to create such details when creating WFRP3. It seems they designed a different kind of RPG that was meant more to bring new players to the genre (because of the board game mechanisms and easy to GMing rules), which unfortunately they didnt follow through with the right marketing.
It's funny, when I started writing for Black Fire Pass the first thing I did was dig out Stone and Steel, thinking it'd be chock full of useful information. My recollection of the book was that it was full of details on the dwarfs, so I was expecting lots of inspiration.
It was useless. It had pretty much none of the information I was looking for.
Now, most of that was a matter of having a different focus, as Ceodryn said. But I'd thought there was so much more in it. Turns out I'd subconsciously taken everything I'd ever read about the dwarfs and stuck it into SaS, assuming it was there. Turns out that most of it is descriptions of the various holds plus some pretty dry rules for runes, weapons and careers. The information on dwarf society that was there was less useful or detailed than that I found in the dwarf army books.
So yeah, I may be biased, but I think BFP holds up pretty well compared to SaS. They cover different material and I think BFP does it's job well. But if you want a general overview of the dwarf realms… head down to GW and look at the latest army book.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are my own. I do not speak for FFG in any capacity, officialotherwise. To be honest they don't really tell me much about anything, so you can assume I don't know squat.
I mean diddly. I don't know diddly. I did not mention squats. Squats are not making a comeback.
Unless they are. I really don't know!!! Seriously. Though squats were cool. Pity they all got eaten by the 'nids. Or did they?