Well I'm from Sweden too Erik and I say let's keep them. There are plenty of minis out there and some may or may not be coming back. (Trying to steal away with a whole country's vote are we?
As Notanoob says there are plenty of OOP:s in the lists. And as for new players experiencing a threshold to get stuck in, well as long as Papa GW doesn't come around to saying that Epic is the second coming of our lord I expect that threshold to remain. If it is such a problem, why not just keep it simple at the start? Sort of an Epic version of Border Patrol. Hm, drifting OT here, can sense work sneaking up on me, I'm shutting up now.