It's been a little over a month so I wanted to provide an update on my progress.
When I first started really putting thought into my crew selection and what I would be able to do I lost my first five games horribly. I scored 1-2 points one one scheme and one to two points on the strategy. As time went on, however, I improved. I focused first on just the strategy and built my whole crew around it. When I finally had a game where I scored full points and denied my opponent full VP i tossed in a Strategy and 1 Scheme mentality. After repeating the process here I tossed on a 2 Scheme mentality and, happy to say, over the past 2 weeks I've scored 7 to 10 VP on each game I've played. I think I'm really starting to get a good mental association between the models in my faction (Neverborn), what they do, how they do it, who they do it with best, and when to bring one over the other.
And It's not just me getting better, either. A lot of the players in my meta have been scoring more VP, denying more VP, stepping outside the "thematic crew box" crew lock mentality, and trying a lot of new things.
Now for the really exciting part.....
Over the past 2 years of playing Malifaux I've only ever had one or two other people go with me to tournaments. I reached out to my local group yesterday about a tournament in October (Shameless plug for @PeregrineFalcon's LFoDC 2016 on October 22nd) I was looking to attend and six other people want to go, as well; out of the six four have never gone to a tournament before for any game.
Another huge thanks to our community as a whole for the feedback (which has all been helpful to not only myself but to the rest of my group, as well!).