5 on Friday: 23/03/18

5 on Friday

It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all new 5 on Friday.  We’re going to start with 5 exciting releases for this week before moving on to our usual digest of some of our favourite articles from the past week.  Of course, we’re slow readers, so don’t be surprised if there are some articles that are a little older – these are just some of the great articles we happen to have actually read in the past week.

Releases and Previews

Every week there are many games and miniatures released.  This will probably be a mix of previews, preorders and releases, and with release dates being the way they are in this industry, it’s always pretty approximate.  Excuses out of the way, here are 5 of the releases that caught our attention this week:

Forgebane set from Games Workshop – This new starter set from Games Workshop has a lot going for it.  First up, it has the Adeptus Mechanicus in it.  That’s a big score right away as it’s the Imperial subfaction that really interests me.  It also has necrons, but I can really take or leave those guys:

Many people seem excited about the knew knight armiger models in this set, and they’re really quite nice.  Until my Daemons are done, I don’t see myself picking up this set, but down the line I’d be interested in an Ad Mech army.  They’re just so pretty!  Good value too, as is normal for the bigger Games Workshop sets.

Frostgrave mat from PWork Wargames – Gaming mats are great!  Having recently written about making board for games like Mordheim or Frostgrave, this release caught my interest:

Yeah, it’s a nice-looking mat with a good range of textures that fit the theme.  It’s available in light, cheap PVC or more expensive (and much heavier) mousepad material.  I’d recommend the latter, but I’ve got good PVC mats, too.

Century: Golem Edition from Plan B Games – I’ve been mildly curious about Century Spice Road for a while, but I really like the look of this new, rethemed edition:

The art is just so much prettier, and I love the ideas of the setting.  The game itself seems really fun, too!

New “That 70s Expansion” expansion for Smash Up – I’m never all that sure about whether or not I really, truly like Smash Up.  My misgivings aside, there must be many who are surer in their appreciation of the game, judging by the number of expansions that are still getting pumped out.  This one looks pretty cool.

This set has four factions in it, including Truckers, Disco Dancers, Vigilantes and Kung Fu Fighters.  COmbining these with other sets you can get some great smash ups, such as Kung Fu Dinosaurs or Zombie Disco Dancers.  Wizard Truckers would be cool, too.

The new Uprising book for infinity – the latest book for Infinity introduces Merc armies and advances the story, especially around Japan and Yu Jing.


As usual, there’s also a nice preorder miniature that you can get if you stick in your order for the book before it is released.  I love Infinity and this book looks to add some great stuff with the Merc Factions and changes to JSA.

Blog Posts/Articles

The meat of 5 on Friday, the article are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

Project Update – Bastion and Vengeance Weapon Battery @ Table Standard – Terrain panting article!  The 40K fortresses and big weapons and stuff are always cool and it’s great to see them getting painted up.  I really like the lightish grey that the author has used for his fortress and it looks a lot better than the green it started out as.  The work on the metal of the guns is also good, looking well-weathered and worn, as would any of the weapons used in 41st millennium.  Good stuff!

Idoneth Deepkin @ Niek’s Painting Projects – Games Workshop have previewed the Idoneth Deepkin and my feelings are mixed.  Unsure if I really like the archer guys, but the mounted units and the big turtle all look great.  I also love the character with the big wave for a cloak.  This article gathers up the various pictures released thus far.  What I really like is that the army looks so unique, like the Kharadron Overlords and the Sylvaneth.  It’s what I love about the new armies for Age of Sigmar – they are all just so distinctive.

Dresden Files Accelerated Review @ Cannibal Halfling Gaming – A solid review of the latest Dresden RPG book.  The author gives a good overview, comparing this accelerated version to the full, FATE Core-powered game.  The review is very much from the perspective of someone who has played the full game, but that suits me, as I love the original.  The notes on the publishers maintaining the production style and values is also promising.  I have the rest of the Dresden Files RPG books, so will have to pick up this little beauty.

Homemade Alien Terrain For Your Battles Across the Galaxies! @ Tales of a Part Time Nerd – Nice use of plastic plants to make sci-fi terrain.  I like this article as it shows what can be done with some simple objects, a bit of gumption and only a little bit of work.  I’m not planning a board these would fit at the moment, but I will definitely consider one in the future.  Great pics, too.  That’s always a plus on any post for me.

Strategy for 1960: The Making of the President – Part 1: The Early Turns @ Cardboard Clash – 1960 is a great game, and one I love dearly.  I was delighted when GMT Games reprinted it and I was all over that preorder!  Thing is, as with most games I love, I kinda suck at it.  This series is a good read that will hopefully have me playing better in the near future.

On No Rerolls, we’ve been thinkin’ about ruined cities made of MDF buildings.  I’ve also posted some thoughts on my first game of 8th ed. 40K and my weekly hobby update over on Hit Somebody.

See you next week.

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