5 on Friday: 13/04/18

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:

Ares Games announces Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles – I was a big fan of Ares Games’ original Wings of War which portrayed WW1 era dogfights.  The core concepts of that game were then adapted for the various other games like X-Wing and Attack Wing.  Now it seems that Ares is giving Battlestar Galactica a similar tabletop treatment.

I do think that this game is coming a little late.  Most people who would have bought into this style of game will have already done so and it’s been a fair few years since BSG has really been relevant.  That said, I’ll be looking at this when it comes out as I remain a huge fan of the franchise.

New Khorne and Stormcast for Shadespire – Games Workshop continue to support the fantastic Shadespire, which is great.  You now, like how they utterly failed to support the also fantastic Shadow War: Armageddon.  Not that I’m bitter…  Moving on!


I’m a little disappointed that the new crews are Stormcast and Khorne.  This is largely because we already have Stormcast and Khorne crews.  I’m not keen on Shadespire going the way of Age of Sigmar where every few releases we get more damn Stormcast or Khorne.  Surely there were other races we could have had first?  Oh well, the new Khorne models do look very different to the previous ones and also very pretty.  The new Stormcast are more Stormcast.

New Bones Miniatures from Reaper – Reaper continue to release their Bones miniatures.  I finally got a good look at some Bones miniatures during a visit to the Orc’s Nest gaming store on a recent visit to London.  They looked ok, and the value seems pretty good.  Of the bucket of new miniatures, I was interested by some of the transparent ones and I really liked the fire giants.


My favourite offering from this release is the Frost Giant Queen, pictured above with some paint applied.  It’s just a really nice miniature and the paint job highlights this.  Cool stuffs!

Goodman releases 5e conversions of classic D&D adventures – Oh, this book looks cool.  I’m not someone who really has a lot of nostalgia for old RPGs and adventures as I do think that design today is better than it was in the 80s.  That said, I hope this book does form the start of a loooong series.



A good adventure is a good adventure and it’s great to see old classic being reinvigorated like this.  Good work, Goodman!.

Lasers & Liches: Tales from the Retroverse 5E on Kickstarter – This is pretty cool.  A new setting for D&D 5E full of lasers and neon and music and STYLE!  Just look:


This looks really cool, though I’m still undecided on whether to back it.

Blog Posts/Articles

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

The Great Yu-Jing Project, Part Three @ Vagabond Studios – A fantastic terrain article with lots of great pictures.  Infinity gives many great opportunities for creative terrain and the use of classical Asian architecture and style in this sci-fi setting is really cool.  Good job thus far by the author!

1987 to Now – A Brief History of Warhammer 40,000 @ The Game of Nerds – True to the title of the article, the author provides a brief, potted history of each edition of Warhammer 40,000.  For each entry, the author summarises what the edition brought to the table(top!) and spares a few words about that version.  A nice, concise read.

The Beginning – Matt’s Hobby History @ Sprues & Brews – Another nice article about one hobbyist’s journey in the hobby.  This one starts with Fighting Fantasy and meanders through some Wood Elves, Space Orks and Titans.  A good read.  I do love this type of article.

First Impressions #2 – Century: Golem Edition @ Tabletop Timesinks – Having just picked up this game myself (see this week’s hobby update at Hit Somebody) I was interested to read what others thought of it.  I’d say that my views and those of the authors line up pretty well.  I agree with pretty much all that is said about the game itself, and also with the comment from one of the authors about the stylistic similarities to the video game, Torchlight.  I also agree with their one criticism of the game, that it does not have much player interaction.  Great to read about other gamers enjoying great games.

Cog Building 101 – Starting Ad Mech @ Miniature Musings of a Bear – I love the idea of the Dark Mechanicus, so this army sounds good to me!  The author is looking to give some ad-mech allies to his fallen Grey Knights.  I also like the author’s approach to building his army and I agree that spamming units is, although probably effective, pretty boring.  Subscribed and looking forward to updates to this project.

On No Rerolls, I’ve been on holiday!  So, yeah, no new posts.  That said, this morning I posted my weekly hobby update over on Hit Somebody.

See you next week.

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