5 on Friday: 11/05/18

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:

New Deathwatch Codex for Warhammer 40,000 – Some of our gaming groups are really interested in the return of the boys in black:



The previews for this codex are all pretty interesting, and the new Primaris teams are particularly cool, as many of us don’t really want to go back to using the little, old marines when the newer, bigger, cooler miniatures are available.  I’ve always liked the opportunities for customisation that this army offers.

Kodama Duo is up on Kickstarter – I quite like Kodama.  It’s not my favourite game, and I don’t see it making my top 50 games of this year, but I like it.  It does something different and does it well.  Indie Boards & Cards have now also put up this new 2-player edition on Kickstarter:



So yeah, if you like the whimsical style of Kodama, but want a tighter 2-player experience, this might be for you.  I’ve found Indie Boards & Cards to be a pretty reliable fulfiller of Kickstarters, too.  That means a lot in the current climate!

MDF Mechanicum signs from Tabletop Scenics – I’ve only just now realise that Tabletop Scenics is the same company as Kromlech, whose stuff I’ve long admired!  Good to know!  This is their latest offering:


It’s MDF, so obviously these are all flat, but they’ll look really cool on other bits of MDF.  They will add some detail and characters to MDF buildings.  Some could also be used on some of the Imperial tanks that have big, flat areas to them.  They may be a little limited in their uses, but they are pretty cool!

GKR Heavy Hitters hits retail… heavily – This is another of those games that falls into that pretty-but-pricey category.  It’s a big, mech-combat board game.  I like the styling of the models and cards.  The whole production looks pretty great:


This was a Kickstarter hit that shipped to backers in December.  It’s now hitting retail channels where, despite the high price tag, I reckon it’ll do pretty well.  It just seems so nicely put together.

New Shipwreck Revenant from Reaper Miniatures – Reaper’s Bones line is so hit and miss for me.  Some of the stuff is incredible, but others bits are really underwhelming.  This new model would fall into the former category, as I think it looks great:


An idea that has really appealled to me over the years is an army of undead pirates.  I have a document full of links to good models and conversion bits that I could use.  I have army lists stored in Azyr that I could use to make such an army.  One day, I just might do it.  One day…

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 New Direction of 40k @ Daemon Edge Studios – I like this post, and the points made are pretty similar to those being regularly discussed in our local gaming group.  The changes in direction at Games Workshop have been very reassuring and it’s great to read about other people who are, like me, returning to Games Workshop and their games.  I agree with the author on his points about army books and allied forces.  I’m less excited about campaign books, unless Games Workshop decides to do something cool and special with them like they did for the Third War for Armageddon or the Storm of Chaos.

Rumor Mill: Asmodee Exploring a Sale @ Boardgame Today – This is a short article, but the rumour is an interesting one.  It’s also one that does not surprise me.  Asmodee’s rapid growth since being taken over by the fun that currently owns them has smacked of a company being built up for sale.  Will be interested to see if this rumour bears out.

Review for One – Scythe @ Cardboard Clash – Except for a couple of rounds of Sylvion, I’ve never really played any single player games.  That said, Scythe has been sitting unplayed on my shelf for a long time, now.  Perhaps giving it a go on my own would be the best way to learn it and get my head around it before introducing it to others.  This review gives a good overview of the game and I like the last section, featuring the author’s key thoughts on different areas of the game.  The author makes the single player of Scythe seem quite attractive, and makes it feel more approachable and more like something I should really bring to the table.

The Great Yu-Jing Project, Part Five @ Vagabond Studios – Click the link.  Visit the page.  Behold beautiful pictures of beautiful beauty.  The author has created a fantastic board that just looks incredible.  The colours pop, it’s so playable and it fits the setting perfectly.  It’s a joy to look at this post and the pictures therein.  I’d love to have a go at doing something similar.

Miscellaneous Monday: Top 5 Personal Favorite Games @ AA Board Games – A top 5 list!  It’s always great to read about the games that people love.  This list is an interesting one to me.  I’ve played (and own) the top 3 games in the list.  I definitely agree with the author that they are fantastic games, even if my own order would be just a little bit different.  I’ve not played the other 2 games and hadn’t even heard of one of them.  Must give ’em a go if I get the chance!

This week on No Rerolls we took a look at a bundle of Paranoia awesomeness and pondered the changes that have been happening at Games Workshop.  Today, I also posted my weekly hobby update over on Hit Somebody.

See you next week.

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