5 on Friday: 20/07/18

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:

Corvus Belli taking preorders for new Operation Coldfront boxed set – I’ve managed to resist most of the Infinity boxed sets, seeing as none of them represented the armies I’m trying to build; namely Aleph and Ariadna.  Guess what, though?  Yeah, the latest boxed set features both Aleph and Ariadna:

Sneaky, sneaky Spaniards!  The models in the boxed set look great.  I really love the new Dakinis and I intend to pick this set up once I finish up what I have for my Ariadna and make some good progress on my Aleph.

Trogdor!! The Board Game is up on Kickstarter – I’ve seen references here and there and I recognise the green guy with the arm, but I must admit, I’ve never read Trogdor and know next to nothing about the property.  That said, friends who do know Trogdor are very excited about this:

I mean, it looks funny, I guess.  The game looks well produced, too.  I like the oldschool art on the box and the cool, tiled board.  The description of the game on the KS page is pretty cool, too.  Seems like a no-brainer for Trogdor fans!

GMT Games releases Fort Sumter – P500 buyers will have got their copies by now, but Fort Sumter is starting to make its way into retail stores.  This games looks really interesting:


for sumte

It’s a card driven game in the style of Twilight Struggle or 1960, but much shorter in terms of play time.  This is the card driven game that you can get through in a lunch break.  It seems to as well produced as you’d expect from GMT and very engaging for the low time investment.

PWork Wargames puts out new Dark Gotham mat – Another of these cool gaming mats – this time themed around a modern city.  Obviously, both from the name and appearance, this is intended for use with the Batman Miniatures Game.  Of course, you can use it with whatever you want.

As gorgeous as all of this company’s mats, this is available in several sizes and made in several different materials.  This lets you buy a mat to suit your specific gaming needs, budget concerns and preferences.

Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars is up on Kickstarter – This seems to be an interesting indie RPG.  Like Fiasco, this is a GM-less system, where everyone involved is playing as a character and telling the story collaboratively, rather than relying on one player taking on the role of GM to push the story along.  I’ve yet to try a GM-less system.  The idea interests me, but I’m a bit nervous to give it a go.  If you’re unsure how it will work, you have access to the draft rules as soon as you back the game.

Thematically, visually and mechanically, this game interests me.  I’m keen to watch or listen to an actual play, as I think that will help me better understand exactly how it works, but yeah, I’m enthused!

Blog Posts/Articles

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

Fluff and Favor, Consoling Contrasts in Theme and Spirit in One’s 40K Army @ The Uncoiling Pen – I get the sentiment of this post entirely!  I love the background of the games I play and I always try to make my forces relatively thematic.  It’s one of the things that stops me from branching out too much in some games, actually.  In Malifuax, for example, it’s why I’ve not really gone into certain Masters, as I would have to get the thematic models to go with them, even if they;re not always the most optimal.  Ditto for my 40K and AoS forces.  I’d rather play a tighter, more thematic army than perhaps a more competitive army with a wider scope.

Terrain Tutorials: Imperial Shield Generator @ Imperial Discipline – I don’t play Legion and I don’t have much intention to, but this terrain tutorial for it is pretty cool.  I mean, it’s really simple and straightforward, but very effective.  The author includes not only instructions of what is needed and how to put it together, but also lots of photos to illustrate their process and replicate their efforts.  Good stuff, thanks for sharing!

Legendary Marvel Studios Announced For Gencon But it’s a Hard Pass from Me @ Alternate Fire – House of Nerdery – You know, legendary just never quite hit home with me.  I’ve not played it much, which may be a big factor, but i do love other deckbuilders.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just not for me.  What I do like in the Marvel edition is the art, so I find myself agreeing with the author of this article that the game becomes a lot less appealing – and does not fit in existing collections – with the aesthetic choice to use movie stills rather than comic art.  Disappointing development, but then it won’t really affect me.

Warhammer 40,000 – Imperial Knights Army Photos, Just Because I Can @ Steinberg Shed Space – When they first came out, I wasn’t big on the idea of the Imperial Knights.  I was on a break from Games Workshop, they were big centrepiece models with large, flat areas that I know I can’t paint well, they are pricey and they are part of the Imperium.  They had a lot going against them in my mind.  More recently, I’ve come to appreciate them a bit more, though i’m not looking to dive in any time soon.  Armies like this tempt me to take that plunge, though.  Really simple colour schemes that do these models justice.  Lovely photos, too.

120 Clanrats @ Dust Vultures – One of the reasons I’m resisting the Knights is the amount of unpainted models that I have sitting around.  My large Skaven army from 6th through 8th edition Warhammer is a prime example of this.  I love seeing painted Skaven armies, because the Skaven are brilliant.  They are visually cool, the ideas behind them are interesting, the clans are cool and they’re just fun!  This author has a lovely Skaven army that’s really inspiring to see.  They include loads of cool photos not only of their own army, but of the armies that their Skaven fought in a recent event.  Such a cool article.

On No Rerolls this week, we’ve shared some old Triple Triad cards with an RPG theme and posted our weekly Hobby Update.

Catch you next week!


  1. Also thanks for the shoutout! Glad to see there are so many more narrative driven army builders, coming from a Match Play/competitive driven gaming area.


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