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:
Sabine Wren (and Bossk) announced for Star Wars: Legion – Sabine is one of my favourite characters from Star Wars: Rebels. She goes through such a journey, grows up in the course of the show and is genuinely fun without being silly or stupid. Now, FFG are adding her to Legion:
I don’t play Legion and I won’t be picking it up, but I’m glad this exists and, if I ever get the notion, I can always pick her up and paint her for use in other games, such as Rogue Stars. Bossk was announced too, but I don’t really care as much about that.
Forgeworld puts out new Space Wolves – I’ve never been a big fan of the Space Wolf aesthetic. It’s just not for me. That said, I do quite like these new Horus Heresy Space Wolves:
The style works a bit better on these models and I really like the helmets. It’s a pity these are 30K models and aren’t all Primarised up for 40K. They’re a tad expensive, but it’s Forgeworld. It’s hardly unexpected.
CYB_R, a cyberpunk setting for D&D 5E is up on Kickstarter – This is an odd combination, but it’s intriguing. I’ve yet to play a cyberpunk RPG and I suppose that playing one with a familiar system, such as 5E, would make the transition a bit easier. This Kickstarter is definitely worth a look, at least as an object of curiosity:
The details sound really interesting but I’m unconvinced on the artwork. It’s a bit like the issue I have with the latest edition of Vampire: The Masquerade in that I just don’t like this sort of manipulated photo-art. It’s not a style that appeals to me. It does set a tone, but it just doesn’t inspire me in the same way. That said, I know that’s just my hangup and that this won’t bother most people. I’m even coming around to liking the VtM book…
DeepCut Studio releases first Infinity-themed gaming mat – I’m still working – albeit sporadically – on my Infinity board. I’m really happy with it as it is, but I do need a few licks of paint on the various pieces. My gaming mat is a big part of theming this board, and I picked mine up from Micro Art Studio. I also have DeepCut mats and can attest to their quality. It’s great to see them put out the first of their Infinity-themed mats, with this one themed around the Ariadna faction:
These designs are really nice, and I love how detailed they are. I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up at the moment, as I prefer my Infinity tables to be more urban or industrial. That style just works better for me. If and when I fancy a go at a more natural, ruggedly landscaped board, I’d take a good look at this mat. I do have some Ariadna, too!
Zone Raiders miniatures rules up on Kickstarter – I like miniatures games. I like miniatures, generally, really. The thing is, we all have collections of miniatures and the idea of having to pick up yet more of them can be offputting when starting out in a new game. That’s one of the reasons I really like games that allow and encourage people to bring their existing collections to the table. Osprey games are good for this, and Zone Raiders (currently on Kickstarter) does likewise:
I really like the look of this and it may well be the first Kickstarter that I back in a long time. The art appeals to me, but as there’s not a miniature range, that doesn’t mean a huge amount in terms of the actual game. The customisation and flexibility are the biggest draws.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Tyranid Kill Team @ A Loft Full of Lead – I got into 40K at the tail end of 2nd Edition and the old Tyranid book was one of the first I read, along with Eldar, Sisters of Battle and Angels of Death. I always thought the old Tyranid models were really cool, albeit in a somewhat goofy way. The design changed a lot in third edition and they became more threatening and impressive, but there’s a special place in my heart for the oldies. I really like this kill team. I also really like that Kill Team represents such a great opportunity for unique, little projects like this. Nice painting, good photos, good article.
USAopoly and Games Workshop Sign a Deal for Licensed Editions of Talisman @ Boardgame Today – I am so hot and cold on Talisman. I played it years ago but never picked it up until the Warhammer 40,000-themed edition, Relic, came out. I like it sometimes. It’s a game that I really have to be in the mood for, y’know? It also needs the right group, who don’t take it too seriously but do take it just seriously enough to keep it rolling. I’m curious to see what this deal will mean. The USAopoly deal with CGE to create licensed versions of Codenames seems to be going well so far, so I’m hopeful that we’ll see some reasonably cool editions of Talisman hitting stores in the not so distant future.
My Top 25 Games: 10 to 1 @ Tabletop Strategy – Another top games list! I like these. Let’s see what I agree with… Rebellion, Terraforming Mars, Scythe, Twilight Struggle, all fantastic. Totally you on them. Blood Rage I generally rank a little lower, but I can see it, I can see it. Time Stories I have on my shelf and need to play! Legendary… meh. Never really like that, but I’ve also not played it much to really get into it. Yeah, a solid list with stuff I really dig and other stuff I should maybe try. Thanks!
Shrine of the Aquila Terrain @ Books and Boltguns – I really like this article. Firstly, the pictures are really nice, and that always scores well with me. Second, I like how the author shows their inspiration and research. Third, the final piece that comes out of it all looks great. It’s got a really nice, weathered look to it, and the author walks us through it really well.
The Skaven Are Here! @ Bjorn the Stormborn – Yes! Skaven! About bloody time! Can’t wait for this book! I clearly share this author’s excitement for the upcoming battletome. I really love the Skaven and I agree with all of the points that the author lists in their wishlist for the new book. Well, I don’t care so much about more Verminlord variants, but I wouldn’t say no to them! More battleline and common units is a definite must, and it’s important to keep the Horned Rat and His children interesting. Vetock would be great, too. Just sayin’…
Catch you later!