5 on Friday 14/02/20

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:

TTCombat releases new Elven buildings – Oh, hey, more awesomeness for TTCombat.  There are a few companies that I seem to feature on here constantly.  Games Workshop is a big one, Deepcut Studios is another.  TTCombat is pretty prominent, too.  Let’s see their latest offerings:


Elven buildings!  These are beautifully intricate buildings with lots of lovely latticework.  A lot of it makes me think of The Lord of the Rings and I’m not entirely sure that I’d see a place for it in Age of Sigmar…  That is, I wasn’t sure until the reveal of the upcoming Lumineth elves.  These new Elves, comparable to the classic High Elves, are probably the right range to accompany this very pretty terrain.  All the better for Papa Nurgle to despoil!

Kobold Press releases the second edition of their game design guide – I love Kobold Press and have been picking up most of their bigger books for 5E Dungeons & Dragons.  With how good all of their material is, they probably have a lot of expertise to share on the topic of game design.  Enter the new edition of their guide on that topic:


I think I’m particularly keen to read Wolfgang Baur’s thoughts on design.  I like his stuff, and I’m keen to get an inside track on his process or just some of his thoughts on the matter.  I don’t tend to buy this type of book, but if I do end up going for a guide like this, the Kobold offering would be my obvious choice.

Games Workshop/Bandai releases chibi blind-buy Warhammer 40,000 figures – Games Workshop and Bandai have been working together for a little while now to produce collectible based on the various iterations of Warhammer.  The latest offering from this partnership is a set of little chibi miniatures:

chibi 40k

These are sold in blind boxes, so you don’t know what you’re getting.  There are five available, three of which I’ve not seen in person.  I’ve seen the Space Marine, the Grey Knight, and the Battle Sister.  The Battle Sister is the nicest of these, though I’d also be keen to see the Ad-Mech chap.  He looks cool.

Onyx Path releases Spilled Blood sourcebook for Vampire: the Requiem – Oh, Onyx Path, thank you for keeping the Chronicles of Darkness fire burning.  Please continue to keep putting out new books and maintaining this amazing line of games.  Don’t let it fall away and leave us with only the World of Darkness.  I mean, I love the World of Darkness, but I also love the various games that make up the Chronicles of Darkness.

vtr spilled blood

This is a new sourcebook for Vampire: the Requiem that covers antagonists.  It also gives lots of lovely, new bloodlines for players to use.  I’m always in favour of more choice and variety in character creation.  This actually an advance PDF that will be updated with errata before the print on demand options become available.  This errata will also be added to the PDF in your DTRPG account once it’s all sorted.

Games Workshop releases new Start Collecting set for the Genestealer Cults – One of the armies I’d be quite keen to do someday, I do have a soft spot for the Genestealer Cults.  I like the idea of the alien hybrids, the construction/mining theme and the whole vibe of the cult.  Now, GW are making the whole army even more attractive with the release of a Start Collecting box:

gsc sc box

If the vehicle in this set was their larger transport vehicle, I’d be instantly all over this.  Maybe I can add it to the queue for when I’m done or at least further along with my Ad Mech?  Great minis…

blog posts and articles

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

February painting update @ GW – Back in the Game  A nice step by step painting guide.  I love painting update posts, so it was fun to read through this and see how the author achieved the effect he did.  My only slight suggestion is to perhaps include some larger, clearer photos, to really demonstrate the step by step process that is described.

Warmascrolls: Skorne! @ Hive Fleet CharybdisI really like Age of Sigmar’s warscroll format.  I feel that they just work, which is something that should not be understated.  That’s a success.  Seeing other games get ported over to the same functional format is really cool.  Go look!

Story Games Clubs @ Fiasco in a Vegas Pizzeria – A quick writeup of a game of Fiasco.  I like Fiasco a lot, so this is a nice read for me.  It’s basically a runthrough of the key story points and, sure enough, the group find themselves on quite the capers with a pretty miserable ending for each character.  This is exactly how it should be.

Dasuyus @ The Wargaming Bear – A quick, little picture post featuring a lovingly painted Infinity miniature.  There’s not much more to say.  I love Infinity miniatures.  This is a lovely paintjob.  Thanks for sharing!.

Tale of Gamers: Kill Team – Fully Mobilized @ The Sentry Box – I’ve been enjoying following this series from The Sentry Box.  I just love the whole Tale of Gamers concept and I tend to latch on series like this and find myself waiting for each new article.  This was a good one for me, as I also really like Kill Team.  I love all of the great shots of miniatures in this article.  The Eldar are so bright and colourful, the Tau have a wonderful colour-scheme, and the Death Guard are really cool, too.  The Commissar for the IG is also nice and neat.

Happy Friday, y’all!  This week, we’ve taken a look at the Lego Ideas Platform (and a cool HeroQuest set).

Catch you later!

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