5 on Friday 28/02/20

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:

Mantic releases new Abyssal Dwarf army for Kings of War – As much as I’ve never played Kings of War, I do like a lot of Mantic’s miniatures.  They can be a bit hit-and-miss, but the undead I have are very pretty and I also like their Abyssal Dwarfs.  Oh, hey, look what army is back:


The Abyssal Dwarfs are Mantic’s equivalents to Games Workshop’s Chaos Dwarfs.  I love the style that Mantic has gone for with these miniatures and they are suitably chaotic-looking.  I’m not sure, if I were to pick these up, if I’d use as Legion of Azgorh (Chaos Dwarfs) for Age of Sigmar or if I’d just take the plunge and make a proper Kings of War army.  It’s a question of basing, I suppose.  AoS uses round bases.  Kings of War uses square bases but I think I’d actually base them up in units, as miniatures are deployed in blocks and casualties are not removed model by model.  Not that I’m expecting to buy these any time soon.

CMoN releases Starcadia Quest board game – I’m enjoying a wee Arcadia Quest campaign at the moment.  As a game, it works really well, but it’s not something I’d pick up because of all the KS exclusives and CMoN being a garbage company and all that.  Gets all the more tempting when they release new things like this, though:


The miniatures look as great as they usually do, and the whole package seems really polished.  I mean, fundamentally it’s the same game with a new skin, so as long they don’t change too much of the good stuff they can’t really go wrong.

Onyx Path’s Chicago by Night finally makes it to retail! – Seriously, just give me my copy of this already.  It’s been on preorder for ages as the book makes its way from Kickstarter to retail channels.  Chicago remains my favourite setting for Vampire, so I’m really keen to see the latest incarnation of this city as it exists in the World of Darkness.  I suppose, since I also set my Dresden Files games in Chicago, that this might actually be my favourite RPG setting altogether.

vtm chicago by night

In addition to the new info on the city itself, this is the book that brings the Lasombra into the Camarilla.  I’ve purposefully not read any of the details of how this happens, as I’m so looking forward to reading it in the book itself.  Not long now, surely!

Wizards of the Coast releases new Unearthed Arcana featuring three new subclasses for D&D – WotC’s Unearthed Arcana releases are always interesting.  They usually contain cool new stuff for the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, but they also signal future developments and direction.  This latest offering features a handful of new subclasses:


All three of the new subclasses are really cool in their concepts.  I particularly like the new Armorer subclass for the Artificer.  I for one look forward to playing as steampunk Iron Man.  I also love any game that brings in interesting Fey/Fae content.  It’s one of my favourite aspects of the Dresden Files, it’s why I love both Changeling: the Dreaming and Changeling: the Lost, and it’s great to see a fey-themed ranger subclass in this release.  Exciting stuffs!

Army Painter to release new Metallics Paint Set – I like the Army Painter range.  I was given their big box set a couple of years ago and have used them on and off since.  I say on and off because I’ve just been terrible at actually sitting to paint anything.  Now Army Painter is putting out a box of metallic paints:

army painter metallics

I do think Games Workshop’s metallics are some of the highlights of their range, so they’re the ones to beat in this regard.  That said, I’ve always found Army Painter paints to be of very good quality and I’d happily recommend them to all and sundry.

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:

How to Paint Seraphon in a Week! @ Sprues & Brews This is pretty amazing for a week’s work.  That fast approach is what I’d like to work towards and, sure enough, the new contrast paints certainly helped me do my AdMech robes in record time!  Thanks for sharing, pal.  The lizards look great!  

Baby Yoda FFG build @ Skyland GamesI really enjoyed the Mandalorian.  I actually expected that I would not enjoy it.  I was all ready to be disappointed and lament the squandered opportunity of what could have been a good Star Wars TV show.  I was wrong.  I loved it.  It was amazing.  The author of this post has put together a little treat for those fans who love both the Mandalorian and the FFG Star Wars RPGs.  The Child!  Go take a look.  This is a fun post.

Using escape rooms to launch the new school year @ Alice Leung – I’m always looking for new ideas and this post is really interesting.  I enjoyed my own escape room experience.  I like the approach the author takes and they’ve put a lot of work into the puzzles and structure of the event.  I’d love to do something like this for our kids!

A New Wargamer’s Guide to Failing Spectacularly at Twilight Struggle (i.e. Lessons learned from my first failure) @ Cardboard Clash – This was probably my favourite article of the week.  I love Twilight Struggle, so a nice deep dive like this makes for a good read.  It’s funny, you do always learn so much more from losses than from wins…

I Buried My Hobby Block @ Miniature Darkness – The board’s lookin’ good!  It’s also great to shift a hobby block.  In a bit of a funk myself, so I’m keen to follow the example that this author sets.  Warcry’s a great game, too.  Enjoy, pal!  I hadn’t seen Luke’s APS stuff before, but it all looks pretty cool.

Well, I suppose that’s us.  It’s been a quiet week at NoRerolls.

Catch you later!  

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