5 on Friday 13/03/20

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:

Games Workshop releases new Seraphon Battletome for Age of Sigmar – The Lizardmen from Warhammer underwent some pretty major changes in the transition to Age of Sigmar.  They went from being cold-bloody scaly warriors to lizard0shaped daemons of light.  Age of Sigmar is delightfully weird.

seraphon book

The new book is well overdue and will hopefully breathe new life into this army.  I’ve always liked the style of the Seraphon, especially when it comes to the big beasties.  They also seem comparatively easy to paint.  That said, they’re not an army that I’d look to collect for myself, with the possible exceptions of maybe a little group for Warcry.

Secret Weapon Miniatures launches Kickstarter campaign for a new set of bases for Infinity – It’s been a while since I last really looked at Secret Weapon Miniatures and their various offerings.  I backed one of their Battle Boards a few years back.  Delivery was delayed when their Chinese factory basically ended up underwater, but the quality was pretty good.  They’re running another Kickstarter just now:


These printed bases are beautiful.  They are intended for Infinity, and Secret Weapon has partnered with Corvus Belli to promote these bases.  The thing is, they’re gorgeous and they would work well for a huge range of games including Warhammer 40,000.  Just look at that Silent Halls base!  Wouldn’t it be cool as a set of bases for the Sisters of Battle?

The Secret Cat Stories releases The Mystery of Yokai Vale adventure for 5E – Going by DriveThruRPG’s website and a cursory Google search, this is the first item published by The Secret Cat Stories.  As a wee 15-page PDF I this is a nice, little bite-sized offering:

yokai vale

I love the art style on the cover of this little adventure for 5E and I assumed that it was inspired by Ghibli.  Sure enough, it does say this in the description, so I called that one!  Sounds fun!

Fantasy Flight Games releases Starships and Speeders supplements for their Star Wars RPG – The Star Wars RPG from FFG is a pretty good game.  It’s a pity that we’re likely to see a sip in quality with the changes happening within Asmodee.  But hey, for now, here’s a lovely new supplement:


I’m kind of surprised at how late this is.  It’s the sort of supplement you get in the first couple of years of a product cycle, like a bestiary or equipment manual.  That said, it’s still good to see it and I’m sure it will prove invaluable to GMs and players alike.

Games Workshop releases new Start Collecting set for the Gloomspite Gitz – The Gloomspite Gitz are one of my favourite Age of Sigmar armies.  I love the gobbos, the trolls, and the squigs.  It’s all good!  Now, games Workshop are putting out a lovely new Start Collecting box for the Gitz:

sc gloomspite

I like this set and all of the miniatures therein, but I’m not sure it’s the best starting point for an army.  It’s nice for collectors because it gives you a little bit of everything, but that also means you have a unit each from three very different parts of the army.  There aren’t any real synergies between these units.  That said, when I come to eventually building my Gitz (after clearing some other projects) I want squigs and trolls, so it might be worthwhile for me!

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:

#143 Tales from the Loop @ Darker Days Radio I’ve long enjoyed Darker Days Radio.  It was their coverage of the World of Darkness that first got me interested and I’ve listened sporadically since.  This latest episode features a couple of games (Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood) that I’ve had on my shelf for a while and which I’d like to get to the table.  I’ve got this one queued on my podcasts app.

Shed Progress – None @ Steinberg (Lack of) Shed SpaceI continue to really like this blog, but I’m feelin’ for the author!  It was sad to see the shed that is the blog’s namesake suffer under the wind and rain of two consecutive storms.  That said, i am looking forward to the inevitable virtual tour of the new shed!

Warhammer 366 – Week 9 @ Sprues & Brews – I like to include a roundup each week, usually featuring a plethora of lovingly painted miniatures.  This roundup has some really lovely Battle Sisters.  They use a simple colour scheme, but the red cloth really pops and the whole effect is very nice.

A New Wargamer’s Reflections on Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan @ Cardboard Clash – GMT Games!  The best games that sit unplayed on my shelf!  Sekigahara might actually be one that sees some play soon, as a couple of folk at the local games club have shown an interest.  This post makes for a good read in which a few insights are shared in a good level of detail.  It seems that I shall really need to focus down on those resources locations in the early game!

Listen to a Never-Before-Heard Song from Hamilton @ Girl on Films – Not game related, but this is a post that features a newly-released demo of a song that was cut from the hit musical, Hamilton.  I’ve seen this show twice now and I loved it.  It’s amazing.  The song is nice enough, and I can see where it would fit in.  I can also see why it was cut as it’s just not quite as good as the other songs around it.  Nice to hear it!

At NoRerolls, we have had a pretty quiet week.

Catch you later!  

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