5 on Friday 19/06/20

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 Valkyrie Assault Carriers for Aeronautica Imperialis – I’ve never played Aeronautica Imperialis, but the miniatures are lovely.  They remind me of the wee minis you used to get for Epic, but obviously this game has a really tight focus on aerial combat.

ai valks

Games Workshop are currently putting out some more minis for the Imperial Guard and Tau forces.  All the minis are nice, but I much prefer the imperial planes to those of the Tau.  The Tau ones are just a bit dull, but these Valkyries are cracking!

Modiphius releases Delta Quadrant sourcebook for Star Trek Adventures – Modiphius continue to release really nice, polished sourcebooks for their Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game.  This sourcebook focuses on one particular area of space, namely the Delta Quadrant:

star trek delta

The Delta Quadrant served as the setting for Star Trek: Voyager, which may put off some Trek fans that I know.  I know Voyager is often seen as the lesser of the Treks, but the actual setting, the alien species, and the political situation of the Delta Quadrant always had a lot of potential.

Micro Art Studio releases prepainted buildings bundle for Infinity – Micro Art Studio is a company that has long been dear to my heart.  They make lovely bases that I use with my Infinity miniatures, and they also made the mat I play on.  Now, they have some cool, pre-painted terrain:


That mat is actually the one I have.  I like it a lot.  The scenery is pretty nice for MDF and if you’re like me and incredibly lazy when it comes to painting your terrain, the pre-painting is a big plus.

Animated Dungeon Maps releases bundle of… well… animated dungeon maps – I’ve never put together one of those cool tv-based RPG tables that I’ve seen people make.  I love the idea of it though.  I especially love the cool, animated maps that you can use on them.  There’s a nice – if pricey – bundle of them on DTRPG:

animated maps bundle

So, to actually get an idea of how these look, and how cool they really are, I think a video is required.  Here’s a trailer that the company uploaded to Youtube:

I really like the approach of using a mix of the animated map and the physical terrain pieces.  It’s a really impressive look.

Arvalon 8, 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain and Miniatures campaign live on Kickstarter – There are loads of really cool miniatures in this set of sci-fi STL files, and if you have a resin printer I am sure they’d all come out great.  But me, with my FDM printer, I’m way more interested in the cool terrain pieces.  :

terrain ks

Ruins, craters, rocks, walls, and buildings.  Loads of great terrain!  The price isn’t too bad, either.  Go take a look, especially if you already have a 3D printer!

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:

Warhammer 40k: 8 Out of 8 @ Rysaer Inc. At a time when there are a million blog posts looking forward to the upcoming 9th edition of Warhammer 40,000, it’s nice to read a psot that looks backwards.  This is quite a personal retrospective on 8th edition.  I sympathise with the author’s frustration with the previous edition of 40K, and their appreciation for 8th.  Let’s hope that 9th really is a refinement edition.  

Mythos – The Priory @ The Wargaming BearI had not heard of Mythos before seeing this post.  The miniatures seem really nice.  The author has painted some up, and I must say, I love that green!  It really pops out.  It also works really well with the grey that the author has used.  A really well-considered colour scheme, all in all.  Thanks for sharing!

Tom Clancy’s Division Tabletop (Fate) RPG @ Faith, Fiction & Fatherhood – Ooh, I can’t say that I’ve ever felt a particular urge to roleplay my way through a Tom Clancy book.  What I do like is to see interesting conversaions of setting-agnostic systems like FATE.  What’s there is pretty cool and it’s a pity that the author has, for the time being, shelved the rest.

Terrain – City of the Damned part 1 @ Catacombs of Terror BlogI have MDF, plastic and 3D-printed terrain.  What I don’t have is the basic talent to make my own terrain like this author does.  It’s looking really good and will be even cooler once painted.  I am really looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Pandemic. And also the board game @ Mark Liddell – Not much to say on this short, little pictorial post.  It’s just nice to see people really having fun with their games, and with a real of achievement at solving a puzzle together.  Yeah, this is quite a heartwarming wee post.

At NoRerolls, we’ve had a couple of pretty quiet weeks – not even a 5 on Friday last week!

Catch y’all later!

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