5 on Friday 14/08/20

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:

Avatars of War releases new Imperial Hydromancer miniature – Back when they started to produce miniatures, I picked up some of the original Orc characters that Avatars of War designed and produced.  I was really impressed with the quality, both of the sculpt and the cast.  Since then, I have also picked up some of their plastics which are, likewise, very nice.  Now, they have a new miniature hitting the market:


The hydromancer looks pretty good, and I really like the cool, elemental base.  I’m not at all sold on the paint scheme.  I think it actually makes the model hard to properly make out in the photos.  That said, it does highlight how ornate the miniature is.

Limitless Woodland Bundle, 5E adventures on Kickstarter – I think deep, dark forests are wonderful settings for roleplaying games, especially fantasy ones.  One of my favourite third party books for 5E is Kobold Press’ Tales of the Old Margreve, a book of adventures in, yes, a deep, dark forest.  Now, Limitless Adventure is putting out a woodlands collection:


Beautiful art.  Beautiful maps.  A selection of adventure and resources from a proven team who have delivered on previous projects.  I mean, as Kickstarters go, this is a pretty solid bet.

Games Workshop releases new starter sets for Warhammer 40,000 – I picked up a couple of Indomitus boxes, the limited edition starter sets that Games Workshop put out for the latest edition of Warhammer 40,000.  Now, they are gearing up to release their permanent sets.  They have released three levels at different price points.  I’ve linked the middle set, the contents of which you can see below:

40k elite

The bigger set actually has the same content, miniatures-wise, but also includes some nice terrain.  At £65, the above set represents really good value to prospective Necron players, or those looking to run an assault-heavy Space Marine force.  I’m really excited for this edition!

GMT Games releases Forever War expansion for Labyring: The War on Terror – Whilst I welcome any new game from GMT Games, and whilst I know this one will be a solid, interesting offering, it does have a somewhat depressing theme.  The Forever War is the latest update/expansion to GMT’s Labyrinth: The War on Terror.  As the conflict itself evolves, the game has followed suit.

labyrinth expansion

I’ll probably hold off on this one until I actually get some play out of my copy of the original game.  It’s one of the many GMT Games titles that sits languishing on shelf.  I love them, but I find them so hard to get to the table.

Corvus Belli is taking preorders for the 4th edition of Infinity – Corvus Belli make, quite frankly, the best sci-fi infantry miniatures out there.  They have this great aesthetic that is definitely sci-fi, but also have a practical military look.  The factions are interesting and distinct, and the rules are elegant and tightly defined.  Now, they have a new edition coming and I am incredibly tempted to order a wee bundle:

n4 bundle

The new miniatures are, of course, stunning.  I’m in the process of painting up my Japanese starter pack at the moment, so if I manage to get them finished, I might even be ready to start these guys when they arrive.  That would be a treat.

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:

[Painting Corner] Blood Ravens @ Darker Days Radio Originally designed to be the protagonists of the Dawn of War series of RTS video games, the Blood Ravens are a chapter with a very nice colour scheme.  It’s nice, therefore, to see an article sharing this author’s efforts to paint up some beautiful Blood Ravens Space marines.  As an aside, in addition to the miniatures themselves being fantastic, I also love the blue foliage on the bases.  It really just pops in a nice way.

Verminlord Deceiver @ Sho3boxThe Verminlord is a huge, imposing miniature.  It is, after all, a Greater Daemon of the Horned Rat.  The author of this post shares his journey in painting it and whilst there is mention of leaving several mistakes in place, the final product is stunning.  Heck, all of the minis shown in this post put me, and most others, to shame.  What a fantastic job!  

Mythic Odysseys of Theros – First Impressions @ Tabletop Odyssey – I like this book a lot.  I’m a little disappointed that Wizards are dipping into their Magic: the Gathering setting, rather than bringing back one of the classic D&D settings, but both of the books that have been released thus far have been very good.  The author of this post shares some thoughts on the book, of the greek influences, and of the Iconoclasts.  It makes for an interesting read whether you already own the book or are considering picking it up.

Currently Playing – A Mid-Year Video Game Backlog Update @ Alyssa Lost in SpaceA video game article?  In my 5 on Friday?  With a shelf full of games that remain firmly on my pile of shame, I feel that I can sympathise with someone else playing through a backlog, even in another medium!

Budget Bretonnia Project – Knights @ Paint and Glory – I loved my Bretonnians back in the day.  They were such a pretty army, and I had a lot of fun putting them together.  It’s a pity they were never subsequently revisited by Games Workshop, but I suppose they were the most generic of all Warhammer armies.  Ho hum…  This is a nice article, though.  As I mentioned last week, I really like reading articles about finding alternative miniatures for Warhammer armies – they always introduce me to interesting, new miniatures companies.

This week at No Rerolls has been pretty quiet, all in all.

Catch y’all later!

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