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.
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 Sons of Behemat Battletome for Age of Sigmar – It’s been a while since we’ve had a really cool new release for AoS. I didn’t really care much for the Lumineth. First of all, it’s great that this is a release for Destruction, because that’s a faction that really needs fleshed out. Second, it’s all about giants. Giants are great.
The Sons of Behemat are quite a limited army, with two kits, making up 4 units. One of these units is basically the old gargant/giant, now with the ability to be taken in units of 3. The remaining three are all based on the beautiful new Mega-Gargant model. This army looks fun, but with the new Mega-Gargants costing an incredible £120, it will not be cheap.
Wyrd releases new adventure for Through the Breach – Through the Breach is the RPG based on Wyrd’s miniature skirmish game, Malifaux. I love Malifaux, and the setting is a lot of fun. I also love the fact that you use playing cards in place of dice, which has also been used in the RPG. Wyrd put out adventures for Through the Breach, labelled as Penny Dreadfuls. Here’s the new one:
This is definitely Wyrd’s Halloween adventure. How seasonal! They describe it thusly:
Carving Day in Malifaux is a time of both celebration and fear. Old things rise from their slumbers and trudge through the city streets, but festive jack o’ lanterns, candy, and all-night parties let the people enjoy fun and festivities. These same celebrations are happening in Hallow… so the Fated are led to believe. The contract town is not all it seems, and it will be up to the celebrating Fated to uncover the ghastly secrets right in front of their noses.
It’s a pity that club won’t be back by Halloween. We’ve had a few years now of quite fun Halloween RPG sessions.
TTCombat releases Resistance starter set for Dropzone Commander – There are a few guys locally who really sing the praises of Dropzone Commander. They’ve run me through an intro game before, and I really enjoyed it, too. I’ve just never quite gotten around to really jumping in. These new starter sets would be a good way, though:
Firstly, the models are really cool. They just look great. Secondly, the value here is really impressive. The entire content of the pack pictured above comes to just £35. That’s fantastic. All the sets are the same in that regard. What’s nice for The Resistance is that these miniatures were previously only available in resin, instead of the cheaper plastic that the other factions had access to.
Zenit Miniatures launches Kickstarter for Takkure – For someone who really doesn’t care about sports, I do like sports-based miniatures game. Blood Bowl, Dreadball, Aristeia, Guild Ball… All great. Now, Zenit Miniatures is looking for funding for their cyberpunk rugby game, Takkure:
I don’t a huge amount to say on this. The game looks fun, the miniatures look great, and the whole thing looks nicely polished. The video for the game is also really good at giving the context of it and is definitely worth a watch. Go watch it!
Games Workshop releases new Hexmark Destroyer Miniature – Another Necrons post! I’m loving painting up my Necrons and I can’t wait to get a game or two in. You know, once all this apocalypse stuff blows over… This week, Games Workshop will release one of the nicest miniatures in the range, the Hexmark Destroyer:
Cool! He’s an anti-infantry machine that I don’t know that I’d use in my Necron army, but whom I’d love to just own and paint. I love the idea of potentially using him in Kill Team. He’s my favourite model in the new Necron line. 6 pistols, 7 eyes, 3 legs: 1 badass.
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
DriveThruRPG Review – Monsters of Murka @ Eric Watson – I picked this book up a little while back and I really like it. At some point, after I manage to get a game of it, I do intend to do a review as well. In the meantime, this is a nice, thorough review that picks out some of my favourite parts of the book, like the character options and the (sometimes heavy-handed) satirical content.
The Ultramarines are Back! Some Thoughts on Codex Space Marines for 9th Edition @ Prot’s War in the Warp – First and foremost, this is a beautiful Ultramarines army. They’re very pretty. I like this sort of post, with the author breaking down his army and really digging into the finer points. Good pictures, good analysis; good article!
You Gits! @ Convert or Die– Gloomspite Gitz! I maintain that Gobbos are, indeed, the best – especially when Squigs are arrived. I really like the author’s first point in the article, about the Gitz being a really successful (and reassuring) reinvention of a really great army from the Old World. The Warcry band that the author has painted up also looks really fantastic.
Hostile Takeover in Progress @ Stalker7 – I love cyberpunk as a genre, and I also really like skirmish games. As such, this is game is very interesting to me. This article is a nice rundown of what to expect, punctuated by lots of beautiful pictures of painted miniatures. If you’re interested in cyberpunk, miniatures, and cyberpunk miniatures, you should check it out.
Discovering Identity Through Dungeons & Dragons @ New Media: Storytelling in Literature, Films, and Games – I like this article a lot. I think there’s a lot to be said on the topic of RPGs and personal identity. Certainly, it’s something that I’ve explored through groups that I’ve set up through my work, and even got a distinction from Birmingham University when I wrote up my findings! good times. Have a read, it’s really fascinating.
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Catch ya’ll next week.