5 on Friday 23/10/20

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.

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:

Battlefront Miniatures taking preorders on Team Yankee Soviets – There’s something lovely about tiny tanks. I remember a few years at Carronade, seeing a vast Flames of War army arrayed for battle. It was cool. I’ve never taken the plunge into historicals myself, outside a slight dabble with Legends of the Old West, but I can appreciate it. Battlefront, the company behind Flames of War are, these days, also producing a game in a more modern setting, Team Yankee. The latest batch of releases for Team Yankee are some new Soviet miniatures:

At £70, you’re getting 16 miniatures and a wee rulebook. I don’t know enough about this game or this scale to know if this is a lot, or if it’s a good deal. The miniatures do look nicely detailed and I really like the tanks. There’s something I don’t like so much about the helicopters. I mean, I’m not deluding myself; I know that all of our miniatures are toys. These helicopters just look more ‘toyish’ than the other minis. Anyway, this is one of several new Soviet releases for Team Yankee.

Pegasus releases Talisman Adventures Fantasy Roleplaying Game – This kind of popped up unexpectedly. I usually have some idea of upcoming releases based on Games Workshop properties. This must mean that either it’s not really been hyped, or that my apathy towards Talisman led me to largely ignore it. So, yeah, there’s a Talisman RPG, it seems:

The book contains both a player’s handbook and GM’s guide, along with character sheets and a starting adventure. Dicewise, it uses a tri of D6. I’ve heard a lot of discussion on 3D6 systems recently, with some people liking them and other not so keen. I’ve only ever played one such game (a Dragon Age one shot) and, with it being new to me, I was more focused on picking up the basics than really getting into any deep analysis of the merits of the system. So, yeah, Talisman has an RPG now. Okay.

Games Workshop releases C’Tan Shard of the Void Dragon for Warhammer 40,000 – Woof. I’ve already written about this model earlier in the week. I love the idea of the C’Tan, and the Void Dragon has long captured the imagination of 40K fans, so it’s really cool that Games Workshop have finally brought him into the actual game. Also, it helps that they have done so in style:

His rules are also pretty cool and, unsurprisingly given his background and established dominion over machines, he just eats vehicles. He tears them apart. My only concern with this mini is the fragility of that base. All those thin, thready little bolts of energy are just so… vulnerable looking. I want one of these, but not until I get some more of my Necrons finished.

San Jenaro Co-Op releases The Roleplayer’s Guide to Heists – I love a good heist. Actually, what I really love is a bad heist. I love when a plan, carefully crafted and drilled into the party, goes completely wrong. I love that moment when the shit hits the fan. Also, one of my favourite one shot RPGs is Grant’s Honey Heist. It’s a heist. With bears. Anyway, getting back to the point, here’s a guide to playing heists:

Seemingly, this bok is full of heists to play through. It covers a range of settings including modern, sci-fi and fantasy. It’s also system-agnostic. it gives you the ideas and the story hooks, rather than rules. That’s all great, as I can build them into my games of D&D, Dresden Files, Traveller, Paranoia, or whatever else. This is the sort of book I’d actually be really keen to review.

Corvus Belli releases Tartary Army Corps Action Pack for Infinity – Infinity continues to have some of the nicest sci-fi miniatures out there. This latest pack is based on the Russian side of forces of Ariadna. Some of the miniatures are very familiar to me, as they are quite similar to my USAriadna minis. The set contains 10 lovely models:

I really love the robed miniature in the middle of the bottom row. He’s definitely my favourite model of the set. I really do need to stop looking at Infinity miniatures until my Infinity backlog begins to move a little. My problem there is that I find hard to get motivated when I know that I’m just not going to get to play the game.

The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

Frostgrave 2nd Edition @ Scott’s Game Room  A nice, brief summary of the broad changes to Frostgrave in the second edition. It’s cool that the author is gearing up to start a new campaign. Make sure to share your progress!

Biostrip 20- Thoughts after stripping an army. @ Here be Dragons I’ve never tried stripping paint with a specific, targeted product. I’ve always used isopropyl alcohol, myself. This is actually a pretty nice review of the product and process, with some nice pics of the completed minis. As much as we join the author in his mourning, it would have bee interesting to see the model that ruined by the process as well.

4th ed. Undead skeleton regiment @ Cowabunga Ah, classic Warhammer miniatures. There’s no question that Games Workshop is really on top of their game and continues to produce better and better miniatures. That said, their old stuff was bursting with personality, and that’s what you see in this classic Skeleton regiment. I love the work that the author did on the shields!

Kings of War Project (part 1) @ Grimmleigh’s Lab  I can sympathise with this author. I loved Mordheim as well. I’ve pinged around from skirmish game to skirmish game. I like the project that the author has taken on, and it’s cool when games can overlap like KoW and Vanguard. I’m looking forward to seeing some progress on the Dwarfs.

Some of the Raven’s Men @ Nothing but Hobby  Another post that talk about Mordeheim! How grand. The miniatures featured in this article are gorgeous. The author has done a fantastic job, and they’re so dark and twisty. I just love them.

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This week, I took a look at some alternative C’Tan miniatures, which was a lot of fun. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting some pics of the second phase of my Necrons, which I finished in the early hours of this morning.

Catch ya’ll next week.


  1. Thanks for posting these up each week, it’s great to see such a round-up. Those Infinity figures are as sweet as always, though the hammer on the TAG seems a bit out of place in the game.


    1. If it was any other faction, I’d agree. Ariadna, though, is the low-tech faction, so I feel fits a bit better with them than it would with others.


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