5 on Friday 30/10/20

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:

Wizards of the Coast releases Heroes’ Feast, a D&D cookbook – Well, I like Dungeons & Dragons, and I like cooking. I’m not sure that the two interests really need combined, but evidently someone else did. hence, Heroes’ Feast:

I quite like when these thematic books come out, even if it’s something I don’t really see myself using. Hence, owning Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook from the Discworld series, I suppose. Not a huge amount to say on this one, really. Seems cool, but will likely give it a miss.

Games Workshop releases new Warcry starter set – Warcry! A game I bought before! A game I still haven’t played! A game with a new set! This latest offering is pretty cool. it has a little bit of terrain, a couple of beautiful warbands and a cool dual-board concept:

It’s a nice set. I like the idea of the dual board. I like the cool miniatures. I like the idea of fighting in the catacombs. I’m not very happy with the price. I just think that £125 is very steep for what you’re getting here, especially when you remember how much cheaper the original set was, with so much more useful terrain. It’s just hard to justify at that price. I mean, this is the same price as Indomitus.

Monte Cook Games releases Beasts of Flesh and Steel supplement for 5E – Yes. Just, let’s leave it there with YES:

Ok, I’ll keep going… Yes! Long time readers will know that I adore a good bestiary. This looks to be an excellent bestiary. First of all, the art previews look fantastic. I love the style they’ve gone with, and that mix of biological creatures with mechanical parts is a strong look. I want this. I want the PDF. I want a physical copy. I want to run a game using it.

TTCombat releases Skeleton Halfling army – TTCombat are really more known for their MDF terrain, but have recently been putting out some really cool minis. I like that they are avoiding retreading old ground by putting out generic Elves and Dwarfs, and are instead doing stuff like this:

I just love that they are putting out unique armies. My favourite models, by far, are the characters. The Necromancer and the General are both stunning. Price seems pretty good, too.

Steamforged games releases Shrine of the Kobold Queen, the first of their Epic Adventures sets – There are cool, styling little packs of miniatures for 5E. This set is all about Kobolds and has 20 beautiful miniatures, along with an encounter book and a map:

I love the style of the minis. They remind me of Super Dungeon Explore, but without the feeling of being ripped off by fraudsters. Because, you know, Soda Pop/Ninja Division are actual fraudsters who stole money from me and many others. It’s ludicrous that Kickstarter do not support those who are ripped off via their platform, in transactions that they profit from. Crooks. Anyways, Steamforged, of whom I am not always a fan, have done a damn good job with this product. Ninja Division, Soda Pop and Kickstarted can all go die in a fire.

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

Gaslands: Mario Kart Edition, Part II @ Geek Orthodoxy  Ok, this is cool! At first glance, I assumed that the author was just playing regular, old Gaslands with some Mario Kart-themed cars, but this is far more. There are cool, thematic rules additions and GP rules. Make sure to read Part 1 as well!

Warhammer 40,000 101 @ The Therapy Nerd At the University of Birmingham, I wrote about the therapeutic benefits of tabletop gaming as part of my postgrad in special education. This is a nice article which looks at Warhammer 40,000 from the outside. It actually gives a nice summary of the setting and some ideas at the end for discussion points.

Meks @ The Wargaming Bear The bear is an absolute powerhouse of painting. It’s always cool to see what he’s working on. I completely applaud not only how cool these Orks look, but also his attitude towards the Orks. Yes, scrappy, bodged-together Orks are fantastic and I’m delighted to see someone putting them together out of whatever they have to hand. Every kit is an Ork kit!

Insights and Impressions: Commands and Colors: Napoleonics @ Swords and Chit  So, first of all, this is a great name for a blog! Second, I still have a copy of Command and Colours (Ancients, in my case) on the shelf. It’s lonely. It’s unplayed. This is sad. Articles like this do enthuse me somewhat about the prospect of playing it, though! Very detailed, interesting, and it does make the game all that more appealing – if only I could find someone to play it with!

Legions of Nagash- An ebay rescue project. @ Here Be Dragons  Nice to see a new army taking shape, and it’s particularly apt seeing the skeletal Legions of Nagash rising from the dead with an eBay rescue project! A good start to an army there, and one i am keen to watch as it gets painted.

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This week, I shared Phase 2 of my Necron army. I’m really chuffed with how this army is developing. I worked out that I have painted about 2200 points, before upgrades. I have about the same again still to paint. On painting, I also had a wee think about this aspect of the hobby, particularly around the idea of maintaining motivation.

Catch ya’ll next week.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the link and the kind words, fam!
    I’m The Nerd Therapist and I write about popular culture and nerdy stuff for therapists who work with kids and nerds, giving them a professional and consumer perspective!


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