5 on Friday 27/11/20

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:

Games Workshop releases new edition of Blood Bowl – I know, I flagged this up last week, but it’s kind of a big deal, so here we go again! The latest edition of Blood Bowl looks pretty damn nice. The Facebook groups seem more accepting of it now as well, as we get nearer release. Or maybe they are just running low on their vital supplies of venom. I kid! Well, no, actually, I don’t I’m so sick of the toxicity that exists in this community. That’s beside the point. Look! Cool stuff!

The two teams are, as always, Orcs and Humans. This is fine, and at least they are putting a wee twist on the teams this time, rather than making them just the same as those from the 2016 edition of the game. I like that GW are finally trying to make proper changes and updates to the rules, beyond the minor tweaks that came before. I really like that they’re trying to make positional players matter again. The box is also, unusually for GW, a little cheaper than I expected. Also, mine arrived today!

Cyberpunk RED not available on DriveThruRPG – I like cyberpunk as a genre, though the only cyberpunk game I own is Shadowrun, which is kind of a mix of cyberpunk and fantasy. This release, Cyberpunk Red, is more of a straight cyberpunk offering:

The latest edition of a classic franchise, the starter set for Cyberpunk RED seemed to get a good reception when it came out. I hope that the core book also proves popular, as I’d love to see how this range develops.

Fantasy Flight releases Galactic Republic ships for Star Wars: Armada – the Miniatures for Armada are pretty stunning. I mean, they feel bloody overpriced for what they are, but still, very pretty. The latest releases for the game are delving into the Clone Wars. I love the ship designs for that period:

I don’t really know enough about the game to really comment on the in-game value of these lovely models, but I do know that adding a new faction to a game can be quite interesting, usually having a big impact on the meta.

Cubicle 7 releases Soulbound, the Age of Sigmar RPG – I’m hoping that a member of our club will be running a game of this in the not-too-distant future. I like Age of Sigmar a lot, both as a game, and as a setting as the lore continues to develop. It’s a setting I’d love to delve into as an RPG:

I am really looking forward to hopping in and playing as a tree elf, sky dorf or, and I would not have expected this to have interested me a year ago, a Stormcast Eternal! I say this because I hadn’t read a huge amount about them previously and just saw them as the golden bois. There’s a lot more to them than I thought!

Long Games releases Santa But… on DriveThruRPG – This just looks like good, silly fun. The game itself sounds pretty simple, but like it would be a good laugh; not unlike a game of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:

I mean, this isn’t a game that you’re going to play over and over. It’s not a game where you will develop a character and have any sort of campaign. What it is, is a nice distraction and probably a very pleasant, fun way to spend a couple of hours.

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

Some Eldar Craftworlds Hobby time! Farseer Completed @ Prot 40K  Stunning. I could end my description there, but I’m nothing if not verbose, so I shan’t! The northern lights look to this Farseer is just beautiful. I got some Eldar miniatures for my birthday this week and this actually puts me off painting them! Nah, I don’t feel shame at not being able to replicate the effect; this is really some next-level shiz.

From golden light they come @ Table Standard I like Custodes. I didn’t at first, but they’ve grown on me. I appreciate the appeal of an elite army. What I’m less keen on, for myself at least, is painting gold. I just dinnae like doin’ it! This guy has nailed it, though. These look great and would be a nice start to an army. I mean, those three guys are what? 800 points?

Quarantine Painting Competition – The Entries And The Winners @ Game Grid Lehi  A painting contest! We’ve had a few painting contests over the course of lockdown and we’ve had pretty decent turnout. I imagine with a lack of opportunities for in-person gaming, it’s a good way to keep communities together. The entries for this content look fantastic, and I especially love the Chaplain and Mephiston. It’s great to see Thanquol, too! Later in the article, I’m linking to our club’s recent paitning contest, too. Scroll down for that!

Tempestus Scions @ Bring Me My Broadsword  The core Imperial Guard troop models all look pretty dated. I mean, they are pretty old, after all. The newer Tempestus Scions models, however, are absolutely gorgeous. They are satisfying chunky, covered in wonderful detail and just look good. That look is very much complemented by paintjobs as good as this one. The scheme is a nice, simple blue and gold/brass and looks great on the armour of the miniature. Good job, pal!

To Epically Go @ Doomsday Digest  More Eldar, but much smaller! I don’t see Epic minaitures very often these days, and it’s always a treat to see them painted up so nicely. I never actually saw any Epic Eldar in person – just Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Orks and my own Tyranid army. They look really good. The jetbikes are pretty close to what they were – and still are – in 40K. Thanks for sharing these!

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This week, I’ve posted the entries for our club’s most recent painting contest. Go take a look, we all worked hard on them!

Catch ya’ll next week.

1 Comment

  1. I want to say thanks for the recommendation!!! I run my blog for a while and this is the first time it gets mentioned!! So glad to be noticed very thank you. I see awesome works here and I will check them all. Regards


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