5 on Friday 18/12/20

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 Van Saar Archeoteks and Grav-cutters for Necromunda – Games Workshop continues to just hit it out of the park with every release for Necromunda. The gangs all looks fantastic and now GW is going through each one, bringing unique gangers and new ideas to the table. The latest gang to receive such an update are the Van Saar:

Both of the units on this box look great. The Archeoteks have this beautiful, armour that manages to at once look sturdy, yet also quite lithe and elegant. The Grav-cutters, meanwhile, are delightfully chunky with the big grav boards. Despite this contrast, they still have a cohesive look that ties them all together as Van Saar. I’m looking forward to seeing some cool colour schemes for these minis on Instagram over the coming months.

Magpie Games releases Cartel, a narcofiction RPG – Magpie Games has fair caught my eye of late. They’ve got some good products, with Root, Masks, and Urban Shadows being the real standouts. Their latest RPG seems pretty interesting, too:

This is a PbtA game that features narcos, their families and dirty cops. It’s a modern game set in Mexico’s eternal drug war, and which is based on a fantastic foundation, mechanically. I don’t know that the setting is super-appealing to me, but for anyone who likes gritty, modern settings, this looks be to a real gem.

New Aleph Operations Action Pack coming for Infinity in January – Oh, Infinity… Much like Malifaux, Infinity is a game for which I seem to be amassing miniatures that, in my heart of hearts, I know I will never use. There’s just no local interest. Despite this knowledge, I am already eyeing up some of January’s releases:

The miniatures are beautiful. I mean, they are by Corvus Belli, so of course they are, but even then, these are great. I love the idea behind Aleph, the idea of this all-knowing AI sending out operatives to enforce its will across the Human Sphere. This is definitely a tempting box that I do not need yet may well buy.

Mongoose releases the second volume of Aliens of Charted Space for Traveller – Traveller! Love it! To be honest, I kind of like human-centric games, but it’s nice to have options, either to play as these alien species, or to use them as NPCs. New content is always welcome!

I think the main thing you need to know is that this book does not contain space lions. You can find space lions in the first volume, published a couple of months ago. What this book does contain is us. I mean, there are proper aliens as well, but the most interesting thing really is us. The Solomani are the original humans, left behind on Earth when the Ancients transplanted humanity throughout Charted Space. That these original humans are treated as being something alien is an interesting point. I need to look into this.

White Wolf releases V5 Companion as a free download – I love the World of Darkness and I’ve had more fun playing Vampire: the Masquerade than any other RPG. Our current Tuesday night game is exquisite agony as out players at once work together to progress the main story, but also scheme and undermine one another to achieve their own, less overt objectives. Coupled with the general sense of menace from the setting, and from the elder vampires, this makes for a game that does not allow the players to feel comfortable or safe. It’s magnificent. Now, White Wolf is releasing some new content for free:

There’s a fair amount of content here, and I’d love to do a review. I’m hoping to read through it this weekend. I think the single item that I am most excited about is the Tzimisce. I can’t wait to see how they are being represented in V5 and what’s going on with them now that the Lasombra have left the Sabbat. Excite!

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

Miniature Painting 1 @ Kyle Orlando  Och, this is just nice wee selection of painted miniatures. I particularly like the Ghaz and the Circle Warbeast. This is the author’s first post sharing their miniatures, so I’d be keen to encourage them to keep on going! The painting is good and it’s nice to share.

Confused By The Amount Of Necromunda Books? Read This, Which May Help…Or At Least You Will Know What I Think… @ The Sentry Box Yeah, there are a lot of Necromunda books. GW seem to do this with a lot of their specialist games. I find it confusing and it puts me off really buying into these games. That’s a pity. They seem fun. This post makes a big promise, but does it deliver? Yeah, mostly. It’s very wordy and back and forth, but it’s actually a fun read. The author really cares about the game and wants to advise us on having the best experience with it. Worth a read if you’re considering getting into, or deeper into, Necromunda.

Project Eclipse: the Avatar @ Fingers Left the Model  As I look beyond my current Necron and Ad Mech projects, I am very much eyeing up the Eldar. As such, I’m looking at a lot of painted Eldar miniatures and this is a damn nice one. I haven’t really read up on Eldar background in some time, so I’m not up to speed on the Ynnari, but seeing miniatures like this really give me the nudge towards catching up.

New Terraforming Mars-esque game from Stronghold Games? @ Dude! Take Your Turn!  Exciting! I love Terraforming Mars and would welcome any similar game, or indeed a game based directly on the system. This post is the promise of good times to come! I definitely share the author’s excitement.

Cult of the Possessed #2 @ Bigbossredskullz Oh, I love the AoS28 aesthetic, and these are cool. They make me think of Mordheim, or any of the odd, twisted look that John Blanche is so good at capturing. These are really cool conversions, beautifully painted. Go look, they are really cool.

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This was the last full week of work for the year, and this time next week, it’s Christmas! Needless to say, no Five on Friday next week.

Catch ya’ll in a couple of weeks.


  1. Thanks for including my post about the Terraforming Mar-esque game upcoming! It’s still unclear whether it’s in the TM universe or whether it’s just somehow “based” on the game. Stephen Buonocore was even more cagey in his BGG posts. 🙂

    Hopefully this will end up being a good thing!


  2. I’m with you on the Infinity miniatures. They’re such lovely sculpts that I want to buy them all. But somehow I never seem to find the time to actually play Infinity. So many great games, so little time!


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