5 on Friday 19/02/21

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 Sigvald, Prince of Slaanesh – Sigvald the magnificent was one of my favourite characters from Warhammer. I liked the miniature, which was different to many other chaos minis, but still looked appropriate for the army. I loved that he had a genuine drawback (may stop fighting to admire himself in a reflective shield) that was potentially problematic, but not inherently fatal. Now, with the return of Slaanesh in the Age of Sigmar, we are also seeing the return of Sigvald:

His core appearance, with his hair, thin sword and round shield are all familiar. The biggest changes are in the fact that he is not a lot bigger, and in the addition of a pretty impressive set of daemonic horns. This model is fantastic and would make a fantastic leader for a Slaaneshi force. Will I be picking it up? No. I love it, and all the new Slaanesh stuff, but I’ve got enough on my plate for now!

Ares Expedition – The Terraforming Mars Card Game now up on Kickstarter – Terraforming Mars! Ugh, it’s just such a good game. It’s maintained a high place on my Top 50 lists for the past few years, and it’s much, much deserved. Now, there’s a card game version coming:

So, a couple of things. First of all, this seems to be a common thing with a lot of eurogames. There are card game spinoffs to Al Hambra, Settlers of Catan and others. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes not. I have decent hopes for this game, but I’ve not always done with with cut-down versions of games that I like. What is really tempting me is the bundle with the card game and all of the expansions for the original game.

Renegade Game Studios releases Altered Carbon RPG – I loved the first season of Altered Carbon. Had a bit of trouble getting into the second season, but will definitely return to it and give it another go. I’m also on a bit of a kick for buying cyberpunk games just now, so this is one that might just find its way to my shelf…

I love the setting, so I do hope the book has a lot of background material. That was the failing of the core book for The Expanse RPG. I like that they are putting in some rules for resleeving – I hope they can make that interesting an meaningful. I actually just wonder what sort of ruleset they’ve used. A bit of research may be called for, here. And hey, that’s Erika Ishii on the cover! Cool!

Osprey releases fleet combat miniatures game, A Billion Suns – I love naval games. You know, stuff like Firestorm Armada, Battlefleet Gothic, Dystopian Wars… all that stuff. Oh, Full Thrust was good as well! Now Osprey are adding yet another book to their cool line of little blue books. This one also has an interesting pedigree, coming from the same writers who brought us the wonderful Gaslands. That alone makes it worth a look:

Between the pedigree of the designers, the fact that all of these wee blue osprey books are brilliant, and the videos and resources on the developer’s website, this is interesting. I think I’ll hold off on picking it up though, as I don’t see myself picking up miniatures for it in the near future. One to watch, though, and it might end up being the reason I finally buy some of those Full Thrust miniatures.

Champions of Order supplement now available for Soulbound, the Age of Sigmar RPG – I had a look through the Soulbound book recently and I’m looking forward to a game that a friend intends to run. I think there will be a lot of demand for spaces in that game as quite a few of our local players seem interested in jumping in. In addition to the core book, we’re now getting some supplements released, as well:

Champions of Order introduces the Lumineth Realm Lords to the game. Yay? We can now play as the most visually uninspired and tedious factions in the mortal realms. Exiciting… That said, there is also worthwhile stuff in this book, with new archetypes for each faction, new talents, new miracles, new spells… Just a grab-bag of new content, basically.

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

Frostgrave: Into the Frozen City @ Comrade’s Wargames  So, before we even get to the words let’s just just state the most important thing: this article is gorgeous. It’s full of beautiful pictures of miniatures and terrain. It’s just lovely. The whole article is just a nice account of some friends getting together for some games in the frozen city.

Unearthed Arcana: Gothic Lineages Analysis @ The Kind GM I like articles like this that break down either books or, as with this case, smaller releases from publishers. I hadn’t read this Unearthed Arcana yet, so it was interesting to get my first impression of it via this post. From it, I think that the Reborn is by far the most interesting of the new lineages. A useful breakdown.

My 52 cents worth: Age of Sigmar at a thousand points @ 52 Weeks, 52 Games  This is a nice post about AoS. I actually really agree with the author, as I love smaller games as well. I think with too many miniatures on the board, things can get a bit… busy. A nice read about a great game.

New Year Old Army @ Daan of War  Bravo! Turning to the pile of shame before buying new models. What discipline! They’re all cool projects, actually. First of all, Skaven are fantastic. Word Bearers are one of the best Chaos Legions. And the Indomitus box is just such a nice set. Lots of fun hobbying ahead!

Pieces: How Building Plastic Model Kits Benefits Our Mental Health @ PsychDocks I don’t have a huge amout to say on this article. I mean, it’s not deep and it’s pretty obvious stuff, but I will say that I agree with it. I especially agree with the points about socialisation, as I really think that wouthout our community of likeminded people up here, I’d have felt much more isolated over the course of the various lockdowns we’ve experienced over the past year.

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There were two articles on NoRerolls this week. First there was a fun look at some of the old, crazy lists that GW has put out over the years. Then I took a look at some games from my collection which are, yes, quite good games, but were a bit disappointing for me.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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