5 on Friday 19/03/21

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.

Releases & Previews

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:

TTCombat release new series of MDF fantasy buildings, including Agatha’s Tavern – My hobby room is full of TTCombat builings. They burn wood good. Their strength, thus far, has really been in their sci-fi ranges. They’re now doing some new fantasy buildings, including this lovely tavern:

What makes this tavern better than many similar MDF buildings are the many details added to make it seem less boxy. There’s a range of different textures used, there’s some open wooden frame, the are layers of greyboard giving more shape to the roof, and some walls are mounted at an angle, further creating a more natural, slightly ramshackle look. Another good release from TTCombat.

Atlas Games launches Kickstarter for Gloomier, a sequel to Gloom – I liked Gloom. It was pretty cool, with the see-through cards being used in stacks to build up multiple modifiers over a character. The idea was quite simple, but with a cool, funny, gothic theme pasted over it. I liked that it encouraged you to tell a story as well. Now, Atlas are looking to put out a sequel:

The core of the game seems the same as the original. This might be seen as negative if you’re looking for something more or something different, but it’s a big positive if you really like Gloom and are just looking for new cards and a bit more variety. All in all, it looks pretty good and, with KS prices, the completionists out there may want to pick up some of the other Gloom products at a nice discount.

Mongoose releases their first Solomani Adventure, Mysteries on Arcturus Station – If you cast your mind back to last week, I took a look at the Solomani Front book for Traveller. With that setting established, Mongoose are now putting out the adventures that take place there. Here’s the first:

The book actually contains two distinct adventures. One, Murder on Arcturus Station, is actually a reimagined classic. The Hunt for Sabre IV is new content. I like this approach of bringing in a bit of old and a bit of new. It gives something for everyone and moves Traveller forward whilst also acknowledging the rich history of what’s come before. Nice move, Mongoose!

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TTCombat releases new range of spray paints – Now, I had hoped that by the time this appeared on 5 on Friday, I’d have already had some experience with this product. I tried to order a few of them from TTCombat. I placed my order, I paid… and then I got a followup email asking for a further £25 for postage. LOLno. I still love TTCombat, but I’m growing increasingly frustrated with the fact that the Scottish Highlands, including those of us who are on a major road, often described as the spine of Scotland are so often treated as though we’re on some remote island when it comes to postage. Ridiculous. Not ultimately TTCombat’s fault, but frustrating nonetheless.

So, yeah, I trust TTCombat to have products of a decent quality. I imagine these paints are fine. The timing is good, since Games Workshop seems to be having a few issues in keeping their sprays in stock. I’d say more, but I did not have a chance to use it, as I had planned. I’ll figure out some way to get my hands on some without paying insane courier costs.

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Atomic Mass Games releases Deadpool (and Bob) for Marvel Crisis protocol – You know, I really like the Crisis Protocol miniatures. They are full of character and, I imagine, are a lot of fun to paint. People seem to enjoy the game as well. That helps, I’m sure. I really like the approach they have taken with their latest miniature, the notorious Deadpool:

The miniature is at once at home in the wider Crisis Protocol range and yet still decidedly different. I love that they actually made a “FWOOSH!” to go with the mini! A trailer also came out ahead of the miniature:

I do like it when companies don’t take themselves too seriously. But yeah, nice mini. It comes with a van and another dude, too. As usual, my only real complaint about this range is the price, but given how few models you ultimately need, it’s not so bad.

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Blog Posts & Articles

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

System Hack in Practice: Cyberpunk Blue @ Cannibal Halfling Gaming  Hmm, this is interesting. I enjoy cyberpunk as a setting and, indeed, I like Cyberpunk, the specific game. I also really like FATE Core. It’s a great system that has a wonderful degree of flexibility. This is a very detailed post about running Cyberpunk games in Fate and will be very useful to those who want to do just that.

Mercenary Mega Gargants: Destruction @ Plastic Craic Bundo! As usual, Plastic Craic delivers a solid, entertaining and useful article. This is very much one of my favourite blogs and it’s a big part of my current love affair with Age of Sigmar’s Destruction Grand Alliance. This is a good, practical article looking at how to fit one of the bigass new Gargants into your existing Destruction forces.

How to use shade paints/washes @ Empire Painting  This is the second article on Empire Painting and it’s the second time I’ve featured the blog. Clearly I am enjoying what they’re putting out. Again, this is a pretty standard technique that the author explains clearly and illustrates well. A solid tutorial.

WIP: The Littlest Blood Bowl Team @ Heresy & Heroes  Oh, this is cool! I’m sure I have a few of these little familiars somewhere, but I’d never thought to use them like this. These are great, characterful little miniatures that are going to look cool on the pitch. I’m looking forward to seeing what will be used for the Pump Wagon.

D&D Monster Manual 54: Dungeon of the Mad Mage – Grung Assassins & Elite Warrior @ Azazel’s Bitz Box I like that whenever I visit Azazel’s blog there’s always something different, nice and fresh from the painting table. This time it’s a cute little set of Grung for D&D. I’ve not seen these minis before, but they’re pretty cool, with a bit of personality to them. They’re nicely painted as well, of course!

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This week on NoRerolls, we’ve shared a couple of posts. First we looked at some alternative Goblin and Halfling minis for Blood Bowl. Then I had a wee chat about some projects that I’ve been thinking about recently, even though I don’t see myself taking them on any time soon.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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