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 releases Peyote Pete for Rumbleslam – TTCombat continued to put out wonderful, characterful miniatures for Rumbleslam. This time, it’s the happy, charming Peyote pete:
Not a huge amount to say here, I just love the mini. It’s basically just Cactuar from the Final Fantasy series. This is not said as a negative. I love Cactuar. I also love some of the other recent releases for Rumbleslam, including a Viva Pinata-themed Pinata. It’s tempting, given how cheap this mini is, to just pick it up for the sake of it!
Games Workshop releases Necromunda: Hive War – A new starter set for Necrommunda? Wonderful. The box has everything you need to get started, including a board, some terrain, cards, dice, templates, tokens and the rulebook. There’s also, of course, a couple sets of miniatures:
The miniatures included are a gang each of House Escher and House Delaque. Escher is a perennial favourite and is one of the truly iconic gangs. The other included gang is from House Delaque. I like the House Delaque miniatures and was drooling over them earlier this week. It seems like a decent starter, all in all.
Wizard of the Coast releases latest 5E supplement, Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft – Curse of Strahd is one of the best books of 5th edition. It’s certainly the best campaign, and it builds on the much wider history of Ravenloft; a history that will be explored further in this release:
I like that the book will flesh out plenty more locations around Ravenloft and will include a lot more thematic content. It also includes an adventure! I mean, it won’t be as big and detailed and wonderful as Curse of Strahd, but still, what else is? I’ve preordered mine!
Mantic releases Ratkin Mutant Ratfiend for Kings of War – Mantic continue their ratkin releases for Age of Sigmar. Mantic is so hit and miss with their various ranges, but I’d call the Ratkin a definitet hit. It helps that Games Workshop’s Skaven range is so inconsistent. For every lovely Stormfiend or Screaming Bell, there’s an older metal (now resin) set like the Jezzails or Skryre Acolytes (formerly Poison Wind Globadiers)! If I were looking for Jezzails, I’d be going Mantic. Now, they’re releasing this big beastie:
This would great as part of a nice, Moulder-themed army, or maybe even a cool Hell Pit force. I like the fact that it keeps the ratlike aesthetic on the head, but then dials up the horrific creepiness elsewhere on the model, like the pustules, spikes and that gaping, hungry maw in his stomach. It’s great to see mantic putting out such great stuff.
Privateer Press releases Slaughterhouse, a Grymkin Gargantuan for Hordes – Oh, Warmahordes… I keep seeing miniatures that I love, but I just can’t take that plunge… There’s just nobody else actually playing the game up here. The Grymkin do pose a particular challenge when it comes to resisting these urges. I love their twisted fairytale look, and their latest gargantuan mini is really stunning:
God, that’s fantastic. I don’t know where to start… The gnarled branches stretching out like limbs? The broken planks above the portal in a facsimile of teeth? The twisted, sloping roof? The touch of ivy climbing the chimney stack? I love it.
Blog Posts & Articles
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Mini Wargaming: What do I need outside of Minis? @ Terminally Nerdy – This is a fun wee list article, looking at all of the tools, accessories and whatnot that you need to get into gaming with miniatures. I quite like the toolkit that the author links. It’s pretty comprehensive and very reasonably priced, albeit from Amazon’s US storefront. There’s also some really solid advice at the end about planning, budgeting and managing your purchases.
40k Ur-Ghul = Stargrave Gaunchy @ Sho3box – This blogger takes consistently great pictures. It helps that they have such great terrain to act as a backdrop to their beautifuly-painted miniatures. For this post though, I like the colour scheme chosen for the Ur-Ghuls. It makes me think of sea creatures. I agree with the author that a big part of the appeal of Stargrave is finding cool miniatures for scenarios and other odds and ends. So many great pics in this article!
The welcome embrace of the battlefield: A review of Stargrave @ Geeknative – A nice review of Stargrave. I’ve got my book, but I’ve not really delved into it yet, so these articles are still useful for a good overview of what’s to come. Of particular interest are the sections on campaigns and on the look and feel of the book. Osprey tend to put together a good, well-ordered book. Yeah, a good review, worth a read.
Mortal Realms: Nighthaunts Catch-Up @ A Tabletop Gamer’s Diary – Lovely minis! Nighthaunt got such a wonderful set of releases with the second edition of Age of Sigmar, so I’m always really happy to see these minis getting some love. I have some sympathy for the big horde armies, especially as I continue on (albeit slowly) with my Gloomspite Gitz. These ghosties are all beautiful, but I especially like the characters that the author has painted. That Knight of Shrouds is particularly beautiful.
Soulblight Gravelords Battletome Review @ Sprues & Brews – A last minute addition to the lineup as I’ve just finished reading it! The Soulblight release is really exciting, and I really enjoyed this post. It nips through the book, looking at different abilities. My favourite part is where the author goes through the warscrolls.
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Catch ya’ll next week!