5 on Friday 21/05/21

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:

Onyx Path releases Children of Blood for Vampire: the Masquerade – You know me. You know about my inner completionist. Therefore, you also know that I will be ordering this via DTRPG’s Print on Demand service. I’m a sucker for a new Vampire book…

But, like, what am I actually buying? Well, it seems to mostly be about characters. There’s a selection of SPCs (most games call them NPCs, but some games like to be contrary, I guess), some ready-made coteries, and lots of other gubbins, like new bloodlines, loresheets, merits, and flaws. What appeals to me here is really the bank of ready made SPCs, as it’s just handy to be able to pick up a generic character from time to time. It also gives you quick resources that can be useful when running Vampire as a quick one-shot, rather than a drawn out campaign. Making the game more accessible for storytellers in this way can only be good.

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Games Workshop releases Battletome: Soulblight Gravelords for Age of Sigmar – Vampires return to the Mortal Realms! I love Age of Sigmar, but they were sorely lacking a cool undead faction, Enter the Soulblight Gravelords:

First previewed back in early May, the Gravelords are a little bit of catch-all faction within Death, but with more opportunities for theming than we saw in Legions of Nagash. I love the new minis, I quite like what I’ve seen of the book… please don’t let me buy any of them…

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Wizkids releases Icewind Dale-themed papercraft buildings – So, I’ve seen papercraft buildings still available online. There are places that give away print-and-build houses, and others that sell them. I don’t know why I’m surprised to see a branded set being sold at retail, but I am. Yeah, look:

It just feels that, as a product, this is a bit behind the times, you know? It feels like an old fashioned sort of product. It’s cool, though, and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to build some nice, thematic terrain. Yeah, still… strikes me as odd, and I’m not sure why…

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TTCombat releases their Zombie Cockatrice miniature – I’ve ordered a lot of MDF-based products from TTCombat in my time, but I’ve never handled any of their resin products. As such, I’m not sure how their quality is, but between some of their Dropzone stuff, Carnevale, and other bits and bobs, I’m tempted to give it a punt. Here’s their latest resin offering:

Yup, it’s a big undead chicken monster, and I love it. I like the demonic bird-face, the simple wings, and the torn flesh with the muscle and bone visible beneath. Lovely mini! As an aside, TTCombat has also released a living Cockatrice so you can do a nice “before and after” set.

Monte Cook games releases a new 5E adventure, Where the Machines Wait – I went off Monte Cook Games for a while, but some of their recent stuff really appeals to me. Their bestiary, Beasts of Flesh and Steel, was a fantastic book, and now they have this adventure book that seems to be in a similar vein:

As we’ve come to expect from Monte Cook Games, the production values are pretty damn good. Nice layout and artwork, with some lovely, flavourful writing. I like settings that merge magic and technology, so I’m keen to read this at some point.

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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:

Stargrave Crew: The Reclaimers @ Barty’s Command Crate  Oh, I like these a lot. Stargrave is a game that really interests me, so it’s cool to see what people are doing with it. I like that there’s a scruffiness to the dudes, and I also think this is a cool use of Games Workshop’s Kelermorph miniature from their Genestealer Cults line. Beautiful minis, well-painted, and just all-around cool. Now, where are those minis from?

Savage Worlds: The System I Wish I’d Discovered Years Ago @ Return of the Dungeon Master Savage Worlds is not a system I’ve spent much time on beyond a flip through my little Deluxe Edition book. It was interest, but it didn’t fill me with enthusiasm. I’m intrigued by the author’s assertion that the new edition is a lot better in terms of presentation and clarity, so it might be worth taking a look. Certainly, it’s nice to read such a positive and enthusiastic pitch for the system!

Ghoul Band @ Heresy of Us  AoS28 stuff is always interesting to me. This band of ghouls is truly gorgeous, and I love the combination of different bits and kits. I’m a big fan of the Sylvaneth hair that’s been used, and I was keen to use it a little on my own minis last month. The muted paintjobs just complete these guys and really set the right tone.

My Warhammer 40k / Kill Team Faction has been Decided! @ Terminally Nerdy  Welcome to the fold, brother! Great to see such decisions being made. I love to see someone planning to make an army their own; in this case via the rules for chapter creation in the Space Marines codex. Just remember, friend, you will likely need the Pariah Nexus book if you’re intending to delve into Kill Team with a crew of the Emperor’s Finest!

Pre-Summer Progress @ Torg’s Blog Drazhar is such a pretty miniature, isn’t he? Love all the cool Adeptus Mechanicus stuff in here, especially the Archaeopter. I feel that when I gave the Ad Mech a go last edition, I didn’t really think it through and ended up with a pretty uninteresting force. If I return to them, I need to grab some of the more interesting units like that one. Good start on Cawl there, too.

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This week on NoRerolls, I’ve posted a wee overview of some of the Osprey Wargames that intrigue and tempt me.

Catch ya’ll next week!


  1. The Pariah Nexus book doesnt look too pricey on Ebay at least, and I will keep that in mind 🙂 I intend to do both Kill Team and a full 40k Force anyway so I got plenty of time!

    Thanks for the shout out 😀


  2. Cheers! I loved designing my little Stargrave crew and I’m glad you like it. Except the kellermorph, the minis are all kitbashed from 3d printed parts I got from Anvil Digital Forge. I bashed together bits from several of their monthly Patreon releases. I was thinking of writing a post going into more detail about stuff like this…

    I look forward to reading the article about Savage Worlds. It was my go-to RPG system for ten years before I fell in love with Apocalypse World.


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