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:
Games Workshop releases new Gaunt’s Ghosts miniatures – Gaunt’s Ghosts was the first Games Workshop fiction that really grabbed me. Specifically, that first book in the series, First and Only, is an absolute classic. It tells the story of the Tanith First Light Infantry Regiment, formed from the survivors of their destroyed world, and their commander, Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt. There were miniatures released aaaages ago to celebrate the series but now, as revealed in this year’s Warhammer Fest, there’s a new set:
Ibram Gaunt’s model is really nice, and I think that those representing his First and Only are nicer still. These are just top quality miniatures that are bursting with character. My favourites from this set are Colonel Colm Corbec and Sergeant Scout Oan Mkoll. The sculptors have managed to put a lot of personality into the facial expressions on these two. I especially love Mkoll’s pose, languidly holding his knife as he leans on a tree. Great minis, though I won’t be picking them up, myself.
Wizards of the Coast reveals The Wild Beyond the Witchlight book for 5E Dungeons & Dragons – 5E releases rumble on with good content and great production values. I’ll be honest that every time a new book comes out that isn’t Planescape, Spelljammer, Dark Sun or more Eberron, I do find myself a little disappointed, but less so on this occasion. This one sounds interesting:
Longtime readers will know they I love, love, love anything Fey-based. I am deeply invested in that particular branch of folklore and love seeing it applied in different settings, whether fantasy or modern. I’ve not seen much in the way of sci-fi fey… That’d be interesting. This book is an adventure that promises to bring bucketloads of industrial-grade whimsy to 5E. I will be all over it, and not just because I’m a hopeless completionist with these books.
Cubicle 7 releases starter set for their Age of Sigmar RPG, Soulbound – With lockdown and whatnot, I’ve not played Soulbound yet, though I do love Age of Sigmar and the lore that is developing around it. I’ve booked a place at the table of one of our club members who will be running a game. Now, Cubicle 7 have released the starter set for the game:
I’ve had a flip through the rulebook and I quite like how closely the playable characters mirror the units that you would find in the miniatures game. This starter set is, of course, not absolutely necessary to play. The rulebook is enough. What this does give is the usual introductory adventure and pregenerated characters. Will be useful for newbies, definitely.
Warlord Games releases new Island Assault starter set for Bolt Action – Coming in July, Island Assault! is the new starter set for Warlord Games’ Bolt Action. The game’s been kicking around for a whilst and it’s a pretty solid ruleset, written by Games Workshop alumni, Rick Priestley and Alessio Cavatore:
The set seems pretty decent for the price. I mean, I’m not really into historicals, but I can appreciate nice minis. I’m not sure the a half-track is the most appropriate vehicle for an island assault, but it’s a nice mini as well. Yeah, set seems pretty decent for what it is.
Renegade announces new edition of Vampire: The Masquerade’s Book of Nod – The Book of Nod is a historical sourcebook for Vampire: The Masquerade. It contains scraps of the origin stories of the vampires and, in-game, is treated as a religious text of sorts.
The original edition was published in 1993 and was loaded up with fiction and artwork. Much of this artwork will seemingly be reused by Renegade in their new edition of the book. This is purely a background book for the setting, so I’m not expecting see any rules in here. That said, I’m keen to pick this one up on release.
- DriveThruRPG (Old edition, PDF and PoD)
Blog Posts & Articles
The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:
Speed painting Imperial Guard test models with oil paints @ Barty’s Command Crate – I’ve seen a couple of articles and videos about using oil paints on miniatures. It’s not something I’d thought about until recently, and it’s likely not something I would try myself. I don’t much feel the need to experiment with this, but it’s great to see what other people do with different paints.
FIASCO! @ Papier Und Spiele – This is a nice rundown of Fiasco, a game that I really like. I’ve got a lovely setup for the game on Roll20. We had a guest post about the game a while back, actually. But, yeah, this article gives a good outline of the game, raising some important points about improv, having a willingness to lose, etc.
28Mag Challenge: Female Space Marines @ Hive Fleet Charybdis – The best bit of this post is the picture of Lacrymosa from straight ahead. What a great expression on that face! This is a fantastic miniature, resplendent in yellow, bedecked in chapter heraldry, and rocking the blue hair. So cool!
Citadel Dark Future Street Warrior Collection @ Wyrdstones and Tackle Zones – Oh, this is cool. That’s a great collection of classic miniatures. Dark Future was slightly before my time, but I can always appreciate anything by one (or both) of the Perry twins!
The Slow Grow Project … @ The Reading Room – A nice plan for a slow grow project. I’m so hot and cold on the Bonereapers myself. One day I like the look of the, but the next I really don’t. Looking forward to following at this project comes together, though!
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This week on No Rerolls, I took stock of my current projects. I’m a little worried they’ve gotten out of hand…
Catch ya’ll next week!