5 on Friday 06/08/21

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:

Games Workshop releases Combat Patrol box for the Adepta Sororitas – The Adepta Sororitas range is absolutely stunning. They’re great, and I’m constantly amazed at the sorts of paint schemes that talented hobbyists come up with for them. Alongside their new codex, Games Workshop is also releasing a Combat Patrol box:

This is a really good Combat Patrol box, at least for me. It gives you a little bit of lots of different aspects of the army and is ripe for multiple purchases. Keen-eyed observers may notice a striking similarity to the special edition box that came out alongside the range revamp, and it is pretty much the same, just without the codex and with a Rhino chucked in. Definitely a good buy, this one.

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Modiphius releases PDF version of their Fallout RPG – More Modiphius is always welcome, and I previously showed this item when they started taking preorders a few months back. They seem to be making pretty good use of their Fallout license, what what with this and the alread-released miniatures game. It was odd when they released an RPG expansion to the miniatures game a while back, so it’s cool to now see a full RPG offering:

This RPG uses – as completely expected from Modiphius at this point – the 2D20 system. Because of course it does. I’m not casting aspersions on the system here, it’s just a comment on the huge number of games the Modiphius is putting out. And bravo to them, their books are always so gorgeous. This will be a popular title for the many, many Fallout fans out there.

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Ice Rider and Shadow Rider Calyrex V Boxes released for Pokemon TCG – So, right… I remember the Pokemon TCG from when I was at school. I picked up a couple of packs and played a few games, but I never really got into it. First released in 1996 in Japan, the game is now 25 years old and has had a damn good run. What amazes me is that it’s as popular as ever, and classic cards are retaining high, high monetary value. The latest releases are… i don’t know. The language involved in the titles is indecipherable to me:

A bit like a Kingdom Hearts spinoff title, y’know? I don’t claim to understand the ongoing hysteria around the Pokemon TCG, but I can appreciate a truly successful game that really helps to support game stores. What I find really interesting is the ongoing story of this game. Here’s an interesting article on that topic.

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Black Library releases paperback edition of The First Wall, the third book in the Siege of Terra –  I’ve been back into reading some Horus Heresy recently. I re-read my favourite book in the series, The First Heretic, and am now reading Scars. In theory, the series is now heading towards a conclusion with the Siege of Terra subseries. I say ‘in theory‘ because I’m sure that Games Workshop and their Black Library imprint is in no rush to actually finish and there will be plenty of titles to come. We’re now onto the third book of the Siege of Terra:

The book features Rogal Dorn and his Imperial Fists, facing off against Perturabo and his Iron Warriors. This is a classic matchup that is well established in the setting as being a truly epic clash. I also really like the Iron Warriors, so am keen to read up on any book that heavily features them.

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Greenstuff World releases Colorshift spray paints – Greenstuff World is a really innovative company in our hobby ecosystem. They put out a huge amount of really cool products. I’ve got some of their rolling pins, tentacle rollers, liquid mask and, of course, some of their Greenstuff. Now, they are doing a spray version of their popular Colorshift paint range:

I’ve linked to my favourite of their Colorshift options. This is coming along at a pretty good time, given the expansion of the Age of Sigmar Stormcast Eternals range. The fact that the Stormcast are mostly metallic armour makes these sprays a really perfect primer for them. This could make for a really cool army!

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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 Miniatures Painting and Modelling @ Twisted Pinnacle  This is a cool overview of the new range of plastic miniatures for Osprey’s Stargrave miniatures game. The three boxes all look really cool and it’s nice to see some painted up by the author. Seeing what he’s got here, and based on my experience of the Frostgrave plastic miniatures, I’d probably try to pick up all three at the same time to make the most of mixing and matching opportunities.

Game Design Idea Generator @ Moveable Feast Games Hah, a nice wee Excel sheet that generates board game proposals. It picks two mechanics and a theme for you to them build on. Hey, let’s give it a go!

So the first would see us building a maze, Carcassonne style? The second… I don’t know what I’d do for a space-based dexterity game, but it sounds cool! This is a fun little toy.

State of Play: July 2021 @ Lo-fi RPG The author sounds similar to me in his frustration at picking up some RPGs and then not getting them to the table. There are some really cool games on these lists, which I really hope they get to play! I like these articles that give a nice insight into other people’s hobby.

Looking Back at the Red King @ Scott’s Game Room – Having not played any Frostgrave since second edition dropped (and having only played first edition a long time ago, around the time of the initial release) I’m not really up to speed on the expansions, like Red King. This is a nice rundown of the author’s experience of playing through that campaign. The most interesting part is the change of focus that the players experiences early in the campaign, switching from all-out conflict to a more semi-cooperative experience, based on the threats presented by the scenarios.

Custom Warboss @ Scratch That I’ve said before and I will most definitely say it again: every kit is an Ork kit. The author puts this mantra into practice, using a Halo Exosuit miniature, some other bits and plasticard to make a suitable chunky Warboss. Really cool conversion, pal!

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This week on No Rerolls, I finished up some Troggoths for my Gloomspite Gitz. I’m currently working on some Plaguebearers for my Garden of Nurgle, so I’m hoping I’ll have some of them to show soon!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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