5 on Friday 13/08/21

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 new Thousand Sons codex for Warhammer 40,000 – It’s funny, until relatively recently Tzeentch was my favourite Chaos God. This position has been usurped by Nurgle and his various followers. The Thousand Sons range does tempt me back, though. It’s such a fresh, beautiful miniatures line. Now, they have their 9th edition update on the way:

I think it will be interesting to see where the simultaneous release of the Thousand Sons and Grey Knights takes this edition of 40K. There’s not been a psyker-heavy codex this edition, and coupled with the psyker-hunting secondary objectives, I don’t really feel that they’ve been a major part of the game lately. This might change now, what with two armies coming along that are pretty much dedicated to psykers. The major thing I’m keen to read in this Codex is the faction-specific Crusade rules. Games Workshop has been doing a great job of making these rules unique and characterful in each book.

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Chaosium releases The Children of Fear campaign book for Call of Cthulhu – I’m enjoying reading up on Call of Cthulhu material – I actually have a post about Call of Cthulhu to share this weekend – and am really impressed by the amount of material that Chaosium have put out for this edition The production qualities of these books have also been consistently great. This offering, The Children of Fear, is a 1920s campaign set in Asia:

The campaign promises to be modular and it engages with the mythos on a number of different scales. It can see players face off against local cults, or against the Outer Gods themselves. The book looks great, and includes players handouts and maps to help make things engaging for the players. Factor in other new content, such as NPCs and new monsters, and we’re in for a good, pulpy, gribbly time.

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Modiphius releases physical copies of solo wargame, Five Parsecs From Home – There’s a couple of things here. First of all, this books looks to be very well produced and presented. It also promises a lot of rules, systems and tables that should help to develop interesting, engaging and, most importantly, narrative games. It’s also, and this unusual, a solo miniature wargame::

I don’t know if solo gaming is for me. What I love about the hobby is the social aspect. It’s a big part of what draws me into the hobby and it’s why I don’t really play any solo board games. I tried a couple, but I just wasn’t invested, you know? That said, this should definitely fill a niche that I know exists. Solo games are really popular and there are a ton of board games that are either designed for solo play, or can be played that way. The book, for what it is, is quite large, and there appears to be a lot of content, including what seems to be a pretty significant campaign.

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Mantic taking preorders for upcoming Kings of War Halfling army –  I don’t know what’s going on with Halflings just now. Over the past year, there have been a lot of them. Games Workshop did their Halfling team for Blood Bowl, then TTCombat did loads of awesome Halfling minis. Now, Mantic Games is putting out their own Halfling army for their wargame, Kings of War:

The army as a whole looks great. The highlight for me is their Engineer mini. He’s great, with his toolbelt, apron, long rifle and that majestic moustache. Yeah, he’s my favourite miniature in this new line. Their troops look good, and although Mantic can be pretty hit and miss with their minis, these definitely fall into the hit category. One of the best looking armies in Kings of War.

Yokai Quest Strikes Back is up on Kickstarter – I never noticed Yokai Quest the first time around. I suppose there were a lot of chibi-style miniatures games at the time. Like, a lot. Anyway, now there’s a new edition on the way via a Kickstarter campaign:

So, one the one hand, this isn’t exactly rocket science. It’s another grid-based chibi miniatures game. On the other, well, the minis are gorgeous. There’s a huge fanbase for these games and they get a lot of love from painters. If you’re into your chibi stuff, you need to act pretty quickly as there are only a couple of days left in the campaign as I write this.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

A Plague On All Their Houses @ Convert or Die  Plaguebearers! I do love me some Nurgle, as you’ll see below when I link to my own recent posts. There’s not a huge amount to say; I just like to see a nice selection of well-painted Nurgle miniatures!

SWR: Orcs Nest @ Taskerland Yeeeah, I’ve visited this store a few times when visiting London and I must agree with the author on the store not feeling particularly welcoming. I’ve been on the end of the kind of glare that they describe. It’s well stocked though! They’ve got a really great selection, especially when it comes to historical wargames and RPGs, which don’t tend to be as well catered for in many shops.

A Grimdarker World: Fun! @ Hive Fleet Charybdis Again, there’s not a huge amount to day, except that I love seeing beautifully painted minis. These Nurgle Lads are full of personality and the pictures are really fantastic.

The 10 Best SNES Emulator Games @ Ghetto Gamer – I used to be really into emulation, playing a ton of old games and a number of cool rom hacks. I got back into SNES emulation the other year when my wife got me a SNES Mini. It comes with a number of classics preinstalled, but it’s also possible, through the magic of Hakchi, to add more games in ROM form. There are some good recommendations here, and I love that there are a few games in the list that are a bit more obscure. I mean, I love Mario and Kirby, but they’re pretty well known and don’t really need suggested…

The Sons Of Slimeharbour @ Woehammer Can you tell I’m on a proper Nurgle kick just now? I’ve been working on some Daemons of Nurgle (confusingly led by the Glottkin) and have started planning some Slaves to Darkness. I’d like to do some Mortal Maggotkin as well, and this list is actually one that I was kicking around. The author’s work on the army so far has been great and I’m really looking forward to seeing it progress!

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This week on No Rerolls, I shared a little update on my Garden of Nurgle army and then wrote another article where I accidently and expensively talked myself into also starting a Nurgle-themed Slaves to Darkness force!

Catch ya’ll next week!

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