5 on Friday 10/09/21

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 a new Combat Patrol for the Orks – Orks! Orks! Orks! Gotsta love ’em! The Orks are the most fun aspect of the 40K setting and it’s great to see them get a new book and a whole lot of great, new miniatures. A lot of their new combat patrol set is new, actually:

The box contains 20 of the beautiful, new Ork Boyz and the brilliant new Warboss in Mega Armour. I love that there are some new Deffkoptas in there, as well. The previous plastic Deffkoptas were, bizarrely, never released outside the Black Reach box that served as the starter set for 5th edition 40K. There’s also a Deff Dread. They’re not new, but they’re certainly pretty. Yeah, a nice box, all in all.

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Berkay Sert releases the first instalment of his Monster Manual of Turkish mythology – Oh, I like the idea of this. I’ve not read a bestiary book based on a specific nation’s mythology before. If I were to seek one out, I’d also not necessarily pick out Turkey as my nation of choice for such a treatment. And yet, here we are:

Weighing in at a scant 21 pages, this is a pretty short tome. The content is decent though, and the art is surprisingly good. I went in with low expectations on that front, but I was actually rather pleasantly surprised. There are a few bits of lacklustre art, but most of it is pretty good. I really like the idea of Arat, the Arçura, and the Bedik. I’m quite keen to see future instalments in this series.

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New line of paints, Two Thin Coats, currently running a Kickstarter campaign Duncan Rhodes built something of a cult following during his time at Games Workshop. His painting tutorials were pretty good, but they were also delivered with a real charm. Since leaving GW, he has started his own Youtube channel and is now branching out into other ventures. One such venture is this new range of paints:

The paints seem to be organised into triads of shadows, midtones, and highlights. This is something already done (and well) by the Reaper Paint System. I don’t say that as a criticism; I actually think it’s a smart approach. I’m interested to see where this goes, but I worry for Duncan that there do seem to be more and more paint ranges launching these days. I hope this does well.

Catalyst releases new Shadowrun campaign book, Assassin’s Night –  A Shadowrun, the books I keep buying and don’t ever seem to use… The latest such book that I will likely pick up is a campaign book, Assassin’s Night.

As usual, there’s not a huge amount of info provided as to what is within the book. It promises intrigue and actual, but then so most Shadowrun campaigns. Will have to wait for some reviews, I guess.

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Dave McCreery releases short story collection, Introductions, ahead of debut novel – This is a collection of short stories from a friend of mine. I’m delighted to see them released, and I’m really looking forward to the novel that will follow along soon. I’ve picked up this ebook, but I’ve yet to actually crack it open and have a read:

Dave has been working towards this for a long time. As long as I’ve known him (well over 20 years?) he’s had a love of sci-fi and a love of language. To see him finally getting his writing out there is an absolute joy and I’m hoping that lots of people get to share in 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:

September Hobby Goals @ To the Table  Tzeentch! The Disciples of Tzeentch was my first AoS army, and I do love ’em. I’ve actually dug them out recently to look at rebasing them, finishing off my Kairos Fateweaver miniature and maybe even add a couple other bits to make the cheesy Archaon list… Sorry, back to the post. It’s great seeing hobbyists planning for and making good progress. I do like that Gaunt Summoner!

Hunger in V5: The Problems and How You can Fix Them @ Ways of Darkness In the games of V5 that I’ve played, I’ve not really found hunger to be as problematic as the author does. I should clarify that hunger was definitely a problem for the characters, but I feel that it should be. The thing is, I do know that different people plays different games in different ways and, depending on what your specific group is looking for, hunger may well be a mechanism in V5 that you would want to change. Should that fit your party, there are some pretty solid suggestions in this post that might help.

Projects, projects, projects @ Dawn of the Lead A fun overview of the author’s current and ongoing projects. The highlights for me would be the longstanding Pirates project and the Monster Hunters. Thanks for sharing! It’s good to see I’m not the only one who likes to have a lot of different stuff on the go at once.

Community Building @ Request Reinforcements – This post covers plenty of bases for me. On the one hand, it’s a good hobbying post about putting together some cool Kill Teams from the bits box. On the other, it’s also a really nice story about helping a friend get into the game for minimal investment. Yeah, I really enjoyed this one.

Orruk Warclans – New Book @ Woehammer As someone who has a pile of unbuilt Kruleboyz and who has just this week bought some gorgeous Ironjawz from a friend, I’m very keen to get my grubby hands on the new Orruk Warclans battletome. The author of this article makes a lot of very good suggestion in their wishlist. I wonder how close they will be to what we actually see when the book comes out in the very immediate future.

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It’s been a quiet week on No Rerolls. This coincides, unsurprisingly, with a bloody busy week at work. I’ve been chipping away at a little post about potential conversions using Dominion Stormcast. That should be good to go in the next few days, at least.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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