5 on Friday 22/10/21

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 Harrowdeep set for Warhammer Underworlds – Harrowdeep, the latest “season” and core set for Warhammer Underworlds, was unveiled a few weeks ago at Gen Con. Warhammer Underworlds has lasted significantly longer than I expected, which is great, and this new set looks pretty cool:

As usual, it comes with the board, tokens and dice, along with two Warbands. This time, it’s a very nice Stormcast Eternals group (the best-looking warband yet for this faction) and a really gorgeous set of Kruleboyz. I’m not sure I see myself picking this up, largely because Underworlds has really just passed me by and I just cherry pick nice miniature to add to my AoS forces.

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Monte Cook Games releases Vertices, an adventure supplement for Numenara – I picked up Numenara a little while ago and haven’t really had a good delve into it yet. I really like the tone of the game and setting, so I will definitely get around to it. In the meantime, I’m trying to resist picking up the very pretty supplements that Monte Cook keeps putting out. Speaking of which:

So, there’s a lot to love in here. Set in a monstrous boneyard? Yup, love it. Ruins of the world that was? Yup, love it. New items, creatures, NPCs and more? Yup, love it. For a 90-odd page book, there seems to be plenty of content packed in.

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Steam Up board game currently raising funds on Kickstarter Okay, okay, okay, let me just say one thing: I picked this out as a highlight before even looking at any details. It’s just such a cool concept and such a visually gorgeous game. Look at the little steamers! The veggies, the rice, and fish. It’s so cute, innit! Such a cool idea:

I mean, the game sounds fine, but it’s just such a winner, visually. It’s so well though-out and executed. It’s just a perfect little thing. The price isn’t ridiculous, either, which always helps.

Victoria Miniatures releases new Van Diemen’s World Devils squad –  Victoria Miniatures, run by Victoria Lamb, has long had some of the best conversion parts for the discerning fan of the Imperial Guard. Proportionwise, and thematically, they’re always just on point and beautiful. This latest offering is a lovelysquad of female Death World explorers:

Brilliant! The kit is modular, allowing for lots of cool options and combinations (and making it all the more reasonable to buy multiple copies) and it’s even compatible with other Victoria Miniatures parts to add yet more options and yet more variety. Worth a look, especially in the age of new Kill Team!

Steve Jackson Games running a Kickstarter to fund a Girl Genius edition of GURPS – Another Kickstarter, this time from Steve Jackson Games. I’m not the biggest fan of SJG, as I do think that their products are generally pretty repetitive and often rather expensive for what’s actually in them. That said, GURPS is one of their better ranges. Also, this is about Girl Genius!

Girl Genius is a comic by Phil Foglio. I like Phil. He’s always seemed like a pretty stand-up guy, and I’d be all in favour of supporting him, even if I do have slight hesitations around SJG. I like seeing these fun little reskins of games. I have the GURPs book for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and it’s pretty cool. I hope Girl Genius gets a similarly cool treatment.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Dreading the Black Coach @ A Tabletop Gamer’s Diary  I loved the old Black Coach from the Vampire Counts line. You know, the one that was basically a big ol’ block of white metal that you could load into a sock and easily use to bludgeon a sibling into submission. Satisfying, I’m sure. The new Black Coach is a lot more elaborate and detailed, but also just a thing of absolute beauty. That’s especially true when a talented hobbyist knocks it out of the park with the paintjob. That’s what happened in this post. I mean, of course it did.

Thoughts from an aging hobbyist @ Torg’s Blog This is a really cool post. I like reading about what other people get out of the hobby. I like reading about what they enjoy and what puts them off. I can sympathise with the reluctance to paint big armies, as evidenced by the fact that I have not even touched the 30 Chaos Warriors that I primed a month ago. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your hobby! I really enjoyed this article.

The Contrast Paints train grows longer @ Scent of a Gamer I was aware of the upcoming Speedpaints range from Army Painter. They seem to be an alternative to Games Workshop’s Contrast paints. I was not aware of the Scale75 equivalent range. After reading the article and then hopping onto Youtube to see some reviews of the Scale75 Instant Color paints, I think I’ll be giving those a miss. I agree with the author that these imitators probably suggest that GW’s range of Contrast paints have been a hit. They’re certainly a hit with me.

Hunter: The Reckoning coming from Renegade and the World of Darkness, shifting forward in development as Werewolf is delayed @ GeekNative – I hadn’t been following any news about the World of Darkness lately. New White Wolf just makes me sad and why would I do that to myself? Thankfully, other people are engaging with these charlatans so I don’t have to! This is a really cool update in which I learned of the upcoming new edition of Hunter and the delay to the new Werewolf. It’s nice to know what’s happening. Thanks for sharing!

Top 5 Horror Tabletop Role Playing Games @ Slick Dungeon’s Dusty Tomes and Terrible Films I do enjoy a good horror game. Really, you can do horror under most systems, but there are some that are really set up for it. Of these games, I’ve played Vampire, Dungeons & Dragons, and Call of Cthulhu. I’d like to play a lot more Call of Cthulhu, and I’m also keen to try out Kids on Bikes. Yeah, this is nice, fun list.

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I’m back from holiday! Yeah, i had such plans for painting and got none of it done at all. I did make some pretty cool conversions, though. Gotta greenstuff them and finish them off before sharing them.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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