5 on Friday 05/11/21

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 Chalnath, a new Kill Team boxed set – Well, Games Workshop certainly isn’t letting grass grow under their new edition of Kill Team. This new boxed set was first previewed a few weeks ago at Gen Con. It includes some new Adepta Sororitas miniatures, the update Tau Pathfinders, and some terrain:

Unlike the Octarius set, this one does not include core rules. This is an expansion, rather than a starter. That’s fine. Not everything needs to do everything for everyone. I swithered over this set. I like that it gives you a couple of wee, self-contained teams, but are they really teams that I want to play? Nah. I’m just not that into either of them. Nice set, though!

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Kobold Press releases Scarlet Citadel supplement for 5E – Yes, yes, we all know by now that I love Kobold Press. They make the best third party material out there for 5E. I love their Midgard settings and I utterly adore their various Bestiaries. Their latest release is this dungeon module:

I’m not really the biggest fan of big dungeon crawls. They tend to revolve around traps and combat, which are two of the things I am least interested in whilst roleplaying. That said, I think I’m willing to give this one a go due to my love of Kobold Press and the trust I have in them to put out a great book. I might even pick up the map pack, too.

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Mythic Games launches Kickstarter campaign for a Monsterpocalypse board game Monsterpocalypse is a miniatures game from Privateer Press. it was originally released a good while ago and was revived more recently. Now, it seems, Privateer Press has farmed out the license to Mythic Games to produce a board game:

The game actually looks really cool. Not only is there a ton of really cool miniatures in here, but the whole is just much more convenient than the main miniatures game. Just being a self-contained thing makes the board game an easier sell and better for a pick-up game. Will have to watch this one.

Raging Heroes releases 3D printable alt-Eldar miniatures –  Raging Heroes continues to release great 3D-printable miniatures under their Heroes Infinite brand. This month’s latest addition is a pretty cool set of alternative Eldar miniatures for Warhammer 40,000.

I feel that this offering is a mixed bag. The basic troops are the best miniatures in this bundle. Some of the other minis look a bit iffy, but I expect that this is less to do with the sculpts and more to do with the weird digital painting that they seem to do in their preview images.

New Mothership (sci-fi horror RPG) boxed set up on Kickstarter – I’ve been aware of Mothership for a wee while. This is mainly because I’ve enjoyed reading a few of the available adventure modules. I really enjoyed this reading. I like horror. I like sci-fi. Mothership looks to be a good combo for me!

This seems pretty reasonable and I’ve really enjoyed the content I’d previously read before this Kickstarter. I think that anyone who loves stuff like Alien, Dead Space and the like should enjoy this boxed set. I can certainly see a lot of potential here…

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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:

Warhammer Underworlds and Age of Sigmar – Taking the Underworlds into the Overworlds – Shadespire Part 2 @ The Hobby Sasquatch  I’m enjoying these articles. I’ve bought a few warbands to use some of the models as specific character types and it’s cool to see some similar ideas for other sets and other armies. The miniatures for Underworlds are so cool, even if I’ve no real intention to play that game. It’s great to read some other uses for them.

Games We Play – Warhammer: Age of Sigmar @ International Tabletop Gaming Club Berlin This is a nice rundown of the current state of Age of Sigmar, both in its own right and in the wider GW ecosystem. There are also some cool pictures of AoS miniatures from the author’s game group and a wee list of what you need to get started. Yeah, this is a cool intro article for Age of Sigmar.

The Greater Festival of Masks @ Refereeing and Reflection I have had Mask of Nyarlathotep on the shelf for some time and have only lightly dipped into it. This review really whets my appetite to really dive in and really understand it all. It’s a bloody long review, too, and is really thorough. I also find the comparisons to previous editions really interesting.

[V5] On Thinbloods @ Malediction dot Games – Ah, this is interesting. I’ve never really thought of going a thinblood. I think there’s a lot of potential for roleplaying and for character development, but I suppose I’ve always had such fun with the different clans (okay, usually Tremere!) and never really got around to trying a thinblood. This writeup makes for a good read, where a thinblood is used for practical reasons, given the slightly flighty nature of one of the author’s players. Thanks for sharing!

Back To The Primitive – Part 4 @ Convert or Die Wurrzag, the named Savage Ork character from Warhammer Fantasy Battles had a great miniature. It’s great that the mini has stuck around for AoS. The author’s done a good job with it, and it fits well into the Warcry warbands that they had already done. I’d quite like a Bonesplitta warband. I don’t think I’d go for a full army, but I’d like to do some of those savage orc minis and Warcry represents a good opportunity for this.

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I was travelling last week, so there was no 5 on Friday. Instead, I shared some thoughts on my first game with my Troggoth army for AoS.

Catch ya’ll next week!

2 Comments

  1. Cheers for the shout out! I really like that about Warcry, it’s a nice chance to try out a faction without taking on the paint a whole army (Kill Team has a similar appeal although I’m in agreement with you, tempting though the Chalnath box looked when it was first previewed I don’t think either faction is for me). I’ll keep an eye out for some Savage Orcs from you if you decide to go for it. 🙂

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