5 on Friday 19/11/21

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 glown-up version of High Marshal Helbrecht, chapter master of the Black Templars – The Black Templars are one of the most interesting Space Marine chapters in the Warhammer 40,000 setting. I love the idea of the penitent, crusading chapter, rampaging across the stars. The old model for their leader, High Marshal Helbrecht, was really impressive. It’s now time for Games Workshop to release the new, Primaris version:

This thing is amazing. He has a real heft and presence. I love the robes. He’s got those cool attendants. Yeah, this is an absolute winner. It’s also a model that I could see myself picking up to try to convert, possibly copying a cool Iron Warriors conversion that I’ve seen! Brilliant!

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Kobold Press’ Southlands Worldbook makes its way to retail – Kobold Press continues to put out truly fantastic books, with their previously-Kickstarted Southlands books now making it into retail channels. The centrepiece of this little range of books is the Southlands Worldbook. My copy of this arrived the other day, after I’d preordered it from Blackwells:

I’ve started dipping into it, but I’ve not had time to really dive in and wallow around. I’ve had a wee look at the map, some of the descriptions of the major cities, and I’ve had a peek at the timeline and a couple of key historical events. A treat for this coming weekend, I’m sure.

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Mantic releases another wave of Halflings for Kings of War Mantic continue to roll out their gorgeous new Halfling range for Kings of War. Among the miniatures released in this wave, we’ve got some really cool stuff. A highlight for me are these Forest Troll Gunners:

I always like minis like this, where wee dudes are paired with big beasties. It’s what I love about Mangler Squigs and the Kruleboyz Breaka Boss. It’s just an aesthetic I like. I reckon these trolls are a little too orc-like, but they’re stuff really cool, and riders are wonderful. I don’t really have a use for these minis, and that’s a shame. They really are something special.

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Kobold Press releases Vault of Magic supplement for 5E –  Yeah, I know, it’s another Kobold Press book. Deal with it, fam. I’m a fanboy. I know this. Anyway, yeah, Vault of Magic:

With Christmas shopping to do, I’ll probably hold off on this book until the new year, but come January I will definitely be picking it up. The book promises a plethora of new magic items, with some that actually grow in power alongside the player. That’s a cool idea, a bit like the Artifact weapons from WoW, a couple of expansions ago. I like this idea.

Videogame-themed 1-Up dice nearly funded on Kickstarter – There’s not a huge amount to really say on this one. Dice! Everyone loves dice!

The classic videogame theme is really appealing, and I love the packaging. The old NES carts are such a cool gimmick for this. Go have a look at the campaign. At the time of writing, they are around $20,000 away from their goal.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

Preparing for BoBo (November) @ Woehammer  Squigs! I love Squigs! Woehammer is rapidly becoming one of my favourite blogs. The list looks really fun and I’d agree that the changes to Squig Hoppers from the FAQ should hopefully make a difference. I can also commiserate on the squishiness of the Loonboss on Mangler Squigs. Yup. That hurt. For my own Squigs, I think I need to get myself some Sneaky Snufflers and at least 10 more Hoppers.

Stargrave Bestiary @ AdvanceOP’s Hobby Blog Stargrave, along with several other Osprey games, has long been on my radar but just never quite the priority of the moment. The fact that it gives the opportunity to paint a number of very different models is a big part of the appeal. This post from AdvanceOP really reinforces that appeal. I love the idea of doing all these cool, wee minis to use in different scenarios. Highlights from this post are the Claptraps and the dronelike Warbot.

Review: Skeletons… Warlord Games & Northstar Figures Oathmark @ Home of the Grumpy Gnome I’ve recently been looking at some of the Oathmark miniatures. They look pretty good. It’s mainly been the revenant-y type undead I’ve been considering. This is a nice wee look at the Oathmark skeletons, along with some more from Warlord Games. Of the two sets, I think I prefer the Oathmark ones.

Replacing Flight Stands With Scenic Basing @ Dan Morley – I like this. I like it a lot. I like it as much as I dislike flight stands. I will be bookmarking this post to return to later for some inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

The Imperium Is Driven by Hate. Warhammer Is Not. @ Warhammer Community I wouldn’t normally share an actual Games Workshop post, but following the nonsense at that Spanish tournament the other week, it’s interesting to see them responding. As usual, the post seems to have stirred up a fair amount of bile from certain parts of the community, but that kind of underlines the point, y’know?

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I maintained radio silence on here this week, so I’ve got nothing else to share.

Catch ya’ll next week!


  1. Thanks for the shout out! Very much appreciated. Declan will no doubt be posting his results from BoBo later this week. I’m intrigued to see how his squig hoppers have done.


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