5 on Friday 03/12/21

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 some new dragons for Age of Sigmar – The long-awaited Dragons, delayed by a month or two, are hitting the shelves. These a big beasties, by anyone’s reckoning. The dragon I have linked can be built as one of two different dragons. They’ve also released some dragon riders, but I find the proportions of the rider in comparison to the dragons a bit iffy.

As gorgeous miniatures with decent rules to back them up, I can see these being a staple in many a Stormcast Eternals list. Myself? Well, if they ever improve Kragnos’ rules enough to make him usable, I look forward to a showdown between these majestic beasts and that rage-filled, dragon-murdering demigod. I did finish painting him, after all, so it’d be a shame not to find a use.

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Horror on the Orient Express reprint making it to UK retail channels – Chaosium once made a beautiful Horror on the Orient Express boxed set, stuffed with books that made for a truly impressive campaign. Then they stopped. It was probably a bit unwieldy for them; a bit impractical. This year, they have released a reprint of this boxed set, compiled into two hardback volumes. Exciting stuff:

I’ve had this on preorder from April and was beginning to doubt that it was ever coming. The site from which I ordered still has no listed stock, but as of this week a number of other UK stores have it in stock. Huzzah! I’m a little concerned about the actual product though, as I mentioned a few weeks ago when I found a worrisome review… I guess we’ll have to wait and see for ourselves now, won’t we?

TTCombat releases this year’s White Box Bundles TTCombat releases a numnber of terrain bundles every year for the holiday season. They’re generally really good value, representing a significant saving on their already-inexpensive MDF terrain. This year, they have loads of these bundles available, representing a number of different themes. For the purposes of this article, I’ve linked my favourite one, the Castle Town Beggars’ Alley bundle:

75 quid feels like a steal. You don’t get the mat with it, but that’s fine. I’m really tempted by this bundle, and a few of the others. I’ve built a fair bit of their terrain before and it normally goes together pretty easily.

Free League’s new edition of The One Ring arrives on DriveThruRPG –  I face a dilemma. First of all, I couldn’t really care less about Lord of the Rings. Tolkien has never really been my jam. I just don’t find him that interesting. I almost want to use the term generic, but that feels really unfair since he pretty much defined the genre. Back to my dilemma: the issue is that if anyone can make me interested in rolepaying in Middle Earth it would be Free League…

Free League’s take on Middle-Earth fantasy roleplay, this new edition of The One Ring will, I am sure, be beautifully presented. It’s Free League. It’s what they do. The description all sounds well and fine. The game sounds perfectly interesting. The book will be gorgeous. I just don’t think I care enough about Middle-Earth. I know that lots do though, and this will be great for them.

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Chaosium releases a new starter set for the Runequest RPG – So, whilst I appreciate there is some real history behind Runequest, it’s not actually a game I know much about at all. I heard about it via a pretty glowing recommendation on the Discord for the blog, Unpossible Journeys. The pictures they included, with just how much was stuffed into the box, were pretty compelling.

The first edition of the game was published in 1978. The game has had a pretty storied history, jumping from publisher to publisher over the years. Now, it’s back home with Chaosium who published a new edition in 2018 and are now putting out this starter set. I like these sets. Generally – though not always – they are pretty inexpensive and are nice introductions to their associated games. Given the high praise being heaped upon by people I trust, and the extensive pedigree of the game, I must say that I find myself quite curious.

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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:

BoneSpiderz: Back in the Saddle @ Plastic Craic  My obsession with the forces of Destruction in AoS continues unabated. I recently purchased a beautifully painted Ironjawz army from a friend and, just last night, finished building all the models that I will need for my Kruleboyz. What does that leave? Bonesplitterz! I’ll get around to it after I finish the Kruleboyz. Maybe. I like the list in this article because I adore the fact that it includes some Gloomspite Gitz. I like the idea of some Spider Riders and an Arachnarok scuttling into battle alongside the Bonesplitterz.

Preparing for Leicester GT @ Woehammer Again, that Destruction obsession shows itself. I played my first game with my Ironjawz last night, so I’m quite interested in seeing how others are using them. I’m also finding myself sticking Rippa’s Snarlfangs into a lot of destruction lists, so it’s cool to see them used, too. A good read, and I really like the list breakdown and reasoning.

RPG Character Portrait Generators @ Double Proficiency This is just a nice little compilation of useful resources for finding, creating, and/or customising character portraits for roleplaying games. I was aware of Hero Forge already, and I’ve been using Artbreeder for some time but otherwise, these are all new to me.

Best Wall Mounted Paint Rack: Plydolex Review @ Tangible Day – Credit where it’s due, this is a much, much longer post than I would have expected. This is a really thorough review of a pretty simple product. I’ve not really considered wall-mounting my own paint packs. I think it’d be really useful if my room was set up a bit differently. As it is at the moment, it would be impractical. I think, otherwise, I’d give it a go, actually.

The Death Guard At 50 (Power) @ Convert or Die 50 power is a pretty good point to be at with an army, making it usable in Crusade play. There’s a lot in here that appeals to me. First of all, the horde of Poxwalkers. When I get around to my own Deathguard (next on the slate once I finally clear away the last of the Necrons), I intend to be very heavy on these chaps. Next up is the Daemon prince. I love Plague Drones, and clearly, I like using them for conversions. I intend to add a Lord of Afflictions to my Maggotkin of Nurgle at some point, and this post has rather answered the question of what to do with the leftover drone from the set.

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Still busy, busy times, so not much else happening on here this week. There was no 5 on Friday last week either, as I was enjoying my birthday.

Catch ya’ll next week!


  1. Cheers (once again!) for the shout out. 🙂 Glad you like the army, I’ve not been doing that towards getting it painted up lately so it was a nice surprise to discover it’s reached the 50 power mark. You’ve picked out two of my favourite things about it as well; the poxwalker and the daemon prince. I always like the make the leader of my armies stand out, to me they should be a model that I really like and that has a big visual impact – after all they are the general in charge of the army and the story of the battle is their story as much as anything. As for the poxwalkers they were loads of fun to convert, I think you’ll really enjoy them when you get around to them.

    Well done for putting these “5 on Friday” posts together every week by the way, I can imagine that’s not always easy but you always manage to find some really interesting stuff.


    1. Well, there’s not a post this week, as I’m travelling. Next week though, I have some fun WiP nurgle conversions to share. A Daemon Prince, Soul Grinder, Warshrine, and Manticore.

      There’s just so much you can do with Nurgle.


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