5 on Friday 07/01/22

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:

Forgeworld releases Barik Farblast, a new Star Player for Blood Bowl – I love all of the cool, unique, and often wierd characters that Forgeworld has been putting out for both Blood Bowl and Necromunda. Their latest offering in this vein is Barik Farblast, a dwarf who is packing some serious heat:

I don’t know much about his rules and, given that I never really use Star Players, I don’t much care. It’s just a really nice model, innit?

Corrupting Influence supplements for Vampire now available on the Storyteller’s Vault – Vampire is – and should be – all about politics and intrigue. Oh, sure, you’ll have to get your hands dirty from time to time, but really this should only be in self-defense, or to ultimately serve your underlying goals. Corrupting Inlfuence is a supplement to support the storyteller in this regard:

I get it. I know that for many people, an RPG supplement focused on areas such as Bureaucracy, business, legal issues, healthcare, civil transport, and finance may well be considered boring. Me? I love it. This is what Vampire is to me.

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Warlord Games to release new Black Powder Epic Battles starter setsBlack Powder Epic Battles reduces the scale of the game from 28mm down to 15mm. Not only is it cool to play those larger battles that just aren’t practical at 28mm, but it’s also really nice to see huge armies to massed, ranked-up soldiers:

As I said, there’s something just really cool about this sort of game, where you can get the feeling of fielding a much bigger, more epic army. Warmaster was one of the best games that Games Workshop ever came out with, so I’d approach this one with optimism, even if there isn’t much chance that I’ll really be picking up a Napoleonic game.

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Sentinel Hill Press releases the 4th issue of their Arkham Gazette –  this 121-page PDF (with an option for print on demand) contains a wealth of articles about Kingsport, a setting for your games of Call of Cthulhu:

In this issue of the Arkham Gazette, there are articles on Kingsport’s key locations, the boarding school, important residents, and artifacts. And, like, loads more. There’s also a scenario in here that you can use right away. I like that it also includes a bibliography, outlining where the existing information on Kingsport comes from within the Cthulhu mythos.

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Games Workshop releases limited edition Bawla and Burk miniature (only available until the 9th of January) – The latest of Games Workshop’s limited edition ‘Commemorative Series’ is this rather cool Orruk Brute and his gobbo pal:

I would be nice if this was some sort of character miniature. As it is, he’s just a Brute, but that’s no bad thing. He looks really cool and I’m keen to mix him into my existing units. My copy has already arrived, actually, and the friend I bought my Ironjawz from is going to paint him up to match. I actually played a couple of games with them last night and, oh my, a unit of 10 Brutes is an absolute blender…

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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:

2021 Goals a Look Back @ Doomsday Digest  I like roundup posts. We can’t really look forward and plan if we don’t know where we came from. I love the big batch o’ beasts in this post, where the pink Skinks really pop against the muted blue-grey of the dinosaurs. It’s also always cool to see folk painting up some Malifaux!

Will 2022 be the year of the Turnip … or the Shroom? The 13th Wyrdshire Irregulars – ‘The Deathcaps’ @ Heretic 30K I love all this Turnip28 stuff. The grime, the atmosphere, the vegetables! There are a couple of blogs I read that have embraced this game and have converted up miniatures for it. They’re always so cool and inspiring. This post is no exception. The minis look great. I especially love the Brutes with black powder weapons, largely for their beaky helmets. So cool!

2021 in review: Sales @ Lunarshadow Designs Another roundup post, but not a hobby one. This is interesting. It’s cool to see some real numbers, both of sales and actual money, around independent publishing in the RPG sector. Thanks a lot for sharing; it gives a real insight! If I manage to get The Sprawl to the table, I now also know where to go for a cool scenario to run.

Woehammer Painting Competition @ Woehammer – Oh, fun! There are so many cool entries to this painting contest and the winner and runners-up are all very worthy. It’s also nice to see the Gitz represented!

2021: A Year in Plastic @ Plastic Craic A roundup of some highlights of 2021 by the wonderful Plastic Craic. I agree with some of the points made (like Woehammer being excellent, Sigvald looks awesome, Dirty Tricks is a great battle trait), but the post also introduces me to a number of new thing. I wasn’t aware of Measured Gaming, the Notorious AoS podcast, and the Greenskinz Gaming blog.

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Well, happy new year! In the time since my last 5 on Friday, I’ve actually posted quite a few items. First of all, there were 4 end-of-2021/start-of-2022 posts:

In addition, I discussed my imminent plan to expand my Maggotkin army for an upcoming Path to Glory campaign, wrote about my first experience in playing Age of Sigmar on Tabletop Simulator, and shared my first project of this year, my Sons of Behemat.

Catch ya’ll next week!


  1. Thanks for the shout out – Turnip28 is the most fun I have had with hobbying in a long time so it is nice to see so many other people get enthused by it 😉


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